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This Public Alabama Hospital Sues the Poorest of the Poor

More than a century ago, Alabama enshrined a basic protection in the state’s constitution shielding its poorest citizens from being forced to pay debts they couldn’t afford. But a public hospital in the mostly rural southeast corner of the state has found a way around the law.

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How Nonprofit Hospitals Are Seizing Patients’ Wages

One Missouri hospital has sued thousands of uninsured patients who couldn’t pay for their care, then grabbed a hefty portion of their paychecks to cover the bills. “We will be paying them off until we die,” one debtor said.

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President Obama Hosts ‘Colbert Report’ to Show Colbert Up…and Spread the Word About Obamacare

As Jon Stewart mentioned on the “Daily Show” on Tuesday, the decision to time the president’s appearance on the “Colbert Report” to air before the Senate’s CIA torture report was released may not be purely coincidental.

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Obamacare Hunt

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Obamacare Meets SCOTUS

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Frontline Ebola Responders

Doctors Without Borders was on the scene in West Africa six months before the U.N. declared the outbreak a “threat to international peace and security.”

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Second Texas Hospital Worker Tests Positive for Ebola

Just days after it was confirmed that a 26-year-old nurse at a Dallas hospital had been infected with Ebola after caring for patient Thomas Eric Duncan, another health care worker at the same hospital has tested positive.

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Walmart Is Cutting Health Insurance for 30,000 Part-Time Employees, but That’s Not All

Oh Walmart, the company that just keeps on taking.

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Dollars for Dudes: Almost No Women Among Medical Industry’s Top-Paid Speakers

The causes are not clear, but men account for more than 90 percent of the 300 doctors who received the most money from drug and medical device companies, according to new federal data.

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Health Insurers Are Spending Millions to Defeat California’s Proposition 45

From the start, even fans recognized that one of Obamacare’s great weaknesses was its failure to regulate insurance rates.

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In California, Some Efforts to Toughen Oversight of Assisted Living Falter

Cost concerns may derail efforts by lawmakers and advocates to require more frequent inspections and a swifter response to allegations of abuse and neglect.

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Couch Potato Congress

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GOP Par for the Course

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Jon Stewart Explains How the Recent Obamacare Fiasco Could Be Solved With Two Words

“You could salvage this entire fucking thing with a mediocre Scrabble hand,” the “Daily Show” host shouts in exasperation.

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Even After Open Enrollment, Activity Remains Unexpectedly High on Federal Health Insurance Exchange

New federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, shows nearly 1 million insurance transactions since mid-April.

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Why Are Obstetricians Among the Top Billers for Group Psychotherapy in Illinois?

Illinois leads the country in group psychotherapy sessions in Medicare, and some top billers aren’t mental health specialists. The state’s Medicaid program has cracked down, but federal officials have not.

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Fanny Pack Mixup Unravels Massive Medicare Fraud Scheme

Two secretaries in a doctor’s office have pleaded guilty and a pharmacy owner faces charges in a scam that Medicare allowed to thrive for more than two years.

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Investors Smell Money in Urgent Care

Valued at an estimated $14.5 billion, urgent care walk-in clinics represent one of the fastest-growing segments of American health care. And Wall Street has noticed.

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Hospitals Are Mining Patients’ Credit Card Data

Medical centers are jumping aboard the bandwagon of privacy invasion as they buy data on millions of patients both to anticipate when they’ll get sick and for their own financial purposes.

Posted on Jul 6, 2014 READ MORE



VA Secretary Says 18 More Veterans Died in Phoenix

In a new revelation about the growing VA scandal, the organization’s acting secretary said Thursday that an additional 18 veterans whose names were kept off an electronic medical appointment list died while awaiting appointments.

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Medicare Overpays Billions for Office Visits, Patient Evaluations

The findings by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services complement a recent ProPublica review that found many doctors bill for services very differently from their peers.

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Why Obamacare Can’t Lower Costs

The president and his advisers based their health care plan on a bogus premise, which is why it will continue to provide opponents of the law with ammunition.

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In Deep South Where GOP Rejected Obamacare, Tens of Thousands Die Unnecessarily Every Year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 900,000 people a year die of five leading causes in the U.S., and that 20 percent to 40 percent of these deaths are preventable (i.e., 180,000 to 360,000 needn’t die).

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Cookoo Republicans

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Obamacare Train Wreck

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Obamacare Disaster

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Repeal or Cut Bait

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GOP Healthplan

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A Victory Lap for Obamacare

All the naysaying in the world can’t drown out mounting evidence that the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, is a real success.

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Sebelius

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GOP NoCare

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Obamacare Coverage

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Give ‘n’ Take

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Beheading Santa

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Obamacare vs Invincibles

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Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. Alan Grayson (Video)

If the Democratic Party has a future in America, it lies with firebrands of populism like Alan Grayson.

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Youth Enrollment

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In Health Care Suit Against Catholic Bishops, the Specter of an Early Defeat

The ACLU’s case against the U.S. Bishops Conference—heralded by some as a bold legal stroke—could be thwarted on procedural grounds.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE


Obamacare Game

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Obama Cares

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Stephen Colbert on Healthcare.gov and Fox News’ Rage Over Obama’s Funny Interview

The “Colbert Report” pundit will not fall for President Obama’s trap and plug the Affordable Care Act on his show.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE


Obamacare Victims

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The Real Illness Plaguing U.S. Health Care: Inequality

In addition to doing nothing to address the problem of bankruptcy due to medical debt, the ACA, through Medicaid expansion, has increased the pool of resources that can be repossessed by state authorities to help defer the costs of the program.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Must the Obamacare Debate Be Stupid?

By broadening access to health insurance, the Affordable Care Act ends the tyranny of “job lock,” which is what the much-misrepresented Congressional Budget Office study of the law released on Tuesday shows.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Insurance Companies Shift Consumers to New Plans Without Their Permission

The California Department of Insurance said it is exploring whether any laws were broken when insurance companies withdrew money from consumers’ accounts for plans they didn’t select.

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