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Health-care price inflation is at its lowest rate in 50 years

President Obama makes a statement before the start of a meeting with representatives of health insurance companies in the White House in Washington Friday. (Evan Vucci/AP) Health care spending is growing at the slowest rate on record, and health-care…  …

A big step or a big stumble? Obamacare becomes a reality on Tuesday

Millions of uninsured and low-income Americans will sign on to subsidized health coverage beginning Tuesday in a revolutionary system that is still working out technical kinks — and confronting heaps of political pushback. The administration has promised that the Affordable Care Act will be a transformative program ensuring access to…

U.S. braces for possible govt shutdown at midnight

Washington inched its way toward a government shutdown on Monday as it neared a midnight deadline with rivalling lawmakers entrenched in bitter bickering and blaming each other for the impasse related to Obama’s signature health care reform. The US Senate is scheduled to meet Monday just hours before the deadline,…

When something goes wrong at the hospital

How is it possible to move past medical harm when every single aspect of life is impacted by it 2013 when absolutely everything a person believed about doctors, lawyers, oversight agencies, insurance companies is turned upside down and inside out? -Robin Karr, patient harm survivor A slip of the scalpel,…

What do we owe our veterans? Osama bin Laden shooter’s story isn’t unique

Jonathan Rue: Thousands of veterans have problems going back to civilian life, but it will take more than money to fix the issues. Esquire magazine caused quite a stir on Monday when it published an extended interview with the US Navy SEAL who shot and killed Osama bin Laden. The shooter, his…

Why Jeffrey Toobin is Wrong and Everyone Needs to Settle Down About the ACA Ruling

I listened to both days of testimony (here’s a chirpstory of my live-tweeting while listening to the arguments regarding the individual mandate) and have read the transcripts multiple times, and I agree entirely with The Atlantic‘s Topher Spiro: “This was a train wreck for the Obama administration. This law looks…

Tea party leader at Supreme Court rally: ‘Obamacare is a cancer!’

Tea party groups and Republican politicians rallied outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday, urging that the justices declare President Barack Obama’s health care reform law unconstitutional. Group leaders led chants of “Constitution, yes. Socialism, no” and “Real women buy their own birth control” while waiting for speakers to come to…

Public camps at U.S. high court for health hearing

A dozen people camped out in front of the US Supreme Courtovernight into Saturday to make sure they would get a first glimpse of a historic hearing into the president’s health reform law next week. About 50 seats have been reserved for the public in the courtroom to hear the Supreme Court’s…

Health care premiums will surpass median U.S. incomes by 2033: study

The cost of health care will surpass the price of a median income household in the United States by 2033 if current trends continue, according to a study published in the March/April issue of Annals of Family Medicine. Researchers accumulated data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Medical Expenditure Panel…

Why are conservatives so obsessed with sex?

Because it makes the perfect wedge issue is why.  Or, to be more thorough, this is something I’ve been thinking about ever since anti-choicers managed to get Komen to join in their crusade of shunning Planned Parenthood for what I’ve deemed below-the-belt health care.* The “breasts good/vaginas icky” divide that…

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