Desperate for Dental Care in America’s Heartland

Imagine going online to make an appointment with your dentist and finding this message, in bold letters, at the top of the website: - The patient parking lot will open no later than midnight. - Numbered patient admission tickets will be given out beginning at 3 AM, one ticket per patient. - Clinic doors will open at 6 AM. Patients will be admitted in numerical order by ticket # and a ticket is required for admission. - Services are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have good health insurance and decent dental benefits, you probably can’t imagine that anyone in the U.S. needing care would ever encounter a message like that. After all, we have the best health care system in the world,...

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Conservatives and Liberals Agree on at Least One Health Care Fix

If you’re following the heated debate over whether the Affordable Care Act should be repealed and replaced, you might conclude that expanding access to health care is a goal that’s inconsistent with controlling government spending. You might also conclude that finding common ground is impossible because, it seems, right-leaning organizations want to talk only about cutting taxes while left-leaning organizations want to talk only about reducing the number of people without health care benefits. That’s the conventional wisdom in DC, but it doesn’t apply to what’s going on in the states in one important but underreported issue: the growing number of Americans without access to dental care. Finding ways to alleviate the crisis caused by a lack of access to dental care in the US...

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Trump Pledge to Repeal Obamacare Will Trigger Insurance Marketplace Chaos and Political Backlash

Listen to Scott Harris and Wendell Potter's conversation on Between the Lines. Check out the full post here. Ever since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, known widely as Obamacare, the Republican party has staged continuous rhetorical attacks on the health care law – and held more than 60 votes to repeal the legislation. Now with the election of Donald Trump to the White House, and Republicans maintaining control of both the House and Senate, the party will now be in position to destroy the legislation, that for all its flaws, has brought health insurance to more than 20 million Americans, many of them for the first time.

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Repeal Obamacare? GOP Should Be Careful What They Wish For

Now that they'll control the White House and Congress, Republicans still haven't got a clue what to do about health care. Felue Chang (right), who obtained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, receives a checkup from Dr. Peria Del Pino-White at the South Broward Community Health Services clinic on April 15, 2014 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) For years, Republicans have been condemning Obamacare and vowing to repeal and replace it. Now that they’ll soon be able to do that, they’re like the dog that caught the car: Now what? I’d be willing to bet a month’s worth of premiums that this is what’s happening right now: The best PR pros money can buy are quietly developing...

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Bully Back: Chapters 70 – Finish

You can purchase Adam Bruckner’s Bully Back here. 100% of proceeds go to the youth program at the Helping Hand Rescue Mission in Philadelphia. A place of hope, faith, action, and change. Be sure to check out Bully Back’s website, and purchase the 2015 prequel, Better Bullying here.

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Regardless Of Who We Vote For, Health Insurers Will Win

As we get close to the election, it’s clear that something should be done, at the federal or state level or both, to address the shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act. The news that premiums on the so-called Obamacare benchmark health plans will be 25 percent higher on average next year came on the heels of earlier reports that people in most states will have considerably fewer health plans to choose from. The health care consulting firm Avalere, which tracks insurer participation in the Obamacare exchanges, says the number of insurers offering Obamacare coverage has fallen from an average of more than five last year to just 3.2 next year. While most of the nonprofit health plans are sticking with Obamacare, three of the biggest...

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Bully Back: Chapters 61 – 69

You can purchase Adam Bruckner’s Bully Back here. 100% of proceeds go to the youth program at the Helping Hand Rescue Mission in Philadelphia. A place of hope, faith, action, and change. Be sure to check out Bully Back’s website, and purchase the 2015 prequel, Better Bullying here.

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Bully Back: Chapters 56 – 60

You can purchase Adam Bruckner’s Bully Back here. 100% of proceeds go to the youth program at the Helping Hand Rescue Mission in Philadelphia. A place of hope, faith, action, and change. Be sure to check out Bully Back’s website, and purchase the 2015 prequel, Better Bullying here.

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Bully Back: Chapters 52 – 55

You can purchase Adam Bruckner’s Bully Back here. 100% of proceeds go to the youth program at the Helping Hand Rescue Mission in Philadelphia. A place of hope, faith, action, and change. Be sure to check out Bully Back’s website, and purchase the 2015 prequel, Better Bullying here.

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Bully Back: Chapters 49 – 51

You can purchase Adam Bruckner’s Bully Back here. 100% of proceeds go to the youth program at the Helping Hand Rescue Mission in Philadelphia. A place of hope, faith, action, and change. Be sure to check out Bully Back’s website, and purchase the 2015 prequel, Better Bullying here.

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