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The Singer, Not the Song

The Singer, Not the Song

In 2010, social psychologist Eric Knowles and two colleagues published a study showing that some of the opposition to health care reform results from prejudice toward African-Americans and dislike of Barack Obama. The research was a panel study in which participants were interviewed several times over the internet. During the first contact, Knowles measured implicit prejudice against […]

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Another Shoe Drops

Another Shoe Drops

We will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they get sick.                                                   […]

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Obama on the Employer Mandate:  “. . . never mind”

Obama on the Employer Mandate: “. . . never mind”

The Obama administration quietly announced on Tuesday that there will be a one-year delay—until after the 2014 midterm elections—in the implementation of the employer mandate, the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide them with health care coverage or pay a fine. The decision leaves intact the individual mandate, […]

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Protecting the Parasites:  The Irony of Obamacare

Protecting the Parasites: The Irony of Obamacare

Earlier this month, the Green Party called on the Supremes to strike down the individual mandate and put an end to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Their argument is that the ACA is merely a multibillion dollar public subsidy for the insurance, pharmaceutical and medical industries. This is certainly true. But they go on to predict that […]

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Junk Health Insurance

Junk Health Insurance

I’m one of those lucky Americans who never had to shop for health insurance. I’ve always gotten it through my employer or Medicare. So it was a real eye-opener for me when I read about what passes for “health insurance” in the latest issue of Consumer Reports. Junk health insurance comes in three varieties. Only […]

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Obama, the States’ Rights President

Obama, the States’ Rights President

Last week, we posted an op-ed by Wendell Potter about the Obama administration’s pending decision on the minimum health benefits insurance companies will be required to cover under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA says that ten categories of benefits must be covered: ambulatory patient services; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental […]

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