Happy Times! Obama Says Medicare, Medicaid, 'Not in Crisis'

th President Obama marked the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid in his weekly address, saying that Obamacare is “finishing the job” begun by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. He also made the spurious claim that the two federal health care programs are not in crisis, and those who say they’re in trouble are playing politics: According […] Continue Reading

Top Obama Health Nominee Part Of Medical Fraud Scheme

th-3 Andy Slavitt — President Obama’s choice to manage Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid — was linked seven years ago to a massive medical data fraud scheme that resulted in what was then the largest settlement ever by an insurance company. If he is confirmed by the Senate, Slavitt will head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, […] Continue Reading

Signs of Division in the GOP on ObamaCare Repeal

th-9 Senate Republican leaders this week narrowly averted an intra-party battle over ObamaCare by again promising to get a repeal bill to the president’s desk through budget reconciliation. But the use of reconciliation — a budget tool that allows bills to bypass the Senate’s 60-vote threshold — is still a matter of debate among Republicans in […] Continue Reading

Teenage Girl Harvests Eggs Before 'Transitioning' to Male: 'Always Known I Wanted to Have Kids'

th-6 Yahoo Parenting reported on Thursday that an 18-year-old girl who began her “transition” to male last year, took steps to ensure “he” could have a biologically-related child. Cole Carman, who lives in San Francisco, decided that in addition to major surgery and hormone therapy she would undergo another medical procedure: having her eggs harvested. The […] Continue Reading

Americans Crave Too Much Junk Food

th-8 Even though most Americans know too much junk food is unhealthy, 90 percent consume more than experts recommend. Why? A significant underlying cause is aggressive marketing. Americans consumed far less junk when it wasn’t so widespread. Consumption accelerated when marketers discovered they could stimulate “impulse buys” just by increasing junk food availability or salience through […] Continue Reading

Federal Judge Who Banned Planned Parenthood Videos Is Obama Appointee And Donor

th-5 A California Federal judge who raised $230,000 for President Obama’s presidential campaign approved an injunction Friday afternoon against the Center For Medical Progress, banning the pro-life group from releasing any more Planned Parenthood sting videos. The National Abortion Federation filed a restraining order against the CMP early Friday morning, and only a few hours later Judge […] Continue Reading

Reform at the VA? Not Hardly, Say Whistleblowers

th-2 Employees of VA hospitals testifed before a Senate committee looking into the scandal at many facilities and made it clear that there are still problems plaguing the department, not the least of which is whistleblower retaliation. Bill Straub: Appearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, Dr. Katherine Mitchell testified […] Continue Reading

States Eye New Ways to Change Obamacare

06182013_Obamacare_Tax_Stroke_article Now that Congress and the courts have failed to overhaul Obamacare, states are eyeing the only current remaining opportunity to modify the healthcare law — this time from the inside out. Policy and lawmakers are shifting their attention to a section of the Affordable Care Act allowing for state innovation waivers, known as “1332 waivers.” […] Continue Reading

Cellphones Can Cause Cancer, Meta-Study Confirms

th-3 There have been hints for years that cellphones could cause cancer, and now a new meta-study finds that the radiation cellphones emit are a real danger. The new research, which is based on a review of 100 studies, found that the low-intensity radiofrequency radiation (RFR), cellphones emit, has an effect on living cells and can […] Continue Reading