If almost everyone who signs up is in their 40′s but the group is much healthier than most people their age, the cost will stay low. On the other hand, if 2 million young people sign up but they are all very unhealthy, premiums will spike.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday December 5, 2013 3:19 pm|
|By: Michelle Chen Wednesday December 4, 2013 6:02 pm|
Rosa Ramirez, a 49-year-old Mexican immigrant and mother in Illinois, knew something was odd about the plastics factory where her temporary-labor agency had sent her. “From the minute one walks into that factory, one is hit by this incredible odor of [chemical] thinner … It just goes right through you,” she recalled.
|By: WI Budget Project Saturday August 31, 2013 12:30 pm|
Workers in Wisconsin and across the U.S. must still cope with a relatively weak labor market. That is especially challenging for low-wage workers who are struggling with the declining value of the minimum wage, reductions in employer benefits like health care, and growing inequality. Those challenges are exacerbated in Wisconsin by budget decisions made by state lawmakers.
|By: RH Reality Check Friday July 19, 2013 7:00 pm|
In light of the recent case of Beatriz, a 22-year-old Salvadoran woman and mother of a toddler, who, while suffering from lupus and kidney failure and carrying an anencephalic fetus, was denied the right to an abortion, it is relevant to discuss the restrictive abortion laws in Latin America and some of the reasons behind them.
|By: Mark Thoma Saturday June 29, 2013 1:59 pm|
David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu’s new book The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills is a thorough examination of the toll that recessions take on people’s health. They show, convincingly, that there are many, many channels through which health outcomes can deteriorate when the economy goes into a deep recession. They also show that the manner in which the government reacts to an economic downturn is a critical factor in determining health outcomes. Deterioration in health in a recession, though common, is far from inevitable.
|By: Michelle Chen Sunday June 16, 2013 5:20 pm|
Americans these days are nervous about what they eat, and they should be, what with outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, meat pumped with veterinary drugs and genetically modified organisms creeping into our groceries. And in May, when the iconic brand of Smithfield Foods was bought by a Chinese multinational, there seemed to be still more cause for alarm. China seems even more rife with food hazards: rivers brimming with pig carcasses, poisonous baby formula, lakes of toxic waste.
|By: RH Reality Check Saturday May 25, 2013 12:00 pm|
A subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Thursday on a bill that would impose an unconstitutional nationwide ban on abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization. Four witnesses sat at the table during that hearing, but there was really only one person who mattered for the Republican lawmakers—whose aim, ultimately, is to outlaw all abortions. That person was Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Pennsylvania physician now serving a life sentence for murder and manslaughter.
|By: Pam Spaulding Tuesday January 22, 2013 8:30 am|
I had the very necessary surgery on Friday, January 18, 2013, so here’s where I am after the bilateral discectomy now that I’m a few days post-op.
|By: msmolly Friday January 18, 2013 3:06 pm|
It has been a little over a month since the Sandy Hook shootings, and not a day goes by that I don’t think about the 26 lives lost that day. Each day as I step foot into my workplace, my mind almost immediately goes to Connecticut, and I think of that horrible day.
Unusual, you may ask? Not if you know that my workplace is an elementary school.
|By: DSWright Friday January 11, 2013 12:42 pm|
The facts are in, the American healthcare system is one of the worst in the developed world.
Yes, the continual line repeated ad nauseum during the Obamacare debate about ruining the best healthcare system in the world by more regulation of insurance companies has been thoroughly discredited