Raised Medicare Eligibility Age, and Other Links

Playing the race card: Minorities impacted most by raising the Medicare eligibility age.

Myth exposed: Suicides don’t peak during holidays.

Alcoholism is the reason the crude death rate in Russia soared by 40% between 1990 and 1994.

The White House can decriminalize medical marijuana without any act of Congress.

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  1. Mae says:

    “In 2010, there were 38,364 suicides in the USA, an average of 105 a day. The month with the highest daily average in 2010 was July, with 111.3. The lowest, 98.2, was December. The CDC says suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in 2010.”

    I wonder why the numbers are so high in the summer?
    P.S. Well if anyone needs the number…
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255

  2. August says:

    “The caveat… is that they were conducted before the Affordable Care Act. The health law’s Medicaid expansion and insurance subsidies would be expected to provide insurance to many of the lower-income 65- and 66-year-olds losing out on Medicare coverage.”

    Yes, minorities are disproportionately poor, and raising the medicare eligibility age hurts the poor. A medicaid expansion would ameliorate some of this cost.

  3. nft says:

    Medicare supplement health insurance does not cover all. You can look for extended health insurance plans for individuals or couples or for family from the health insurance companies to get more benefits.

  4. Michelle says:

    Interesting attribution error — reading the abstract only, the study seems to suggest that many of these Russian deaths were attributed to a transition to a more capitalist economy (and related trauma) but were a more direct result of a repeal of anti-alcohol laws. Huh.

  5. Jordan says:

    Mae,

    Well if you’ve experienced Texas summers..

  6. seyyed says:

    not only is it true that suicides don’t peak during holidays, but perpetuating that notion makes it more acceptable for people to end their lives around the holiday season because it is normal

  7. August says:

    There is a petition do classify marijuana as a class 3,4 or 5 drug currently in courts.

    “Even if the Circuit Court doesn’t force rescheduling, it could force the DEA to hold an “evidentiary hearing” to determine whether marijuana is safe for medicinal use”