Tag Archives: health care

Texas GOP Mulling Medicaid Withdrawal

The Texas GOP, which swept into the state legislature with overwhelming numbers last week, is mulling a complete withdrawal from Medicaid, a move which could leave millions of Texans without any health care coverage. “With Obamacare mandates coming down, we have a situation where we cannot reduce benefits or change eligibility” to cut costs, said State Representative Warren Chisum, Republican …

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HomoQuotable – Charles Winecoff

“Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away – called New York City – there was a special place where fairies could go when they weren’t feeling well. It was known as the Gay Men’s Health Project. The friendly bears and slender youths who ran this magical dispensary helped unlucky fairies mend their wings and wee-wees so they …

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HCR: Wingnuts Ride The Waaambulance

Right Wing Watch has posted a compilation of wingnut group reactions to yesterday’s health care reform vote. A sampling: The Eagle Forum: “Any formerly pro-life Democrat who voted ‘Yes’ on the Senate health care bill tonight will be forever remembered as being among the deciding votes which facilitated the largest expansion of abortion services since Roe v. Wade. Mr. Stupak …

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New York Senate Approves Partner Healthcare Bill

Seventeen years after its approval by the state Assembly, the New York Senate has finally approved the Family Health Care Decisions Act. Domestic partners will now have priority over biological family members when it comes to the medical needs of an incapacitated partner. Via press release from the Empire State Pride Agenda (my bolding): New York has been one of …

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Photo Of The Day

Canadian hockey fans reacted to their defeat by the Americans with the above photo. (Sent by JMG reader Cheyenne)

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Whole Foods CEO John Mackey: Global Warming Is A Hoax

Months after he infuriated loyal customers by saying that no American has an inherent right to health care, Whole Food CEO John Mackey is back in the news, this time for claiming that global warming is a hoax. The New Yorker profiled Mackey and asked him for some of his favorite books. One of the books on the list was …

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Rush Limbaugh: I’m OK

Speaking at a press conference held at his Honolulu hospital minutes ago, Rush Limbaugh announced that an angiogram had “found absolutely nothing wrong” with his heart. Speculation about worse news had been mounting after Limbaugh’s team remained silent on his condition for more than a day. At the press conference, Limbaugh added, “I don’t think there’s one thing wrong with …

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Federal Court Dismisses Suit By Lesbian Couple Kept Apart In Hospital

A federal court in Florida has dismissed Lambda Legal’s lawsuit brought on behalf of a lesbian couple that was kept apart by a Miami hospital after one of the women suffered a brain aneurysm during an R Family cruise. She died alone even though her partner provided the hospital with documents proving she was legally entitled to make healthcare decisions. …

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Arizona Revokes Health Insurance For Partners Of State Employees

On Friday, Arizona’s governor signed a bill revoking health benefits from the unmarried partners of state employees under the guise of “cost cutting.” Lambda Legal fumes: State legislators for months had taken aim at the equal benefits plan approved last year by former Governor Janet Napolitano, now Department of Homeland Security Secretary. On Friday, current Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed …

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Obama Picks New Surgeon General

Later today President Obama will name Dr. Regina Benjamin as the nation’s Surgeon General. Benjamin has a reputation as a champion of the poor and uninsured. That was likely a factor in Obama’s decision as he continues press for health care reform. A decade ago, the New York Times called her “angel in a white coat,” a country doctor who …

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No To Public Insurance: AMA Will Oppose Obama’s Health Care Reforms

The American Medical Association (AMA) says they plan to oppose Barack Obama’s health care reform plan to create a public health insurance system. In comments submitted to the Senate Finance Committee, the American Medical Association said: “The A.M.A. does not believe that creating a public health insurance option for non-disabled individuals under age 65 is the best way to expand …

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Insurers Offer Reforms In Advance Of Obama’s Coverage-For-All Plan

This is an interesting development. The nation’s health insurers offered Tuesday to stop basing people’s premiums on their health and extend coverage to all Americans regardless of pre-existing conditions — provided that everyone gets insurance. The suggestion from Karen Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, came at a Senate hearing and in a Newsmaker session with USA TODAY. It …

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Flush Yourself Thin

Another blow to the unregulated supplements industry – the FDA has revealed that dozens of top selling “natural” weight loss supplements are actually full of dangerously high doses of prescription laxatives and diuretics. The names of the weight-loss supplements say it all: 7 Day Herbal Slim, 2 Day Diet, and even 24 Hours Diet. Those are just three of dozens …

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Colorado Senate Gives Initial OK On Health Benefits For Domestic Partners

Yesterday a bill granting health benefits for the domestic partners of state employees was approved by the Colorado state Senate, although the bill must voted on one more time before it can move to the state House. The measure (Senate Bill 88) would add domestic partners to the list of dependents eligible for coverage. Same-sex partners who have been in …

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KS Gov. Kathleen Sebelius To Head HHS

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) is likely to be chosen as Secretary of Health and Human Services – provided she doesn’t pull a Daschle. Should she be nominated, Ms. Sebelius would bring eight years of experience as her state’s insurance commissioner as well as six years as a governor running a state Medicaid program. But with President Obama about to …

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Poz Woman Suing After Being Refused Gall Bladder Surgery

A 35 year old HIV-positive female prisoner has filed a federal lawsuit because her doctor refused to perform surgery on her gall bladder. Melody Rose’s case is supported by gay equality advocates Lambda Legal and the AIDS Resource Centre of Wisconsin (ARCW). The lawsuit was filed today in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Ms Rose …

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Lawsuits Filed To Block “Objectionable” Healthcare Rules

Three federal lawsuits have been filed to block Dubya’s parting shot at health care, which allows providers to withhold treatment in situations where they personally object to the care requested. In three lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut, the states and groups sought an immediate court order preventing the regulation from going into effect Tuesday and a permanent …

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Test Your Barrista

If you suspect that your local barrista is not giving you the decaf you ordered, test strips are now available. Whether accidentally or on purpose, for some, this unexpected addition of caffeine could be a serious health threat–at least serious enough to warrant caution. Those who have high blood pressure or a heart condition should probably be avoiding caffeine. However, …

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Benefit Costs Trash Gotham Budget

Surprising nobody, new data reveals that health costs and other benefits are wreaking havoc on NYC’s budget. Average salaries for NYC employees went up 33% since 2000 (very comparable to the 29% inflation rate since then), but the cost of employee benefits soared 186%. Overall compensation cost has risen 66% in just eight years. The NY Post points out that …

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Mrs. Witten

Rite Aid Pharmacy, Grand Central Terminal There’s a woman in line ahead of me who has just handed over a huge sheaf of prescriptions. She is a middle-aged business woman wearing a navy suit. She has a Blackberry clipped to her messenger-style bag. The two clerks seem to know her and they immediately pick up their pace and begin darting …

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