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Want to Lower Health Care Costs? Stop Wasting Our Money

Want to Lower Health Care Costs? Stop Wasting Our Money
Hospitals throw out so many valuable supplies that a cottage industry of charities has sprung up to collect this stuff and ship it to the developing world.
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Are You a Vietnam Veteran? Help Investigate the Impact of Agent Orange

Are You a Vietnam Veteran? Help Investigate the Impact of Agent Orange
ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot are exploring the ways children of Vietnam veterans may be affected by a parent's exposure to Agent Orange. The Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledges that direct exposure to Agent Orange and other defoliants may lead to negative health consequences for veterans. Some veterans’ service organizations, including the Vietnam Veterans of America, have expressed concern that exposure has also led to health issues in the children of veterans.
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Catholic Bishops Weigh Tightening Rules for Health Care Partnerships

Catholic Bishops Weigh Tightening Rules for Health Care Partnerships
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is meeting in Baltimore this week, and members are considering whether to begin the process of revising — and likely tightening — its directives governing health care mergers and partnerships. The goal, according to a USCCB press release, would be to incorporate Vatican principles ensuring that Catholic institutions do not “cooperate immorally with the unacceptable procedures conducted in other health care entities with which they may be connected” or “cause scandal” as a result of such collaborations.
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Nina Martin
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"A Nation of Such Panic": From Ebola to ISIS, Right's Pundits Fomenting Reckless Fear

"A Nation of Such Panic": From Ebola to ISIS, Right's Pundits Fomenting Reckless Fear
"When did we become a nation of such panic?" With cries of ISIS and Ebola at our doorstep, the politics of fear has taken an insane rightward turn.
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Scared for All the Wrong Reasons: Opponents Lobbying Hard Against CA Prescription Database Proposition

Scared for All the Wrong Reasons: Opponents Lobbying Hard Against CA Prescription Database Proposition
Opponents of California's Proposition 46, a law requiring doctors to enter prescriptions into a centralized database, have come up with a doozy of a smear ad.
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VA's Medicaid Expansion Non-Starter: VA GOP Digs Its Heels In

VA's Medicaid Expansion Non-Starter: VA GOP Digs Its Heels In
As expected, the Virginia legislature's debate over Medicaid expansion was simply a farce. Republicans are scared of being 'primaried' in elections by even-further right tea partiers, and expanding health coverage to those who most need it is a non-starter.
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Obama on Ebola: Chance of US Outbreak 'Extremely Low,' Situation in Africa is 'Spiraling out of Control'

Obama on Ebola: Chance of US Outbreak 'Extremely Low,' Situation in Africa is 'Spiraling out of Control'
Speaking at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, President Obama provides an update on the U.S. plan to help combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. President Obama says the U.S. will lead on fighting the ebola outbreak. He also says the probability of ebola spreading to the U.S. is low, but the country is ready to deal with it.
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The Hissy Fit Continues: VA GOP Looks Set to Derail Upcoming Medicaid Expansion Talks

The Hissy Fit Continues: VA GOP Looks Set to Derail Upcoming Medicaid Expansion Talks
The Virginia General Assembly is set to discuss the Medicaid expansion in an upcoming session. Problem is, the Republican contingent looks set to derail the process before it even starts.
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NJ's Domino Effect: Paterson Becomes Fifth City With Mandated Earned Sick Days

NJ's Domino Effect: Paterson Becomes Fifth City With Mandated Earned Sick Days
Like dominos, New Jersey cities are one after the other passing sick day ordinances that would allow all workers to accrue paid time off for illnesses. The 3-5 days a year are a pittance compared to what's available in Europe, but at least it's a start.
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An Illustrated Guide to the State Budget Tobacco Bond Time Bomb

An Illustrated Guide to the State Budget Tobacco Bond Time Bomb
Billions of dollars were promised to the American people after Big Tobacco's landmark settlement with the states. Government officials said it would be better to get the cash now (and to cover all sorts of budgetary needs), so the money was put into bonds. A bond is like a loan and like a loan, states spent that money. Now what?
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Cezary Podkul and David Sleight
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