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Legal pot in Colorado comes with risks

A reporter returns to his hometown and confronts the new reality of legalized marijuana: “I found that a place settled by the Gold Rush is now mad about reefer.”... Read more»1

Medicaid enrollment increased by 3 million from October to February

The number of low-income people enrolled in Medicaid rose by 3 million to 62.3 million from October through February as more Americans joined the state-federal insurance program through state and federal online insurance marketplaces, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Health and Human Services.... Read more»

Dems tout 7 million Obamacare enrollees as GOP strategizes for fall election

News outlets report that the parties are wrestling with how to build on - or tear down - the success of the recent enrollment numbers.... Read more»

Legal battles smolder six decades after ‘the greatest health protection in cigarette history’

It’s hard to think of anything more reckless than adding a deadly carcinogen to a product that already causes cancer—and then bragging about the health benefits. That’s what Lorillard Tobacco did 60 years ago when it introduced Kent cigarettes, whose patented “Micronite” filter contained a particularly virulent form of asbestos.... Read more»

Analysis

Equally free to sleep under the bridge

According to N. Gregory Mankiw, writing in The New York Times, economists need to honor the principle “first, do no harm” when offering policy prescriptions. That principle, to Mankiw, translates into the following: “when people have voluntarily agreed upon an economic arrangement to their mutual benefit, that arrangement should be respected.”... Read more»

Commentary

Exposing tragic myths of the world's 'greatest' health care system

If you want to see a media pundit rendered utterly speechless, reduced to babbling as he tries to justify his claim that Obamacare is leading the United States to third world status, you must watch Daily Show “correspondent” Aasif Mandvi’s Thursday night takedown of FOX Business commentator Todd Wilemon.... Read more»

Local Dems fire back at Koch bros. Obamacare ads

Local Democratic leaders, bristling at new attack ads aimed at convincing the Affordable Care Act was bad for their community, came out to defend the law and and two of Arizona’s congressional representatives, Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick, for their support of Obamacare.... Read more»

Why hospitals are failing civilians who get PTSD

More than 20 percent of civilians with traumatic injuries may develop PTSD. Trauma surgeons explain why many hospitals aren’t doing anything about it.... Read more»

Not 'everybody' is covered under ACA

President Obama went too far in saying the Affordable Care Act meant “everybody” would have “basic health care.” The law doesn’t create a universal health care system, and not everyone will have insurance.... Read more»

Report: Educational, economic outcomes poor for Az kids

Arizona ranks poorly in educational and economic outcomes for kids, especially Latino and American Indian children, according to a national report.... Read more»

As enrollment exceeds 7 million, Obama says health law 'here to stay'

The administration took a victory lap Tuesday as enrollment through the health law’s exchanges topped 7 million.... Read more»

Supreme Court: Yuma sheriff must return seized medical marijuana

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider Yuma County’s appeal of a state court ruling that the county sheriff had to return seized marijuana to a woman with a medical marijuana card. County officials hard argued that returning the drugs would violate federal law.... Read more»1

Investigators point to shortfalls after Sierra Tucson suicide

Sierra Tucson, one of the nation’s most prominent residential behavioral health clinics, is under investigation following the January suicide of a patient at the facility north of Tucson. The incident was the third death of a patient there in the past seven years. Former staffers were not surprised at the recent suicide, saying it was just a matter of time before a lack of trained staff would lead to another death.... Read more»2

Judge denies stay; new Az abortion laws take effect Tuesday

A challenge to new rules on the availability of abortion pills for Arizona women was rejected by a federal judge in Tucson on Monday. Arizona doctors will no longer be able to prescribe the drug for women after the seventh week of pregnancy. They had been prescribing it through the ninth week.

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Judging Obamacare: How do we know if it's a success or a failure?

Sign-ups are supposed to formally end today, and attention is shifting from marketing to measuring whether the law is meetings its goals.... Read more»

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