Breast Cancer Bra Petition Makes Headway at Victoria’s Secret

May 14, 2018

An online petition to get Victoria’s Secret to make post-mastectomy bras for breast cancer survivors appears to be inching toward success. In January, we told you about Allana Maiden, who started a petition on asking Victoria’s Secret to make bras for women like her mother, a breast cancer survivor. As Maiden explained at the time, stores selling post-mastectomy bras aren’t always easy to find, and the bras her mother…


Why Your Organic Food Isn’t as Organic as It Used to Be

August 25, 2016

It used to be that organic food was a niche market. Cooks who wanted to put together a completely organic meal had to go out of their way to find a dedicated, organic supermarket like Whole Foods (WFM) or their local equivalent — if one even existed. Now, a stroll down the aisles of strip-mall stalwart Safeway (SWY) reveals a surprisingly strong and ever-increasing selection of organic foods. And even…


Olympic Chief Bites Tongue on McDonalds, Coke Sponsorships

August 16, 2016

Prev1 of 2Next It was widely reported on Monday that Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, said there had been a “question mark” hanging over Coca-Cola’s (KO) and McDonald’s (MCD) sponsorship of this year’s London Olympic games. By Tuesday, Rogge had changed his tune, saying he’s “proud to be associated with them.” Both McDonald’s and Coca-Cola are longtime sponsors of the Olympics — and two of the biggest….


Red States Are the Big Winners from Obamacare’s New Rules

August 7, 2016

Prev1 of 2Next Now that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — aka “Obamacare” — has passed muster before the Supreme Court, the next question is how it will be implemented. Some parts of the law, like the one that will stop insurers from denying you care for preexisting conditions, will simply go into effect at their appointed times. To bring other provisions online, however, the federal government will…


Obamacare Could Kill One Type of Cheap Health Insurance

July 29, 2016

One of the biggest challenges facing the country right now is getting skyrocketing medical costs under control. The hope of proponents of the health care reform law that the Supreme Court upheld last month was that it would help reduce overall costs. But it now appears that one of the effects of the Affordable Care Act will be to eliminate a popular method of cutting health insurance costs. High-deductible health…


5 Obamacare ‘Myths’ That Are (at Least Partly) True

July 26, 2016

In the weeks since the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” debates have raged over what the law will mean and how it will affect the average American. Last week, I explored several myths about the health care reform law. Generally, they were based on mischaracterizations that opponents of the law used in their attempts to discredit it. But some…


The Latest Lie About Obamacare: Medicare Premiums Will Soar!

July 11, 2016

Obamacare myths and rumors are nothing new, but in the weeks since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act got the all-clear from the Supreme Court, the propaganda mill has picked up steam. Old chestnuts like the famed “death panel” whopper and the rumor that the PPACA will raid Medicare have been joined by new exaggerations and outright falsehoods, like the claim that health care reform will add a new…


Ladies: Don’t Plan for Your Retirement Like a Man

July 5, 2016

In the 1930s, Ginger Rogers beautifully synchronized her dancing in lockstep with Fred Astaire’s footwork. Only, as the saying goes, she did it backwards and in high heels. Unfortunately, when it comes to retirement planning, women face a similar challenge: a set of gender-specific financial obstacles that require more intensive efforts to overcome. Here’s a look at these retirement savings challenges, and what women can do to avoid getting tripped…


How to Invest in Obamacare: Find Asset Growth in Weight Loss

June 26, 2016

When the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act in June — allowing the government to use taxation to prod people to buy health insurance — it was a victory for President Barack Obama and supporters of health care reform. If the law performs as advertised, tens of millions of Americans will benefit directly — and if it truly lowers overall health care costs, every taxpayer will. But there are…


Will Employer Health Insurance Go the Way of Pensions?

June 17, 2016

For years, employers have been getting out of the pension business. With old-style pensions giving way to 401(k) plans, most workers are now responsible for making their own investment decisions for their retirement. Now it appears that companies may start doing the same thing with their health insurance benefits. The resulting shift could leave employees with a lot more work to do to manage their health costs. A recent report…