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In Case of Ebola, U.S. Has Stockpile of Expired Sanitizer

bloomberg.com — In the event Washington suffers an outbreak of Ebola, the U.S. government has almost 5,000 bottles of hand sanitizer waiting for emergency workers. The trouble is that 84 percent of the stockpile has expired. An August audit by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general found that the U.S.

Shopping Around for a CT Scan Can Save $100, Study Finds

bloomberg.com — When patients shop for lab tests, scans and other medical procedures, they save money -- an average of $125 on expensive imaging services, for example, according to a study that evaluated consumer price comparisons for U.S. health services for the first time. It's a common-sense result that economists have long predicted, yet many U.S.

Obamacare Refutes Prediction of Corporate America Cost Increases

northjersey.com — Numbers show that the dangers predicted from the Affordable Care Act haven't happened, and corporate America is actually benefiting from it Business groups said soon after Obamacare became law in 2010 that the sweeping health care overhaul would impose huge new costs on U.S. employers, leading to job losses.

Ebola 'Not a Significant Threat' in U.S., CDC Chief Says Under GOP Grilling

bloomberg.com — Republican lawmakers sharply criticized the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's response to the Ebola outbreak as agency director Thomas Frieden said the virus is not a "significant public health threat." "People's lives are at stake and the response so far has been unacceptable," Representative Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican, said today as a hearing began in Washington.

Hospitals Need Full-Time Ebola Care Supervisor, CDC Says

bloomberg.com — Hospitals in the U.S. caring for Ebola victims need to appoint a full-time individual who is responsible for overseeing infection control, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today. The agency has sent infection-control experts to a Dallas hospital where two nurses became infected after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of Ebola on Oct.

Wal-Mart Health Cuts Reopen Debate Over Obamacare Costs, Savings

bloomberg.com — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 's move to eliminate health insurance for about 30,000 part-time workers underscores the mixed benefits of Obamacare for companies and their employees. Wal-Mart said yesterday it would no longer provide health coverage to employees who work less than 30 hours a week, following similar moves by retailers such as Target Corp., Home Depot Inc.

Bill for Ebola care adding up fast

star-telegram.com — Have more to add? News tip? Tell us Caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the Dallas Ebola patient, may cost as much as half a million dollars, a bill that his hospital is unlikely to ever collect. Duncan is in critical condition at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where he has been isolated since Sept.

Bill for Ebola Adds Up as Care Costs $1,000 an Hour

bloomberg.com — The care provided Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan may have cost as much as half a million dollars, a bill Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is unlikely to ever collect. Duncan died today at the hospital, where he had been isolated since Sept. 28.

Raving Fans for Obamacare Is Goal of Program’s New CEO

bloomberg.com — Kevin Counihan, the new chief executive officer of healthcare.gov, expects Obamacare will become so user-friendly that "raving fans" will emerge for the U.S. health insurance enrollment program. Americans buying coverage for 2015 using healthcare.gov should expect an easier experience than during its troubled first year, Counihan said yesterday in his first interview since starting the job Sept.

Burwell Touts Obamacare Gains Heading to Next Enrollment

bloomberg.com — President Barack Obama 's new health secretary said Obamacare is expanding U.S. insurance coverage and lowering consumers' health-care costs. She declined to predict how well the program's enrollment system will work in November, when consumers begin a new year of sign-ups.
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Oct 24, 2014

GOP congressman: "Administration witness, would you please publicly criticize the president?" Witness: [Answers imaginary question.]

Oct 24, 2014

Trey Gowdy is a dadgum lawyer, just for the record.

Oct 24, 2014

Rep. Stephen Lynch also seems to think no one should ever enter the country carrying Ebola, so it's bipartisan.

Oct 24, 2014

Republicans seem to believe that no one carrying Ebola virus should ever get into the country. Seems like a high bar.

Oct 24, 2014

RT @Kate_HunterDC: Midway into my 2nd #Ebola hearing in 8 days, if I never hear another lawmaker say "diarrhea" or "vomiting" again, I would be very happy

Oct 24, 2014

The odds keep getting higher that you'll survive Ebola if you come down with it/are treated *in the United States.*

Oct 24, 2014

First person to be infected with Ebola in the U.S., Dallas nurse Nina Pham, is now cured and will be discharged from hospital, @NIH says.

Oct 24, 2014

@EdAsante77 discontinuing this conversation. believe whatever you want, man. worry yourself sick.

Oct 24, 2014

@EdAsante77 More than 40 people who had contact w/Duncan in Dallas have gone 21 days without infection. Again: evidence.

Oct 24, 2014

@EdAsante77 if you're looking for someone to float every half-assed ebola theory dredged up from reddit, you're right, I'm a bad follow.

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