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Percentage of Uninsured Americans is Dropping

Much debate has surrounded the Affordable Care Act (AKA “Obamacare”) since the legislation’s health insurance markets went live late last year. Since that time some encouraging numbers have shown that the program is working, at least a little. In December 2.2 million Americans signed up for health insurance using either the Healthcare.gov website or a state-sponsored healthcare exchange site. Now …

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Obamacare Enrollment Hit 2.2 Million in December

Despite the difficult and broken start the Healthcare.gov website got off to in October, the Affordable Care Act (AKA “Obamacare“) is now quickly becoming effective, providing millions of Americans with access to health insurance. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today reported Affordable Care Act’s latest numbers, boasting that nearly 2.2 million people have signed up for health …

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Jahi McMath Life Support Extended

Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl with the wide smile who was declared brain dead after a routine tonsillectomy, was set to be removed from life support at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST) Monday. However, McMath’s family continued to fight against the deadline set by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo, and an extension has been granted until January …

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Tonsillectomy Surgery Leads to Brain Dead Diagnosis

What started as a typical tonsillectomy for thirteen-year-old Jahi McMath ended in a mother’s worst nightmare. Due to complications, McMath bled during the surgery and suffered cardiac arrest. On December 12, 2013, the teenager was declared brain-dead. Two physicians (a hospital staff neurologist and a family practitioner) have concluded that the complete mass of McMath’s brain (including the brain stem) …

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White House Extends Health Care Enrollment Deadline by One Day

Today was the deadline specified by the Affordable Care Act – infamously known as Obamacare – for Americans to enroll in the healthcare marketplaces in order to have insurance coverage by January 1, 2014. But in a move that doesn’t surprise many as the entire process has been fraught with not only controversy but several speed bumps along the way, …

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CTE Brain Disease Postmortem Diagnosis (Ryan Freel)

Former MLB player Ryan Freel committed suicide on December 22, 2012, at the age of 36. It has now been reported that Freel suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is a degenerative brain disease. A report compiled by the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and Sports Legacy Institute concluded that the athlete suffered from Stage …

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Lie of the Year Goes to Obama and Healthcare

After winning a Pulitzer Prize due to its coverage of the 2008 political election, the website Politifact.com found international credibility and started stepping up its game. The organization became so credible, in fact, that it now decides who the biggest liar of the year is every year. Since 2009, Politifact has been awarding an annual “Lie of the Year” award. …

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Obamacare Disapproval Drops as Website Improves

House Republicans’ government shutdown in October did no favors for a congress that hit new lows in approval this year. However, the botched rollout of the Healthcare.gov website also shifted Americans’ opinions against the very law that Republicans were protesting against. Now that the Healthcare.gov website is finally moving toward functionality it appears Americans are softening their opinions of the …

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“Romneycare” Worked in Massachusetts, Shows Study

With the Healthcare.gov site now improving, the U.S. focus on the botched rollout of the website is now shifting to what the effects of the Affordable Care Act (colloquially known as “Obamacare“) might be in the future. Supporters of the law (who are taking considerable criticism from conservative opponents of the law) might find solace today in a new study …

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Over One Quarter of U.S. Uninsured Don’t Plan on Purchasing Health Insurance

With the Healthcare.gov website slowly crawling toward full functionality, uninsured Americans are now faced with a choice. The Affordable Care Act (ACA, colloquially known as Obamacare) mandates that all Americans purchase health insurance while providing subsidized plans for those who cannot afford it. Those who still don’t want to purchase health insurance, however, will have to pay a fine. A …

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Healthcare.gov, Getting Healthier in December

“We do know that things are not perfect with the site. We will continue to make improvements and upgrades.” Julie Bataille, Director of CMS’ Office of Communications, is one of many working to make the government’s online health exchange successful. “The bottom line is we have fixed many of the bugs associated with the forms, known as 834 forms,” she …

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