Posts tagged "Health Care"


The more that states embrace Obamacare, the better it works. See how.

h/t: Michael D. Shear at The New York Times

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

h/t: Sahil Kapur at TPM


VA Tea Party Delegate Calls Elderly Woman 'Intellectually Lazy' Over Medicaid Expansion

If you’re an elderly citizen concerned about your healthcare and you don’t understand why your own state legislatures refuse to expand Medicaid because of a Conservative ideological hatred of the government, then be careful when you question or email that representative.


Tea Party Virginia Delegate Tag Greason cares about his constituents. In fact, when they say something with which he disagrees, like ‘As an elderly woman, I think you should support Medicaid expansion,’ he cares so much he feels the need to set them straight–as Loudoun County resident Susan Merk discovered when she e-mailed him on March 28 when he told her she is ‘the problem’ and called her ‘intellectually lazy’ for supporting something that would greatly benefit her.

Merk voiced her support for the Medicaid Expansion. “It’s imperative that federal Medicaid aid is passing the [Virginia] budget,” Merk wrote. Greason respectfully disagreed…well, maybe not respectfully, but he did disagree. Her elected official mansplained to her that, “ObamaCare has already proven to be inefficient, costly, and an utter disaster,” and that “Medicaid is one of the largest and fastest-growing parts” of the budget even without expansion.

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Wow: Fox News actually issued a correction for its misleading chart from yesterday—and comes up with a way less alarming chart about Obamacare.


Republicans stir up controversy over Obama’s nomination for Surgeon General. Dr. Vivek Murthy upset Republicans by saying guns are a healthcare issue and that the NRA holds too much power over politicians.

His original Tweet read “Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue” and you can find it HERE.

(via upworthy)

h/t: Tara Culp-Ressler at Think Progress Health

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW 

This is so right on, Mother Jones!! 

h/t: Kevin Drum at Mother Jones

h/t: Jennifer Bendery at Huffington Post


Governor Nathan Deal (R) of Georgia thinks wants to repeal the law requiring ERs to treat emergencies and just let those poor people die.

As fact checkers investigated and debunked claims made in an ad attacking the Affordable Care Act, Fox News and other conservative media used a cancer patient’s illness to defend the spot’s dishonesty.

The episode is part of an ongoing pattern in the conservative media of promoting anecdotal Obamacare horror stories that have fallen apart under scrutiny.

Michigan resident Julie Boonstra, who is suffering from leukemia, had her existing insurance plan canceled after it failed to meet the law’s new guidelines, which forces insurers to provide more comprehensive coverage than in the past. She later signed up for a new plan, which she has said is too expensive, and came to national attention earlier this year after she repeatedly appeared with Republicans attacking the health care law.

Boonstra was featured in an ad released last week by conservative group Americans for Prosperity saying that her new “out-of-pocket costs are so high, it’s unaffordable.” AFP is largely funded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch; their ad targets Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI), who is running for Michigan’s soon-to-be open Senate seat, their second such ad in the state.

But the ad’s claim hasn’t held up. Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler investigated the ad and noted that while Boonstra says that her out of pocket health care costs are now “unaffordable,” her monthly premiums were “cut in half” and that those savings are just two dollars shy of the maximum she would have to pay thanks to the new caps enacted in the law.

Kessler noted, “the premium savings appear to match whatever out-of-pocket costs she now faces.”

He concluded:

It is one thing to say there are higher out-of-pocket costs, as she did at the RNC news conference, but another to assume that those higher costs are not offset in some way by the significantly lower premium. (The $350,000 bone marrow transplant, for instance, would be capped at the out of pocket minimum.) The reality is that eventually Boonstra will hit the maximum and no longer pay anything. So over the course of the year, the difference in the costs could well even out.

The Washington Post isn’t the only outlet calling the ad’s claims into question. Politifact found that the ad is “at worst, misleading and, at best, lacking critical context.” The Detroit News also reported that “The one-minute ad makes no mention that Boonstra successfully enrolled in a new Blue Cross plan where she’s able to retain her University of Michigan oncologist and continues to receive the life-saving oral chemotherapy.”

Lawyers representing Rep. Peters sent a letter to TV stations in Michigan which asked them to demand that AFP “provide the factual documentation for its claims if you are going to continue airing this advertisement” and went on to cite the ad’s factual inaccuracies.

Despite all of this, in comments to the Post and Detroit News, AFP has continued to stand by its ad.

h/t: Oliver Willis at MMFA

Fox News contributor Scott Brown was forced to end his financial relationship with Newsmax after he sent a sponsored email to his list touting dubious Alzheimer’s disease cures from huckster Dr. Russell Blaylock. Brown is one of several conservative media outlets and personalities — including his Fox News colleague Mike Huckabee and conservative magazine National Review — that have helped sell out their followers to Blaylock in recent years.


In recent years, several prominent conservative outlets and personalities have sent emails to their followers touting Blaylock and his dubious medicine:

National Review. The conservative magazine sent an April 20, 2013, email from Newsmax / Blaylock with the subject line: “These 7 Things Activate Alzheimer’s in Your Brain.” (Last week, National Review told Think Progress that it was investigating emails it had sent out touting a separate shady sponsor. According to the magazine’s publisher, “National Review takes all complaints seriously.”)

Dick Morris. On January 18, the newsletter of former Fox News contributor Dick Morris sent a message to its readers stating: “Please find a special message from our paid sponsor, Newsmax Health. Sponsorships like this help to allow us to continue to send you Dick’s commentary free of charge. We appreciate your support.” then enclosed Blaylock’s  ”5 Signs You’ll Get Alzheimer’s Disease” pitch. also sent an email offer from Newsmax / Blaylock on October 30, 2013, with the subject line: “These 7 Things Activate Alzheimer’s in Your Brain.”

Christian Broadcasting Network. Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network sent an email with the subject line “5 Signs You Could Get Alzheimer’s Disease” on January 9 to its email list. It contained the disclaimer: “This Select Advertising Offer is sent to you by the Christian Broadcasting Network as a paid advertisement and is not necessarily endorsed by CBN.”

CBN also sent an email offer from Newsmax / Blaylock on October 17, 2013, with the subject line: “These 7 Things Activate Alzheimer’s in Your Brain.”

Mike Huckabee. The Fox News host sent the “5 Signs You’ll Get Alzheimer’s Disease” email to his list on January 16, 2013. He wrote: “Please find a special message from our paid sponsor, Newsmax Health. They have important information to share with you. Sponsorships like this help to allow us to continue to send you my commentary free of charge but do not necessarily reflect my views.”

Huckabee also sent an email offer from Newsmax / Blaylock on September 10, 2013, with the subject line: “These 7 Things Activate Alzheimer’s in Your Brain.”

Herman Cain. Cain’s CainTV sent the “5 Signs You’ll Get Alzheimer’s Disease” to its list on November 1, 2012, along with a disclaimer stating it is from its “sponsor partner - the sort of thing that helps us pay the bills here at CainTV. It carries no endorsement from us, but we appreciate your willingness to receive these messages.”

CainTV also sent an email offer from Newsmax / Blaylock on October 19, 2013, with the subject line: “These 7 Things Activate Alzheimer’s in Your Brain.” 

Russell Blaylock’s advice is rated quackery. 

See Also: Scott Brown Is The Newest Right-Wing Media Huckster


Fox News contributor Scott Brown is renting out his email list to an outlet that touts shady products like Alzheimer’s disease cures and Social Security tricks.

Brown joins several of his Republican colleagues in attempting to cash in on their followers through dubious or shady practices. Mike Huckabee, Herman Cain, and Newt Gingrich have all been renting out their email lists to suspect sources. As Salon’s Alex Pareene noted, “the conservative movement is an elaborate moneymaking venture. For professional movement conservatives, their audiences and followers are easy marks.” 

Brown sent an email this morning with the subject line “5 Signs You’ll Get Alzheimer’s Disease” to his email list. Brown wrote in the email: “Dear Patriot, I thought you might be interested in the offer below from our sponsor Newsmax Health. Thank you, Senator Scott Brown.”  

Brown’s email contains a pitch touting the findings of Dr. Russell Blaylock, and “Simple strategies and natural therapies to prevent, treat, and reverse memory loss, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and other neurodegenerative disorders.”

Blaylock, a repeat guest on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ radio show, has made numerous dubious medical claims through Newsmax and other far-right media outlets:

Brown has also sent an email pitching dubious financial offers. 


The Franklin Prosperity Report is a questionable newsletter operated by Newsmax that claims to be based on the “investment methods” of Benjamin Franklin.  

h/t: mediamattersforamerica