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The right’s ‘union thugs’ in Pennsylvania, Ohio press for fair wages and working conditions

“I was a nursing assistant for 30 odd years before I got my last job that required I be in a union,” Georgeanne Koelher (pictured) told Raw Story in Pittsburgh. “But it was the biggest perk that could’ve come with that job.” Koehler, formerly a lifelong Republican, became a member…

Chris Wallace: Fox News covers contraception for female employees

Last week, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said a Georgetown University student was a “slut” and a “prostitute” for wanting oral contraceptives to be covered by her health insurance — but it’s not clear if he feels the same about the female employees who receive birth control pills from Fox…

5 sexual health services insurance will cover… for men

The political flap over the Obama Administration decision to require health insurance companies to cover birth control as preventative care continues apace, even after former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) declared it “a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be,”…

Insurance eligibility improves medical care: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A new study suggests young adults are more likely to get care and see a doctor when states extend the time they can stay on their parents’ health insurance — a measure also mandated by the 2010 federal health care law. The laws are meant…

Consumers demand insurers cover experimental drugs

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When your health insurance provider denies an experimental treatment or a high-cost drug, how much are you willing to pay for the care you believe you need? Barby Ingle, a former cheerleading and dance coach at Washington University who now lives in a Phoenix suburb, has…

Affordable Care Act gives 2.5 million young adults coverage

Defenders of the Affordable Care Act received good news Wednesday morning. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 2.5 million young adults received health insurance, thanks to a provision in the laws which allows people under 26-years-old to stay on their parents’ insurance. The percentage of 19 to 25-year-olds…

Santorum: Americans don’t ‘die because of lack of health insurance’

In a feisty exchange with a student in Sioux Center, Iowa Monday evening, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum said that, in his opinion, lack of access to health care has no effect on America’s mortality. According to ABC News, the former Pennsylvania senator was pressed by the student asking about…

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…

This Is What Grammar Jesus Made Awkward Ellipses For

Megan McArdle, economist-always-in-training, argues against health insurance using quite possibly the worst argument ever: Ezra asks why, if I think thebenefits of health insurance are so minimal, I have health insurance. Revealed preference! Gotcha! But the answer as to why I have health insurance is simple: my employer pays for…

WSJ Poll: 12% of Americans judge the Bush decade ‘good’ or ‘great’

Are we supposed to feel better that the figure isn’t any higher? (Think Progress): According to the poll, a combined 58% said the decade was either “awful” or “not so good,” 29% said it was fair, and just 12% said it was either “good” or “great.” [...] Asked what they…

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