The Dumb Debate: Big vs. Small

Big Government Debate

Tina Dupuy: Somehow we’ve been tricked into believing one giant entity wielding unimaginable influence is better than the other giant entity wielding unimaginable influence.

How CVS Can Really Be a Leader in Health

CVS Stops Selling Cigarettes

Tina Dupuy: At most big chain drug stores you can still get your smokes rung up with your COPD inhaler. But CVS said selling tobacco conflicted with their “health care mission” so they’ve opted out of the practice.

A Prevention Program for Hubris?

How Ebola Spreads

Kathleen Wallace: But you know there’s an answer medical science has come up with for those with absolutely no improvement from traditional therapy. Fecal transplant. I did not make that up.

Deadly Depression

Robin Williams Depression

Larry Wines: How many more of our people, known and unknown, with talents proven or promised, must we lose because we don’t believe in treating injured, hurting, suffering people, and because we play games with what ailments are acceptable to our sensibilities, and which ones make the sufferer a pariah?

Will Legislative Inaction Compromise AIDS Advances?

AIDS Research Funding

Walter Brasch: Even if there is a cure for AIDS, even if there are significant advances in the treatment and cure of other communicable diseases, it may not mean much if patients can’t get the medical treatment they need because obstructionists are doing their best to separate the people from the solution.

Are Cigarettes More Addictive Now?

Cigarettes More Addictive

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.

E-Regulating E-Cigarettes

Regulating E-Cigarettes

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

Women Dying in Childbirth

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

Obamacare and Young People

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

Medi-Cal Estate Recovery Act

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.

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.

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.

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