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John Boehner Is Afraid to Stand Up to Tea Party

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John Boehner – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

John Boehner can end the shutdown any time he wants. He could have a bill on President Obama’s desk in the course of an afternoon, but he won’t step up.

That’s because he’s afraid of challenging the most extreme voices in his caucus.

We need to make sure that those aren’t the only voices the Speaker is hearing.

Tell Speaker Boehner to get the government up and running today.

If Speaker Boehner brought a clean bill to fund the federal government to the floor – without any of the nonsense about defunding Obamacare – it would pass in a bipartisan vote.

Every day that goes by, more Republicans are starting to say exactly the same thing: It’s time for John Boehner to do his job and listen to the American people.


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Let’s Talk about Obamacare Tax Credits

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English: This image depicts the numbers of uninsured Americans and the uninsured rate from 1987 to 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On October 1, more than 30 million uninsured Americans will be able to sign up for affordable health insurance in the marketplace.

Under Obamacare, millions of Americans will be eligible for financial help.

Check out this calculator from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation that shows how the tax credits work.

Here’s how the financial assistance works:

- Individuals earning up to $45,000 per year — or families of four earning up to $94,000 per year — will be eligible to receive it.

- Nearly half of all people who buy their own health insurance will be eligible for financial assistance next year — and, on average, are expected to save about $2,700 a year.

Check out the subsidies calculator:

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Estrogen Drives Men’s Life Changes Too, Study Finds

The New England Journal of Medicine

The New England Journal of Medicine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Estrogen, the female sex hormone, plays a bigger role in men’s bodies than previously thought, and falling levels contribute to men’s expanding waistlines.

Until recently, testosterone deficiency was considered nearly the sole reason that men undergo the familiar physical complaints of midlife. Falling levels of estrogen regulate fat accumulation, according to a study published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine. Both hormones are needed for libido.

Via The New York Times.

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Guy Wakes Up from Surgery, Forgets He’s Married, Hits on Wife

This guy had a procedure that required anesthesia, and when he woke up, he was as high as a kite – so high, in fact, that he had temporary amnesia and didn’t recognize his wife, who was at his bedside, waiting for him to wake up.

Good thing he found her attractive.

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CDC: Teen Pregnancy Rate Hits All-Time Low

Countries by birth rate in 2008

Countries by birth rate in 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The CDC has released a report on the birth rate in America for 2012, and the number of teenagers having babies continues its downward trend:

The birth rate for American teens fell to 29.4 births per 1,000 in 2012 — a six percent drop from 2011, alone.

Data shows it fell for all ethnic groups.

To put that into perspective, the report finds it’s the lowest rate in 73 years. That’s how long the government has been keeping track of teen births.

A lot of the progress has been made in the last few years. The birth rate in 2007 was 41.5 births per 1,000 teenage girls — falling almost 30 percent in the last five years.

The Obama Administration has invested in teen-pregnancy-prevention programs. In a shocking coincidence, red states continue to have the highest rates of teen pregnancy.

At the other end of the spectrum, birth rates for women between the ages of thirty and forty-four have increased slightly.

Via the CDC and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


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Obamacare Premiums Will Be “Lower than Expected”

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English: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior staff, react in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the health care reform bill. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Thursday, a leading health policy research organization reported “lower than expected” premiums for Obamacare’s new insurance exchanges in a major study.

In Baltimore, for example, a 25-year-old will pay $179 per month for the second lowest cost “silver” plan and $115 per month for the cheapest available option, the lowest cost “bronze” plan.

Those monthly premiums drop to $144 and $80, respectively, when researchers assumed that the 25-year-old was eligible for a tax credit based on an income of $25,000 per year.

Of course, this new study does not take into account that Obamacare is racist against untan people or how it’s exactly like what Hitler did.

Thank god some Republicans are still trying to protect our freedoms by making it as hard as possible for people to get their greedy little hands on that government health care.

Keep it up, fellas. Your attempts to protect us from having lower insurance premiums is definitely the most important thing you could be doing right now. (That Syria stuff is sooooooooo boring, right Senator McCain?)


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Poll: 66% Opposed to Ban on Abortion after 20 Weeks

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Planned Parenthood volunteers help bring the fight for health insurance reform to the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sixty-six percent of people believe that abortions should be legal after twenty weeks if the woman would “suffer serious long-term health problems” from a full-term pregnancy, according to a new survey.

Sixty-one percent said the procedure should be legal in cases when the fetus is not viable, or when the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest.

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Grocery Stores Nudge Shoppers into Buying Better Food

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North Market Produce stand at the North Market in downtown Columbus, OH. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Supermarkets are employing subtle methods to try to influence the way we shop – for the healthier.

In one store, a mirror attached to the car reflects back the image of the person pushing the cart and prompts him to buy with an eye toward health.

In another store, grocery carts were divided in half by a yellow stripe. Shoppers were instructed to place produce in the front half of the cart, and produce sales more than doubled.

At still another, giant green arrows on the floor pointed to the produce aisle.

In some places, scientists are tinkering with the idea of placing placards in cards, announcing the average number of fruits and vegetables shoppers buy, thus enforcing the social norms. Two weeks into the program, produce sales jumped 10% overall – but among participants in the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program, there was a 91% increase in produce purchases.

Overall, customers spent more money on produce but the same amount overall, meaning that they were spending less on processed, packaged food. This is better for the consumer and the grocer, who gets better margins on the produce section than on prepackaged foods.

Via NYT.

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Doctor Performs Surgery Wearing Google Glass, Apparently Because He Can

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112 of 365 – Google’s Project Glasses (Photo credit: Yogesh Mhatre)

An Ohio surgeon recently livestreamed a surgery using Google Glass.

Google Glass has a frame similar to glasses, but instead of lenses, there is a glass block that sits above the right eye. On that glass is a computer screen that allows users to pull up information as they would on any other computer. Attached to the front of the device is a camera that offers a point-of-view image and the ability to take both photos and videos.

During the procedure at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Kaeding wore the device as he performed ACL surgery. Across town, one of Kaeding’s colleagues watched the surgery his office, while on the main campus, several students watched on their laptops.

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Agent Orange …. created by Monsanto!

Agent Orange …. created by Monsanto!.

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