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A State-By-State Guide To Those Wonky Obamacare Payments You Keep Hearing About
October 19th, 2017, 07:27 PM
Some Obamacare plans are going to get more expensive next year, whether Congress likes it or not. The deal that two senators announced Tuesday to shore up the Obamacare marketplaces might have sounded like good news to the millions who rely on them. But even if that deal were to become law (and that already […]
A Blood Test Promised To Make Me A Better Runner, But It Just Made Me Worry I Pee Too Much
October 17th, 2017, 07:27 PM
My date with the phlebotomist was surprisingly convenient. She came to my house in rural Colorado and drew a few tiny tubes of my blood. She then sent those vials to Quest Diagnostics for its Blueprint for Athletes test, which promised to reveal crucial information about how the biomarkers in my blood related to my […]
Why Puerto Rico’s Electric Grid Stood No Chance Against Maria
October 16th, 2017, 07:27 PM
More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria crashed into Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, Allan Rivera had still not had a full night’s sleep. “Every three hours … I get up and do some maintenance on the generator,” he told me. His wife — who has multiple sclerosis — relies on air conditioning to help […]
The Grandfather Of Alt-Science
October 12th, 2017, 07:27 PM
Arthur B. Robinson, renegade chemist, failed politician, grandpa of the climate skeptics — and maybe, just maybe, our nation’s next scientist-in-chief — padded across the carpet of his homemade lab in a pair of white athletic socks. “This room, everything you see here, was built by my own sons with their own hands, including the […]
If Puerto Rico Were A State, Its Health Care System Would Recover Faster From Maria
October 9th, 2017, 07:27 PM
Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria landed in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane, health care providers are still struggling. Almost all of the community health centers — which are a lifeline for the poorest people — on the western half of the island were still closed Friday or operating at partial capacity. There […]
Trump Hasn’t Killed Obama’s Biggest Policies, But He’s Making Lots Of Important Changes
October 6th, 2017, 07:27 PM
President Trump’s administration has not totally reversed or repealed any of former President Obama’s really big accomplishments. But the new administration is getting rid of many Obama policies, ones that are not quite as far-reaching as, say, the Affordable Care Act but still could impact millions of people. The latest example came Friday, when Trump’s […]
Mass Shootings Are A Bad Way To Understand Gun Violence
October 3rd, 2017, 07:27 PM
It’s impossible to say when the first mass shooting in America took place. Plant your shovel in the internet and you’ll find one event described that way, and then another. Deeper and deeper. Back and back. The 13 residents of Camden, New Jersey, killed by a neighbor in 1949. The eight Winfield, Kansas, concertgoers murdered […]
One More Thing For Puerto Rico To Worry About: Disease-Ridden Mosquitoes
September 26th, 2017, 07:27 PM
The images and reports coming out of Puerto Rico show an island in crisis. Many ports remain closed, airports are damaged, and roads are blocked by debris or have been washed away by floods. Electricity will likely be gone for months. Internet and phone service have become luxuries. Homes lie in ruins across the island. […]
The War Over Obamacare May Never End
September 22nd, 2017, 07:27 PM
The latest version of Obamacare repeal seems dead or on life support, with Arizona Sen. John McCain declaring on Friday that he will not support the Graham-Cassidy legislation. Maine’s Susan Collins, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Kentucky’s Rand Paul are also leaning against voting for the bill, which would put the Republicans two votes shy of […]
The New Health Care Bill Is Not So Great For States That Like Obamacare
September 20th, 2017, 07:27 PM
Senate Republicans championing a final effort to pass a bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act are selling it as a way to offer more flexibility to states. But while it would provide new possibilities for states that have largely rejected the ACA, the states that have embraced the law would […]
Why Hurricane Maria Surprised Forecasters By Getting So Strong So Fast
September 19th, 2017, 07:27 PM
Hurricane Maria, currently headed for Puerto Rico, stunned forecasters by rapidly intensifying from a Category 1 storm to a Category 5 within a 15-hour period on Monday, battering the island of Dominica in the process. Indeed, the forecast error for Maria’s wind speed is one of the worst for a 24-hour hurricane forecast in the […]
The (Very) Long Tail Of Hurricane Recovery
September 19th, 2017, 07:27 PM
On Sept. 8, someone in New York City dialed 311, the city’s non-emergency hotline, and asked for information about a Hurricane Sandy disaster relief program. This was not a fluke. It’s been nearly five years since the storm devastated the mid-Atlantic, causing 43 deaths in the city and $19 billion in damage. But still, nearly […]
What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It
September 18th, 2017, 07:27 PM
Want to see a group of parents shudder? Whisper that your kid has “pinkeye.” That one little word evokes images of ocular goop cutting a swath through a pre-K class like a lion through a herd of gazelles. And as it turns out, how that eye grossness is labeled can make parents feel differently about […]
How A Warm Winter Destroyed 85 Percent Of Georgia’s Peaches
September 14th, 2017, 07:27 PM
2017 has been a bad year for peaches in the Peach State. Georgia’s disruptively warm winter caused the loss of an estimated 85 percent of the peach crop. “We had fruit here in Georgia from the middle of May to about probably the first week of July, and after that we didn’t have anything else,” […]
Goodbye, Saturn — It Was Nice Seeing You
September 13th, 2017, 07:27 PM
Just six months after the Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn, its cameras caught something spectacular. It was Jan. 16, 2005, and Cassini was zipping past Enceladus, a bright, tiny moon just 313 miles in diameter. Cassini saw a fuzzy peak, like a tuft of hair standing up. It was a vapor plume, and it meant […]
Surviving A Big Storm Doesn’t Mean The Trauma Is Over
September 12th, 2017, 07:27 PM
The hurricanes in the Gulf and Florida over the last few weeks have left people displaced — and from more than just their homes. Places of worship, community centers, parks and schools are underwater, missing roofs or windows. And those losses can set the social infrastructure of a person’s life adrift. Years after the family […]
What 100-Year-Old Hurricanes Could Teach Us About Irma
September 11th, 2017, 07:27 PM
With the torrential rains of Hurricane Harvey, the historic winds of Irma, and Jose still meandering slowly through the Caribbean, the last few weeks have been full of powerful and frequent hurricanes. If the 2017 hurricane season continues like this, it could join 2005 and 2010 as one of the most intense hurricane seasons in […]
Irma Is Bearing Down On Some Of Florida’s Most Vulnerable Residents
September 10th, 2017, 07:27 PM
As Irma makes its way up Florida’s Gulf Coast, it’s on a path to disrupt some of the state’s most vulnerable residents. The Florida coasts and flood-prone areas are home to many people who are particularly vulnerable in storms, including people living in mobile homes, migrant laborers and older people, many of whom have limited […]
Forecasts Have Done A Good Job Predicting Irma’s Shifting Path
September 10th, 2017, 07:27 PM
Hurricane Irma made landfall this morning in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. But while Irma’s strength was forecast for days, the projected track of the storm did seem to wobble. As late as early Thursday morning, Irma was expected to travel along Florida’s eastern coast. […]
Will Miami’s Skyscrapers Withstand Irma?
September 8th, 2017, 07:27 PM
As Irma continues to drive its way through the Atlantic Ocean, bringing with it 150+ mph winds, a lot of comparisons are being drawn to Hurricane Andrew, which hit South Florida 25 years ago. That makes sense – it was the last Category 5 hurricane to hit the United States (Irma is currently forecast to […]