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Report: Obamacare Ads Work

by Jonathan Cohn / September 20, 2017

When Trump administration officials slashed the advertising budget for healthcare.gov, the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplace, they said it was because of efficiency. Advertising, they said, was showing “diminishing returns” and was no longer an effective way to boost enrollment. But research that the Department of Health and Human Services conducted and then distributed internally […]

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Bipartisan Effort to Improve “Obamacare” Ends

by Associated Press / September 20, 2017

A bipartisan attempt at shoring up the Affordable Care Act is officially over in the Senate. The development comes as the GOP has revived its partisan attack on “Obamacare,” with Senate leaders and President Donald Trump pushing repeal and replace legislation. GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander, who chairs the Senate’s health committee and had been working […]

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Professor: Destigmatize Obesity

by Toni Airaksinen / September 20, 2017

A University of Texas professor recently urged his colleagues to “remove the stigma associated with large body types.” Professor Robert Reece, who teaches sociology at the university, argued in a recent essay for Teaching Tolerance magazine that educators must fight against fat stigma because it causes “internalized stigma and destructive behaviors” among overweight people. Read […]

Addressing Indian Health Disparities: Q&A Current News

Addressing Indian Health Disparities: Q&A

by Beth Blevins / September 11, 2017

Donald Warne, MD, MPH, is the chair of the Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University and an adjunct clinical professor at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where he taught American Indian Health Policy. In addition, he serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Great Plains Tribal […]

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Navy Removes Employees in Snapchat Incident

by Associated Press / September 20, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Navy hospital in Florida has removed some employees from patient care after Snapchat photos showed a nurse giving the middle finger to a newborn with a caption that said, “How I currently feel about these “mini Satans.” Jeanne Casey, spokeswoman for the Naval Hospital Jacksonville, said in a statement released late […]

Insurance Rates Drop 26% in Alaska Current News

Insurance Rates Drop 26% in Alaska

by MARK THIESSEN / September 20, 2017

Alaskans buying health insurance on the individual market will see a decrease of 26.5 percent in rates next year, the sole insurer in the state announced Tuesday. Alaskans had been paying some of the highest premiums in the nation. Read More


What Cuba Can Teach Us

by Sarah van Gelder

It was a rare moment in the health care debate. A Trump supporter, Drea Holbert of Kentucky, was explaining her opposition to Republican health care bills to an NPR reporter when she said this: “Hopefully, they can take a look at what Canada is doing, and even Cuba.” Inside the beltway, though, Canadian-style health care […]

Push “Medicare for All”

by Eugene Robinson

Washington – The smartest, savviest people in Washington will tell you Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” idea is dead on arrival, a waste of time and energy. But since those same smart, savvy people told you Donald Trump didn’t have a prayer of becoming president, I’d advise keeping an open mind. What the Vermont senator’s […]