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Doctors and Drug Companies Need to 'Break Up,' According to New Study

Doctors and Drug Companies Need to 'Break Up,' According to New Study
In a report that sounds like the sequel to Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway's "Love and Other Drugs," researchers from Oregon State University, Oregon Health and Science University, and the University of Washington concluded that ending the relationships between physicians and pharmaceutical companies could improve health care and cut costs.
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Alabama Head Slammer: Doctors Required to Prove Citizenship

Alabama Head Slammer: Doctors Required to Prove Citizenship
As prompted by the state's new immigration laws, the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners is requiring already-licensed and credentialed medical doctors to prove their citizenship. It's an asinine move that will, at best, waste a lot of time and government resources or, in the worst case scenario, take away doctors from a state already in dire need of better medical care.
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CA Hospital Charges $223,000 For Joint Replacement Surgery That Costs $5,300 in OK

CA Hospital Charges $223,000 For Joint Replacement Surgery That Costs $5,300 in OK
For the first time, the government is publicly revealing how much hospitals charge, and the differences are astounding: Some bill tens of thousands of dollars more than others for the same treatment, even within the same city.
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Time for a Tune Up: Health Care Isn't Like Buying a Car

Time for a Tune Up: Health Care Isn't Like Buying a Car
A story in today's edition of the New York Times once again raises questions about how we manage health care in the United States.
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MI Supreme Court Upholds Partner Benefit Rights for Unmarried State Workers

MI Supreme Court Upholds Partner Benefit Rights for Unmarried State Workers
State employees in Michigan can continue to receive health benefits for their significant others, even if they’re not married, and even if they’re gay.
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Plan B One-Step...In the Wrong Direction? Women's Rights Groups Say Yes

Plan B One-Step...In the Wrong Direction? Women's Rights Groups Say Yes
The Obama administration's decision to appeal a court order lifting age limits on purchasers of the morning-after pill set off a storm of criticism from reproductive rights groups, who denounced it as politically motivated and a step backward for women's health.
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Real Hunger Games: Hundreds of Disabled Americans Compete for One Wheelchair Accessible Van

Real Hunger Games: Hundreds of Disabled Americans Compete for One Wheelchair Accessible Van
In this contest, you can nominate a disabled American you know as a local hero and say why you think they deserve to win a wheelchair accessible van. Web visitors then vote on these individuals and whoever receives the most votes will win a van.
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Obama’s Social Security Benefit Cuts Would Disproportionately Harm African Americans

Obama’s Social Security Benefit Cuts Would Disproportionately Harm African Americans
The think tank Global Policy Solutions released a report that should cast further doubt on chained CPI. It finds that, if enacted, chained CPI “will disproportionately harm African Americans who have dramatically fewer sources of wealth to draw upon compared to whites.”
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Reid: 'We Want to Stop Obamacare' on the Uninsurables

Reid: 'We Want to Stop Obamacare' on the Uninsurables
The House bill, named the "Helping Sick Americans Now Act," would prop up a faltering program that helps people with pre-existing conditions get insurance, doing so by taking money away from the 2010 law's main prevention fund.
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How a Single-Payer System Can Save Health Care

How a Single-Payer System Can Save Health Care
With nearly 50 million uninsured people in the United States and skyrocketing health costs, the need for profound reform of our health system could not be more clear.
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