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Thursday, November 23, 2017
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The GOP’s Tax Cut Bonanza Is A Major Attack On Medicare

Do you trust Paul Ryan to protect your Medicare benefits? How about White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, a former member of the House Freedom Caucus, and like Ryan, a longstanding foe of Medicare? If the just-passed House tax bill, its Senate counterpart or some compromise of the two is signed into law…

November 22, 2017
Billionaire

Pharma Family That Pushed Opioids Is Behind Charter Schools, Too

The notoriously secretive Sackler family, also known as the OxyContin Clan, has been the subject of much scrutiny of late, including lengthy exposés in the New Yorker and Esquire shining a harsh light on the connection between the drug that made the Sacklers wealthy and their philanthropic giving.

November 14, 2017
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Harvard And Yale Should Stop Playing Football

Harvard and Yale are among the premier educational institutions in the world. They have spent centuries at the task of strengthening and elevating young minds. But on Saturday, Nov. 18, they will join together in a ritual guaranteed to damage young brains: the Harvard-Yale football game.

November 13, 2017
naloxone

In White House Opioid Plan, Advocates See A Major Puzzle Piece Missing: Naloxone

The Trump administration’s designation of the opioid crisis as a public health emergency on Thursday paves the way for officials to increase access to inpatient addiction treatment, redirect some federal resources, and launch a major public education campaign.

October 28, 2017

Legal Marijuana Is Becoming The Norm

The war on drugs has been going on since 1971, and we have a winner: marijuana. Back then, possession of pot carried heavy penalties in many states — even life imprisonment. Today, 29 states sanction medical use of cannabis, and eight allow recreational use. Legal weed has become about as controversial as Powerball.

October 22, 2017

How Legal Cannabis Is Improving Public Health

Changes in the legal status of cannabis is associated with significant reductions in opioid-related mortality. Data published in 2014 in JAMA Internal Medicine reports that medical cannabis regulation is associated with year-over-year declines in overall opioid-related mortality, including heroin overdose deaths.

October 22, 2017

Uninsured Rates Grow During Trump Presidency

The Gallup poll behind this finding selected 500 people at random and asked them daily if they were insured. During the third quarter of 2017, July 1 to September 30, the adult uninsured rate was 12.3 percent. That was 0.6 percent higher than the rate from the second quarter of 2017, and 1.4 percent higher than the rate at the end of 2016.

October 21, 2017
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Pressure Mounts On Insurance Companies To Consider Their Role In Opioid Epidemic

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wrote to the companies after an article by ProPublica and The New York Times found that insurance companies sometimes favor cheaper, more addictive opioids over less addictive, but more expensive, alternatives.

October 20, 2017
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Trump Says He Has Killed Obamacare

President Donald Trump declared Monday that his predecessor Barack Obama’s signature reform and expansion of the US health insurance system is defunct, after he cut subsidies to insurers. “Obamacare is finished. It’s dead. It’s gone,” he told reporters.

October 17, 2017

Contraception Benefit Rollback Signals A Swelling Misogyny

Like George Orwell’s “1984,” Atwood’s chilling dystopia is newly relevant in a strange era of autocratic impulses and retrogressive policies. Now that Trump has rescinded another key benefit of Obamacare, the requirement that companies provide health insurance that guarantees birth control for their employees, a future in which fertile young women are enslaved as reproductive vessels seems less outlandish.

October 17, 2017
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during a campaign event at the Trump Soho Hotel in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., June 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Trump’s Long History Of Holding Health Care Hostage

Why? Retaliation against his nephew (William’s father) for challenging the will of Fred Sr. It seems the Trump patriarch had left the family of one son — Donald’s deceased brother, Fred Jr. — largely out of his estate. Any part Donald may have played in nudging the elderly Fred Sr. to do that is not public knowledge. What’s clear is that with his brother basically cut from the will, Donald inherited many more millions.

October 17, 2017

How ‘Pinkwashing’ Took Over The Breast Cancer Crusade

Breast cancer is the darling of corporate America, with pink ribbons adorning everything from handbags to handguns. Corporations put a pink ribbon on their products to boost sales and build their brand. And it works—sales go up and profits increase. Unfortunately, despite 25 years of pink ribbon marketing, breast cancer diagnoses have not gone down.

October 17, 2017
Trump voters

Trump Supporters Hit Hardest By Obamacare Cuts

President Donald Trump’s decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act will most impact the core support that carried him to the presidency, according to new research. Nearly 70 percent of those affected by Trump’s executive order last week ending cost-sharing reduction subsidies live in states that voted for him last November, according to new research by the Associated Press.

October 16, 2017
Susan Collins, Obamacare

Collins Urges Trump To Back Effort To Restore Health Subsidy

A key moderate Republican urged President Trump on Sunday to back a bipartisan Senate effort to shield consumers from rising premiums after his abrupt decision to halt federal payments to insurers, calling the move “disruptive” and an immediate threat to access to health care.

October 16, 2017
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech at the Alumisourse Building in Monessen, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Louis Ruediger

Mental Health Professionals March Through New York To Demand Trump’s Removal From Office

A group of psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals marched through New York City on Saturday to call for President Donald Trump to be removed from office, said The New York Post.

October 16, 2017

How The VA Promoted The Opioid Crisis

Late one summer night in 2014, Kevin Keller broke into his best friend’s home. Keller was a U.S. Navy vet wracked with constant pain, and because his right arm had been crippled by a stroke, he had to use his left hand to scrawl a note of apology to his buddy: “Marty, Sorry I broke into your house and took your gun to end the pain! FU VA!!!

October 15, 2017
Executive Orders, Trump, Immigrant

Why Trump’s Obamacare Gambit May Be An Impeachable Offense

President Trump’s executive orders Thursday to sabotage the Affordable Care Act—aka Obamacare—is crossing a new legal threshold that could become part of a growing list of ultimately impeachable actions, much like Richard Nixon faced a deepening list of offenses before he resigned from office in 1974.

October 14, 2017
opioids

How Big Pharma Created The Opioid Epidemic

Over a 40-year career, Philadelphia attorney Daniel Berger has obtained millions in settlements for investors and consumers hurt by a rogues’ gallery of corporate wrongdoers from Exxon to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco. But when it comes to what America’s prescription drug makers have done to drive one of the ghastliest addiction crises in the country’s history, he confesses amazement.

October 14, 2017
Trump, Obamacare, Congress

Trump Issues Order To Deregulate Health Insurance, Promising ‘Obamacare Relief’

President Donald Trump moved Thursday to scale back rules on health insurance across the country in the administration’s most ambitious effort to date to use its regulatory powers to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

October 13, 2017

Republicans Are Intent On Destroying Health Care, Putting Tens Of Millions Of American Lives At Risk

That is the takeaway after another chaotic week in the nation’s capital, where, as the Pew Center on the States summarized in its Stateline Daily report, “So Far, All GOP Health Proposals Would Mean More Decisions, Less Money for States.”

October 8, 2017

Marijuana Is Now A Driving Engine Of The American Economy

The legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes is having a positive impact on states’ economies in ways that go well beyond tax revenue. From job creation to increased tourism, marijuana legalization is driving economic markets. Here’s how.

October 1, 2017
Democratic, healthy, resistance

Americans Rate Their Worst Fears In New National Survey

It turns out, according to a fascinating national survey by Casino.org, The Odds of Being Afraid: What Do 1,000 Americans Fear Most, that people—with slight gender variations—fear sudden changes with potentially dire consequences the most.

September 30, 2017
Tom Price, Obamacare

Good Riddance To Tom Price, Trumpcare’s Snake Oil Salesman

Tom Price, the Secretary of Health and Human Services who led the four failed Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, resigned because of improper use of private charter jets and even more costly military transport.

September 30, 2017
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Has Breast Cancer: ‘Today, I’m The One’

“The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union,” she added. “The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”

September 29, 2017
Senate

Do Better Than A Rip-Off Health Care System

For the gazillionth time, GOP lawmakers have put a shiny new ribbon on their same old ugly package of health insurance deforms. As before, this latest plan would eliminate coverage for millions of Americans, raise the price of insurance for the middle class and deliver much less care. But one guy says he loves it: “A great bill,” tweeted Donald Trump.

September 29, 2017