Category Archives: Health

Shouldn’t there be a Surgeon General’s Warning?

Men’s Health has declared the 24oz Cold Stone PB&C the worst drink in America: What makes it so bad? The same number of cookies pictured above give you a similar sugar hit of 153 grams. It also amazingly has 131 grams of fat. 131! Men’s Health says that’s the same amount you’d get from 68 […]

Gee, that was fast

A new USA Today poll says more Americans are now in favor of the health care reform bill than against. Another good reason why the Republican strategy of campaigning against the newly enacted bill isn’t likely to work. (h/t Markos, Elrod)

Health care reform and the End of the World

Yesterday the House passed a bill that will cover roughly 30 million more Americans with health insurance. Despite what you or I think of the bill, it’s something that conservatives and Republicans should have been slobbering over.It manages to cover millions more Americans while actually saving the government money over the next decade. It doesn’t result […]

Quote of the Week: Health care edition

“The government spent billions of dollars creating a Medicare network of providers that is only open to one-eighth of the population. That’s like saying, ‘Only people 65 and over can use federal highways.’ It is a waste of a very valuable resource and it is not fair.” – Congressman Alan Grayson on why he is […]

Imbalance

In America, political power resides predominately in the business sector, whose economic interests are first and foremost on the minds of both major parties. The Democrats have less naked loyalty to corporations, but their offices are funded, lobbied and coerced nonstop by businesses that hold stake in government affairs. For a demonstration of this power […]

What coulda been on health care reform

McClatchy reported yesterday that Obama tried to shame health insurance execs with a sad letter he received from a woman who is being financially destroyed by her medical bills thanks to rising insurance premiums and deductibles. Here’s part of the letter: Last year (2009) my insurance premium was increased over 25% even though I increased […]

I’m confident there will be health care reform soon

This kind of sh*t can’t last: Keying off the Obama administration’s recent probe into a planned 39 percent rate hike from Anthem Blue Cross in California, [Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius] will detail large increases in six other states and say that given record insurer profits, health care reform has never been more urgent. […]

Behind closed doors

Obama has taken a lot of flack for breaking his campaign promise to negotiate the details of the health care bill in public. Famously, Obama made a back-room deal to limit the savings the health care bill would extract from pharmaceutical companies in exchange for their support. Matthew Yglesias thinks secret negotiations are the way […]

The state of (un)employment

Unemployment didn’t push past 10% in December. Cause for celebration right? Well… not really: Had the labor force not decreased by 661,000 last month, the jobless rate would have been 10.4 percent, according to economists including David Rosenberg at Gluskin Sheff & Associates in Toronto and Harm Bandholz at UniCredit Research in New York. […] About […]

Thank you CNN…

… for giving me great tips on how to use heroin: Embedded video from CNN Video