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Feds stop public disclosure of many serious hospital errors

Feds stop public disclosure of many serious hospital errors | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As of this month, the federal government no longer publicly reports when hospitals leave foreign objects in patients' bodies or make a host of other life threatening mistakes.
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It seems that in this information age the role of government has not been to make information more available to consumers but rather to protect businesses by concealing the information we deserve to have for our decision making. This is the antithesis of capitalism. Sadly, many Americans think corporatism, which is our actuality, is the same as the capitalism of free markets. NOT!

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Hobby Lobby: Supreme Court To Rule In Landmark Birth Control Case

Hobby Lobby: Supreme Court To Rule In Landmark Birth Control Case | Upsetment | Scoop.it
On Monday, the Supreme Court is poised to rule in a landmark case about whether for-profit corporations are entitled to religious-based exceptions from neutral laws.
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The ultimate question of most SCOTUS decisions is at the intersection between conflicting rights. If we start with the premise that women have a right to equal insurance treatment regardless of where they work and that corporations have a right to religious freedom, then we have a conflict worthy of adjudication. Of course, this entire case rests on the shoulders of Citizens United, which held that corporations were persons. Take that crazy assumption out, and there would be no case. It also rests on the assumption that the government should mandate health insurance -- not just provide it as the governments in most advanced economies do. For my part, I think that striking down Citizens United by saying that corporations cannot have religious views would be the way to go.

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Susan Reimer: Simple blood test could predict Alzheimer's; would you want to know? | Opinion | McClatchy DC

Susan Reimer: Simple blood test could predict Alzheimer's; would you want to know? | Opinion | McClatchy DC | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Georgetown University scientists have reported on what they believe to be a promising - not to mention easy and inexpensive - blood test for Alzheimer's disease. But would you want to know?
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Of course I'd want to know and to take both those prophylactic steps I could fine and make plans for how to appropriately care for or end my last years. The problem is do I want others to know, particularly employers, insurers, or even well-meaning social workers.

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Charts: This Is What Happens When You Defund Planned Parenthood

Charts: This Is What Happens When You Defund Planned Parenthood | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A look at Texas, where dozens of clinics have shut down, leaving nearly 200,000 women in search of affordable health care.
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Now the serious questions: How many of the women whose health services have been impacted are registered to vote? How many members of their families are registered to vote? How many of them will vote in every election? How many of them will never again vote for a Republican?

Until the women of America realize that the Republican party is their enemy, there will be no change. Sorry, Ladies, but that's the reality; so change it.

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Report: Cost of HealthCare.Gov Approaching $1 Billion

Report: Cost of HealthCare.Gov Approaching $1 Billion | Upsetment | Scoop.it
GAO Report places cost overrun blame squarely on the shoulders of the federal government
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The real problem IMHO is that the government outsources such work instead of developing its own programming services. This is just another example of how outsourcing really is not a good answer in many situations.

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Senate GOP presses new bill to overhaul VA

Senate GOP presses new bill to overhaul VA | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Senate Republicans led by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Tuesday unveiled their plan to repair the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs health care system by weeding out wrongdoing and expanding access to private care.
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While I thing (and assuredly hope) that all Americans are outraged over the recent revelations about the Veterans' Administration, the real question is can the prima donnas and self-serving politicos (along with those who are such ideologues as to be unable to consider the need for spending money) can work together to push a real reform bill through. Many changes are needed at the V.A. Many of them will involved spending money (for salaries or to obtain private care when that is the better choice) There also is a great need to streamline the process of care so that each vet has a primary care specialist who actually will be there when needed, not just a rotating cog in a lopsided wheel.

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What makes U.S. health care so overpriced? It’s not what you
think - NBC News.com

What makes U.S. health care so overpriced? It’s not what you<br/>think - NBC News.com | Upsetment | Scoop.it
U.S. medical care is getting ever pricier, but it’s not because so many old people are running up charges, experts reported Tuesday. Most...
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Helping people to stay well and helping those with chronic illnesses to stay as well as possible makes sense. Endless services and unnecessary tests don't help anyone except those who expect to get rich.

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