How America’s Dental Health Crisis Created Mexico’s “Molar City”

Immigration and the Mexican border have been in the news for months. But all the stories have been about people coming to the United States. The untold story is how many Americans are leaving the U.S. for Mexico. Not to stay but to get dental care.

So many Americans are making the trip across the border to see a dentist that one small border town, Los Algodones, is now better known by its nickname: Molar City. The demand has become …

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The new plan to cut out the heart of Obamacare

Community rating: the defining feature of the earliest health insurance – and the one thing that keeps carriers from gouging customers.

Community rating is the one thing that keeps insurance companies from gouging most of their customers. It’s the thing that helps makes the health insurance marketplace even remotely fair.

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A Major Health Care Victory in Indian Country

Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote about how an American Indian tribe in Washington state defied a powerful special interest that was making it difficult for members of the tribe to get the dental care they needed.

It was a big gamble, but it paid off. What tribal leaders did was hire the equivalent of a nurse practitioner in dentistry—a dental therapist—to practice on the Swinomish Reservation, despite opposition from the state dental association and the fact that the

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Bipartisan Agreement On Health Care? On Dental Care, Absolutely

Dentist tools are photographed in the surgery room of dentist Sevan Arzuyan in Hanau near Frankfurt, Germany, March 7, 2016. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Dentist tools are photographed in the surgery room of dentist Sevan Arzuyan in Hanau near Frankfurt, Germany, March 7, 2016. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

If you think Democrats and Republicans can’t agree on anything related to health care, you’d be wrong. A remarkable bipartisan effort is taking shape at the state level that could result in millions of Americans having better access to care in a way barely addressed by federal lawmakers.

I’m talking about better access to dental care. Recent poll

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‘Obamacare Saved My Life, Too.’

kristenwolfDonald Trump says everyone will be ‘beautifully covered’ after repeal. Why this Philly demonstrator isn’t buying it, and why you shouldn’t either.  

You’ve been told for years that Obamacare has been bad for the middle class. That’s it’s the reason premiums are increasing and why more people are in high deductible plans.

You’ve been told that once it’s repealed everybody will be “beautifully covered.”That would be great. But Kristin Wolf isn’t buying it. And neither should you.

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US elections 2016: ‘People are attracted to Trump because he’s not taking money’

Consumer advocate Wendell Potter, co-author of Nation on the Take, explains how legislation was overturned to allow the financial corruption of US politics and what needs to be done to stop it.
Originally published by The Guardian on April 10, 2016
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