This Is How You Debate Health Care Reform, Brooklyn Style!

This Is How You Debate Health Care Reform, Brooklyn Style!

“The Republican Party is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the insurance industry.” So said Rep. Anthony Weiner of Brooklyn last month in front of Congress. As we move towards a historic vote on health care reform, let’s take a moment to throw some gas on the fire and revisit some of the awesomely incendiary rhetoric of this statesman on revamping our health care system. Now this a healthy health care debate! [More]

Dentist Accused Of Using Paper Clips During Root Canals

Dentist Accused Of Using Paper Clips During Root Canals

Paper clips are really handy. You can use them for things like hitting that tiny reset button on your DVR and, well, clipping paper. And according to the Attorney General’s office in Massachusetts, one dentist was using them in patients’ mouths during root canals. [More]

Obama Mulls Over Republican Tweaks To Health Care
Plan

Obama Mulls Over Republican Tweaks To Health Care Plan

A week after unveiling the White House version of the proposed National Health Care Plan, President Obama says he’s opened his ears up to a handful of suggestions from the Republicans. [More]

Obama Wants To Expand Coverage To 31 Million Uninsured People In Health Care Plan

Obama Wants To Expand Coverage To 31 Million Uninsured People In Health Care Plan

Using the Health Care bill signed by the Senate on Dec. 24 as a jumping-off point, President Obama unleashed his version of the plan this morning on the White House website. [More]

New Study Suggests Drug Ads Ineffective, But Expensive For Consumers

New Study Suggests Drug Ads Ineffective, But Expensive For Consumers

Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver looked at sales figures and prices for the blood thinner Plavix after direct-to-consumer advertising started in 2001. What they found was that the campaign was largely ineffective at increasing prescribing rates, but that the price of the drug shot up 12% almost immediately to cover the cost of the marketing campaign. [More]

How Would Health Care Reform Affect You?

How Would Health Care Reform Affect You?

Consumers Union has put together a breakdown of the health care bills in Congress to let you see how they would affect you, based on your age and what kind of insurance you currently have (if any). It’s an interesting tool to see what the various proposed changes are.

Free Health Care Receives Rock Star Reception In Los Angeles

Free Health Care Receives Rock Star Reception In Los Angeles

The past few nights, thousands of people have lined up outside of the Forum in Los Angeles. a venue that usually hosts basketball games or big arena concerts. Who’s in town to attract such a crowd? Metallica? Green Day? No, even better—doctors and dentists providing free care on a first-come, first-served basis.

CVS Employee Calls Customer A 'Fucking AIDS Freak'

CVS Employee Calls Customer A 'Fucking AIDS Freak'

His response was “Whatever, somebody needs to come deal with this because I’m about to go off…”

Walgreens Pill-Flipping Scheme Costs Taxpayers Millions

Walgreens Pill-Flipping Scheme Costs Taxpayers Millions

Thanks to an anonymous whistle-blower, a Walgreens pill-flipping scheme has been blown wide open, according to CBS. “Pill-flipping” refers the practice of pharmacies that purposefully switch Medicaid patients to more expensive versions of certain drugs for the sole reason of collecting more money from the government. Naturally, when this happens, taxpayers pick up the bill. Athough, Walgreen’s officially denies any wrongdoing they have agreed to pay the government more than $35 million. Details, inside…

CVS To Pay $36.7 Million For Improperly Switching Medications

CVS To Pay $36.7 Million For Improperly Switching Medications

CVS has settled a lawsuit that alleges the pharmacy giant improperly switched customers to a more expensive form of their medication in order to collect more money from Medicaid.

America's 52 Worst Nursing Homes

America's 52 Worst Nursing Homes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the first-ever official list of America’s Worst Nursing Homes— a move that leads us to suspect that the Department of Health & Human Services must be getting pretty fed up if they are resorting to public shaming. The list includes the 52 most egregious health and safety violators of the 128 SFF, or “Specialty Focus Facilities,” in the U.S.

http://consumerist.com/2007/10/16/us-taxpayers-and-medicare/

“U.S. taxpayers and Medicare patients could have saved almost $15 billion in 2007 if private health insurers had cut expenses for prescription drug coverage and negotiated bigger discounts,” according to a newly released (Democratic) government report. [Reuters]