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‘Moderate’ John Kasich Is About To Defund Planned Parenthood

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the so-called “moderate” in the Republican presidential primary race, confirmed on Wednesday that he will sign into law an extreme new piece of legislation that effectively defunds Planned Parenthood clinics statewide by denying state and federal grants to “organizations that provide or advocate for abortion care, are affiliated with organizations that … Continue reading

Good News For Obamacare: 2016 Enrollment Numbers Exceed Hopes

The Department of Health and Human Services just released the 2016 enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act, and the results are good news for supporters of the President’s signature health care law: the third enrollment season brought in nearly 13 million sign-ups for Obamacare, exceeding the government’s goals for enrollment and beating last year’s … Continue reading

STUDY: Increasing Breastfeeding Could Save More Than 800,000 Lives Annually

A new analysis estimates that approximately 800,000 childhood deaths and 20,000 breast cancer deaths could be averted if nearly all women worldwide breast-fed their infants and young children. That decrease in children’s deaths is equivalent to 13 percent of all deaths in children younger than 2 years of age, the study authors reported in a … Continue reading

How Poverty Makes Children’s Brains More Susceptible To Depression

Stark and rising socioeconomic inequalities plague many countries, including the United States, and politicians, economists, and—fortunately—scientists, are debating its causes and solutions. But the effects of inequality’s may go beyond simple access to opportunity: a new study finds that socioeconomic disadvantage can actually induce permanent changes in brain connectivity that put poor children at higher … Continue reading

Virginia Just Became The First State To End Chronic Veteran Homelessness

Last week, Virginia became the first state in the country to end chronic veteran homelessness, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced in a press release. The milestone declaration means that every veteran in the state has housing, except for those were offered shelter but declined, according to the federal government’s definition. By streamlining resources and having the … Continue reading

Climate Change Could Force 100 Million More People Into Poverty By 2030, World Bank Warns

If countries fail to develop and sustain policies that mitigate the impacts of climate change and provide a safety net for the world’s poor, global warming will drive an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030, a new World Bank report warns. The report, titled “Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on … Continue reading

Birth Control Returns To The High Court: SCOTUS To Hear New Challenge To Obamacare’s Contraceptive Coverage

For the fourth time in three years, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a series of challenges to the Affordable Care Act. And for the second time, the target is birth control coverage. The Justices announced Friday that they would review a group of seven cases, brought by religiously affiliated nonprofits, all of … Continue reading

With GOP Gubernatorial Victory In Kentucky, Health Insurance For 400,000 Is Now At Risk

With Tuesday’s election of Republican Matt Bevin as the new governor of Kentucky, the future of the state’s thriving health insurance market — established under the Affordable Care Act — is suddenly at risk, leaving half a million newly-insured residents hanging in the balance. Outgoing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who is retiring because of term limits, … Continue reading

GOP Admits Congressional Probe Of Planned Parenthood Came Up Empty. So Why Are They Starting A New Round Of Investigations?

After months of slanderous attacks on Planned Parenthood, Rep Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chairman of the Republican-led House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, admitted Thursday that he and his committee had, predictably, turned up no evidence whatsoever that Planned Parenthood ever engaged in any wrongdoing. But that doesn’t mean they’re done looking for proof to justify … Continue reading

Myths, Manterruptions, & Mythical Math: 5 Takeaways From The GOP’s Planned Parenthood Hearing

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, testified before Congress on Tuesday at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing aimed at discontinuing federal tax funding for Planned Parenthood. The hearing — just one arm of the GOP’s coordinated attack on Planned Parenthood — ended up revealing a lot more about the Republican Party … Continue reading

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