Posts tagged "obamacare"

Wanderlust: A Pit Stop At The ER & Why You Should Travel With Health Insurance

The only thing I didn't consider when planning this solo traveling adventure is that I might end up in hospital. Sadly, I did. I woke up in a pool of my own blood a few nights ago and was faced with a difficult choice: Do I go to the ER (which would be ridiculously expensive…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / February 9, 2015

Trans Teenager Leelah Alcorn’s Funeral Had To Be Moved Following Threats Against Her Family

The funeral for Leelah Alcorn, the trans teen who committed suicide last week, had to be moved after her family started receiving threats. [Cosmopolitan] One of Ferguso…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 5, 2015

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Affordable Care Act’s Contraception Coverage

Today the Supreme Court heard challenges to the Affordable Care Act's mandate to cover preventative care, which was filed by Christian owners of secular businesses who object to covering certain forms of birth control for their employees. Hobby Lobby claims their religious freedom is being violated and they should be exempt, like…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 25, 2014

While We Fight For Birth Control Coverage, Medicare Is Spending Millions On Penis Pumps

We know that conservative Republicans go batshit insane over the idea of the Affordable Healthcare Act covering preventative health care like birth control. But thanks to "The Daily Show," we now know that America has bigger problems, literally: Medicare is spending millions on penis pumps. The program has spent $172 million in the…
By: Claire Hannum / March 13, 2014

Supreme Court To Take Up Hobby Lobby Birth Control Case

The case filed by Hobby Lobby, a craft store owned by Christians who don't believe in birth control and refuses to cover it under the Affordable Care Act, is headed to the Supreme Court. In March 2014, the highest court in the land will take up the question of whether a company can refuse to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 26, 2013

Got Insurance, Bro?

Whooooa: 47 million non-elderly adults in America are uninsured and a good many of those young adults are bros. But don't worry, bros! You need not dip into the beer fund to pay for that broken nose. It was so crazy the way you rode your ATV into a tree, bro! Obamacare…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 22, 2013

Finally: Senate Deal Announced

Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell have reached a bipartisan deal to end the government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling, they announced in Senate floor speeches today. "This is far less than many of us had hoped for frankly," McConnell said. "But it's far better than what some had sought." The deal does not include…
By: Newser / October 16, 2013

Congressional Republicans Willing To Let Government Shutdown Over Birth Control In Obamacare

What's more important: letting your boss refuse to cover your birth control pills in your health care plan or the jobs of 800,000 federal workers? You guessed right — it's your boss's input on your family planning decisions! Oh, Lord, I just can't anymore with Republicans. [CNN, Washington Post]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 30, 2013

Forever 21 Cuts Full Time Employees To Avoid Paying Health Care Costs

Forever 21, you just keep getting better and better. In between lowering your prices to make them more "guilt-free" (with little thought, of course, to the workers who actually make the products), and getting in trouble for sweatshop-like labor conditions, you've now gone and fucked over the people who…
By: Julie Gerstein / August 16, 2013

Obama Changes Health Insurance Coverage Of Birth Control For Religious Employers

The Obama administration released new details this morning about which religious employers will be exempt from covering the cost of birth control under health care reform — which the Associated Press describes as a "broader opt-out." The Health and Human Services Department announced this morning that businesses which object must "self-certify that they are non-profit…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 1, 2013

Girl Talk: I’m Too Crazy For Health Insurance

Unlike my future captor Tom Cruise, I'm a big fan of psychiatry. Why? Well, it's given me opportunities I never could have experienced without medical intervention for depression, agoraphobia and panic attacks. To put it more simply: Psychiatry has saved my life. But thanks to a couple of friendly letters from health insurance companies, I've recently…
By: Sara Benincasa / November 2, 2012

When Fox News And CNN Got The SCOTUS Health Care Ruling Wrong

Remember this morning, when the Supreme Court upheld Obama's health care law? That was awesome. But in the moments after the ruling came down, there was mass confusion about what it all meant. After all, Supreme Court rulings aren't just like, YAY or NAY. They're hundreds of complexly worded legal documents. So because both CNN…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 28, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds ObamaCare

The fate of ObamaCare has been decided—and it's very, very good news for President Obama and tens of millions of uninsured Americans. The Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act with one Medicaid-related exception. SCOTUSblog reports that Chief Justice John Roberts' vote "saved" ObamaCare; he sided with the left in upholding the individual mandate…
By: Newser / June 28, 2012