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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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How the Sugar Industry Poisoned Food Science Against Fat

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 7:00pm 9/13/2016 at 7:00pm
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Few sciences have been as settled as dietary science…. until recently.

I chronicled the substantial revisions issued regarding the scientific “consensus” about cholesterol last year. The “War on Cholesterol” has officially ended, though there is evidence that it adversely impacted American health and the nation’s egg farmers while reaping absolutely no benefit.

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VA Defies Law Requiring Performance Data Be Made Public

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 10:00am 9/13/2016 at 10:00am
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Although we haven’t heard much about it recently, the VA scandal is very much alive and well. The National Review published an article about the wide-ranging problems with the VA in April of this year.  Here’s a quick reminder, neatly encapsulated in NR’s review of VA-related stories:

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Federal Zika Money Running Low as Virus Spreads

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 11:00am 9/11/2016 at 11:00am

I noted that Senate Democrats protected the sacred cow of Planned Parenthood when they blocked a bill to fight the spread of the Zika virus in this country.

That decision now has consequences, as the c...

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Pfizer CEO: Hillary’s Drug Proposal “Drives” Us Toward Single-payer

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 8:00pm 9/10/2016 at 8:00pm

The prof’s post entitled “ObamaCare is the Gateway Drug to Single-payer” couldn’t be more apt.  There are serious flaws with ObamaCare, and in the terms by which it was presented to the American people, it has been a colossal failure from its foundation to its implementation . . . at least...

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Is Portable Health Insurance the Future?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 2:30pm 9/6/2016 at 2:30pm

While he was running for Senate in the 2012, Ted Cruz spoke extensively on the virtues of portable health insurance — insurance not associated with any particular employer, but insurance that works more like vehicle insurance or homeowner’s insurance.

Though the idea is not unique to Senator Cruz, in a world where...

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Sen. Cornyn Drops Twitter Mic on Chuck Schumer’s Zika Bill Complaints

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 12:06pm 9/6/2016 at 12:06pm

Senator Schumer’s Zika virus bill complaints were met with a swift kick in the pants by Senator Cornyn Tuesday morning:

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Honey Bees: Collateral Damage in Fight Against Zika

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 2:30pm 9/4/2016 at 2:30pm

There is another disturbing report related to the spread of the Zika virus; however, this one doesn’t involve birth defects or neurological problems.

Millions of honey bees were killed after areas of South Carolina were sprayed to kill the mosquitoes that transmit the pathogen.

“On Saturday, it was total energy, millions of bees...

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