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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?"