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Republican plan to take retirees nest eggs

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  • Republicans will attempt to camouflage balance billing in Medicare, a straight-up evil policy, as allowing "free contracts" between patients and doctors or similar nonsense. Don't believe a word of it, seniors. They want your retirement money.
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Ryan Cooper, The Week 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller Dec.28, 2016 | Perhaps the most monstrous thing about the American medical system — and the bar for that title is high indeed — is predatory billing.

A great many medical providers adjust their prices based on how defenseless the patient is, and bleed the weakest ones for every last red cent, often with preposterously inflated charges for things like aspirin and bandages. A 2015 study looked at the worst price gougers in the country and found 50 hospitals that charged uninsured people roughly 10 times the actual cost of care.

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While we were distracted by Trump, Republicans advanced these 9 terrifying bills, Tom Cahill, Resistance Report

  • The Republican-led Congress is wasting no time forcing through the most horrendous bills seen in decades while America’s eyes are on Russia.
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