Will Kennedy Flip Flop in the Zubik Contraception Case?

The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral argument in Zubik v Burwell, the lawsuit challenging the secondary accommodation in the Affordable Care Act for religious non-profits brought by the Little Sisters of the Poor and a bunch of other groups. Lyle Denniston describes what happened at the oral argument, particularly regarding Justice Kennedy: … [Read more...]

Dr. Phil Now Pushing Diabetes Medication

This is a story that really reveals a lot about the irrationality and celebrity worship of American culture. Dr. Phil, who is not a medical doctor at all, is now being paid to promote a diabetes medication. He has no more authority to do so than a plumber, but he's a celebrity and that's all that matters. … [Read more...]

Trump: Obamacare is ‘Killing Everybody’

We really should have a scale to measure the stupidity of political rhetoric. Even by the standards of the wildly exaggerated rhetoric we're used to from politicians, Donald Trump takes it to flights of fancy that would embarrass anyone with half a brain. Like telling Pat Robertson that Obamacare is "killing everybody." … [Read more...]

Cruz Still Lying About Obamacare

During the 7th Republican presidential debate on Thursday, Ted Cruz repeated a line he has used again and again on the campaign trail, claiming that the Affordable Care Act has destroyed "millions" of jobs. It's a claim that has been debunked again and again and Politifact calls it a pants-on-fire lie. … [Read more...]

Trump Still Totally Devoid of Actual Policies

One of the most bizarre things about the Donald Trump campaign is that the men rarely has a policy proposal for anything. Sometimes he offers the impossible (build a wall and make Mexico pay for it!), sometimes the vile (ban Muslims from the country!), and sometimes, as with health care, he doesn't even pretend to have policy ideas. … [Read more...]

Guess What? Cruz Never Lost His Health Insurance

So after Ted Cruz told a New Hampshire audience his sob story about losing his family's health insurance and how it was all Obama's fault, it turns out that was a big lie. He never lost his health insurance at all. Blue Cross Blue Shield automatically enrolled his family in the equivalent HMO plan rather than the PPO plan they had in 2015. And he knew that before he gave that speech. … [Read more...]

Cruz Forgets to Get Insurance, Blames Obama

Campaigning in New Hampshire this week, Ted Cruz wept crocodile tears because he and his family don't have health insurance right now. And it's all the fault of Obamacare, of course, as legislators are force to use the health care exchanges to get insurance (at the insistence of Republicans, incidentally, who are now complaining about it). He lamented: … [Read more...]

Repub. Rep: Only a Few People Lacked Insurance Before ACA

Rep. Scott Garrett, a Republican from New Jersey, went on Tony Perkins' radio show and made the absolutely bizarre claim that before Obamacare there were only "one or two" people who didn't have health insurance. Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said that you're entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts. This guy is just pulling "facts" out of his rectum. … [Read more...]

Vox Day is an Anti-Vaxxer Too

I knew Vox Day was a misogynist who thinks women should not be allowed to vote. I knew Vox Day was a massive asshole. I did not know that he was also an anti-vaxxer until I read this post by Dave Gorski, which documents Day completely distorting the results of a new study of those who are most likely to ask for exemptions from vaccine requirements. His claim is that anti-vaxxers are smarter. As usual, he's wrong. Referring to this study, Day claims: … [Read more...]

Abbott Cuts Funding for HIV Prevention Programs

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott continued his fact-free crusade against Planned Parenthood by removing them as a key provider of HIV testing and prevention programs in that state. The availability of testing and prevention programs is absolutely crucial to limiting the spread of HIV because most people who have it don't know they have it and are thus at higher risk of spreading it. … [Read more...]

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...]