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U.S. health experts seek more study on ‘fracking’

WASHINGTON — A group of US medical professionals called Monday for a halt to a type of drilling for natural gas called “fracking” in populated areas until more is known about its health impacts. “When it comes to hydrofracking, our guiding principle for public policy should be the same as…

New York unions sue over retiree health-care change

ALBANY, New York (Reuters) – Seven New York state unions filed federal lawsuits on Wednesday seeking to prevent Governor Andrew Cuomo from increasing the amount that retired workers pay for health care. The increases enacted this year were unconstitutional because the state has no authority to unilaterally raise retirees’ health-care…

House raises taxes on people with health insurance, institutes death penalty for f*cking

The House just passed HR3, which was misnamed the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act.  In reality, the law has nothing to do with taxpayer funding.  What it does is revokes the tax credit or deduction for health care for any individual or employer who purchases private insurance that covers…

Repubs give up all pretense of being sticklers for process the second they get power

A lot of Republicans ran on the promise of repealing health care reform, which only worked, of course, after telling their base that “health care reform” is basically code for “giving people you moved out of the city to get away from money so they can sit in the doctor’s…

It’s all the same culture war

Jonathan Martin and Ben Smith have an article up at Politico making the usual arguments about how Obama has managed to dodge one kind of culture war only to step into another. It’s the sort of thing that I believe misses the point, because it implies—incorrectly—that the hysterical right changes…

When your opponents have no compunction about lying….

You can’t do anything to appease their complaints. Stupak and company may have been satisfied by dunking Obama’s head in the toilet until they obtained a symbolic gesture of woman-hating from him that they and we know he doesn’t mean, but let’s face it. Those fools are useful idiots being…

The war on health care access

This week’s column at RH Reality Check is about the use of wedge issues by anti-choicers, and what they get out of it. The ones I identify as popular now are pretending to care about racism, pretending to care about women’s health, pretending to care about disability rights, and acting…

That’s why we don’t call them “pro-life”

Matt makes a useful point about how anyone who threatens to block health care reform over abortion is a lot of things, but “pro-life” ain’t one of them: That said, it really is worth lingering on the extent to which his threat to hold health reform hostage to an abortion…

Lieberman shocks no one

I’m shamelessly stealing Paul’s joke here. Lieberman is back to square one with threatening to join the filibuster if the public option and/or the Medicare buy-in are part of the health care reform bill. What’s interesting to me at this point is that for Lieberman, any pretext that he gives…

Misogyny hijacks health care reform vote

Sorry for being out all day yesterday; my mother is in town, and so it was hard to obsessively follow the health care reform vote. I did try to tweet some stuff from RH Reality Check about the Stupak amendment, and frankly, prior to the amendment, that’s the best angle.…

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