The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, mandates that insurance companies cover a variety of preventive services at no out-of-pocket cost, thanks to an amendment sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.).

Scranton, Pennsylvania, the hometown of Vice President Joe Biden, has become the hometown of the latest ObamaCare controversy. Jeffrey Lord, writing for the American Spectator, reports that the impending closure of three Catholic hospitals in the Scranton area, almost certainly in part because of the new healthcare legislation, is threatening to become a major public-relations debacle for the Obama administration and a major drag on the electoral prospects for three Democratic congressional candidates.

Susan Reverby, Wellesley College (MA) Professor of Women’s Studies, has unearthed evidence of a study conducted in Guatemala by the U.S. government between 1946-48 in which Guatemalan subjects were deliberately inoculated with sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs). More than 60 years ago, government medical researchers intentionally infected hundreds of Guatemalans with gonorrhea and syphilis, including prisoners and institutionalized mental patients, without their permission or even knowledge. Reverby posted her report on her website.

Anyone who was confused as to why big insurance companies would support such an obviously anti-market piece of legislation as ObamaCare — a law supposedly designed to protect consumers from greedy, heartless insurers — need look no further than a September 30 New York Times report. Reed Abelson writes that the Principal Financial Group, which offers employer-based health insurance to about 840,000 people, “announced on Thursday that it planned to stop selling health insurance, another sign of upheaval emerging among insurers as the new federal health law starts to take effect.”

Dr. PierceDr. Fredrick Pierce graduated from medical school in 1955 and spent stints in the military services at the Navy Aviation Medical School and as an Army flight surgeon before beginning a long career in industrial medicine in the environmental and occupational health fields. He served 27 years with General Motors and then at clinics in Michigan and Indiana before retiring. He is a longtime active member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

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