Health Care Policy

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Got Kids? There's a Highly Contagious Diarrhea Disease Going Around in Daycare Centers

    If you have kids in a St. Louis-area day care, make sure to tell them to wash their hands -- otherwise, they might get a bad case of the Shigellas. The St. Louis County Department of Health says these cases are on the rise, and Shigellosis infections are sharply on the rise this year. While only 2 ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014
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    March 26, 2014

    Missouri's D.C. Representatives Fight for Corporate Right to Put God in Your Uterus

    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in the Hobby Lobby case that seeks to answer the question of whether a corporation can restrict a woman's access to health care on religious grounds -- and not a single Missouri representative in Washington has spoken out against it. Hobby Lobby, a r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz Poses with Shotgun, Blasts Obamacare in St. Louis Coloring Book

    It's a very merry Cruz-mas for Really Big Coloring Books, Inc. The Clayton-based coloring book publisher put out a coloring book based on the life of Texas tea party darling Senator Ted Cruz, and it's flying off the shelves faster than you can say "Obamacare."

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Dear John Boehner: Stop Making Those Stupid Faces on Live Television

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis city. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Claire McCaskill: Ted Cruz Totally Missed Obamacare Irony of 'Green Eggs and Ham'

    Despite his best efforts, Texas Republican Ted Cruz's 21-hour sort-of-filibuster has ended with the Senate voting 100-0 to keep the government open for business and, probably, to keep Obamacare funded. What a bummer. But Cruz did leave the nation with the incredible moment of him reading Dr. Seuss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Missouri Same-Sex Couples Can Access Federal Benefits After Supreme Court DOMA Ruling

    When the United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this summer, local gay rights advocates celebrated -- even if the landmark decision had little immediate impact for a state like Missouri, which still has a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. But in the months ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Obamacare: Rep. Paul Wieland Sues Feds Over "Intrinsically Evil" Plan Covering Birth Control

    In July State Representative Paul Wieland says he was faced with a difficult choice: Enroll in an "immoral" health-care plan that covers birth control or cancel his health insurance for his family all together. He went with a third option: Sue the federal government. "My wife and I take our fait ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Missouri Hospital Under Attack For Barring Gay Partner Visitation Rights

    A petition is in the works as angry comments continue to accumulate on the Facebook page for Research Medical Center in suburban Kansas City. Yesterday, news broke that it forced a gay man from the bedside of his sick partner. In an interview with FOX 4 News, Roger Gorley says that he w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Republican Rep. Keith Frederick Introduces Bill to Make Obamacare Illegal in Missouri

    Missouri Republicans have come up with many different ways to express their disdain for President Barack Obama and his health care plan. Notably, GOP leaders are continuing to fight the mandatory coverage of contraception as outlined in federal health-care policy. But this week, one House Republic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Contraception: Tim Jones Still Fighting Birth Control Mandate After Ruling, Cites Free Speech

    Should employers and insurers in Missouri be allowed to deny coverage of birth control if it violates their religious beliefs? A federal judge, as we reported earlier this week, ruled that they cannot be exempt -- in a decision overturning a Missouri law that directly contradicted President Barack O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Birth Control: Court Overturns Missouri Law Allowing Moral, Religious Coverage Exemptions

    Last week, we reported on a GOP proposal in Missouri that would give doctors the right not to perform procedures that go against their moral beliefs -- such as abortions. Meanwhile, a federal judge has struck down a Republican proposal with a similar theme that became law last year; this now over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    St. Louis Archdiocese Fight Against Contraception: Mandate Lawsuit Dismissed

    Last May, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities went up against the United States government with a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a health care contraception mandate -- and this week, a federal judge decided to dismiss the case. But the battle is not over. So say offic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Schadenfreude Overdose: National Restaurants Anti-"Obamacare" Policies Hurt Business

    Last month, following the reelection of President Barack Obama, Gut Check examined five national restaurant chains sticking to anti-"Obamacare" policies. Papa John's chief executive John Schnatter threatened to raise pizza prices and cut employee hours to part-time to side-step paying for health ins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Eighth Circuit Lets Local Business Owner Violate Obamacare Pending Appeal

    As we reported last month, Frank O'Brien -- the devoutly Catholic owner of an industrial business in Forest Park Southeast -- believes Obamacare will make him betray his faith by providing his employees insurance that will cover contraception, so he sued the federal government. Yesterday, the Eighth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    GOP State Senator Rob Schaaf on Missouri's Obamacare Deadline: "Deadline Schmedline."

    November 16, folks. That's the deadline for Missouri to decide whether our state government will set up the "insurance exchange" required by the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), or whether the feds will swoop in and set it up for us. It's only one week away, so Daily RFT called Republican sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Why Did A Federal Judge Throw Out a St. Louis Catholic's Challenge to "Obamacare"? FAQs

    Got questions about a federal judge's dismissal of a local Catholic's lawsuit against "Obamacare"? Daily RFT's got answers! Q: So, who sued who?Frank O'Brien and his company, O'Brien Industrial Holdings (near South Kingshighway and I-44) sued our federal government last March. Q: Why?

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Who's the "Imposter"? Chris Koster or Nonprofit Behind Attack Ad?

    Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster cannot be trusted. That's the gist of a television ad entitled "The Imposter" that began airing last week across the state. See also: Missouri Democrats Unhappy With Koster's Brief Over Health CareEd Martin Pledges to Thwart Obamacare From His "First Minute in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Guns Blazin' n' Insults Flyin', GOP Candidates Wrap Up "Victory Tour" in STL County

    We didn't find Abby Wambach amid the stacks of GOP yard signs, but 300 or so STL-area Republicans were on hand to celebrate their slate and revel in partisan glory... however premature.

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Teen Birth Rates Decline in St. Louis City, and Across the Country

    The St. Louis Department of Health is proudly touting its steady decrease in teen pregnancies, a trend that mirrors the national decrease in teen pregnancies since 1991. In fact, the national rate of teen pregnancies dropped 44 percent in the past 20 years. Locally, that drop reflects a change from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Judge Michael Wolff Enters Health Care Debate

    This morning's readers of The New York Times editorial pages who are interested in the current Supreme Court hearings on President Obama's health care bill might find themselves stumbling over a letter to the editor penned by one of our city's finest wordsmiths. Michael A. Wolff, who delivered many ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Springfield Asks Feds to Shut Down Larry Rice's Day Shelter

    ​Claiming to be fed up with handling complaints leveled at Larry Rice's Veteran's Coming Home Center, Springfield City Manager Greg Burris has formally requested on behalf of Springfield civic leaders that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rescind the deed to the center.The move wou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Would This Image Keep You From Smoking?

    Saint Louis County Department of Health​No? Okay. But what if you saw it 26 times in one day? Then 52 the next? And 78 times by day three -- all the way up to 130 images by day five?The Saint Louis County Department of Health's youth anti-tobacco initiative, Air-O-Dynamic, hopes the Grim Reaper im ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    State Senator Jane Cunningham Hints at Death Panels, Blocks Bill for Insurance Exchanges

    ​State Senator Jane Cunningham (R - Chesterfield) assures Daily RFT that she is not the "black helicopter type." Still, when reading House Bill 609 that would set up a health insurance exchange in Missouri, she came across language that reminded her of the "death panels" critics of federal health ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Dancin' in the Streets About Birth Control, Bollywood-Style

    Dancing birth control pack? Check.​By now, surely you've heard that the Department of Health and Human Services has determined that birth control is basic preventive health care and is required to be provided without a co-pay by health insurers. (You've probably also heard about the moronic compar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Videos: New York Soda Anti-Soda Ad Grossout

    The latest weapon in New York City's ongoing war against unhealthy food and drink? Grossing the hell out of people.New ads from the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene attack sodas with very literal interpretations of their sugar and calorie contents.This first one isn't that gross, actua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Survey Sez: Missouri "Sharply Divided" on Health Care Reform

    Missouri is still divided on Obamacare.Courtesy of​ Almost a full year after President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. health care reform, a.k.a Obamacare) into law, Missouri remains sharply divided on its merits, according to a new survey from a local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Ed Martin Maintains Online Presence, Rhetoric

    ​Ed Martin is not going away. But really, did you think he would? After barely losing his bid for Congress, the Republican from Missouri's Third District launched a new website this week to focus on two efforts near and dear: killing the federal health care overhaul and monitoring local elections. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Smoking Ban: Week 2, and Everyone's Still Confused

    With 23 percent food sales, Milo's clears the exemption threshold, but Alderman Joe Vollmer might still adopt a no-smoking policy to keep families coming in.​As expected, one week into the smoking ban, and the ashtray wars are on! Yesterday, local blogger/gadfly/development activist Steve Patt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    St. Louis Smoking Ban: Still Confusing In Week Two

    With 23 percent food sales, Milo's clears the exemption threshold, but Alderman Joe Vollmer might still adopt a no-smoking policy to keep families coming in.​As expected, one week into the smoking ban, and the ashtray wars are on! Yesterday, local blogger/gadfly/development activist Steve Patt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Aging LGBT Folks Get Federal Boost

    ​Yesterday, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging launched with a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It's the first group of its kind: a federally funded/administered assistance-and-advocacy support network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans as they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Hey, LGBT Folks: Sound Off!

    ​You may have noticed a survey floating around Facebook or other corners of the intertubes. (We found it on our pal Ed Reggi's page.) If you're a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender community, for heaven's sake, take it!The survey, which is being conducted by Services and Advocacy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Russ Carnahan, Ed Martin Debate Tonight!

    Yep that's right. Tonight is the real debate (not the fake ones) between Congressman Russ Carnahan and Republican challenger Ed Martin. The debate gets underway at 7 p.m. at the auditorium at Forest Park Community College. (Map here.) Another debate takes place Sunday at 7 p.m. at the community rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    St. Louis Nun Named 19th Most Powerful Person in Health Care

    image viaHer smile says "hello," but her eyes say "power."​Sister Mary Jean Ryan (so nice they named her thrice) made Modern Healthcare Magazine's list of the nation's most influential people in health care for the eighth year in a row. She ranks nineteenth on the list of one hundred, coming in be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Misssourians Reject Federal Health Care Overhaul by Margin of 2-1

    Well, that settles that -- for now.​Given how Missouri Republicans and Tea Party members have railed against federal health care reform for over a year now, yesterday's results aren't all that surprising.On Tuesday those same people had a chance to finally put their ballot where their mouth is in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Obamacare Litigation Update: Missouri's Vote Today Could Actually Count

    Today, Missouri voters will weigh a measure that would reject a key provision of President Barack Obama's health care reform package -- the provision mandating that individuals either find insurance coverage, or pay a fine. Missouri votes on a referendum to stop Obama's plan today. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Kinder Finally Files that Lawsuit vs. Health Care Reform

    Peter Kinder​He's been huffing and puffing about it since April. But will the lawsuit Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder filed yesterday be enough to blow health care reform down? Probably not. But, hey, it makes for good political theater. In his federal lawsuit filed yesterday in Cape Girardeau, Kinder argue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Harry Truman Endorses Ed Martin -- No Not That Ed Martin

    When Harry Met Ed ... on the Internetz.​Ed Martin, the Republican candidate who seeks to dethrone incumbent Russ Carnahan in Missouri's Third Congressional District recently posted an interesting letter of support on his campaign website. It's an endorsement (of sorts) from Harry Truman (posted on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder Plans Federal Lawsuit to Stop Health Care Reform

    ​Whoa. Just finished watching the video clip of Fox New's Greta Van Sustern interviewing Missouri Lieutenant Peter Kinder this week. And I just got to say, apart from the time the Addams Family met the Munsters on Family Feud, has a more physically unbecoming pairing ever graced a television show? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Claire McCaskill Makes a Boehner Joke on The Colbert Report

    Image viaJohn Boehner not happy about the tanning salon tax in the health care bill​House minority leader John Boehner made himself the butt of many jokes when he proclaimed that the passage of health care reform was "Armageddon" that would "ruin our country," but Missouri senator Claire McCaskill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Coffin Set Up on Congressman Russ Carnahan's Lawn

    Image viaCome on, you guys! It's just symbolism!​A death threat? A prank? Or an unusual expression of symbolism?Just WTF is up with the coffin that apparently appeared outside Congressman Russ Carnahan's Compton Heights home on Sunday night, in the course of the health care reform vote? Carn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Obama Signs House Bill, Now Health Care Reform Heads to Senate for Debate

    cnn.comObama signs health care reform today in the presence of, Gary Coleman???​President Obama moments ago signed the House version of health care reform. At a signing ceremony this afternoon Obama stated: "It's been easy at times to doubt our ability to do such a big thing, such a complicated th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Missouri Representatives "Draw A Line in the Sand" On Federal Health Care Reform

    Image Via Do not snort this line​The Missouri House of Representatives has launched a preemptive strike against Obamacare, passing legislation intended to make sure the Show-Me State is not affected by any federal health care reform efforts.Yesterday, the House approved a state constitution ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    The Screaming Match Outside Obama's Fundraiser Dinner

    Amir KurtovicDavid Goodard, of Piedmont, shouts at pro-health care protesters during President Obama's visit to St. Louis on Wednesday.​The year-long debate over health care reform in Congress has resulted in no bipartisanship and plenty of heated comments from both sides of the aisle. A microcosm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Mo. State Senators Think They're in D.C., Argue Federal Budget, Health Care Reform

    Mr. Schmitt goes to Washington, err Jefferson City.​Attention State Senator Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale): The Missouri Capitol may look like the U.S. Capitol. (Indeed, the building in Jefferson City is modeled after the one in Washington D.C.) But let us remind you of one little thing: You're a state ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    St. Louisan Looking for Cheap Health Care Ends Up In Mexico

    toddalbert.comChina may be cheaper, but Mexico is closer...​Ahh, it's a beautiful sunny day and all is well and good in the anti-health-care heartland that is St. Louis. It seems like just yesterday that a few ass clowns were inciting a near-riot at a town hall meeting on health care and today com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    CDC Goes New-Media Crazy over Salmonella Outbreak

    Regular Gut Check readers know that the recall of peanut-butter products possibly contaminated by salmonella has dominated the food-news headlines these past few weeks. Now the CDC, FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services are turning to so-called new media to convey the latest informatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2007

    If Someone Had Bought the Dessert, Maybe They Could Have Paid for an Exterminator

    Last week New York dessert restaurant Serendipity unveiled a $25,000 dessert. This week the city's newly vigiliant Department of Health shut it down for a few violations. (Reuters) Serendipity 3 on the Upper East Side failed its second consecutive health inspection in a month on Wednesday night aft ... More >>

  • News

    August 23, 2000

    Unhealthy Relationship

    John Ashcroft gets a shot in the arm from the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, as well as other lobbying groups opposed to a true Patients' Bill of Rights

  • News

    August 23, 2000

    Will the Real John Ashcroft Please Stand Up?

    Missouri's junior senator says he is a pro-consumer health-care reformist. But the insurance companies, HMOs and big business, which give him millions, think he's on their side.

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