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GOP Rep: Healthcare is just one drunken car crash away

Remember ‘Bubble Boy’ from Seinfeld? Everybody who lived in the town where Bubble Boy lived loved him because he suffered from an autoimmune  disease which forced him to live in a ‘bubble’. And living this way was supposed tomake sad and noble in that way that we always assume that…

The Jim Crow Medicine Show is now open to all

Back in 2008 America took  a deep breath and elected a black man to the Presidency  much to the dismay of conservatives who just knew that if you let one of those people into the White House  the first order of business would be to loot the treasury and give…

Republicans and Democrats unveil rival budgets

President Barack Obama’s Democrats will unveil their first budget in four years this week in the US Senate as House Republicans put forward their own blueprint, but the two are unlikely to be reconciled. Congress, aiming to ultimately craft a broad plan that can help reduce the swollen $16 trillion…

Planned Parenthood sues Texas over exclusion from Medicaid funds

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the state of Texas over the state’s exclusion of the nonprofit group’s clinics from a state women’s health program primarily funded by federal dollars. PPFA told Austin American Statesman reporter Chuck Lindell that they’ve already closed 12 clinics…

Federal government to give states $300 million for child health coverage

To qualify for the bonuses, states needed to surpass a specified enrollment target under the Medicaid program for low-income Americans and adopt procedures that make it easier for children to enroll and retain coverage under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The performance bonus payments are designed help…

Romney: I didn’t know what Medicaid was ‘before I got into government’

Millionaire Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney admitted Friday that he wasn’t sure what Medicaid was before being elected as governor of Massachusetts at the age of 55. “Medicaid, you wonder what Medicaid is, those that are not into all this government stuff,” Romney told voters at a campaign event in…

Cantor claims Social Security and Medicare ‘aren’t going to be there’ when he retires

It may just be wishful thinking. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) claimed Sunday that he didn’t expect Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare to be around when he retires. “What we [House Republicans] have said is this: We’ll protect today’s seniors and those nearing retirement, but for the rest of…

Merck probed for bribes to foreign governments

Two federal agencies are probing drugmaker Merck & Co. for possibly violating anti-bribery laws in multiple foreign countries. Merck, the world’s second-biggest drugmaker by revenue, has received inquiry letters from both the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said in a regulatory filing. The letters…

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