Tag: health care reform

Apple Rejects Single-Payer iPhone App

A free iPhone application – iSinglepayer – that compares the cost of health care around the world, documents insufficiencies in the U.S. health care system, uses the phone’s GPS to determine users’ local congresspersons, and displays how much each member of congress has received from the health sector was rejected by Apple on the grounds…

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Support For Health Care Reform Increasing

“Public support for health reform ended its summer slide, reversed course and moved modestly upwards in September, according to the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll.”

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Flipping The Health Care Reform Narrative

The elderly, fearing reduction of their Medicare Advantage coverage, have been pitted against the young in the seemingly endless debate over health care reform. Politicians have historically treasured older voters, but the most recent election demonstrated a marked increase in the number of younger voters. The so-called “young invincibles,” however, appear to be losing out…

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Don’t Mess With Health-Care Success!

“Everybody talks about the 50 percent of American bankruptcies that are from health-care costs. But what about the 50 percent that aren’t?”

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Discrimination And Health Reform

A new HealthReform.gov report indicates that in 33 states a 22-year-old woman can be charged 50% more for a 22-year-old man’s equivalent premium. Which hits home for this particular 22-year-old woman residing in one of the states allowing such discrimination. This inequality is based on more than gender, of course. Age and health conditions also…

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Wilson’s Son Defends Father’s Outburst

  Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst during the President’s healthcare speech has put him in hot water. He was obviously disrespectful but some, such as President Jimmy Carter, point to racism as a motivator. Wilson’s son, Alan, disagrees: “It’s unfortunate people make that jump. People can disagree — and appropriately disagree — on issues of substance,…

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Health-Care Reform And Social Media

“No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick. If you agree, join us in posting this as your status for the rest of the day.” So went the status updates of Facebook users a couple of weeks back. It’s unclear which individual or…

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What The Heckle?

It wasn’t quite as dramatic as hurling a shoe. But Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) is already suffering from his ill-advised outburst during Barack Obama’s speech on health-care reform last night. GOP leadership made him apologize to the President, who accepted it. And Rob Miller, Wilson’s potential opponent in the 2010 election for his congressional seat,…

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R.E.M., MoveOn.org’s ‘We Can’t Afford To Wait’ Video

MoveOn.org asked members to “share photos showing how they and their loved ones are suffering under our broken health care system.” R.E.M. provided the music.

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Health Care And The ‘Young Invincibles’

Are young people – 30% percent of whom are uninsured, according to the Commonwealth Fund – being written off in the health-care debate due to assumptions that they consider themselves “invincible?” Craig Berger unravels this meme in a Future Majority post, “Youth Not Turned Off By Health Care, But By Tone of Debate.” Our generation…

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