Study Examines Tolerance of Political Lies

Why do political figures appear to be able to get away with mild truth bending and sometimes even outrageous lies?

A new study, from researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and published online in Social Psychological and Personality Science, suggests people have more leniency for politicians’ lies when they bolster a shared belief that a specific political stance is morally right.

“It appears to be because those lies are perceived by supporters as an acceptable and perhaps necessary means to achieve a higher moral end,” says Allison Mueller, UIC doctoral candidate in psychology and lead author of the study. “A troubling and timely implication of these findings is that political figures may be able to act in corrupt ways without damaging their images, at least in the eyes of their supporters.”

Mueller and Linda Skitka, UIC professor of psychology, examined responses to a 2014 survey where participants read a political monologue about federal funding for Planned Parenthood that they believed was previously aired over public radio.

Respondents were randomly assigned one of two feedback conditions where upon completion they were informed that the monologue they had just read was either true or false.

They were then asked to report the extent to which they believed that the speaker was justified in delivering the monologue. Then, they reported their attitude positions for federal funding of women’s reproductive services and their moral conviction for the issue.

Although honesty was positively valued by all respondents, the researchers found that lying that served a shared moralized goal was more accepted and advocacy in support of the opposing view, or nonpreferred end, was more condemned, regardless of whether the statement was true or false.

Skitka says the findings expand knowledge of the moral mandate in two ways.

“Moral conviction for a cause, not the fairness of procedures, may shape people’s perceptions of any target who engages in norm-violating behaviors that uphold moralized causes, such as federally funded family planning in this situation,” she said. “The findings also suggest that, although people are not comfortable excusing others for heinous crimes that serve a moralized end, they appear comparatively tolerant of norm violations like lying.”

Social Work Students Defend Planned Parenthood Against Deceitful Smear Campaign

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As Social Work students, we are concerned about the deceitful attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides vital health care services to 2.7 million Americans each year. In Louisiana alone, Planned Parenthood annually provides 16,000 visits in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans for services that include birth control, cancer screenings, STD tests and treatment, and other preventative healthcare such as much-needed sexual health education.

This smear campaign is part of a 10-plus year pattern of harassment and violence by extremists whose focus is banning abortion and preventing women from accessing preventive health care at Planned Parenthood health centers. The group behind this video smear campaign is a part of the most militant wing of the anti-abortion movement. They have been behind the bombing of clinics, and the murder of doctors in their homes and in their churches. This group has zero credibility. They set up a fake company. It appears that they used fake government IDs. They’ve even filed fraudulent tax documents and have completely lied about who they are and what they do all in an effort to end safe and legal abortion and bring down Planned Parenthood.

Additionally, we would like to clarify a few things for readers. Donating fetal tissue is a common medical procedure that goes to research seeking to cure Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. The only monetary transaction in the video discussed was standard reimbursement costs. There is nothing in these videos that suggest any violation of law, and these tapes are heavily doctored. The clips take the conversations out of context, while the full tapes show the doctors in question state repeatedly that Planned Parenthood does not profit from the consensual donation of fetal tissue.

Furthermore, we want to clarify that Planned Parenthood does not receive federal funding for abortion services. Federal funds are restricted from funding these services by the Hyde Amendment. What the money does fund is healthcare for people who need it. In Louisiana, we have a dearth of healthcare services for low-income people, made worse in recent years.

Social workers see the tragic consequences of lack of health care every day. Per the CDC New Orleans is number two in the nation for HIV infections, and Baton Rouge is number three per capita. People here are struggling with higher-than-average rates of chronic illnesses, and they cannot afford to find treatment. Social Work Students United for Reproductive Freedom (SWURF) does not see this as a pro-choice versus pro-life issue. We see it as a human rights issue. It is about the right to have freedom over one’s body without government intervention. It is about the health of Louisiana women, men, and children. For those reasons, we support Planned Parenthood.

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Coping Without Medical Insurance

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Living without medical insurance

Even with all of the changes happening with healthcare plans, many people are still coping without not having medical insurance. With the new healthcare reform, it is important to look into all of your options because it is becoming more affordable and available with more options than ever before.

Living without health insurance means that you have to look after your body even more than usual. Choosing a healthier lifestyle is a necessity. If you do not have health insurance, it is extremely wise for you to try to live a healthier lifestyle and try to apply for auto and travel insurance should any accidents result in any events from car or adventure sports accidents. Medical costs are extremely pricey and with no coverage whatsoever you will be paying through the pocket if you do not have the right insurance.

Healthy living

Regardless of medical coverage, a healthy lifestyle is important for everyone. One of the things that people can do is to monitor what they eat. For those who cannot afford health insurance this is even tougher because fast food might be the cheapest option, but it is also the unhealthiest type of food to eat. Limiting foods with trans fats is important as is including vegetables and fruits into your daily diet. Overeating can lead to a multitude of health problems including diabetes and heart disease and if you do not have health insurance you will be paying for these medical costs from your pocket.

Living a healthier lifestyle also means looking at other things other than food that can affect your body. Smoking and drinking alcohol are things that should be avoided because they do not help your health and without health, you should limit any risks that can harm your health.

Not only is maintaining a healthy diet important for those who do not have health insurance but an equal part of living a healthy lifestyle is to exercise or take part in some physical activity. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that adults spend at least 30 minutes a day doing some form of physical activity. Choosing a healthier lifestyle can prevent future illnesses and ailments over time.

ObamaCare: What will medical insurance look like in 2014?

Many Americans are able to receive health insurance through their employer’s plan or through the government with Medicare or Medicaid. However, about 15% of people remain uninsured and they can apply for the ObamaCare open enrollment in the marketplace until March 31, 2014. The new health care plan has caused quite a stir amongst politicians and health insurance companies, but the different available plans are meant to cover essential healthcare benefits people need such as health for women, better overall coverage and promising families that children can stay under their parent’s plan until they are 26 years old. The new law provides for better preventative care, insurance companies can not deny you for having a pre-existing condition, and there are no longer any life-time limits on the care you can receive.

Use the resources you have

Another option for the uninsured is to utilize the resources that you have at your fingertips. There are free or reduced priced clinics in most towns and using these services can keep you relatively healthy until you can get health insurance. Urgent Care facilities can treat diseases and conditions that are not life threatening or are not at the life threatening stage such as bronchitis and pneumonia; this will save on the potential costs of going to an emergency room. Planned Parenthood is a quality organization that can do yearly checkups for women including breast exams. Consult with friends and family to learn about organizations in your area that can do cost effective medical coverage (the internet can also be used for research).

Other insurance options to keep in mind: auto and travel

In order to take care of yourself, keep in mind of other insurance plans that cover different areas that healthcare insurance does not. Look into car insurance quotes that cover bodily injuries for third-party individuals in case of a car accident. If your individual state follows a tort system, medical payments coverage is available to pay for medical bills for both yourself and any passengers in your vehicle.

If you are planning a vacation and/or participating in adventure sports that include potential dangerous activities such as skydiving or bungee jumping, it’s not a bad idea to look into travel insurance either. Because health insurance does not cover auto or travel insurance, you leave yourself susceptible to injuries with very high medical bills.

Living without health insurance can be extremely difficult because sometimes accidents and illness are unavoidable. Living a healthier lifestyle both though diet and exercise changes, adding health coverage through auto or travel insurance and utilizing resources around you can help reduce the stress of living without health insurance until you are able to get the coverage you desire.

Why Pharmacists Are at the Centre of Future Healthcare

In today’s changing medical world, the pharmacist is becoming more important. In many ways, pharmacists are becoming more like mini-doctors, depending on their education and training. Some pharmacists in the United States and UK can even offer some medical advice and prescribe limited medications. This flexible license is vital to the ever-changing and expanding medical world.

Is becoming a pharmacist a viable career? With today’s medical costs rising, becoming a pharmacist is one way to help people without the high costs of 12 years of medical school. Most pharmacists also make a decent salary, making the investment worth it.

Take a look at how the role of the pharmacist is changing below:

Market Concentration

PharmacistOver the next 10-20 years, general practitioners will fade away. What used to be prescribed by practitioners will now be able to be prescribed by pharmacists. Hospitals and doctors will stick to consolidated offerings and specialized treatments. A few organizations may even buy out smaller doctor’s offices.

Self reliance

The economic downturn has made many people less likely to visit an actual doctor. This means that many people will turn to their pharmacist long before they ever step into a doctor’s office. Patients are looking for prevention and self-care methods, rather than treatments like they wanted before. This will enabled pharmacists to become involved with lifestyle management.

Medication Therapy Management (MTM)

Medication Therapy Management is a new role for pharmacists. This is an important role that will only become more important as the decade progresses. MTM is designed to help patients receive the best treatment options for their unique needs, and the pharmacist can take on that role with ease.

Pharmacogenetics

Could medications be used based on the genetic makeup of a person? In modern medicine, the practice is not widely used, but in the future, it is likely that many medications will be offered based on genetics. Pharmacists will be able to help provide the flexibility necessary to identify which medications belong with each unique set of genetics. Pharmacists have a chance to lead along with scientists to discover the true benefits of genetic-based medications.

Primary Care

One new role for the pharmacist is the role of primary care. With the new ability to dispense certain medicines and provide an advice-based role, many pharmacists are uniquely qualified to act as primary care providers for many low-risk patients of any age.

Pharmacists as Doctors

In the past, the pharmacy was simply for dispensing medication. However, today, the pharmacy is more of a community health center, offering health screenings, immunizations, and more. This hybrid between pharmacy and doctor’s office is something that is only beginning to emerge, but has the chance to become a community-based medical center that provides for all patient needs.

Prevention

Prevention is something that the medical industry hasn’t really focused on before now. However, with patients living longer and healthier lives, prevention becomes more important. Nutraceuticals, are foods and food products that provide medical and health benefits on more of a preventative role. This is something that a pharmacist can provide to patients- perhaps even uniting with fitness centers for a total health approach.

The role and future of pharmacists is changing. Rather than simply being pill pushers, the profession is changing and taking a more active role in the prevention and curing of medical illnesses. The pharmacist of today is able to interact directly with patients, offer medical advice, and help a patient take an active, preventative role in his or her health.

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