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Writer at the Huffington Post, covering health care, social welfare, and other policy issues. Come for the journalism, stay for the Billy Joel interludes.

Mental Illness Is A Much Bigger Problem For The Poor, New Study Shows — If you want to talk about inequality in America, you should be talking about mental illness -- and the ability of people to get treatment for it. On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new study that demonstrates, in vivid terms, something that public health experts have known for a while: Mental health problems are far more common among the poor than the rich.

Why Obamacare Premiums Will Probably Rise More Quickly Next Year — Premiums in the the Affordable Care Act's new marketplaces rose more slowly in 2014 and 2015 than initial projections had suggested they would. Don't bet on the same thing happening in 2016. Insurers have already filed official proposals for next year's premiums and, in states where those filings are public, some large insurers are calling for substantial, double-digit increases over what they are charging this year.

It's Not Just You -- Those Health Insurance Deductibles Are Getting Scary — Debates about health care frequently focus on the number of people with and without insurance, because it's a relatively straightforward thing to measure. Either you have coverage or you don't. But an equally important question is what kind of insurance you have -- and that includes whether your policy leaves you exposed to large, potentially crippling out-of-pocket expenses.

Sandra Lee Wants Young Women To Get Mammograms. Should They? — Sandra Lee, the celebrity chef and author, announced Tuesday that she has breast cancer. She did so during a tearful, emotionally powerful interview on " Good Morning America" -- to talk about her diagnosis and her treatment, and to offer advice. She wants all women to get breast cancer screening, even at young ages.

Why Public Silence Greets Government Success — Last October, Obama administration officials, including those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urged Americans to remain calm as Ebola first appeared in the United States. One person had died from the disease in an American hospital, while new diagnoses had appeared in both Dallas and New York City.

The Clock Is Ticking And Republicans Still Have No Serious Obamacare Alternative — Republicans keep saying they'll be ready to act if the Supreme Court upholds the big legal challenge to Obamacare, thereby wiping out financial assistance for millions of people in two-thirds of the states. With the clock ticking down to a ruling, it's gotten awfully hard to take the GOP's vows seriously.

Pennsylvania's Fight Over Paid Sick Days Could Be The Presidential Campaign's Next Issue — You've got a nasty head cold, or maybe your kid is home with the flu. If you're a waitress and you call in sick, should the law forbid your employer from withholding your day's wages? A big debate over that question is taking place in Pennsylvania, pitting conservative state lawmakers in Harrisburg against liberal city officials in Philadelphia.

Bernie Sanders Is A Socialist And That's Not As Crazy As It Sounds — Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator who calls himself a socialist, is running for president. Don't be afraid. Sanders announced his candidacy on Thursday, via email to his supporters. He will seek the Democratic nomination, even though he won his Senate seat as an independent.

There's A Huge Reality Gap On Obamacare, And This New Poll Proves It — In a new survey, more than half of self-identified Republicans said they didn't think the Affordable Care Act is increasing the number of people with health insurance, with a fifth of respondents saying it has actually reduced the number of people with coverage. For the record, the evidence suggests these people are flat-out wrong.

Obamacare News That Should Make Conservatives Happy, But Won't — A new survey released on Thursday suggests that Affordable Care Act consumers are relatively happy with the insurance that they have purchased. And it's partly for reasons that conservatives would be celebrating -- if only that didn't also mean celebrating "Obamacare." The survey comes from the research firm J.D.
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May 29, 2015

BTW @kentarotoyama has a brand new book, Geek Heresy, about the perils of technological utopianism…

May 29, 2015

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May 29, 2015

RT @jonathanchait: Second-worst thing: the millions of old people who were put to death…

May 29, 2015

...which is why you should read this story by @sarahkliff on the approach they're developing in Wisconsin.…

May 29, 2015

The worst thing about the Obamacare "death panels" debate was the way it tainted end-of-life planning, which is so important...

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RT @ThePlumLineGS: ICYMI: New study finds GOP post-SCOTUS "fix" plans for subsidies would make things a lot worse:…

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...That's true of many successful politicians, but it will be fodder for Walker's GOP rivals, @ScottFConroy reports…

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Scott Walker is very good at ... swooping in at last minute, taking credit for legislative triumphs. by @ScottFConroy…

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