The Senate health bill: poor people pay more for worse insurance

The Senate health bill: poor people pay more for worse insurance

Here’s what I think we can say about the health care bill Senate Republicans released today. You’re always going to hear ‘healthcare’ as ‘complicated.’ It’s something that people say to make you turn away from it, to let them do what they want. “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.” It’s not that […]

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We need to change how we bury the dead

We need to change how we bury the dead

When I say “funeral” this is probably what you think of, right? The cemetery, the casket, the gorgeous floral arrangements. Vin Diesel stylishly going two buttons undone on the dress shirt. But what if I told you that other than Dominic Toretto’s effortless style, this was probably the worst way you could dispose of a […]

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Why eating healthy is so expensive in America

Why eating healthy is so expensive in America

With ten dollars, you can buy this many donuts. And this many apples. If you opt for the donuts, you get a lot more calories. But not all calories are created equal. Apples contain fiber and vitamins while donuts are full of saturated fats and chemically processed ingredients. Even though apples are healthier for you, […]

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The chocolate science hype machine

The chocolate science hype machine

These are peanut m&ms. This is you eating a lot of peanut m&ms after seeing stories about chocolate’s unbelievable health benefits. Carlos also just loves peanut m&ms. Almost every week you can open the newspaper, or turn on your favorite news website — not Vox, but other news web sites — and notice that there […]

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Medicaid, explained: why it’s worse to be sick in some states than others

Medicaid, explained: why it’s worse to be sick in some states than others

“I was about 11 years old.” The United States has the most complex health care system in the world. It’s our country’s immune system, and, like any immune system, it’s not perfect. “My immune system doesn’t know that my small intestine is a thing it should not attack.” That’s Matthew. He lives in Massachusetts, and […]

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Why drugs cost more in America

Why drugs cost more in America

This is an EpiPen. It’s a device that injects you with adrenaline if you’re having a possibly deadly allergic reaction. If you have severe allergies, you basically need it. And if you live in the UK, an EpiPen will cost you the equivalent of 38 US dollars. But if you live in the US, it’ll […]

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The collapse of Venezuela, explained

The collapse of Venezuela, explained

Venezuela was once the richest country in Latin America. It has the largest known oil reserves in the world. And its democratic government was once praised world wide. But today, Venezuela’s democratic institutions and its economy are in shambles. The country has the highest inflation in the world, making food and medicine inaccessible to most […]

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How Brexit could create a crisis at the Irish border

How Brexit could create a crisis at the Irish border

As part of the European Union, the United Kingdom’s borders have been relatively open for years. Trade’s carried out freely with other member countries and people coming through only need to show their EU passport. But in June 2016, the UK voted to leave the EU so that it could reassert control on its own […]

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13 men wrote a health care bill that would hurt women

13 men wrote a health care bill that would hurt women

These 13 male senators wrote a health care bill without the help of any women, and it’s really bad for women’s health. “Nobody is being excluded based upon gender .” “You know you need to write about what’s actually happening, and we’re having a discussion about the real issues.” The bill cuts funding for Medicaid, […]

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What happens when you treat health care like a soap opera

What happens when you treat health care like a soap opera

Republicans are having a real bad time defending their health care bill. … and now these people don’t have the insurance they need ’cause they’re poor. It’s expected to cause about 20 million Americans to lose health insurance over the next few years, and people are pissed. The fight and the fury mounting over the […]

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