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Health Care Reform Hurdles: Almost 60 Percent of Uninsured Texans Are Hispanic

Health Care Reform Hurdles:  Almost 60 Percent of Uninsured Texans Are Hispanic
Even in the state with the highest uninsured rate in the country, Hispanics in Texas stand out as having among the worst uninsured rates of any population. Almost 60 percent of the uninsured in Texas are Hispanic, representing over 3 million people. Though much of this group will be newly eligible for health insurance in October, translating eligibility into enrollment isn't as easy as it sounds.
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Like a Sick Clock Without Health Insurance, Newt’s Right Again

Like a Sick Clock Without Health Insurance, Newt’s Right Again
Once again, Newt Gingrich is telling hard truth and offering good advice to Republicans. There is almost no chance the GOP will listen, even as he has something interesting to say about the GOP, health care reform and obstructionism.
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Terrance Heath
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Wave of Resilience, Solidarity as Workers Talk Strike Across the Nation

Wave of Resilience, Solidarity as Workers Talk Strike Across the Nation
A wave of strikes - either in progress, or soon to develop - have occurred across the United States. Workers have been demanding a renewal of contracts, or better benefits, in an age of cheap employment and increased disparity.
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Extremist Ken Buck Looks to be Next CO Senator

Extremist Ken Buck Looks to be Next CO Senator
Weld County Republican D.A. Ken Buck announced Wednesday he is running to represent Colorado in the U.S. Senate, looking to unseat first-term Democrat Mark Udall. The news made a splash, fired up conservative supporters hungry for a substantial Republican candidate to enter the race, but generated groans and sharp criticism from Democrats who were relieved to see him recede from the statewide political stage three years ago.
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Paging Doctor Gambino: Medicaid's Secret Cartel

Paging Doctor Gambino: Medicaid's Secret Cartel
The Washington Monthly's, Haley Sweetland Edwards, explained the secretive group of doctors that controls Medicare costs, how the process is connected with price setting, the power of the medical device industry, how the American Medical Association benefits from the pricing structure and how to reform the system.
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Save the Children: US Has the Highest First-Day Infant Death Rate in the Industrialized World

Save the Children: US Has the Highest First-Day Infant Death Rate in the Industrialized World
Every year, nearly three million infants die within the first month of their life — with over a third of these tragedies occurring on the first day. It's a familiar statistic that many would rather ignore, but in the same Save the Children report comes a surprising new bit of data: Among industrialized nations, the United States has the highest rate of first-day infant mortality.
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Republicans Moving From Obstruction To Outright Sabotage

Republicans Moving From Obstruction To Outright Sabotage
After years of obstructing any progress from the Obama administration, Republican leaders are taking things a step further in efforts to cloud information surrounding the Affordable Care Act. If a law passes in the woods and no one is around to understand it, does it actually make any difference?
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Ohio's New Budget Includes Stricter Abortion Language, Medicaid Maneuvers, More Middle Class Taxes

Ohio's New Budget Includes Stricter Abortion Language, Medicaid Maneuvers, More Middle Class Taxes
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed the state's $62 billion state spending plan into law Sunday after vetoing an attempt by legislators to block his administration from expanding Medicaid to additional low-income residents — but he left in place a new requirement that doctors inform pregnant women seeking abortions of any fetal heartbeat.
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Ann Sanner
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Sigmund Fraud: There Is Even Controversy Over the Manual That Defines Psychiatric Diseases

Sigmund Fraud: There Is Even Controversy Over the Manual That Defines Psychiatric Diseases
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — the American Psychiatric Association’s newly revised and controversial list of recognized mental illnesses — was recently published after 14 years in the making. At 947 pages, it's heavy on subtypes —and detractors.
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Low-Wage Workers Could Face Fines If Insurance Guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act Isn't 'Affordable' Enough

Low-Wage Workers Could Face Fines If Insurance Guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act Isn't 'Affordable' Enough
It's called the Affordable Care Act, but President Barack Obama's health care law may turn out to be unaffordable for many low-wage workers, including employees at big chain restaurants, retail stores and hotels.
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Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
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