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Health Issues

E-Cigarette Regulations Are Counterproductive

E-cigarettes can help smokers quit; between 7 and 20 percent of smokers have been successful in using e-cigarettes to quit their smoking habit...

Will Congress Refuse to Fund the Risk Corridors?

The new Republican controlled Congress may refuse to fund the "risk corridors" program in the Affordable Care Act, which subsidizes unsuccessful insurance companies...

Medicare Paying for Unnecessary Drug Testing for Seniors

Medicare spent $445 million in 2012 to test for drug abuse among seniors, a 1,423 percent increase from five years earlier...

How Will HealthCare.gov Fare This Fall?

It's no secret that the Obamacare enrollment website HealthCare.gov had its share of problems during last year's open enrollment period. While the site is reportedly stronger this year, there are a number of areas that might pose trouble for the Department of Health and Human Services…...

Medicare Paying for Drugs for the Dead

The Inspector General within the Department of Health and Human Services has released a new report revealing a bizarre rule within the Medicare program: it covers payment for prescription drugs filled up to a month after a patient has died...

Is Obamacare Really Causing a Health Spending Slowdown?

Last week, President Obama bragged that health care inflation has fallen each year since the passage of the Affordable Care Act...

What Obamacare Bills Might the President Be Willing to Sign?

With the GOP in control of the Senate, there will most likely be a vote to repeal Obamacare -- a vote that the president will most certainly veto...

Curing Medicare in Congress

The new Congress can take steps to reform the Medicare program and make it more financially sustainable...

Insurance Premiums Up 78 Percent for Some

Under Obamacare, young men's premiums have risen by an average of 78.2 percent...

New FDA Nutrition Label Rules: All Cost, No Benefit?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to require updates to nutritional labels, a move that many critics say is all cost and no benefit...


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