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Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch stands during the announcement of law enforcement action against the state of North Carolina in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

U.S. Completes ‘Takedown’ Of Medicare Fraud: Officials

U.S. law enforcement officials have charged 301 suspects with trying to defraud Medicare and other federal insurance programs in 2016, marking the “largest takedown” involving health care fraud allegations, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.

June 22, 2016
A representative for Abbott enters a doctor's clinic in Pune, in this file picture taken August 27, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

Majority Of Americans Support Federally Funded Healthcare System

Seventy-three percent of Democrats and Democrat-leaning voters said they supported a federally funded healthcare system. Among Republicans and Republican-leaning voters, the number was 41 percent.

May 16, 2016
The ticker information for Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is displayed on a screen above the post where it's traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Our Sick Drug Business

Calling Valeant a “drug company” is problematic because it’s not much into researching and developing new medications. “Bet on management, not on science,” its outgoing CEO, J. Michael Pearson, was fond of saying.

May 3, 2016
Susan Wantz of Boca Raton, Florida, sits as she argues with Patricia Lobracco, a supporter of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump before Trump's scheduled campaign rally at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Florida, March 13, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

America, Don’t Count On Florida To Stop Donald Trump

Every four years since Bush-Gore, Floridians silently offer a collective prayer that goes something like this: “Please, God, don’t let us be the ones to decide who wins the presidency.”

March 15, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes part in a rally to preserve union pensions in Washington

What “Socialism” Means To Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton — And You

Bernie Sanders assures voters that he is running to win and there is no reason to doubt him. But win or lose, his campaign nevertheless is proving highly educational for Americans perpetually perplexed by the meaning of “socialism.” Or as Sanders sometimes specifies, “democratic socialism,” or the even milder “social democracy.”

November 6, 2015
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Tips For Navigating Medicare Open Enrollment

Frustrated with your Medicare coverage? With speculation still swirling about possible changes to the program’s “hold harmless” provision, managing costs and benefits is more important than ever.

November 3, 2015
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The North Carolina Experiment: How One State Is Trying To Reshape Medicaid

North Carolina is in the process of overhauling its Medicaid program.

October 27, 2015
Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump reacts near the end of the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland

5 Depressing Things To Expect If A GOP President And Congress Win in 2016

If Republicans win in 2016, expect the worst. And if we let this happen after seeing what they did the last time we had a GOP president and Congress — 2001-2006 — know that we deserve it.

October 12, 2015
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Republican Governors Buck Party Tenets To Seek Expanded Medicaid

Republican governors are pressing forward to expand Medicaid even after being stymied by lawmakers in their own party.

July 30, 2015
Scott Walker Wisconsin protests

5 Ways Conservatives Make Workers Poorer, Sicker, And More Dependent On Government

Conservative policies give workers weaker families, dimmer futures, and corporate governance. So why do they punish themselves by voting conservative?

July 27, 2015
Bush answers a question from the audience during a town hall campaign stop at the VFW Post in Hudson

Jeb Bush Keeps Clarifying: He Wants To Replace Medicare

Repeating himself, GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush reiterated a talking point about social spending that some question.

July 24, 2015
When paying cash for a prescription is cheaper than using insurance

When Paying Cash For A Prescription Is Cheaper Than Using Insurance

Having a smart, compassionate pharmacist is a big bonus.

July 6, 2015
2016 GOP Candidates

5 Ways Republicans Dare You To Vote Against Them

Republicans’ fiercest opponents are themselves. Actual reality has proven to be a powerful countervailing force, when enough Americans vote.

May 25, 2015
Hospital paperwork

A Little Homework Can Help You Navigate The Medicare Maze

You’re eligible for Medicare when you turn 65, but these days, the decision to sign up is not a slam-dunk.

April 29, 2015
Bank Vault

There’s Plenty of Money. Really.

Republican lawmakers always tell us there isn’t enough money. But in fact there is plenty — it’s just hard to find when an entire class of taxpayers can avoid paying their share.

April 14, 2015
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The Real Ted Cruz: Country Music, Harvard Law, And Tea Party ‘Populism’

While Cruz highlights his Tea Party persona to appeal to Republican primary voters, he exposes the fraudulence of ultra-right “populism.”

March 27, 2015
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Obamacare Should Be Less Complex

Obamacare shouldn’t be repealed or struck down — but it can be improved.

March 26, 2015
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Quiet Win For Boehner? Bending The Entitlement Curve

Boehner wants to accomplish “big things.” Namely, jam through an entitlement reform bill with aid from congressional Democrats.

March 19, 2015
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (Speaker Boehner via Flickr)

House GOP Budget Cuts Medicare, Repeals Affordable Care Act

The House GOP’s budget plan is just as extreme as ever.

March 17, 2015
Drugs

Consumer Confidential: Costco-Visa Deal Shows Why Medicare Should Negotiate Drug Prices

Conservatives have subverted market forces to ensure that Americans pay more for their drugs.

March 5, 2015
Mitt Romney speaks to fellow Republicans at a dinner during the Republican National Committee's Annual Winter Meeting aboard the USS Midway on January 16, 2015 in San Diego, California (AFP/Sandy Huffaker)

End Poverty? Reduce Inequality? What Republicans Must Do First

Republican candidates say they want to reduce poverty and inequality. But how can they become the change?

January 27, 2015
Money

How Are Federal Dollars Divided Among States?

Find out which states rely the most on government spending.

December 10, 2014
obamacare

Maximizing Your Health Benefits Before Year’s End

Your insurer must provide a simple “summary of benefits” that can help you save money — before the New Year.

December 9, 2014
obamacare

U.S. Health Care Spending Up In 2013, But At Record Low Growth Rate

Health care costs are growing at historically low levels.

December 3, 2014
Barack Obama

Why I’m (Still) Thankful For President Obama

Yes, he makes mistakes, and he has flaws — but Barack Obama’s achievements, temperament, and persistence are worthy of thanks.

November 27, 2014
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