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Government

Global Universal Healthcare: Is It Within Reach?

Image Source: Max Pixel There is a looming healthcare crisis in the United States and around the world, and one of the many reasons is the lack of socialized medicine and the peddling of healthcare as a product rather than a human right. The lobbying power of health insurance companies and large pharmaceutical conglomerates almost […]

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Business Government

Economists Take a Stand Against Class Warfare

By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana – As I wrote about last month, the budget cuts and tax reform bill approved in both the senate and house, are Robin Hood in reverse. As Paul Ryan tipped his hat recently on Twitter, the next plan of attack on the American people will occur in 2018 over cuts/reforms […]

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Government

Entitlement Programs: Where is the Fraud in Benefit Programs?

MUNCIE, Indiana – When I saw the headline of a story coming across Indiana Economic Digest, “Where is the fraud in benefit programs?”, I thought, this will be another Gannett article spouting uninformed nonsense. When I clicked on the link and saw Michael Hicks name as the author, I was afraid it would be another […]

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Culture

U.S. Economics: Who is Really “Gaming the System”?

Muncie, Indiana – If you listen to Indiana conservatives: Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence, Luke Messer, Dan Coats, and all the free market pundits allowed to write in Muncie’s Gannett owned newspaper, like Larry Riley, the Indiana Policy Review and Michael Hicks, you’d think our country was full of lazy people who are “gaming the system” […]

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Wellness

Drug Prescriptions: Do You Trust Your Doctor?

by Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein, ProPublica Your doctor hands you drug prescriptions for a blood pressure and high cholesterol. But are they the right ones for you? You’re searching for a new primary care physician or a specialist. Is there a way you can know whether the doctor is more partial to expensive, brand-name […]

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Government

Medicare Not Tracking Harmful Prescriptions

Inspector General Faults Medicare for Not Tracking ‘Extreme’ Prescribers by Tracy Weber, Charles Ornstein and Jennifer LaFleur, ProPublica More than 700 doctors nationwide wrote prescriptions for elderly and disabled patients in highly questionable and potentially harmful ways, according to a critical report of Medicare’s drug program released today. The review by the inspector general of […]

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Government

Where the Candidates Stand on Medicare and Medicaid

by Suevon Lee, ProPublica Medicare and Medicaid, which provide medical coverage for seniors, the poor and the disabled, together make up nearly a quarter of all federal spending. With total Medicare spending projected to cost $7.7 trillion over the next 10 years, there is consensus that changes are in order. But what those changes should […]