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Bristol Palin Bashes Movement That Provides Free Birth Control To Minors

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Bristol has some strong thoughts on this.

Bristol Palin is not a fan of Washington state's birth control initiative.

The Evergreen State has a Medicaid plan called "Take Charge," which provides free birth control, gynecologist visits, and education to women and men of all sorts of ages, including teenagers.

Photo: Bristol Flaunts Her Growing Baby Bump!

The expecting mother was enraged in her blog on Wednesday after referencing a report by conservative organization Judicial Watch that claims Washington was providing birth control implants to 10-year-olds.

She was especially upset that the report revealed young children didn't even need a parent's consent to receive an IUD, writing:

"It is crazy that the government is offering a controversial form of birth control that can have serious life-long side effects to 10-year-old children, but then to do all of this behind a parent's back is simply outrageous!"

However, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has stressed in the past that the internal contraceptive is actually recommended for younger patients, and is completely safe.

The 24-year-old opened the post by saying that, at the age of 10, she wasn't concerned about birth control because the only things that mattered to her were "playing outside and acing fifth grade."

What do U think? Do you agree with Bristol? SOUND OFF in the comments!

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Noah Wyle's Arrest Makes Son Proud!!

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As you may recall, ER’s Noah Wyle landed himself in a real life emergency sitch after being thrown in the slammer during a Medicaid protest in Washington, D.C. earlier this year.

Although the courts laid the law down, there was one person that had his back

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Noah Wyle Ordered To Court For Medicaid Protest!

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He may have been standing up for what he believes in, but now, he's going to have to do it again in a court of law!

Noah Wyle and 73 others were arrested late in April for protesting Congress' decision to cut Medicaid with the disability-advocacy group ADAPT in the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building in D.C., and now, they all must be appear in court next Tuesday!

One such member, Marsha Katz, whose husband is in a wheelchair, says:

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Noah Wyle ARRESTED At D.C. Medicaid Protest!

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Noah Wyle ARRESTED Medicaid Protest

We bet his former co-star George Clooney has a few words of encouragement for him!

Noah Wyle, who starred with the actor on ER, was also arrested today during a political protest against Congress cutting Medicaid in Washington D.C.!

The actor was with 100 other members of the group ADAPT, a group attempting to protect the elderly and those with disabilities from being forced into nursing homes, instead of being able to afford home care!

Wow! Good for him!

Such a worthy cause!

Keep standing your ground, guys!

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North Carolina Man Diagnosed With Breast Cancer IS Getting Medicaid

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Raymond Johnson breast cancer claim approved

We may have lost all faith in our government had they not come to their senses.

We are PLEASED to report that Raymond Johnson, a North Carolina man diagnosed with breast cancer, but unable to receive medicaid assistance because of his gender, HAS received government assistance!

Tonny Keck, director of the state's health department, said:

"… We believe it is in the best interest of Mr. Johnson to deem him eligible for the Medicaid Breast and Cervical Cancer Program."

North Carolina will submit his claim to the federal government to be reimbursed, however, there is still no certainty that the government will accept his claim.

The federal governments decision, however, will not affect Johnson's treatment. If denied, the state will just have to shell out all of the money needed to cover his $10,000 visits to the hospital necessary to treat his cancer.

Raymond Johnson admits he is "relieved", but acknowledges there are other men out there facing the same problem. "We've got more work to do. We've gotta fix this for other men," he says.

Although 100 times less likely to occur in men, the American Cancer Society reports 2,140 news cases a year, with 450 ending in death.

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Patient Denied Medicaid To Treat Breast Cancer Because He's A Man!

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A North Carolina man is feeling the sexist sting of our federal government.

Raymond Johnson recently received the surprising diagnosis after going to the emergency room for throbbing chest pains — he has breast cancer.

With no insurance, he sought help from federal funds allocated to help people suffering from the disease who can't afford treatment.

Although cancer does not discriminate, Raymond found out our government does. In order to receive Medicaid funds to treat breast cancer, it turns out one must be a woman!

That's pretty silly considering breast cancer in men is not unheard of. Although 100 times less likely to occur, 2,140 men are diagnosed a year with the disease and 450 men lose their lives to it.

The state's Department of Health and Human Services has recognized the problem and has contacted the federal government for help, while Raymond is paying up to $10,000 for each chemotherapy treatment he undergoes to fight the illness.

We really hope the government is as quick as North Carolina to recognize the discrimination, but are a little worried because our bureaucratic government has never been known to be "quick".

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'Secret Shoppers' Testing Doctor's Offices For Government Study

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Much like companies employ "secret shoppers" to rate their business practices and catch a glimpse of how their employees REALLY treat customers, the government is employing people to pose as potential patients to investigate how doctor offices in 9 states treat people with different types of insurance.

These fake patients will call the offices of 465 doctors in each state involved in the study to determine how the offices respond to potential patients with private insurance, medicaid, or "self-pay patients".

The process — which will begin in Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia in a few months — is described as follows:

Each office will be called at least twice — by a person who supposedly has private insurance and by someone who supposedly has public insurance. …

Eleven percent of the doctors will be called a third time. The callers will identify themselves as calling "on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services." They will ask whether the doctors accept private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, and whether they take "self-pay patients." The study will note any discrepancies between those answers and the ones given to mystery shoppers.

Many practicing physicians are upset by the Obama administrations move, but the government insists the survey will shed light on the public health problem of primary care doctor shortages.

It doesn't seem like the secret inquiries into the types of insurance doctors accept is to invasive. Plus, if these doctors have nothing to hide, they should have nothing to worry about!

A federal health official has promised results of the survey will be strictly confidential with only collective information being released without any mention of specific offices.

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