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New Report Shows Widening Life Expectancy Gap Between Rich And Poor

Socioeconomic disparities in health are nothing new; it’s long been known that wealthier and more educated people live longer, healthier lives than their poorer, less educated counterparts. But it turns out that this gap is widening significantly, and it’s affecting women the most. According to a new report from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, … Continue reading

New Obamacare Regulations Protect Transgender People From Discrimination In Health Care

In a major push for transgender rights, the Obama administration on Thursday announced that it will extend the current healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender individuals and require health insurers and medical providers to treat all patients equally, regardless of sex or gender identity. Under a proposed regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, … Continue reading

People Like Obamacare Coverage More Than Traditional Plans, Study Finds

People who purchased coverage through Obamacare are more satisfied with their plans than those with other types of insurance, according to a new national survey. Overall, Obamacare enrollees rated their satisfaction over the last year at 696 out of 1,000, compared to the 679-point rating by those with employer-based plans, the results showed. The survey, … Continue reading

Republican States Are Far More Dependent On Government, New Analysis Shows

Republican-leaning states are far more dependent on the federal government than Democratic-leaning ones. That’s according to a recent analysis from the personal finance site WalletHub, which crunched federal tax and spending data and ranked states based on how much they rely on the federal government to support their state finances. The results showed that states … Continue reading

Trickle-Down Disaster: Six Ways The GOP’s New Budget Proposal Will Hurt Americans

This week, Congress will vote on the House and Senate Republican Budget Resolutions for Fiscal Year 2016. While all of the competing budget proposals seek to reduce the federal deficit — that is, the difference between the amount of money the government takes in and what it spends each year — there are striking differences … Continue reading

GOP Budget Plans Don’t Line Up With American’s Priorities, New Analysis Shows

The differences between the budget proposals recently put forth by President Barack Obama, both Republican-majority houses of the U.S. Congress, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus are “stark,” according to a new analysis—and many provisions in the GOP blueprints “completely miss the mark in responding to what Americans say they want.” The report, titled Competing Visions, … Continue reading

GOP Budget Plan Slashes Food Stamps And Health Care To Spend More On War

House Republicans unveiled a budget on Tuesday that, in addition to repealing Obamacare, reprises many of the safety net cuts Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) proposed in previous years. In his budget blueprint, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who took over for Ryan as chairman of the House Budget Committee this year, seeks to balance federal spending … Continue reading

Study Shows Higher Earning Doctors Make More Money By Ordering More Procedures Per Patient, Not By Seeing More Patients

In results characterized as “very surprising,” UCLA researchers found for the first time that higher-earning clinicians make more money by ordering more procedures and services per patient rather than by seeing more patients, which may not be in patients’ best interest. The research team from the UCLA Department of Urology and the Veterans’ Health Administration … Continue reading

New Report On Obamacare Enrollees Undermines Key Republican Claim

The Obama administration on Thursday revealed at last how many people have paid for their new “Obamacare” plans on the national and state health insurance exchanges: 7.3 million. Since President Barack Obama announced in April that sign-ups on the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces had surpassed 8 million, skeptics — namely, Congressional Republicans — have … Continue reading

Thanks, Obamacare! Uninsured Rate Drops To Lowest Level Since 1990’s

Another day, another survey showing that the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) is beginning to cure America’s uninsured problem. The latest numbers come from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which polled more than 27,000 people during the first three months of the year. Forty-one million U.S. residents, or 13.1 percent, were uninsured during … Continue reading

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