Affordable Care Act

1:40am

Thu January 24, 2013
Shots - Health News

Female Smokers Face Greater Risk Than Previously Thought

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 11:19 am

Women smoke in New York City's Times Square.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

There's still more to learn about the risks of smoking and the benefits of quitting.

Studies in this week's New England Journal of Medicine show that the risk for women has been under-appreciated for decades. New data also quantify the surprising payoffs of smoking cessation — especially under the age of 40.

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11:03am

Thu January 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Calling Obamacare 'Facisim' Was 'Poor Choice Of Words,' Whole Foods CEO Says

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 1:06 pm

John Mackey is co-CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods Market and co-founder of the nonprofit Conscious Capitalism, Inc.
Whole Foods Market Courtesy Harvard Business Review Press

When The Salt posted Wednesday that Whole Foods CEO John Mackey told Morning Edition that President Obama's health care overhaul isn't socialism, it's "fascism," there was quite a response. The post has more than 500 comments, so far.

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1:04am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Salt

Whole Foods Founder John Mackey On Fascism and 'Conscious Capitalism'

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 1:51 pm

Whole Foods has more than 300 stores and continues to expand.
Harry Cabluck AP

UPDATE at 12:35 p.m., ET, Jan. 17: Many of you wrote in to tell us you were taken aback by Whole Foods top executive John Mackey characterizing the health law as fascism in an NPR interview, and apparently, he's feeling a little sheepish.

About three minutes into his otherwise amiable chat with CBS This Morning hosts on on Thursday, Mackey walked back his comments in response to a direct question from Norah O'Donnell:

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1:37pm

Tue January 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

Law Expands Kids' Dental Coverage, But Few Dentists Will Treat Them

Health care reform should make it easier for many children to get routine dental checkups that are covered by insurance.
Terry J Alcorn iStockphoto.com

Kids may not exactly jump for joy to learn that the health care overhaul makes it easier for them to get their teeth cleaned, filled and straightened.

Tooth decay ranks as the No. 1 chronic disease in children, and better dental insurance coverage could help address the problem. But many children's health advocates worry that there won't be enough dentists available to meet the need.

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2:30pm

Fri January 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

Businesses Sue Government Over Birth Control Mandate

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 6:07 pm

The Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores has gone to court to block a provision of the administration's health law that requires employers' health plans to pay for contraceptives.
Tony Gutierrez AP

When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, few would have predicted that one of the most contentious provisions would have to do with contraception.

But today federal officials are grappling with more than 40 lawsuits claiming that the requirement for most health plans to provide contraceptive coverage to women violates their religious freedom.

And religious groups aren't the only ones going to court.

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