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American and Icelandic Women Compare Healthcare Experiences on Twitter and the Differences Are Staggering

This sobering look at American vs. Icelandic healthcare is a reminder of how broken our system is.

Both threads had dozens of responses from other victims of the American healthcare system, as well as confused responses from international citizens who are baffled that we still put up with this.

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Republicans Now Just Admitting They Have No Actual Plan Beyond “Repeal Obamacare”

Republicans spent a good 75 percent of President Obama's term railing against "Obamacare," a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act, fooling their voters into believing that the solution was to roll it back, rather than work to make it better, because that made for better campaign propaganda. Now that they've gained control of the entire government and still can't get that done, they're starting to admit that it's because they never had a better plan.

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New Federal Rule Would Protect Transphobe and Anti-Choice Doctors Who Want to Deny Patients Care

According to a recent report in Politico, the Trump administration is getting ready to "overhaul the HHS civil rights office" in order to offer stronger protections for healthcare workers who don't want to perform abortions, help transgender patients to transition, or offer other services they're morally or religiously opposed to.

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15 Reasons America Might Be the Real “Shithole Country”

In case Donald Trump really is curious why so many immigrants aren't interested in coming to the United States, I've got a brief list of reasons why.

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Congressman Who Implied Only Bad People Get Sick Announces Cancer Diagnosis

Brooks implied that there was a way to live "the right way" and that those who were ill or had a preexisting condition should naturally have to pay more for their healthcare costs, because they had strayed from the righteous path of the healthy. Well—turns out it's a good thing that Mo Brooks has that fancy government healthcare.

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Just So We’re Clear, Trump Is Deliberately Sabotaging the American Healthcare System Out of Petty Spite

Trump recently announced another yet attempt at undermining the Obamacare exchanges. He will cancel the "cost-sharing payments," worth around $7 billion, which the government had been paying directly to insurance companies.

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New Trumpcare Bill the Absolute Worst For Women, Just Like Trump’s Entire Presidency, Really

Aaaaand, it just keeps getting worse. The fight against our Republican-led government's insistence on undoing anything having to do with Obama must continue in the face of the latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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The Senate Is Coming After Your Healthcare Again

Because we now live in a country where elected officials are constantly plotting to kill us, the Senate has unveiled a last-minute, last-ditch Obamacare repeal plan that also defunds Planned Parenthood. Get the phones out, everybody.

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There Are More Ted Cruzes Than Women On the Senate Republicans’ Health Care Committee

The thirteen members of the U.S. Senate committee to draft a healthcare bill are all men. But don't worry - a GOP aide assured CNN that the group is "diverse." LOL.

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Healthcare Just Got Really Complicated for Transgender Americans

The Department of Justice sent back Section 1557 of the Affordable Health Care Act to be reviewed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Section 1557 offered protection against discrimination for marginalized groups.

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American Women Pay an Average of $1,000 in Medical Bills After Being Sexually Assaulted

In a study of 1,355 privately insured women who went to the hospital after being raped, researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina and Vanderbilt University Medical Center found that the average victim had to pay $948 in medical bills.

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There’s Something Very Wrong With This Picture of GOP Lawmakers, but I Can’t Quite Put My Finger on It

Hmm, what could it be?

On Thursday afternoon, Vice President Mike "I always look like I'm about to introduce legislation to outlaw the X-Men" Pence tweeted a picture of the far right conservative House Freedom Caucus meeting with President Trump. They were trying to hash out a deal in the mad scramble to approve the universally abhorred Trumpcare bill—but the picture set the Internet on fire.

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Feminism Around the World: Having a Period Is Too Expensive for Low-Income Students in the UK

That "Woman Tax" is so real the world over, and women in the UK have had the added fight of dealing with a VAT on menstruation supplies because Parliament considers them "luxury items." Now, in a post-Brexit economy, students from low-income families and neighborhoods are having trouble paying for this most basic of necessities.

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Last Week Tonight Tears Apart the Terrible “American Health Care Act” That No One—On Either Side—Likes

When John Oliver started Last Week Tonight, a weekly comedy news recap seemed like it worked with a pretty appropriate timeframe. Having a generally well-liked president, even if the world still had plenty of room for improvement, was kind of boring. Then, nearly half of voters revolted against sanity, and now there's almost too much to cover even if you have 24 hours per day to do it, so a week kind of seems like a lot these days.

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The List of Things GOP Lawmakers Don’t Want to Pay For In the Health Care Repeal Bill Is Beyond Upsetting

Early Thursday morning, after 18 hours of debate, the House Ways & Means Committee voted to approve the Republicans' bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Members of Congress Are Literally Searching for GOP’s Missing Affordable Care Act Replacement

Cue the Benny Hill music.

Despite the Republican Party being in control of the House of Representatives since 2010, due to Affordable Care Act blowback, they have yet to produce a single, reasonable plan to replace the law without bringing back all the problems the original law solved. However, that metaphorical search for the perfect ACA replacement has now turned into an actual one—members of congress are literally searching for the GOP bill.

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The Future Is Disappearing: Trump Administration Deletes WhiteHouse.Gov References to Climate Change, Civil Rights, Healthcare, LGBT Issues

President-elect Donald Trump has only just stepped into office today, and already, the effects of his administration can be seen on the official White House websites. Apparently those effects are, "delete all reference to the issues that this administration intends to ignore."

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What’s a Hippocratic Oath: Texas Judge Allows Doctors to Discriminate Against Trans/Abortion Patients

Healthcare is already hard enough for these two groups—why are they making it harder?

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor just made a ruling which states that doctors are allowed to refuse care to transgender patients and/or patients who have previously had abortions.

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[UPDATE] Go Take This Phone Survey to Support the Affordable Care Act—Then Leave Paul Ryan a Voicemail

Do you like the Affordable Care Act? Paul Ryan doesn't. Here's the number for a brief phone survey you can take to show your support for the ACA. No interaction with humans (or Paul Ryan) required!

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Tampons Could Be Useful In The Detection Of Endometrial Cancer

Menstruation may still be largely hidden away from the public despite its massive prevalence in the lives of so many people with uteri, but tampons could be receiving their call to action.

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