SCOTUS Grants Cert in Non-Profit Obamacare Case


As expected, the Supreme Court has decided to hear the appeal in several cases filed by religious non-profits against the Affordable Care Act, specifically the contraception mandate -- which they are explicitly exempted from. But that exemption isn't good enough for them, so a whole bunch of them have filed suit and almost all have lost in the lower courts. But one circuit split a few months ago, setting up this appeal. The court granted cert in seven cases. … [Read more...]

A ‘Naturopath’ Tortures Her Children

Dave Gorski recounts the details of an absolutely horrifying thing that happened right here in my hometown of Grand Rapids. A "Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor" (read: licensed practitioner of throwing salt over my shoulder) named Heather Dexter refused to take her three children in for treatment for pertussis, after also refusing to have them vaccinated to prevent them from getting it in the first place. The torment her children went through, in her own words: … [Read more...]

Even the National Review Says Carson Lied About Mannatech

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The crowd at the last Republican presidential debate may have booed the moderators for daring to ask about Ben Carson flagrantly violating his Hippocratic oath by endorsing fraudulent medical supplements, but even the conservative National Review says point blank that Carson lied in response to the question. Jim Geraghty was one of the first people to call attention to Carson's fraud-for-hire arrangement with Mannatech. … [Read more...]

Carson Wants to Get Rid of Medicare

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Always willing to say the stupid things no one else will say, Ben Carson has apparently decided that the way to get elected president is to say he wants to abolish one of the most popular public policies ever passed in this country. He says that not only does he want health care savings accounts to replace Obamacare, he wants them to replace all private insurance and Medicare: … [Read more...]

Romney Takes Credit for Obamacare

Mitt Romney, apparently thinking he's still running for president, reverted to his old programming and flip flopped yet again on the subject of Obamacare. Speaking about his friend Tom Stemberg, the founder of Staples, he said that it was Stemberg who pushed him to pass universal health insurance in Massachusetts, without which we would not have Obamacare and thus millions of people would still not have insurance. … [Read more...]

How Trump’s Will Make a Deal to Fix the Health Care System


One of the truly maddening and ridiculous things about Donald Trump is that he almost never offers any policy details on anything. His go-to rhetoric when asked how he'll solve any problem is that he'll "hire the best people" and "make the best deal" and whatever problem is being discussed will magically disappear. That's how he "explained" how he'll fix the health care system in a radio interview: … [Read more...]

Savage Wants to Be NIH Director Under Trump

Far-right radio host Michael Savage's head is shoved so far up Donald Trump's ass that he's now sporting the Donald's hairstyle, and now perhaps we see why. During an interview with Trump on his show, Savage said, apparently quite seriously, that he wants to be the director of the National Institutes of Health in a Trump administration. And Trump thinks that would bring "common sense" (whatever the hell that is) to the position. … [Read more...]

More on Ben Carson Pimping Medical Scams

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Dave Gorski, a real-life cancer researcher and surgeon, has more information about Ben Carson's several years spent shilling for a company called Mannatech, which produces "natural" (that word should always send up a red flag when dealing with medical claims) supplements that promise to cure everything from cancer to AIDS. Carson has spoken at the company's events and made some downright absurd claims about how its products helped him survive prostate cancer. … [Read more...]

Three Cheers for California’s Assisted Suicide Law

I am so happy to hear that the state of California has become the 5th state to allow some form of assisted suicide for terminally ill people seeking an end to their misery and suffering. Having just gone through this with one of my dearest friends, and having gone through it three times before with others that I love, I am a staunch advocate of such laws. … [Read more...]

More of That Worldnetdaily Spin


The headline at the Worldnetdaily reads: "Hard habit to break: Obama in new siege on 'Little Sisters' nuns." A new siege? Oh no! What is Obama doing now? Well, nothing actually. The "new siege" is actually the Little Sisters of the Poor appealing their lawsuit over the exemption from the contraception mandate of the ACA, which they've lost at every stage, to the Supreme Court. … [Read more...]

Conservative 10th Circuit Judges Call for En Banc Rehearing in Contraceptive Mandate Case


You remember the lawsuit filed by the Little Sisters of the Poor against the Obama administration because they don't think the secondary accommodation that gives them an exemption from the ACA's contraception mandate is good enough. A 10th Circuit Court of Appeals panel rejected their suit by a 3-0 vote and they decided not to ask for an en banc rehearing, but several conservative judges on the court called for their own vote. … [Read more...]

Christian Right Still Trying to Create More Unwanted Pregnancies

Remember that pilot project in Colorado that provided free IUDs and long-term hormonal birth control to teenage girls and resulted in big decreases in both teen pregnancies and abortion? The private funding has run out and they want to get public funding to expand the program to all teen girls in that state, but as usual the opposition is coming from those who are most stridently (at least publicly) against the very thing the program reduces. … [Read more...]