Lower Your Risk of Disease and Boost Overall Well-Being With This Incredible Nutrient
To understand perhaps the most important nutrient you can consume — one that dramatically lowers risks of heart disease, osteoporosis, and many other grave conditions — let’s visit a great year, and a great man. Read on...
Their tentacles spread through academia and the government…
A newly approved herbicide makes for yet another reason to avoid non-organic and GM foods.
Fear of a protein-induced kidney damage keeping you on the carb-intensive bandwagon? Don’t worry. If you are healthy, your kidneys will be fine...
How to protect yourself from toxic water
I’m excited about this issue because we’re putting the smackdown on a major health fallacy — one that’s likely causing serious harm.
It centers on calcium.
At estimated 60 percent of American women over age 60 take calcium supplements — often at the urging of their physicians — to keep their bones strong. Read on...
Here’s how to find out how much money your doctor has received from drug companies
Forget mainstream financial news. All you need is the banjo index. And 7 spiritual powers. Read on...
The EPA royally f*cked up. Or did it? Mr. X blows the whistle. Read on.
Eat right, exercise, and sleep well, and you’re still missing what research shows is a vital path to robust health.
Solar Exposure Is Vital… But How Much Vitamin D3 Do You Really Need?
By now, you’re likely aware of the importance of vitamin D to overall health.
But the fact is many Americans aren’t getting enough.
Some experts estimate that up to 40 percent of the general population and nearly 100 percent of seniors are deficient in vitamin D. Read on...
The real villain behind the Animas river toxic spill
New research suggests these dangerous drugs might actually contribute to, rather than treat, heart disease.
Love coffee? Good for you! Java consumption is associated with lower death rates -- and you’ll be surprised to find out how much you should drink to get the maximum benefit.
Think you’re avoiding sugar? Wait until you see where it’s hiding…
HR 1599, a bill that would nullify state GMO labelling laws and mandate other nasty federal regulations, has passed the House and is headed to the Senate
Flying over Russia... Nate Rifkin Freak-Out... Five Ways to Fight GMOs and DARK... and more!
Natto contains the vital nutrient vitamin K2. Too bad it tastes like gym socks. Here’s how to get the benefit without the gag-inducing flavor.
How restaurants are caving to cheap ingredients at the risk of your health
If you’re taking a prescription sleep aid, that might happen sooner than you think
Free Sleeping Pills... Spy Project Revealed... Human Guinea Pigs... Buttered Cigarettes... and more!
To reap optimal health benefits, your whole food diet should include whole animals as well as whole plants.
Can you change your brain by changing your gut?
Even if you can’t boil water, you can make delicious sauerkraut at home -– the perfect food for a healthy gut!
Sleep’s unusual connection with memory
These natural herbs can help diffuse your next anxiety attack.
Looking for some side-splitting comedy? Consider the crazy eating habits that folks over 100 years old somehow manage to survive...
Hint: It’s something your body already makes…
We begin today by checking our premises: In order to imagine something working forever, it must begin to work in the first place.
When asked in recent months about what the future holds for the Affordable Care Act, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, “What we’ve done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever.”
The law takes full effect Jan. 1, 2014, and the online exchanges launch on Oct. 1, 2013. But lofty expectations are being played down as logistical problems become worse and worse.
“It’s only prudent to not assume everything is going to work perfectly on day one,” said Gary Cohen, Obama’s health insurance czar, according to a CQ Roll Call report back in April. He was hedging the launch of the online insurance exchanges. Turns out that was a good bet. Something tells us it will turn out to be the understatement of the decade.
“The time for debating about the size of text on the screen, or the color, or is it a world-class user experience — that’s what we used to talk about two years ago,” said Cohen’s colleague Harry Chao. “Now the philosophy is: ‘Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.'”
There are a lot of opportunities for good, low-cost health care in the Third World. But we’re sure Mr. Chao is imaging something along these lines (in which case, he couldn’t set the bar much lower)…
Quality Control: As long as it’s better than this…
In recent months, implementing Obamacare has been hairier than its proponents seemed to realize. The biggest delay so far was the employer mandate. That’s been pushed back one year, adding $10 billion to the program’s price tag.
But the online exchanges are the life force of Obamacare. There will be consequences to winging it. What’s so hard about rolling these exchanges out on time, anyway? Here’s the organizational chart. Just follow the arrow… errr…
How to not have a “third-world experience”: Create a complex flow chart
OK. We’ll be honest… We don’t have a clue what’s going on in that chart.
What we do know is that green box labeled “Federal Data Services HUB” is the communication hub at the center of it all. It was supposed to be ready by Sept. 4… and now it’s slated for Sept. 30, just one day before the online exchanges launch. A functioning hub is crucial so agencies can verify if individuals are eligible for the subsidies they’re claiming.
Those subsidies include the refundable tax credits for the poor. Those subsidies are capped at an income equal to 400% of the federal poverty level. If a household’s income is just $1 higher than that, they don’t get a subsidy. Depending on age and things like whether or not the enrollees smoke — that $1 in extra income could increase the household’s premium payments by as much as $9,355. If you also started smoking, your premium could go up even more.
But don’t worry. The government has a solution for Obamacare’s back-end problems. They’re simply waiving the verification process for claimed subsidies until the kinks are ironed out. It’s called “the honor system” — because that works so well on college campuses.
If we didn’t know any better, we’d think the government built the damn thing to fail. Heck, the transcript from Harry Reid’s above-mentioned interview bluntly blurts out as much. The interviewer asked him if Obamacare was a stepping stone to a single-payer system.
Reid’s answer? “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.”
— Addison Wiggin