Can Art Heal Our Minds—and Our Communities?

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John Black: I founded Modesto’s Peer Recovery Art Project to keep mental health consumers from being isolated. In the process, I’m helping revitalize my city.

Are Cigarettes More Addictive Now?

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Tara Culp-Ressler: Cigarette manufacturers have worked hard to keep their products relevant even in the midst of aggressive public health campaigns to crack down on smoking, according to a new report released on Monday by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

What They Don’t Teach You in Nursing School

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It’s one thing to learn how to nurse from a book. When it really comes down to it, nurses are at the front lines of every medical disaster. Here are a few of the things they don’t teach you in nursing school.

E-Regulating E-Cigarettes

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Tina Dupuy: E-cigarettes are technically a “nicotine delivery device” derived from tobacco. For all intents and purposes—it’s tobacco. They should have to abide by the same laws as other tobacco products.

How the Right Wing Is Killing Women

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Robert Reich: For every 100,000 births in America last year, 18.5 women died. That’s compared to 8.2 women who died during pregnancy and birth in Canada, 6.1 in Britain, and only 2.4 in Iceland.

Obamacare Helps Boost Young People’s Incomes

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Tara Culp-Ressler: Young adults used to have the highest uninsurance rate of any age group. But over the past several years, Obamacare has given millions of young adults access to health care, helping the uninsurance rate among Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 decline to just 19 percent.

The Grim Repo: Medi-Cal Estate Recovery Act

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Tina Dupuy: During the last five years of the national debate around health care reform, it’s been an all-or-nothing proposition. Either you hate Obamacare and cite it in your requiem for the republic. Or you defend it whole cloth with no caveats.

Florida Refuses to Expand Medicaid: 32-Year-Old Woman Dies

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Tara Culp-Ressler: A recent study conducted by Harvard researchers estimated that as many as 17,000 people will die directly as a result of their states refusing to expand Medicaid.

States That Expanded Medicaid See Huge Jump In Enrollments

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Tara Culp-Ressler: Obamacare has had a “woodwork effect” — essentially, helping to raise awareness about people’s health insurance options, and therefore encouraging uninsured Americans to come out of the woodwork to sign up for Medicaid.

70 Million Would Sign Up for Public Option

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Brent Budowsky: Liberals should now escalate the offensive and battle to bring back the public option, which was highly popular but shamefully sold out during the healthcare debate.

Why Americans Resist Universal Healthcare

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Claude Fischer: Two radical notions in the early 1970s, having a black president and permitting homosexual marriage, have pretty much come to pass – in terms of public opinion and public policy.

At Least 9.5 Million Uninsured Americans Have Gained Coverage Under Obamacare

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Tara Culp-Ressler: RAND estimates that about two million previously uninsured people have enrolled in private coverage on Obamacare’s new marketplaces; about 4.5 million previously uninsured people have gained public coverage through Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion; and about three million previously uninsured young people are now covered on their parents’ insurance plans.

Why I Am a Conscientious Objector to the ACA

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Margaret Flowers: It pains me to see that the Affordable Care Act siphons billions of public dollars to create more bureaucracy and transfers hundreds of billions of public dollars directly to the private insurance industry when I know that those dollars should be paying for the health care that so many in our country desperately need.

Dems Can Win Obamacare War

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Brent Budowsky: If the president extends the enrollment deadline and the all-out war against ObamaCare is answered by the full force and power of the Democratic world, the battle of ideas will be won, the Democratic base will be roused and the elections of 2014 will be saved for Democrats.

We Would Not Ordinarily Share This But. . .

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We would not ordinarily share this but a tragedy has struck our family. One that is causing us to step back and look at our priorities. #SupportNews

After Failing To Pass Anti-Gay Bill, Arizona Turns Its Attention To Attacking Abortion Rights

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Attacking Abortion Rights: After Brewer’s widely publicized veto, lawmakers in Arizona advanced new legislation to attack abortion rights.

Obamacare and the Right-Wing Fight for Indentured Servitude

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Promoting Indentured Servitude: It’s as if a movement which proclaims its devotion to freedom is actually promoting indentured servitude.

GOP ObamaCare Delusions

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ObamaCare Delusions: Republicans believe it is good politics to demand that Americans who want to retire should not be allowed to retire.

Why Racism Is A Public Health Issue

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Racism Public Health Issue — Structures of racism and privilege continue to put a serious toll on the African American community’s health.

Is Obamacare Success Being Overlooked?

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Obamacare Success — The GOP had a vested interest in the failure of the President’s ambitious initiative.

Can Discrimination Make You Sick?

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Racism Illness — The anxiety people experience when they fear that they will be discriminated against impacts health.

The California GOP’s Fake Health Care Website

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Fake Health Care Website — If the lawmakers’ blatantly political ploy convinces some people to forgo the ACA’s benefits, who does that hurt?

Obamacare Sales Surge

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Obamacare Sales : Reports of ObamaCare’s demise have been greatly exaggerated; sales will be on an upward curve.

Don’t Give Up on Obamacare

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Supporting Obamacare — What distinguishes America is our pragmatism, resilience, and optimism. We invent, experiment, and fix.

How Millions Denied Medicaid Coverage Fight Back

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Millions Denied Medicaid — “Texas Left Me Out” is a new campaign that’s collecting stories from uninsured Texans.

Why Are Black Women 40 Percent More Likely To Die From Breast Cancer Than White Women?

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Black Women Breast Cancer — 70% of white women live 5 years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, but just 56% for Black women.

How Max Baucus, the Next Ambassador to China, Killed Progressive Health Care Reform

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Ambassador Max Baucus — It’s just unfortunate that Obama couldn’t send Baucus to a democratic country.

OBGYNs Stir Up Controversy

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Elizabeth Stier — It took a lot of outrage, but a gynecologist in Boston will not lose her board certification.

Three Large Truths Obscured by Republican Obamacare Lies

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Robert Reich: Republican wordsmiths know they can count on Fox News and right-wing yell radio to amplify and intensify all of this in continuous loops of elaboration and outrage, repeated so often as to infect peoples’ minds like purulent pustules.

Big Government Must Embrace Big Data

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Brian Goldstein: In 2011 a majority of Americans believed crime was getting worse as the country was experiencing a steady 15-year decline. Crime data is the only way to fight the undue influence of misperception and anecdotal evidence.

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