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…if I am concerned about leaving it up to states to expand Medicaid … it may not simply be because I am this power-hungry guy in Washington who wants to crush states’ rights but, rather, because we are one country and I think it is going to be important for the entire country to make sure that poor folks in Mississippi and not just Massachusetts are healthy. President Obama

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Imagine you desired to purchase a car. Rather than go to a lot, select the model you want, and then pay for it, imagine that the ordinary method for buying a car was to start paying on a monthly basis years in advance of the actual purchase. Then, when you were ready to buy, a representative of the bank where you had been sending your money for years came with you to the lot and began telling you which models were and were not covered under your car purchasing plan. You might have a conversation with the manufacturer or your mechanic, or a salesperson about your needs and the relative merits of various cars, but ultimately the car you get would be determined by that bank representative. The Absurdity of Health Insurance

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The chemical-imbalance theory of depression — the idea that depression was caused by too little serotonin or some other such neurotransmitter within a neurosynapse sounded scientific but legitimate science rejected this notion by the 1980s. Drug companies knew this, and so too did any psychiatrist who took the time to look at the research. But we still hear about this “chemical imbalance theory” on TV drug commercials and from establishment psychiatrists. “Pseudoscientific” is a polite terms for the use of scientific-sounding language to promote unscientific realities. Less polite would be “bullshit” or “lies.” And the director of the National Institute of Mental Health now is stating, DSM, psychiatry’s diagnostic bible, lacks scientific validity. Again, this is a polite way of saying the DSM is pseudoscientific bullshit. Bruce Levine

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All told, health care costs have been growing more slowly over the last three years than at any other time period since 1965. More recently, yearly health cost growth slowed from an average rate of 3.9 percent between 2000 and 2007 to 1.3 percent between 2011 and 2013. CONTRARY BRIN

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