Obamacare holdouts. You know who you are. You don’t have health coverage, and you’re resisting the pressure to sign up by the March 31 deadline for open enrollment. Do you really think it’s better to pay a tax penalty, receiving nothing in return, than to get affordable coverage that protects you in the event of illness or accident? Here are some reasons to convince you otherwise.
HealthCare.gov alternative eHealth.com has the answers
After the debacle of the Obama administration’s HealthCare.gov rollout, independent healthcare marketplace eHealth has emerged as an easier alternative that actually works, and which quickly and easily lays out all your insurance plan options after you enter just your birth date and gender. The plans are identical in price and structure as those on the government site. eHealth.com has also provided a series of helpful videos that tackle pressing concerns of insurance consumers. Continue reading →
Are you still uninsured? Time is running out to sign up for Obamacare health coverage and avoid costly tax penalties. Did you know that eHealth (eHealthInsurance.com), a trusted private health insurance website, provides a faster, easier alternative to clunky, problem-plagued HealthCare.gov? That site, spurned by Repubs and Dems alike, has left so many of us with bald patches on our once brilliant domes after the aggravation of attempting to use it drained our last vestiges of quickly dwindling sanity. Now there’s help.
Disgraced infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau’s personal belongings are to be auctioned off to help pay off a $38 million fine from a civil case related to his current federal case.
Auctioneers estimate the sale will bring in just $100,000. Items include an elaborate chandelier and gilt-framed portraits of Gen. George S. Patton and Winston Churchill, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
In a Facebook post, Trudeau calls the gaudy items from his former California vacation home “priceless,” and that they “have my energy infused in them. They are all like amulets.”
Open enrollment for Obamacare ends March 31. If you don’t have qualified health coverage and you want to avoid a costly tax penalty, you need to choose a plan and enroll by the end of the month.
Before today, your only option for signing up was HealthCare.gov, the U.S. government’s website*. HealthCare.gov has generated a lot of bad press and bad tempers due to the many glitches and outages since its launch last fall. You may have already spent frustrating hours trying but failing to secure coverage.
Long risk lists may “reduce consumer comprehension”
The Food and Drug Administration is embarking on a study that could lead to major changes in how TV commercials for prescription drugs communicate health risks from using them. The FDA is concerned that those endless lists of warnings of insomnia, nausea, suicidal thoughts and diarrhea could reduce consumers’ ability to discern the most important, or actionable, risks, reports the New York Daily News.
The FDA is worried these lengthy risk lists are “often too long” and may “reduce consumer comprehension” to possible side effects. So it plans to survey 15,000 adults online by having them respond to four versions of a drug commercial.
Product pitchman Kevin Trudeau will remain behind bars for his cat-and-mouse asset-hiding scheme, despite his throwing himself at the mercy of a court.
“I would even submit myself to water-boarding.”
“I will do anything to get this over with,” Trudeau said at a federal hearing in Chicago. He even offered to undergo torture: “I don’t want to spend another day in prison more than I have to. I would even submit myself to water-boarding.”
Trudeau will spend at least another six weeks in jail. He was first put away in November 2013 for contempt as he battled the Federal Trade Commission, which had accused him of scheming to avoid payment of a $37.6 million sanction. The FTC went after him for making false claims in late-night infomercials for the book The Weight-Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About.
The big Internet companies are behind the “high” times when it comes to legal weed. Even though they’re able to localize advertisements to niche geographical markets, Google and Facebook currently refuse to run ads from the burgeoning marijuana industry in places like Colorado and Washington state, where it’s now legal to buy and sell the once taboo drug for recreational use.
“It’s pretty ridiculous and short-sighted — not to mention hypocritical — for them to leave those legitimate ad dollars on the table,” wrote Taylor West, of the National Cannabis Industry Association, to GigaOm.com. “We are told that our posts ‘violate content guidelines,’ or something along those lines.”
Facebook cites — but does not define — “risk” associated with running pot ads. “The risk of attempting to allow ads promoting the drug in certain states or countries where it is legal is too high (no pun intended) for us to consider at this time,” Facebook rep Tim Rathschmidt wrote to GigaOm.
Twitter is also cold to pro-marijuana advertising, reports AdWeek.com. But marketing insiders tell AdWeek they expect this to change when the industry’s huge returns become evident. And when the celebrity endorsements start going viral.
“Snoop Dogg can be the Michael Jordan of the weed market,” said Nick Adler of lifestyle marketing firm Cashmere Agency.
It’s only a matter of time until Snoop and other pot luminaries, like Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson, are being courted with huge deals to endorse what was once the scourge of society.