Paul Ryan’s bill to replace Obamacare failed last Friday, and the vote was cancelled. President Trump says that it will explode all on its own. Rand Paul says he wants to repeal Obamacare instead of replacing it. Premiums are too high because of the mandate and because people who already are sick are allowed to buy insurance at the same rates as healthy people, and that forces all rates through the roof.
Court documents reveal deep roots of corruption and collusion between Monsanto and the EPA. The EPA declared that Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer was safe without conducting tests on it. It relied solely on Monsanto research. […] Monsanto’s lead toxicologist, in her deposition to the court, admitted that the company did not run studies to see if there is a link to cancer. The EPA’s Jesse Rowland of the agency’s Cancer Assessment Review Committee even tried to kill cancer research conducted by the World Health Organization that indicated Roundup was carcinogenic.
New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio repealed a rule requiring parental consent before a controversial ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcision (metzitzah b’peh) was performed, as the practice entails sucking blood from the incision, which can expose the child to herpes. Twenty four cases of herpes have been reported by the health department since 2000, which led to two infant deaths and two cases of brain damage. The mohel in the latest case has not been identified.
A new vaccine study was censored on the internet six hours after it was posted online because the data indicated that unvaccinated children were healthier. The study polled mothers who homeschool their children, with 39% of them opting out of vaccines. The data indicated that the vaccinated children had a 700% increase in being diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental disorder (NDD), including a 2-fold increase in autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, a 2-fold increase in ADHD diagnosis and a 2-fold increase in learning disabilities.
Republicans have unveiled their replacement for Obamacare. It will cover fewer people but, unlike Obamacare, it will not force people to buy coverage if they don’t want to. This article lists items that would be removed from Obamacare and those that would be added, such as a penalty if people fail to keep themselves continuously covered. Also, insurers will be allowed to charge a higher amount for older customers than for young adults. This is the same as charging older people a higher rate for life insurance or charging drivers with bad driving records a higher premium for collision insurance. In other words, the cost is higher for those most likely to benefit, which is a necessary feature of insurance if it is to function without tax subsidies.
All plans to amend, repeal or replace Obamacare are based on the false idea that there is an insurance problem when the real problem is billing. Healthcare pricing is based on how much can be extracted from an individual or an insurance company, so prices fluctuate widely. People cannot shop for a better price because price comparison is prohibited. In fact, pricing is considered to be a trade secret that is protected by law.
California: A Superior Court judge has ruled that a report on cell-phone risk, written by the state’s Environmental Health Investigations, must be released to the public. The report shows that use of cell phones involves a significant risk of contracting cancer. So far, the report has been covered up because officials are afraid of law suits by the cellphone industry.
A retired EPA official is at the center of more than 20 lawsuits that allege Monsanto failed to warn of cancer risks from glyphosate, the key ingredient in its Roundup weed killer. Jess Rowland, a former EPA deputy division director, is accused of helping Monsanto by publishing a report advising that there was not enough evidence to link glyphosate to cancer, which preempted further research. The EPA is trying to stop his deposition in March.
The government of India is banning the vaccine program sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation over fears that pharmaceutical-company donors tied to the Foundation are influencing its policies on vaccination. A study from the Global Policy Forum shows that the Gates Foundation is not a neutral charity but, instead, promotes neo-liberal (collectivist) economic policies and globalization, which benefits big business, especially in the fields of health and agriculture.
Okanagan, a Canadian company, will begin selling ‘Arctic’ GMO apples that are genetically engineered to resist browning. The company has Arctic versions of Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and Fuji apples, and expects to add more. The only way customers can detect the GMO apples is to scan the product code (not many customers carry around a scanner) or to rely on stores to state they are GMO apples – which most stores have no intention of doing.