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The insurance industry and politicians are dangerous to your health

Per Vox: The Freedom Caucus laid their cards on the table in a meeting Thursday with the Washington Examiner’s editorial board. The group of conservative House members has narrowed their demands to two items:

  1. Ending Obamacare’s essential health benefit requirement, which requires health insurers to cover 10 specific categories of medical care. This includes things like mental health services and maternity coverage.
  2. Ending the Obamacare requirement that insurers charge sick and healthy people the same prices. This is called “community coverage,” and the Freedom Caucus would like to get rid of it, instead letting insurers charge higher premiums to sicker patients who they expect to cost more. 

This is  dangerous time folks and the media and consumers had better wake up to the reality of the dangers of the insurance industry and far right politicians. Continue reading

How thousands of cancer patients were prescribed a drug that couldn’t help them

LA TIMES: The Food and Drug Administration frequently speeds experimental medicines to sale by approving them before scientific evidence shows they work.  For a drug called Tarceva, the FDA’s decisions resulted in thousands of lung cancer patients taking a drug that could not help them. Twelve years passed before the agency warned doctors in October that Tarceva only worked for a small number of patients with a rare gene mutation. Continue reading

Online health information is about the right Place at the right Time

An Altarum Institute survey found that most consumers seek health care information from providers, friends and family, and online searches. Of all information types, consumers are most dissatisfied with health care cost information . This is especially true for lower-income and uninsured consumers.

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