Ending ‘bailouts’ for insurers could cost millions their health coverage

For President Trump, they are bailouts for insurers. For millions of Americans, they are a lifeline to affordable health care coverage. Obamacare’s cost-sharing subsidies are once again at the center of the battle for Obamacare’s future.

Source: Ending ‘bailouts’ for insurers could cost millions their health coverage

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Trump Threatens To End Obamacare Payments And “Insurance Bailouts” Unless Repeal Passes

With the Senate having failed to repeal Obamacare, after a critical “Nay” vote by John McCain crushed Trump’s biggest campaign promise shortly after midnight on Thursday, Trump is plans to kill Obamacare slowly, and this time he has vowed to take insurance companies and members of Congress down with it.

Source: Trump Threatens To End Obamacare Payments And “Insurance Bailouts” Unless Repeal Passes

‘Obamacare Won’t Pay For My Back Surgery, But It Will Pay For Opioids’

Most days, Joe Cato is confined to sitting in a chair or lying in bed, heavily medicated or asleep, debilitated by back pain that’s left the 41-year-old husband and father of four unable to work, attend seminary, or run his construction business.

Source: ‘Obamacare Won’t Pay For My Back Surgery, But It Will Pay For Opioids’

McConnell Abandons ‘Replace’ Plan, Calls For ObamaCare ‘Repeal & Delay’ Vote; Trump Tweets “We Will Return!”

President Trump just tweeted who he sees as responsible for the failure… We were let down by all of the Democrats and a few Republicans. Most Republicans were loyal, terrific & worked really hard. We will return! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2017 As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan.

Source: McConnell Abandons ‘Replace’ Plan, Calls For ObamaCare ‘Repeal & Delay’ Vote; Trump Tweets “We Will Return!”

Psychiatrists Must Face Possibility that Medications Hurt More Than They Help

Psychiatrists Must Face Possibility that Medications Hurt More Than They Help

Scientific American Content: Global / 2016-12-14 08:01

Two new posts on this website have me contemplating, once again, the terrible possibility that psychiatry is hurting more people than it helps.

Reporter Sarah G. Miller notes in “1 in 6 Americans Takes a Psychiatric Drug that prescriptions for mental illness keep surging. As of 2013, almost 17 percent of Americans were taking at least one psychiatric drug, up from 10 percent in 2011, according to a new study. Miller elaborates:

Antidepressants were the most common type of psychiatric drug in the survey, with 12 percent of adults reporting that they filled prescriptions for these drugs… In addition, 8.3 percent of adults were prescribed drugs from a group that included sedatives, hypnotics and anti-anxiety drugs, and 1.6 percent of adults were given antipsychotics.”

This increase in medications must be boosting our mental health, right? Wrong. In “Is Mental Health Declining in the U.S.?,” Edmund S. Higgins, professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, acknowledges the “inconvenient truth” that Americans’ mental health has, according to some measures, deteriorated.

A 2013 study, Higgins writes, found that “the toll of mental disorders had grown in the past two decades, even as other serious conditions became more manageable.” He adds: “Suicide rates per 100,000 people have increased to a 30-year high. Substance abuse, particularly of opiates, has become epidemic. Disability awards for mental disorders have dramatically increased since 1980, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is struggling to keep up with the surge in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”……….