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Political: Apple Rejects Healthcare App

An application developer for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch platforms is claiming that the company rejected his health care app--iSinglePayer--due to political reasons, calling it "politically charged." 22-year-old Stanford computer science grad student Red Daily said that he submitted the app back on August 21 and was thus rejected--via a phone call from an Apple representative--on September 26 based on the politically charged verdict.

"Apple informed Floatopian (which is pretty much just me) that iSinglePayer was rejected in part because it was the product of a lone developer," Daily said on his blog. "There are applications developed for particular political candidates, like the official Obama application, but since those have the official support of a politician they are acceptable. When a single developer wants to voice his opinions, Apple censors it. Unless, of course, you can pawn your propaganda app off as news."

According to the application description, iSinglePayer promotes single-payer health care reform by providing charts and bullet points based on single-payer health care systems. The application also provides means for users to calculate and call local congressperson using the GPS, and even displays the amount of money donated to each congressperson from the health sector.

Based on the application's description, Apple may have a point in its "politically charged" denial. Still, Daily is calling the company out on censorship, claiming that the company is providing a megaphone to politicians by making it harder on single-paying consumers to compare health care costs around the world. Perhaps if Daily had not included funding information, Apple may not have felt so inclined to reject the app in the first place. Does this iPhone app sound "politically charged?"

  • Honis
    Seriously, stop with the play by play on the apple app store. It's a privately owned store they can accept or deny anyone or anything. Much like the McDonald's no shoes no shirt no service policy.
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  • baddad
    Apple is right.
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  • Apple is the Devil, momma says so!
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  • jellico
    Finally... Apple does something that I can get behind wholeheartedly!
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  • mcshasta
    Apple can do what it wants. Sounds like an interesting app though. America could use some more fact apps. Especially, when it comes to politics.
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  • Montezuma
    No part of Apple is a "private store". Apple is a publicly traded company, so keep the facts straight.
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  • MotorMouth
    montezumaNo part of Apple is a "private store". Apple is a publicly traded company, so keep the facts straight.
    Just because you are on Wall Street does not mean the general public owns you like the Government.

    Apple is a private company that is traded on Wall Street. Their not owned by the White House... yet! If they were then you would have a valid point.
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  • mowston
    Does anyone else find it ironic that the person is upset that the single decider (Apple) bans an app that promotes a single payer /decider for health care?
    I wonder if there is a lesson here?
    I'll bet Apple has its own charts that show allowing Apple to have complete control make it better too.
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  • rooket
    Why am I starting to not care about stupid apple app news any more.... Apple still has yet to hook me in to buying one of their products. I don't own one single thing made by Apple. Maybe tom's needs a separate web site for apple products for people who care about overpriced stuff from this company lol.
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  • rooket
    btw apple is only publicly owned if public stocks are over 51% and I somehow doubt that is the case. I think I looked it up a year ago and found out that like 4 large companies own controlling share of the stock and that makes it not public.
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