• 8/1/2013 - Clear Channel pulls ads for women’s health clinic, calls them “indecent”

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Here is the first of the two indecent ads (audio here ): At South Wind Womens Center, our physicians are committed to providing quality reproductive healthcare in Wichita. Each physician is board-certified in family medicine or obstetrics and gynecology. Between them, they have over 50 years of experience and dedication, ensuring women are able to ensure the care they need when they need it. And the second (audio here ): South Wind Womens Center was founded to reestablish full access to reproductive healthcare. The center provides high-quality medical care and trusts women to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. South Wind Womens Center: entrusting women with their own medical decision-making. And now here is an example of something that Clear Channel doesnt, apparently, find indecent: Next Sponsored Post White River National Forest via Lower Crystal Lake, Colorado For those OK with the mainstream, White River Forest welcomes more than 10 million visitors a year, making it the most-visited recreation forest in the nation. But dont hate it for being beautiful; its got substance, too. The forest boasts 8 wilderness areas, 2,500 miles of trail, 1,900 miles of winding service system roads, and 12 ski resorts (should your snow shredders fit the trunk space). If ice isnt your thing: take the tire-friendly Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway 82 miles connecting the towns of Meeker and Yampa, half of which is unpaved for you road rebels. fs.usda.gov/whiteriveryou Image credit: Getty Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest via Noontootla Creek, GeorgiaBoasting 10 wildernesses, 430 miles of trail and 1,367 miles of trout-filled stream, this Georgia forest is hailed as a campers paradise. Try driving the Ridge and Valley Scenic Byway, which saw Civil War battles fought. If the tall peaks make your engine tremble, opt for the relatively flat Oconee National Forest, which offers smaller hills and an easy trail to the ghost town of Scull Shoals. Scaredy-cats can opt for Johns Mountain Overlook, which leads to twin waterfalls for the sensitive sightseer in you. fs.usda.gov/conf Image credit: flickr/chattoconeenf Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area via Green Road, Michigan The only national forest in Lower Michigan, the Huron-Mainstee spans nearly 1 million acres of public land. Outside the requisite lush habitat for fish and wildlife on display, the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area is among the biggest hooks for visitors: offering beach camping with shores pounded by big, cerulean surf. Splash in some rum and you just might think you were in the Caribbean. fs.usda.gov/hmnf Image credit: umich.edu Canaan Mountain via Backcountry Canaan Loop Road, West Virginia A favorite hailed by outdoorsman and author Johnny Molloy as some of the best high-country car camping sites anywhere in the country, you dont have to go far to get away. Travel 20 miles west of Dolly Sods (among the busiest in the East) to find the Canaan Backcountry (for more quiet and peace). Those willing to leave the car for a bit and foot it would be remiss to neglect day-hiking the White Rim Rocks, Table Rock Overlook, or the rim at Blackwater River Gorge. fs.usda.gov/mnf Image credit: Getty Mt. Rogers NRA via Hurricane Creek Road, North CarolinaMost know it as the highest country theyll see from North Carolina to New Hampshire. What they may not know? Car campers can get the same grand experience for less hassle. Drop the 50-pound backpacks and take the highway to the high country by stopping anywhere on the twisting (hence the name) Hurricane Road for access to a 15-mile loop that boasts the best of the grassy balds. Its the road less travelled, and the high one, at that. fs.usda.gov/gwj Image credit: wikipedia.org Long Key State Park via the Overseas Highway, Florida Hiking can get old; sometimes youd rather paddle. For a weekend getaway of the coastal variety and quieter version of the Florida Keys thats no less luxe, stick your head in the sand (and ocean, if snorkelings your thing) at any of Long Keys 60 sites. Canoes and kayaks are aplenty, as are the hot showers and electric power source amenities. Think of it as the getaway from the typical getaway. floridastateparks.org/longkey/default.cfm Image credit: floridastateparks.org Grand Canyon National Park via Crazy Jug Point, Arizona You didnt think wed neglect one of the worlds most famous national parks, did you? Nor would we dare lead you astray with one of the busiest parts of the park. With the Colorado River still within view of this cliff-edge site, Crazy Jug is a carside campers refuge from the troops of tourists. Find easy access to the Bill Hall Trail less than a mile from camp, and descend to get a peek at the volcanic Mt. Trumbull. (Fear not: Its about as active as your typical lazy Sunday in front of the tube, if not more peaceful.) fs.usda.gov/kaibab Image credit: flickr/Irish Typepad As the go-to (weekend) getaway car for fiscally conscious field trips with friends, the 2013 MINI Convertible is your campground racer of choice, allowing you and up to three of your co-pilots to take in all the beauty of nature high and low. And with a fuel efficiency that wont leave you in the latter, you wont have to worry about being left stranded (or awkwardly asking to go halfsies on gas expenses). Image credit: miniusa.com

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• 7/30/2013 - Candida Diets: Part II: Hydrogen Peroxide « Candida Blog by Dr. Jeff McCombs, DC

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But with the focus on simply losing weight for the sake of appearance, there are pitfalls looming during or after every effort to lose weight. Weight loss for improving appearance primarily is usually not the gateway to a healthier lifestyle. Here are six reasons why Myth 1: Diet sodas and artificial sweeteners will help you lose weight while enjoying all the sodas and pastries you desire. Well, just look at what obese people stock up on - diet sodas. Recent studies reveal artificial sweeteners contribute to obesity. Diet soda consumers remain overweight while destroying their brain cells and creating other health hazards. Myth 2: Eat low or no fat foods. The bogus cholesterol scare created by junk science in the 1950s spawned the birth of a no and low fat food industry. Those foods are also usually sweetened with artificial sweeteners as well, creating a double health hazard whammy. Avoid margarine and hydrogenated oils. Our bodies need good fats to help build cell walls, brain cells, and mylan sheaths that protect nerves. Producing vitamin D3 from sunlight relies on fats in our skin to start the conversion process. Almost all the dietary information out there has established itself on this bogus myth. Good fats include cold pressed virgin olive oil, coconut oil, fish oils, hemp seed and flax seed oils, or any other cold pressed vegetable oil except canola. Soy oils are usually from GMO soy. Even those demonized saturated fats in organic butter, eggs, and meats from organic grass-fed animals are healthy in moderation. Myth 3: Short special diets with drastically lowered caloric intakes are paths taken by many who are obese. They do deliver on losing weight for a short period. But they result in a lowered metabolism rate. So when someone returns to his or her regular diet, even partially, the lower metabolism rate results in less food metabolized while more is stored as fat. This creates the up and down weight loss/gain roller coaster issues that trap fad dieters. Many long-term special diets, such as Weight Watchers, involve diets that incorporate heavy use of food types in myths 1 and 2. Ultimately, they are unhealthy. Myth 4: Corn syrup is better than sugar for losing weight. The opposite is true. You're better off with sugar. The label corn sugar is a disguise for high fructose corn sugar (HFCS), which many independent health experts consider a major factor in the obesity epidemic that also contributes to fatty liver. Myth 5: Spot training burns fat in body areas on which the exercise focuses. For example, situps can tone and strenghen abdomenal area muscles (abs), but they won't burn fat. However, weight training that creates overall muscle mass can help burn fat. Just realize that more muscle means you might weigh the same or more as you lose fat. Muscle mass weighs more than fat. Relying on excessive exercise in general may not burn fat. A healthy lifestyle includes a balance of both the right foods and exercise. Myth 6: Eating less and counting calories is the way to lose weight permanently. It's wise to know when you've had enough to eat, but counting calories can be counter productive. Before deciding on a specific dietary approach, you should determine your body type. The right foods for your body type will help burn fat naturally. An Ayurvedic doctor can help you determine your body type and the right foods. Some western nutritional experts have picked up on this as well. You'll need to search the internet to find them. Sources for this article include:

As with all conditions, including Candida, an educational relationship with Google begins. One of the wrong treatment approaches that someone can encounter when searching about candida is the use of Hydrogen Peroxide (HP). Before looking at HP, lets establish some minimal background on the human digestive/intestinal tract. The human digestive tract has been called the densest ecosystem on the planet. As with all ecosystems, the greater the variety of the inhabitants of that system, the greater its health. The Human body is made up of 10 trillion cells, but the intestinal ecosystem contains over 100 trillion bacteria, not counting yeast, fungi, parasites, molds, viruses, etc. Estimates vary on the number of species that exists there, but range from 500 to over 40,000 different species. These inhabitants or micro-organisms, digest our food, build our immune system, synthesize essential vitamins, reduce toxins and radiation, regulate blood sugar and lipid levels, maintain a womans pregnancy, defend us against invaders, regulate how organs function, and a host of other functions that are being revealed in ongoing research daily. These friendly insiders have co-evolved with us over millions of years and more than likely are a major reason for mans ability to adapt to his ever changing environment. They are, as scientists continually state, essential vital necessary important and critical to our health. Humans are being called a super-organism that relies on this interconnected web between them and us. In other words, we wouldnt be here very long without them. It is for this reason that we must not use a test tube approach to treating candida. We must not treat it as though it were the only organism present. We must consider the body as a whole and seek to do no harm to this vital relationship of man and his internal ecosystem. The main residents of this ecosystem are the bacteria, but each and every species plays a vital role. The intestinal tract is one long tube, approximately 25 + feet in length. In this tube, fermentation rules, as it is an anaerobic (oxygen-deprived) environment, as opposed to an aerobic (oxygen-rich) environment such as the skin or mouth. The largest majority of these bacteria (95-99%) can only live here in an anaerobic, oxygen-deprived environment. They are obligated to this low oxygen environment and are appropriately named, Obligate Anaerobes. A small minority of them, like Candida, are Facultative Anaerobes and have the faculty or ability, to live in either and oxygen-rich, or an oxygen-deprived environment. This facultative ability is one of the many reasons that Candida can survive in almost any environment. This brings us to the use of Hydrogen Peroxide in treating fungal candida issues. Although there is some evidence of Hydrogen Peroxides ability to kill bacteria , viruses, yeasts, and spores, its effectiveness is limited as an internal therapeutic approach against fungi, as it can do more harm than good. Hydrogen Peroxide (HP) consists of 2 hydrogen atoms bound to 2 oxygen atoms. In essence, it has a structure similar to water, but with an extra oxygen atom. Hydrogen Peroxide is a strong oxidizing compound. Oxidizing agents can do a lot of damage to healthy human cells and tissues, leading to inflammation, degeneration, and cell death. Think of your body rusting from the inside-out. A few sites recommend taking HP internally, which has several risks associated with it. If large amounts are swallowed, someone can develop hydrogen peroxide poisoning and experience abdominal pain, vomiting, stomach swelling, and burns of the tissues of the mouth and throat. Fortunately, most sites that recommend HP, only recommend consuming small quantities of 35% Food Grade HP at first and trying to work your way up. While topical application to the skin may be beneficial, internal use remains risky and reasons for this use are flawed for several reasons. Candida itself produces HP . This shows us that Candida has an ability to handle and manage HP. In fact, Candida makes its own HP, because HP helps to promote the conversion of the normal yeast form of Candida to the harmful, problematic, fungal form of Candida, which is more resistant than the yeast form. This adaptive mechanism demonstrates how advanced Candida is. It uses its own ability to manufacture HP in order to survive in any environment with higher levels of HP. As Frank Sinatra used to say, I bring my own crank meaning that Candida makes sure that things go the way it wants them to. Candida also produces enzymes which degrade HP into its basic components, water and oxygen. It does this through the production of superoxide dismutase (SOD), Catalase, and other enzymes. Candida does this to survive the various internal environments found inside our white blood cells and other tissues of the body. When white blood cells consume micro-organisms like candida and bacteria, they release high amounts of HP, which can kill these micro-organisms. Candida has adapted to this process through the production of these enzymes. There are two videos that show this very clearly. In video #1 , youll see a white blood cell consume a bacterial cell and within a second or two, that cell disappears because of this oxidative burst of HP. In video #2 , youll see a white blood cell consume candida, but nothing happens. It continues to accumulate candida cells, but cant destroy them. Eventually, these yeast cell forms of candida will convert to their fungal form and rupture the white blood cell, killing it. This conversion can be seen in the video contained in this research report. Keep in mind that inside the white blood cells, HP is contained in a small sac. When bacteria or another organism is ingested by white blood cells, the bacteria is surrounded by another sac. These two sacs join in such a way that the HP can only affect the bacteria and doesnt escape inside the white blood cell. If it did, the HP would destroy the white blood cell, as well. Taking an internal dose of HP could do the same. Adding an external source of HP to the environment around white blood cells has been shown to decrease their function. If HP was really effective against Candida, then the trillions of bacteria in the intestinal tract that produce HP would have resolved the Candida issue long ago. The effect of HP produced by bacteria in the intestinal tract showed no antagonistic activity against C. albicans . Another consideration is that the introduction of oxygen products like HP into the intestinal tract would destroy the Obligate Anaerobic organisms present there. This is another reason why the use of HP is not recommended. Take the species of Bacteroides bacteria for example. They are Obligate Anaerobes that make up 30% of the bacteria found in the large intestine. They form an integral component of the intestinal flora. They benefit the human body by aiding in digestion of complex carbohydrates, in the biotransformation of bile acids, vitamin synthesis, and development of the immune system. HP would destroy these bacteria and their beneficial functions. By destroying these anaerobic bacteria, we would also lose the competitive inhibition against Candida and other pathogens that they provide the body with. As you can see from the above, the effects of taking HP internally are similar to the effects produced by taking antibiotics, and this is definitely an undesirable result, especially in regard to Candida. Its use should be for topical applications, although I have yet to see it be used effectively for fungal skin and oral thrush applications. In the end, Hydrogen Peroxide is a poorly thought out choice for addressing systemic fungal candida problems. While it may account for some shifts in the intestinal flora that at first appear to be beneficial via a change in someones symptoms, it is undeniably ineffective when it comes to Candida and can be dangerous to the overall intestinal flora and health of the body. Take back your health. Live the life you create. Dr. McCombs Candida Plan . NEXT:

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• 7/27/2013 - Acne And Diet: Milk And High-Glycemic Foods May Exacerbate This Skin Condition : Healthy Living : Medical Daily

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Affecting 40 to 50 million Americans regardless of race or ethnicity, acne marks and often scars nearly 85 percent of people at some point in their lives. Although most who experience acne do so in puberty, adults also develop the skin condition, frequently on the face, chest, and back. In fact, about half of the women older than 24 have some facial acne, according to theJournal of American Academy of Dermatology. In order to gain a wider understanding of the links between diet and acne, researchers at the University of Hull conducted a review of scientific literature on the topic. Cause Or Contributing Factor? No matter where it occurs the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, or upper arms acne generally consists of pimples, cysts, blackheads, and whiteheads. When a pore in the skin becomes clogged with dead skin cells due to oil, a pimple is formed. The interplay of different components causes acne, such as the excessive production of oil by enlarged glands but also excessive division of skin cells. Meanwhile the growth of bacteria within the follicles causes an inflammatory response. In fact, acne vulgaris is considered a chronic inflammatory disease of the sebaceous follicles, which lie beneath the pores on the surface of the skin. The sebaceous gland secretes oil for the purpose of removing dead skin cells as well as to lubricate and even waterproof our outermost layer. Although for many years dermatologists have discouraged the idea that diet may be responsible for acne, a relationship most certainly exists between food and skin condition or so the researchers at Hull unequivocally state. Although they have found no conclusive evidence within the scientific literature on the matter to prove that diet causes acne, they have determined that diets containing high-glycemic index foods, and milk in particular, appear to aggravate the condition. "The research review suggests a low glycemic index diet but also a healthy diet, rich in fruit and vegetables, can have a protective effect on acne," said Dr. Katerina Steventon, from the University of Hull's Faculty of Health and Social Care. Glycemic load is a measure of the effect of a certain food on blood glucose levels. High-glycemic load foods, including refined carbohydrates like pasta and fruits such as melon, produce a spike in blood glucose, spurring the production of excessive insulin. Such 'hyperinsulinemia' promotes inflammation and contributes to diabetes, heart disease, and several cancers. Steventon is a Research Fellow with HONEI (Humber Obesity, Nutrition, Education and Innovation), which is comprised of world-class academics and clinicians from the Hull York Medical School (HYMS) and the University of Hull that focus on an examination of food and its relation to disease. HONEI has scheduled time later this year to conduct its own research to investigate the effects of certain foods on acne. Relatedly, scientists at the University of Afyon Kocatepe in Turkey have found a relationship between the severity of acne and vitamins A and E as well as zinc. Severity In a study conducted at the University of Afyon Kocatepe in Turkey, the researchers focused on evaluating plasma levels of vitamin A, E, and zinc in relation to the seriousness of the skin disorder. Crucial to health, vitamins A and E are also basic antioxidants that are known to nourish the skin. Zinc, which plays a significant role in cellular metabolism, is another essential element and one that is required for both immune function and protein synthesis. To accomplish their evaluation, the researchers worked with 94 acne patients and 56 age and sex matched healthy volunteers as a control group. After being categorized within the parameters of the Global Acne Grading System, the researchers separated the acne patients based on the severity of their symptoms and then further partitioned them into two groups, one containing the first two levels (mild to moderate acne), the other containing the last two levels (severe to very severe acne). Then, they assessed their plasma levels. What did they find? As compared to the control group, plasma levels of vitamin E, vitamin A, and zinc were significantly lower in both groups of acne patients. When the two patient groups were compared, no statistically significant difference in plasma levels for vitamin A was found, but vitamin E and zinc levels were significantly lower in Group Two (severe cases) than in Group One. Given these results, the authors suggest that patients add foods rich in vitamins A and E as well as zinc to their diets for both treatment and prophylaxis of acne. "Our study marks the importance of diet in patients with acne," wrote the authors. Clearly, in their exploration of the relationship between diet and acne, they will follow a similar journey to that of the researchers at HONEI. Sources: Steventon K, Cowdell F. Acne and diet: a review of the latest evidence. Dermatological Nursing. 2013. Ozuguz P, Dogruk Kacar S, Ekiz O, Takci Z, Balta I, Kalkan G. Evaluation of serum vitamins A and E and zinc levels according to the severity of acne vulgaris.Cutan Ocul Toxicol.2013. You have already subscribed. Thank you.

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• 7/25/2013 - The Best Butt Workout

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But what is it that you want? DO you want to lose weight? Relieve stress? Or do you want to tone your overall physique? Be honest with yourself and find out what it is you are truly trying to accomplish in this lifestyle journey. Step 2: Find out why Is there something that has motivated your decision for change? For example, do you want to lose the extra weight gained during pregnancy? I gained 60 pounds and could not wait to lose the weightand with yoga, I did! One you figure out why you want to make this change, write it down and remind yourself of this reason every time you are feeling lazy or having doubts. Step 3: Get the right tools You can buy my Yoga DVD series through www.tiamowryyoga.com , and through Amazon or Paypal Step 4: Prepare yourself While you are waiting for your DVDs, prepare for change and your new routine. Grab your Yoga must haves, like a yoga mat, water bottles, and towel. Pin motivational quotes or write a journal entry talking about the goals you want to accomplish in this journey. Step 5: Keep pressing on Youve listed your goals, youve thought about why it is you want to change, and youve gathered the right tools. There is no excuse now but to start and keep pressing on!

With your right leg, pull yourself back to standing as you raise your left leg until your thigh is parallel to the floor (B). Balance on your right leg for one second, then return to start. Do 12 to 15 reps, then repeat on the other side. That's one set. Do three sets, resting for 30 seconds between sets. Trainer tip: Contract your glutes and look straight ahead to maintain your balance. MOVE 3Lateral Reverse Lunge-Reach Combo SETS 30 seconds Works hips, glutes, hamstrings, and quads Grab a pair of 10- to 15-pound dumbbells and stand with your feet together and your arms at your sides. Keeping your right leg straight and your toes facing forward, lunge to the left and lower your hips until your left thigh is parallel to the floor. Bend at the hips and lower the dumbbells so they're on either side of your left calf (A). Return to center. Next, perform a reverse lunge, stepping back with your left leg. Bend at the hips and lower the dumbbells so they're on either side of your right calf (B). Return to start. Do 12 to 15 reps, then repeat, lunging with your right leg. That's one set. Do three sets, resting for 30 seconds between sets. MOVE 4Sumo Squat and Leg Raise SETS 30 seconds Works core, hips, glutes, hamstrings, and quads Grab a 15- to 20-pound body bar with your hands wider than shoulder-width apart. Stand two feet to the right of a 12-inch-high step or bench. Position the bar across your shoulder blades. Step onto the bench with your left foot, then squat until your thighs are nearly parallel to the floor (A). Stand up, straightening your left leg as you lift your right leg straight out to the side (B). Balance on your left leg for one second, then return to start. Do 12 to 15 reps, then repeat on the other side. That's one set. Do three sets, resting for 30 seconds between sets. MOVE 5Curtsy Squat Rear Leg Lift SETS 30 seconds Works core, hips, glutes, hamstrings, and quads Grab a pair of 12- to 15-pound dumbbells and stand with your feet hip-width apart, arms at your sides. Cross your right leg behind your left, slightly left of your left heel, and rest your toe on the floor about two feet behind you (A). Keeping your right heel up, squat down as far as you can without letting your left knee extend past your toes (B). Straighten your left leg and raise your right leg as high as possible behind you, lowering your torso toward the floor (C). Return to start. Do 12 to 15 reps and repeat on the other side. That's one set. Do three sets, resting for 30 seconds between sets. Trainer tip: Maintain proper alignment by keeping your neck in line with your spine at all times. MOVE 6Unilateral Lunge with Knee Balance SETS 30 seconds Works core, hips, glutes, hamstrings, and quads Grab a pair of 12- to 15-pound dumbbells and stand with your back to a 12-inch-high step two to three feet away. Place your right toes on the bench and sink into a lunge (A). Straighten your left leg as you bring your right knee in front of you and up until your right thigh is parallel to the floor (B). Balance on your left leg for one second, then return to start. Do 12 to 15 reps, then repeat on the other side. That's one set. Do three sets, resting for 30 seconds between sets. MOVE 7Hip Bridge and Heel Drag SETS 30 seconds Works core, glutes, hamstrings, quads, and calves Lie on your back with your lower legs on a stability ball. Raise your hips until they're aligned with your feet and shoulders (A). Raise your left leg until the bottom of your foot is facing the ceiling (B). Press your right heel into the ball and roll it toward your butt (C). Roll the ball back out. Keeping your hips lifted, repeat the rolling motion for 12 to 15 reps. Repeat on the other side, resting for 30 seconds beforehand if needed.

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• 7/22/2013 - Obama steps in to push health plan as critical date draws near | Yahoo! Health

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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act while in the East Room at the White House in Washington, July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing Related Articles Explore and compare medications By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fending off delays and a barrage of political criticism of his signature healthcare law, President Barack Obama on Thursday touted benefits Americans already are reaping from the law and vowed to work through setbacks to fully implement it. "Generally speaking, what we've seen is that healthcare costs have slowed drastically in a lot of areas since we passed the Affordable Care Act," Obama said at a White House event, surrounded by individuals who have seen their health insurance costs drop. "I recognize that there are a lot of folks, in this town at least, who are rooting for this law to fail," the president said. "What I've heard is just the same old song and dance. We're just going to blow through that stuff," he added. The president took to the soapbox just weeks after having to delay a requirement for businesses to offer health coverage in 2014, or pay a fine, because the administration had yet to issue final regulations in time for employers to comply. Days after that July 2 announcement, the administration said it would delay and loosen requirements for new state online insurance marketplaces to verify the income and health coverage status of people who apply for subsidized coverage. Congressional Republicans, who have repeatedly sought to repeal the health law, pounced on those delays and urged Obama to also put off requirements that individuals obtain health insurance. Republicans are set to make the healthcare law a top campaign issue in next year's congressional elections, and the Republican-led House of Representatives on Wednesday approved largely symbolic legislation to delay portions of the law. Senator Marco Rubio, considered a potential Republican candidate for president in 2016, on Thursday urged lawmakers to withdraw funding for it. "The reason this issue is still being talked about is because Obamacare is a disaster," Rubio said. Administration officials have struggled with the task of launching the new online health insurance exchanges at the heart of the law, sometimes called Obamacare, by an October 1 deadline. Their efforts to implement the law have been hampered by limited staff and financial resources, as well as by steady opposition from congressional Republicans. At the White House, the president said the law, formally called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, was responsible for sending refund checks to some 8.5 million people as a result of lower insurance costs. REBATES U.S. insurers will pay $500 million in rebates to employers and individuals because the law requires companies to pay refunds to customers if they spend less than 80 percent of the premiums they collect on medical care, the administration said last month. That will mean an average rebate of $100 per family for about 8.5 million insurance customers, the government said. The president also cited lower-than-expected insurance rates in New York and other states as evidence the law is trimming costs. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that residents were likely to see their health insurance premiums cut in half as the law draws people into health insurance markets. California said in May that rates would fall as much as 29 percent. Administration officials also pointed to a Department of Health and Human Services report concluding that cheaper insurance rates are likely to be the norm rather than the exception in 11 states. The HHS report says the costs of plans will be lower than originally anticipated. For example, in the 11 states covered in the study, a mid-range plan in the individual market in 2014 is on average 18 percent less expensive than previous government and congressional estimates, the administration said. Similarly, the report showed that the cost of the least expensive mid-level plan available to small employers in six states studied by the government is expected to be 18 percent lower than they would have paid for a similar plan before the law was enacted. Some of the rate forecasts may be lowered before the exchanges are opened in the fall, the administration said. Obama is hoping to use the positive developments to build support for a critical component of the law: getting healthy young adults to register for health insurance plans to counterbalance older, sicker enrollees and hold down costs. Administration officials hope to sign up 7 million people nationwide during an enrollment period that begins on October 1 and runs until the end of March. They say they are focusing on an estimated 2.7 million healthy adults ages 18 to 35. But in their stream of criticism of the law, Republicans say it will actually raise the costs of healthcare for all Americans, trigger an avalanche of new regulatory burdens on businesses, and inhibit hiring. The delays have given Republicans ammunition to argue that the law was a bad idea in the first place. "The law is turning out to be a train wreck," House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement in response to Obama's speech. "The law is costing American jobs; it's forcing people to give up health plans they like; and it's driving up the cost of care for families across America." (Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; Editing by David Brunnstrom and Vicki Allen) Follow Yahoo! Health on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook

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• 7/12/2013 - hello there

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welcome to my online journey
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