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Health Issues

Who Will Pay the Individual Mandate Tax?

In many cases, the individual mandate tax will be much less than the cost of insurance premiums, and Obamacare allows anyone to sign up for coverage during subsequent enrollment periods, with no penalty on their premiums...

Only 67 Percent of Obamacare Enrollees Have Paid Premiums

Former Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that 90 percent of Obamacare enrollees had paid their premiums, but information collected from insurers by the House Energy and Commerce Committee indicates that the number is much lower...

How Colleges Waste Health Fees

Health insurance at most colleges costs between $800 and $1,500 per year and student health fees vary, but it is unclear what students are getting for their money...

ObamaCare Creating Two-Tier System

Today, there are an estimated 4,400 concierge physicians -- 30 percent more than just last year...

Does Plain Packaging Reduce Smoking?

With the rise of illicit cigarettes -- which contain no health warnings -- Australian youth most likely have greater access to cigarettes at lower prices...

Biggest Jump in Health Care Spending in over 30 Years

Health care spending grew 9.9 percent in the first quarter of 2014, the biggest percent change in health care spending in more than 30 years...

What Does Medical Care Actually Cost?

Patients who try to shop around for health care have trouble determining what the best deal is because pricing data is often unavailable...

Food and Drug Administration Approval Times Vary Widely

Food and Drug Administration approval for Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis drugs takes three times as long as approval for cancer drugs...

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Proposes E-Cigarette Regulations

New rules would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and would require makers to get U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to sell their products...

ObamaCare Provides Insurance, Not Care

In all, drug cost-sharing under ObamaCare is 34 percent higher than in policies prior to the law...


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