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The Senate’s New Tax Bill Could Raise Your Health Insurance Premiums, Again

The latest tax bill being proposed by GOP senators contains a teensy detail that would repeal part of the Affordable Care Act. That’s right, just after we thought Trumpcare was dead for good (we never really thought that, though, right?) here comes a smaller, sneaky version.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Religious Employers May Not Be Able to Take Away Your Birth Control After All

Back in October when the president signed an executive order about birth control coverage, we thought—and he probably thought—that it would allow religious employers to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees. Notre Dame thought that too. But it appears all of us were wrong.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Health Insurance Suddenly Just Got Cheaper for a Lot of People

2017 is a strange year to buy health insurance. Some weird and bad things have happened, and it seems like we should expect insurance plans to become more expensive. But it turns out that a lot of people may now be able to get cheaper insurance, and for an odd reason.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How to Sign Up for Health Insurance This Year

Believe it or not, the Affordable Care Act is still in effect. Most people who don’t have coverage through work can buy a plan off the Marketplace (the so-called “Obamacare plans”) for $100/month or less, starting November 1. Signing up is trickier this year, though, so we’ve put together a guide with the most…Read more… […]

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You Don’t Need to Perform Monthly Breast Self-Exams

I switched to a new OB-GYN this year, thanks to changes in my Affordable Care Act health insurance plan. When I went for my annual Well Woman check-up, my new doctor told me that manual breast exams—which I had received at every previous OB-GYN appointment—were no longer recommended.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Trumpcare Just Snuck in Through the Back Door

After 900 failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (that number may be a little off, it’s been a long year), President Trump took two actions yesterday that could destroy insurance markets. Don’t panic yet. Your current insurance still works, and you’ll still be able to buy an “Obamacare” plan for next year.…Read more… […]

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It’s Not Legal to Get an Abortion Online, But Maybe It Should Be

Almost half of all early abortions are done with the simple action of taking a few pills. The pills are safe to take at home, with very low rates of complications. So why can’t you get them through an online doctor’s service, like we can with birth control pills and other medication?Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Out-of-Control Plastic Surgeons’ Snapchat Hijinks Are Putting Patients at Risk

Plastic surgeons can get a lot of business through social media, but some surgeons take the entertainment aspect to extremes: dancing on camera during surgery, for example, or cradling someone’s excised tissue like a baby. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons wants to crack down.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Out-of-Control Plastic Surgeons’ Snapchat Hijinks Are Putting Patients at Risk

Plastic surgeons can get a lot of business through social media, but some surgeons take the entertainment aspect to extremes: dancing on camera during surgery, for example, or cradling someone’s excised tissue like a baby. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons wants to crack down.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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An Open Letter to the US Senate Regarding Cassidy-Graham

I went to DC this week to take meetings, and in my free time, I decided to advocate against this travesty of a mockery of a sham of a healthcare bill, Cassidy-Graham. Having seen Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speak against it from the Senate Gallery this past Monday, I wrote this letter, …Continue reading […]

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AARP Slams Graham-Cassidy Over Potential $30,000 “Age Tax” on Senior Citizens

In their rush to destroy Obamacare so they can give a massive tax cut to billionaires, Republicans are throwing roughly 30 million people off their insurance. One of the ways they will accomplish this is by simply making it unaffordable. The standard right wing reply is to “get a job, ya bum!” but …Continue reading […]

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What You Need to Know About the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill (aka Zombie Trumpcare)

The fight to repeal Obamacare on only Republican votes will end when September does, thanks to a budget deadline. Like any good drama, it’s got us on the edge of our seat right up until the grand finale. The current villain (or hero?), the Graham-Cassidy bill, is gaining steam and may have a chance of […]

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Democrats Are Starting to Embrace Medicare for All. Thanks Obama!

Even though it doesn’t have a chance of passing (there’s not an elected Republican in America that would vote for it), the Democrats are embracing Bernie’s “Medicare for All” bill. Emboldened by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 defeat, and the Republican effort to dismantle former President Barack …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Your Insurance Premiums Could Be Huge Next Year, and Here’s Why

This week, the White House announced that the government would indeed make this month’s required payments to health insurance companies. We kinda dodged a bullet there, because those CSRs directly affect the price of your insurance if you buy an individual plan. But the threat is only temporarily paused, and your…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Obamacare Repeal Is Dead (For Now)—Here’s What That Means for Your Healthcare

Last night, in a thrilling drama that entertains the sort of people who stay up late chatting on Twitter about Senate votes, three Republicans voted against their party’s third and final health care bill, and the measure is officially dead. So what happens now?Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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F*ck You, Mitch McConnell: The Sequel

Seven months ago, The Daily Banter’s Chez Pazienza marveled at the astonishing hypocrisy of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:The unfathomable, breathtaking, staggering lack of even an ounce of shame you’d have to have to say, after Republicans had publicly looked for ways to not ever confirm …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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