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Win for women’s health! Insurance companies have been breaking the law and failing to give women the no-cost birth control that they deserve. We fought back and the Department of Health and Human Services – which helps enforce the health care law – made it absolutely clear that all women’s FDA-approved birth control methods must be covered. Take that, insurance companies!

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Obama Just Became the First Sitting President to Publish an Academic Paper
The science community is freaking out over #ObamaJAMA.
By Mic

Barack Obama just became the first sitting president to publish a scholarly article.

The article, titled “United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps,” with “Barack Obama, JD” listed as the author, was published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (known as JAMA) on July 11.

It’s a pretty badass move for a president, and he got a lot of love on Twitter with the hashtag #ObamaJAMA.

What’s in the article

Basically, Obama is laying out how the next president could continue to improve health care. Obama recommends things like lowering the cost of prescription drugs and making a “public option” available for people buying health care coverage as a cheaper alternative to buying coverage from private companies.

Keep in mind the article isn’t marked as peer-reviewed, though it did go through extensive fact checking and editing, Forbes reported.

“While we of course recognized the author is the president of the United States, JAMA has enormously high standards and we certainly expected the president to meet those standards,” Howard Bauchner, JAMA editor-in-chief, told Bloomberg in an interview.

Defending Obamacare

In the article, Obama lays out a rigorous defense of the Affordable Care Act and how much progress we’ve made.

“Since the ACA became law, the uninsured rate has declined by 43%, from 16.0% in 2010 to 9.1% in 2015,” Obama wrote.

But the work is far from done. “Despite this progress, too many Americans still strain to pay for their physician visits and prescriptions, cover their deductibles, or pay their monthly insurance bills; struggle to navigate a complex, sometimes bewildering system; and remain uninsured,” wrote the president.

The future of health care under Clinton or Trump

Obama recommends future policies that will expand the Affordable Care Act, make prescriptions less expensive and introduce a public option plan for health insurance.

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton seems more in-tune with Obama’s health care policies and has thrown her support behind expanding taxpayer-funded insurance options. Presidential candidate Donald Trump has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act if elected.

Read more:

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Kroger will offer transgender workers full health coverage

Midwestern supermarket chain The Kroger Co. will offer full health insurance coverage for transgender employees’ specific medical needs from next year, a company spokesperson confirmed to Fusion this afternoon.

Kroger made the announcement on Friday on the company’s internal social networking site:

We are excited to announce that The Kroger Co. has added transgender health benefits for eligible employees enrolled in an Anthem BCBS administered plan offered under the company-sponsored health insurance plan… Beginning January 1, 2016, medical procedures including surgery and drug therapy for gender reassignment will be covered up to a $100,000 lifetime maximum for eligible associates and their dependents.

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Please fire me. Today I brought in a ham sandwich (I work in a hospital as a receptionist) and a man came up to me saying (exact quote) “Hey lady, could you not eat that disgusting peace of cr#p in here, my kid doesn’t like pork.” My sudden response was “If your kid doesn’t like it then he shouldn’t look then, should he?” After that the guy waited outside the hospital and slapped me when I came out after my shift.

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Health care is a right. And thanks to the Affordable Care Act, affordable access to care is a reality for millions of people who didn’t have it before. Now, a Supreme Court case threatens to roll back that progress and take away 9.3 million Americans’ health coverage — disproportionately impacting women and people of color.

Want to fight back? Speak out and tell the Supreme Court: Don’t take away our health care.

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A self-professed “Commie-hating, Obama-hating, lead-spraying” Tea Partier named James Webb took to YouTube on Monday to announce that he is seriously considering voting for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election because he’s afraid that a Republican might repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Seemingly aware that his confession might be understood as hoax by conservatives and liberals alike, Webb presented his dilemma with a pained sincerity, saying that “I’m kind of having a difficult decision — I don’t know which party to vote for.”

The Democrat Party, he said, has done more for him in past 20 years than GOP.

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New Obamacare Rule Protects Transgender Patients
The Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule under Obamacare on Friday that prohibits denying health care or health coverage on the basis of gender identity.
By Dominic Holden

Just hours after the Obama administration on Friday stood up for transgender students, it took unprecedented steps to protect transgender patients.

Transgender people must be provided transition-related services and cannot be denied health care by providers or professionals who receive federal funding, according to a final rule announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The rule specifically bans the denial of coverage or health care itself on the basis of gender identity.