Hello You Sexay Thang #caffeinefix #starbucks (Taken with instagram)

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    & when was the last time you actually listened to yourself, young lady?!? Hell—go for it! Lol RT (cont) http://tl.gd/blgu1k

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    Icing on a truly busy day at work: a) Derek Jeter going 5 for 5 in pursuit of 3000 career hits b) @EzLana bringing steak home. #awesomesauce

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    Charts Waiting For Me So Far. http://instagr.am/p/HRype/

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    With his 3rd inning HR off Tampa’s LHP David Price, #Yankees Captain SS Derek Jeter becomes the 28th player & 1st Yankee to hit 3000 in his career!!!

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    Choking the neck of my bass like it owes me money. \m/ Yeeeeeeaaah!!!

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    Who’s Ready To Shake This Place Down??!! Yeeeeaaah!! \m/ #Ampeg (Taken with instagram)

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    One of my all time favorite live acts ever—-Foo Fighters - Rope (Live on Letterman) (by foofightersVEVO)

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    The Employment Situation In June - The White House Blog

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    This is the latst blog entry from The White House Blog about our current employment situation as poted by Mr. Austan Goolsbee, who currently is the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers

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    Harvard, MIT & NBER Study On Medicaid

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS—-Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and Providence Health & Services have all found that expanding low income adults’ access to Medicaid substantially increases health care use while reducing financial strain on covered individuals, and improves their self-reported health and well-being. This is the first study to evaluate the impact of insuring the uninsured in the U.S. using a randomized controlled trial, the gold standard in medical and scientific studies. 


     ”This study shows that Medicaid substantially expands access to and use of care for low-income adults relative to being uninsured,” said Katherine Baicker, professor of health economics at HSPH and co-principal investigator of the study. Medicaid, which is jointly funded by the federal and state governments, covers the health care costs of eligible low-income individuals and families. The 2010 Affordable Care Act expands Medicaid to cover additional low income adults in all states in 2014. 


     The state of Oregon in 2008, held a lottery to accept additional low-income, uninsured residents into its Medicaid program; about 90,000 applied for the 10,000 available openings. The researchers collected data on the lottery participants from many sources - including hospital records and mail surveys - and compared outcomes between those randomly selected by the lottery and those not selected in order to determine the impact of Medicaid. 


     Although many previous studies compare health or health care use between the insured and uninsured, inferring the impact of health insurance from such comparisons is difficult because differences between the insured and uninsured, such as in income, employment, or initial health, may affect the health and health care outcomes studied. This study is the first to avoid this problem by taking advantage of the random assignment created by the Oregon lottery. 


     Solely based on the first year of this ongoing study, some of the key findings show that Medicaid coverage: 


    Increases health care use:

    • Increases the likelihood of using outpatient care by 35%, using prescription drugs by 15%, and being admitted to the hospital by 30%, but does not seem to have an effect on use of emergency departments. This translates into about a 25% increase in annual health care spending.
    • Increases the use of recommended preventive care such as mammograms by 60% and cholesterol monitoring by 20%.
    • Increases access to care: Increases the probability individuals report having a regular office or clinic for their primary care by 70% and the likelihood they report having a particular doctor that they usually see by 55%.
    • Reduces financial strain: Decreases the probability of having to borrow money or skip paying other bills to pay for health care by 40%, and decreases the probability of having an unpaid medical bill sent to a collection agency by 25%. Declines in unpaid medical bills also benefit health care providers, since the vast majority of such debts are never paid.
    • Improves reported health: Increases the probability that people report themselves in good to excellent health (compared with fair or poor health) by 25% and increases the probability of not being depressed by 10%.


    THE GENERATED LOWEND

     I guess there will be people wondering whether Medicaid coverage has any effect. I believe the joint studies from these reputable institutions have made it clear that indeed it does. People from the randomized controlled trial reported that, both their physical and mental health were substantially became better after a year of insurance coverage, and that they were much less likely to have to borrow money or go into debt to pay for their care. Health care and insurance reform is obviously necessary. Yes, funding is the ultimate question, but continued bipartisan politicking and putting party interest ahead of what our citizens truly need is just unforgiveable. For the first time since the inception of Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security, an administration truly wanted to move forward with this. Can someone in Washington just please, for once, put US ahead?

    -The Bassist From Hell

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