27 10 / 2013

In this week’s address, President Obama discusses the launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace for the Affordable Care Act, which gives millions of Americans the opportunity to have access to affordable and reliable healthcare—many for the first time.

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27 10 / 2013

In just 75 seconds, Mika Brzezinski, live on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, was able to dispel conservative anti-Obamacare lies and connect with an Obamacare agent — live on national television.

Although website glitches have marred the roll-out of Obamacare’s online exchanges, President Obama is encouraging Americans to call the hotline to sign-up, but some critics say that isn’t working either.

"By the way, we called the hotline on Monday and the automated menu redirected us to Healthcare.gov, which in turn told us to get in touch with someone at the call center," the conservative Wall Street Journal editorial page wrote on Tuesday. "In an era where Google is making self-driving cars and Amazon offers next-day delivery for just about anything, the White House plunged ahead with a system it knew to be defective and is relying on the technology of the 19th century as the fall-back."

"I got an agent! Hi there," Brzezinski exclaimed.

"Did they refer you to healthcare.gov?" MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow asked.

"No, I got a live agent," she said. "Alright, so by the way, unlike the Wall Street Journal, if you want to get through call 1-800-318-2596."

Of course, Joe Scarborough, always toeing the Republican Party line, nervously scratched his neck and tried to change the subject with a joke about Chris Christie, which fell incredible flat given Mika’s quick and easy success in getting an Obamacare representative on the line.

1-800-318-2596

TTY: 1-855-889-4325

https://www.healthcare.gov/contact-us/

07 10 / 2013

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05 7 / 2012

'Obamacare' tax furor losing sight of some key points (via BO.LT)

'Obamacare' tax furor losing sight of some key points (via BO.LT)

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Mar 9, 2012

 Republicans in Kansas want what would in effect be a sales tax on women seeking abortion. According to the Huffington Post “under the proposal, women who end up receiving abortions would not be able to deduct the cost of the abortion as a health care expense if they had not purchased special abortion insurance…”.* Ana Kasparian and former prosecutor Steve Oh discuss on The Young Turks.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/08/kansas-abortion-bill-sales-tax_n_132…

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05 1 / 2012

Collection of Today’s Interesting Breaking Science News Articles from Psysorg and MedicalXpress Curated by +Cynthia Yildirim 

January 05, 2012 

1. Stephen Hawking to turn 70, defying disease - http://bit.ly/Ab7WgK British scientist Stephen Hawking has decoded some of the most puzzling mysteries of the universe but he has left one mystery unsolved: How he has managed to survive so long with such a crippling disease.

2. Majority of Americans say research and development are key to building US economy -http://bit.ly/AebIPJ The new edition of America Speaks, a compilation of public opinion polls commissioned by Research!America, demonstrates increasing public support for research and innovation to improve health, create jobs and boost the economy. However, nearly 60% of Americans don’t believe we are making enough progress in medical research, and 54% don’t believe the U.S. has the best health care system in the world.3. Graphene’s piezoelectric promise - http://bit.ly/wX3JIl _Engineers predict that graphene can be coaxed into acting piezoelectric, merely by punching triangular holes into the material. Engineers at the University of Houston have used quantum mechanical calculations to show that, merely by creating holes of a certain configuration in a sheet of graphene, they can coax graphene into behaving like a piezoelectric material.

4. You say you don’t care about dating a hottie? - http://bit.ly/zWBYQV However, a new methodology that measures people’s implicit, split-second responses gets around this problem. Research from Northwestern University and Texas A&M University measures whether people’s implicit preferences actually predict how much you like the hotties.5. Study finds air pollution linked to diabetes and hypertension in African-American womenhttp://bit.ly/xmy0pw While it is well established that air pollution increases the risks of acute cardiovascular events such as stroke and myocardial infarction, it is not known whether exposure increases the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension. However, emerging findings from laboratory and clinical studies suggest that air pollution may predispose to both conditions.

6. Study finds statin costs 400 percent higher in US compared to UK - http://bit.ly/xmy0pw In the United States, the cost paid for statins (drugs to lower cholesterol) in people under the age of 65 who have private insurance is approximately 400 percent higher than comparable costs paid by the government in the United Kingdom (U.K.). These findings, from the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) Boston Collaborative Drug Surveillance Program, are the first results of a comprehensive comparison of prescription drug costs between the U.S. and U.K. The study appears on-line in the journal Pharmacotherapy.7. Flatworms’ minimalist approach to cell division reveals molecular architecture of human centrosome - http://bit.ly/AewDYw Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have discovered that planarians, tiny flatworms fabled for their regenerative powers, completely lack centrosomes, cellular structures that organize the network of microtubules that pulls chromosomes apart during cell division.

8. Scientists ‘hijack’ bacterial immune system - http://bit.ly/yS6CDe The knowledge that bacteria possess adaptable immune systems that protect them from individual viruses and other foreign invaders is relatively new to science, and researchers across the globe are working to learn how these systems function and to apply that knowledge in industry and medicine.9. Graphene rips follow rules: Simulations show carbon sheets tear along energetically favorable lines - http://bit.ly/xUllar Research from Rice University and the University of California at Berkeley may give science and industry a new way to manipulate graphene, the wonder material expected to play a role in advanced electronic, mechanical and thermal applications.

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26 9 / 2011

Republicans have cheered letting uninsured people die and boo’ed a gay service member, that really disgust me, and I hope that they are beginning to see how what they are doing isn’t right.

Interesting Comments on Reddit:

DRUTROL: "What happened to "support our troops"? Is it not convenient anymore?"

SRONE: "Support our Troops" is uber-patriotic until they get injured physically or mentally, or they’re gay…then they’re pariahs and ungodly, therefore unpatriotic. Pull your self up by your bootstrap, I don’t care if you don’t have feet anymore! Pray the gay away!"

muhfuhkuh: You see all kinds of once-sacred service professions get shat on in this current climate:

a) Teachers used to be seen as the frontline of our nation’s future; now they’re the laziest, richest union fatcats in world history

b) Police and fire used to be the heroes of 9/11; now we won’t even vote to give them health care for the illnesses they suffered as a direct result of exposure that day.

c) Soldiers used to be our brave (and fallen) angels on our shoulders; now they boo them for their personal decisions and call for the VA to go private because we shoulder too much tax burden for taking care of them when they need it most.

tl;dr: we go from loving everything to hating everything because fuck ‘em that’s why.

allwittynamesaregone: "That’s the tea party for you: Advocates of convenient Christianity."Read more Reddit comments

13 9 / 2011

The audience Monday night’s CNN Tea Party Express Republican primary debate was eager to see the death of a hypothetical man who was in a coma and also did not have health care insurance.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer posed this question to Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul: “A healthy young, 30-year-old man has a good job, makes a good living but decides, ‘You know what? I’m not going to spend $200 or $300 a month on health insurance because I’m healthy, I don’t need it.’ But something terrible happens, all the sudden he needs it. What’s going to happen if he goes into a coma? Who pays for that?”

“What he should do is whatever he wants to do,” Paul replied. “That’s what freedom is all about, taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to prepare to take care of everybody…”

Are you saying society should just let him die?” Blitzer asked.

The audience responded with shouts of “Yes!

“We’ve given up on this concept that we might take care of ourselves, assume responsibility for ourselves, our neighbors, our friends, our churches would do it,” Paul explained. “This is the reason the cost is so high… We have lack of competition. There’s no competition in medicine. Everybody’s protected by licensing ”

Watch video here.

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07 6 / 2011

Congress considering Internet Blacklist Bill. Email your members to ask them to vote no. More here: http://t.co/ewzb1Iy via @demandprogress

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Tell @BarackObama we will have his back if he stands up to Republican #Medicare hostage-takers. Sign: http://t.co/r1DhPH2 #p2 via @MoveOn

Sign/Send/Share! Anti IP Blacklist Bill Letter & Petition Against Republican Plan for Medicare

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