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Reuters Poll: Americans Want Trump To Fix Healthcare First

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 9:30am 11/20/2016 at 9:30am
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In a poll conducted after President-elect Trump’s White House win, Reuters found that Americans have prioritized healthcare reform, job creation, and immigration.  In that order.

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Healthcare is the top issue Americans want D...

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WHO officially declares end to “Zika Emergency”

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 6:30pm 11/19/2016 at 6:30pm
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We have been following the mosquito-borne Zika virus epidemic, which had been declared an international medical emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The good news: The organization has officially ended the emergency status.

The bad news: The virus is now a permanent addition to our nation.

By lifting its nine-month-old declaration, the UN’s...

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Obamacare Signups Climb After Trump Victory

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 4:00pm 11/10/2016 at 4:00pm
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Donald Trump’s win for the presidency has caused more than 100,000 people to sign up for Obamacare. Republicans have stated they want to appeal the law if they win the White House.

It is the largest number of enrollees since the open enrollment started on November 1:

The new enrollment figure, released by...

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Trump, GOP Majority Could Mean End of Obamacare

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 11:00am 11/9/2016 at 11:00am
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Obamacare has been a disaster and with the GOP in control of DC starting in January, the government can repeal the law and implement something new:

Republicans still don’t have 60 votes in the Senate, so to repeal big parts of the law, they would have to use a process called budget...

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Ebola epidemic linked to new mutation

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 10:30am 11/6/2016 at 10:30am
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At the beginning of 2016, I noted that the Ebola epidemic that began in 2014, which West Africa hard and resulted in several Americans being stricken by the often deadly virus, had subsided.

Researchers are now reporting that the significant outbreak was the result of a mutation that made the virus easier...

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CDC reports the first US cases of deadly “super-fungus”

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 3:00pm 11/5/2016 at 3:00pm
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More troubling news is now coming from infectious disease experts.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that the first cases of a drug-resistant and potentially fatal fungal infection have occurred within the United States.

The fungus, C...

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Three U.S. colleges swept by hand, foot, and mouth disease

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 7:30am 10/30/2016 at 7:30am
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Two Florida universities and the University of Illinois have been battling outbreaks of hand, foot, and mouth disease that involve about three dozen cases in the last couple of months.

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 200,000 people in the U.S. get the disease each year, but Dr. Fenyong Liu,...

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Hillary 2007: You can keep your doctor and plan “if you like it”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 10:00am 10/26/2016 at 10:00am
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The claim that you can keep your plan and doctor was the line that sold Obamacare to a skeptical public, and gave Democrats cover to rework the health care system, comprising 1/5 of the economy, by a bare majority in Congress.

That false promise generally is attributed to Obama during the 2009-2010...

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Sticker Shock: Obamacare Rates Hikes Hit Double-digits

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 7:00am 10/25/2016 at 7:00am
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Surprise! (But only if you haven’t been paying attention.)

At the beginning of May, I blogged about the looming October Obamacare surprise — seriously nasty rate hikes.

Unfortunately (or fortunately — depending on where you stand) for Democrats, pending rate increase announcements could not come at a worse time. Open enrollment begins the...

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Insurers use California’s assisted-suicide law to deny treatment for terminal patients

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 6:00pm 10/23/2016 at 6:00pm
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About one-year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state’s assisted-suicide bill into law. It fully went into effect this June, with the opening of the first clinic. While there is no data on the number of California assisted-suicides, Oregon recorded over 130 last year as part of their legalized physician-assisted...

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Group Sues Florida Election Official After Medical Marijuana Left Off Ballot

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 21, 2016 at 5:30pm 10/21/2016 at 5:30pm
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The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) chapter in Florida has sued Broward County Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes after citizens said their mail in ballots did not include Amendment 2 to legalize medical marijuana:

It asked a county court judge to require that the elections office distribute...

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Mayaro Virus: The Next Zika?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 5:30pm 10/12/2016 at 5:30pm
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Reports have surfaced that a new pathogen has made the hop from South America to the Caribbean, and may soon head to our shores.

Researchers at the University of Florida have identified the Mayaro virus in an 8-year-old Haitian, the first reported case in that region.

“The virus we detected is genetically different...

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Feds will now pick plans for displaced Obamacare customers

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 8:30am 10/11/2016 at 8:30am
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One of the biggest surprises of the Sunday debate was the moment that Obamacare came up as an audience-member question.

Hillary Clinton basically said she’ll mend it, and Donald Trump vowed to end it.

Gone are the days of, “if like your plan, you’ll keep your plan.”

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Hurricane Matthew Causes Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 10, 2016 at 12:00pm 10/10/2016 at 12:00pm
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Hurricane Matthew has caused a cholera outbreak in Haiti, leaving people with another challenge after the storm devastated the island. The London Times reported:

In the coastal town of Port-Salut, which had been free of cholera for seven months, three cases were reported at the weekend as floodwater mingled with sewage and...

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Hospital Charges New Dad $39.35 To Hold His Newborn Son

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 6:00pm 10/5/2016 at 6:00pm
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Utah Valley Hospital charged a new father to hold his newborn baby.  While the charge is listed as “skin-to-skin” contact after a C-section on the hospital bill, the hospital maintains the charge is for having “an extra nurse in the room during a C-section.”

Yahoo News reports:

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Dengue fever comes to Florida

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 10:15am 10/2/2016 at 10:15am
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In addition to the continuing spread of the Zika virus in the state, Florida is now contending with new cases of a tropical disease killer.

There are now reports that a second case of locally-transmitted dengue fever has been identified.

Health officials announced on Wednesday that they have detected a case of locally...

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Change! Once vanquished diseases emerge across America

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 6:30pm 9/18/2016 at 6:30pm
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When President Obama said he would fundamentally transform America, who could have guessed it meant that exotic diseases and once-vanquished illnesses would break out across the county?

The Zika virus, which we have been following closely, is increasing its footprint within our country. Florida Governor Rick Scott just announced that the Zika...

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