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Category Archive: Health Care

Mar 29 2014

Bachmann Babbles About Obamacare

Tuesday was the oral argument in the Hobby Lobby case, so some of the far right members of Congress decided to get up and spew some nonsense about the case and about Obamacare in general. Michele Bachmann’s contribution was a rambling, paranoid diatribe about how Obama was going to deny life-saving drugs to her.

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Mar 17 2014

Hey Look, Another Lawsuit Over the Contraception Mandate

A class-action lawsuit by more than 200 Catholic organizations has been filed against the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, bringing the total number of lawsuits filed against that provision of the law to approximately 89 bazillion.

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Mar 13 2014

Obamacare Scare Victim Actually Saving Money

Remember that Michigan woman who starred in a commercial paid for by Americans for Prosperity to slam Rep. Gary Peters for voting for the Affordable Care Act, which claimed her health insurance costs would now be so high that she might die from cancer as a result? The conservative Detroit News reports that she will …

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Mar 11 2014

Jindal’s Fantasies of the Health Care Past

Bobby Jindal was invited to address CPAC, nearly doubling the number of non-white people in attendance, and he gave one of those classic conservative stump speeches about the good old days and how life would be so much better if we just went back to the days when people got healthcare for a handshake.

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Mar 10 2014

Former Secret Service Agent Plays the Game

One of the rising stars of Wingnuttia is Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent who quit, wrote a book with all kinds of vague accusations about how horrible President Obama is and is now running for Congress in Maryland. He spoke at CPAC and showed that he has already mastered the art of political …

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Mar 04 2014

Georgia Gov: Let the Poor Die

Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia has a brilliant idea to reduce health care costs: Let the poor die. He wants Congress to repeal the Reagan-era law requiring hospitals to treat someone in a medical emergency. Rachel Maddow rightly blasted him for this inhumane suggestion:

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Feb 06 2014

New CBO Report Builds Case for Obamacare

A new Congressional Budget Office report that forecasts budgetary and economic conditions for 2014 provides ammunition for supporters of the Affordable Care Act on a couple of fronts. The first is that the “risk corridors” in the law will save the federal government billions of dollars:

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Feb 04 2014

Joseph Farah’s Amazing Technicolor Dishonesty

Sometimes you just have to shake your head at how irrational and/or dishonest wingnuts can be. Case in point, Joseph Farah’s column about the appalling situation in Utah where kids had their school lunches thrown in the trash. In Farah’s world, this is proof…of the dangers of Obamacare. I wish I were making that up, …

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Feb 04 2014

Failure to Expand Medicaid = Thousands of Deaths

When Republicans swept the statehouses and legislatures of more than 30 states in 2010, putting many very far-right governors in office, many of them refused to go along with the expansion of Medicaid that was part of the health care reform bill, even though it was almost entirely paid for by the federal government. A …

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Feb 03 2014

Send the Bill to Rick Perry

The disturbing story of a brain-dead pregnant woman in Texas ended mercifully last week after a judge ordered her removed from life support despite a state law requiring the hospital to keep her alive. But there’s one big question remaining: Who has to pay for the nine weeks of hospital care that the family did …

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Jan 30 2014

Marcotte Pretty Much Destroys Hannity

What happens when a dullard like Sean Hannity, who is only capable of confidently repeating shallow talking points, falls into the hands of someone like Amanda Marcotte, who is actually capable of thinking clearly? The result is a serious beatdown, which can be found in this article at Slate by Amanda.

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Jan 19 2014

Sharron Angle’s Pointless Crusade

Remember Sharron Angle, the extremist who managed to lose a senate seat to Harry Reid that the Republicans would likely have won with a more reasonable candidate? Well she’s back and trying to pass a constitutional amendment in Nevada to outlaw the state healthcare exchange set up under Obamacare.

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Jan 16 2014

NM Court Upholds Physician-assisted Suicide

A New Mexico state judge has ruled in a case brought by the ACLU that the state cannot prosecute doctors who aid their patients in ending their lives peacefully and painlessly. Judge Nan Nash ruled that a mentally competent person has a right to do that and to be helped in doing so:

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Jan 07 2014

Obamacare Reality vs Partisan Bombthrowing

The nature of our political discourse these days, unfortunately, is that everything must be painted in black and white. Obamacare is either a panacea or a total failure. Jonathan Cohn at the New Republic calls out such simplistic reasoning by pointing out that it’s going to be good for some people and bad for others.

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Dec 29 2013

The ACA and the ‘Gay Agenda’

The Worldnetdaily has a new series of articles written by Jerome Corsi that makes the dog-whistle argument that the Obama administration is using the Affordable Care Act to help those dirty people with AIDS (HIV, actually; most do not progress to AIDS these days if they’re on medication). It starts with this bizarre note from …

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