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Mass. Lawmaker: Health Care Costs 'No. 1 Concern' For Patients - WBUR

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WBURMass. Lawmaker: Health Care Costs 'No. 1 Concern' For PatientsWBURThese findings come as state lawmakers are trying to get rising health care costs under control, and last week the Massachusetts House approved a bill meant to do just that.
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Turning Poverty Into an American Crime

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Turning Poverty Into an American Crime...by BARBARA EHRENREICH

 

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AGD supports equal access to oral health care for all Americans - Dentistry IQ | Chief Dental Consulting Services

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AGD supports equal access to oral health care for all Americans ...: AGD supports equal access to oral health ca...

 

Support for the Sanders amendment to provide dental care for all.

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FactCheck.org : Health Care for Members of Congress?

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Same for all federal employees...top to bottom.

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St. Paul rec centers, libraries to offer free meals to children - TwinCities.com

by DANYA P HERNANDEZ, Pioneer Press

 

"St. Paul Parks and Recreation and St. Paul Public Library have partnered with St. Paul Public School Nutrition Services to offer free meals to children 18 years old or younger during the summer." -- Danya P Hernandez

 

Why is it that our cities can provide over 80,000 meals to children, but corporations, that earn hundreds of millions of dollars in profit, cannot pay ALL of their employees better than poverty wages?  -- Jessica English 

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America Spends Less on Food Than Any Other Country

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Considering our recent series on out-sized food spending, that might sound like a good thing. But it's not.
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Do you remember the game "Mother, May I..."?

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Permission for every step...That's how it is with insurance being between you and your medical providers. And we PAY them to do it!-MRP

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Strep

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Strep infections don't care where you went to college, or how you make your money. They are equal opportunity inhabitants and we all need treatment from medical providers for help with them. Or the infection might kill you.-MRP

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How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the ‘1 Percent’

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By George Lakey, National of Change

 

“[Norway's] high level of freedom and broadly-shared prosperity began when workers and farmers, along with middle class allies, waged a nonviolent struggle that empowered the people to govern for the common good.”

 

While many of us are working to ensure that the Occupy movement will have a lasting impact, it’s worthwhile to consider other countries where masses of people succeeded in nonviolently bringing about a high degree of democracy and economic justice. Sweden and Norway, for example, both experienced a major power shift in the 1930s after prolonged nonviolent struggle. They “fired” the top 1 percent of people who set the direction for society and created the basis for something different. [MORE]


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Justice with Michael Sandel - Online Harvard Course Exploring Justice, Equality, Democracy, and Citizenship

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Online Harvard Course Exploring Justice, Equality, Democracy, and Citizenship...
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Young people are forgoing medical care because of cost. What does ...

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That is perfectly all right with the Republicans because of people they represent can afford health care so why worry about anyone else. Dick Cheney is a good example of this he has a new heart ticking inside his chest ...
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Legs

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A broken leg doesn't get better if you have several houses, or no home at all. It needs medical care to be set no matter what the circumstances.-MRP

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U.S. Ranked 88th Most Peaceful Country in the World in 2012

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Homeless feeding bans: Well-meaning policy or war on the poor? - Los Angeles Times

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USA TODAYHomeless feeding bans: Well-meaning policy or war on the poor?
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Welfare debates must be wrestled away from obsessions with ...

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Rich Democracies, Poor People: How Politics Explain Poverty. David Brady. Oxford University Press USA. August 2009. Find this book: How is it possible that poverty still exists in societies of unprecedented wealth and means ...
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OpEdNews - Article: Single Payer: Moving Forward In The States

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Single payer remains the only common sense solution to our health care crisis -- no matter what the Supreme Court rules on the Affordable Care Act. The states continue to move forward. Vermont was first.

 

Minnesota!

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Healthcare, reproductive rights divide US, Canada in poll

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"The poll showed....The United States ranked sixth among the 19 countries in the Group of 20 economies, excluding the European Union economic grouping, in the global survey of 370 recognized gender specialists.

Germany, Britain, Australia and France followed Canada in that order, while India, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia polled the worst."

 

Lack of Universal coverage is adding to our problem....

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Kucinich: Medicare Trustees’ Annual Report Highlights Need for Single-Payer Solution

 

“Insurance companies make money by NOT providing health care. One out of every three of our health care dollars goes to activities other than providing care, like a massive lobbying effort to protect their profits."-Rep Kucinich

 

RT @RepKucinich: Single-payer is the solution America needs http://t.co/EgfvpYLu...

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Poverty in the USA is a scandal

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From BBC's "Being poor in America"

 

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A short film from the BBC looking at our country's poverty.

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Daily Kos: No CLASS Affordable Health Care for All Americans

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Recently a cache of letters to President Obama were found mislaid in one of the Postal Sorting Centers abandoned by the federal government. We are carefully reviewing these letters to ensure that ...
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Working Welfare Mom's Response to the GOP - "I'll Show You People Dignity"

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Above: 1 month of food (138lbs) for my family of 4, picked up today from a St. Paul, MN foodshelf.  Divided into 4 weeks of suppers = 1 can beans, peas, cup of rice 5 days per week, tomato sauce & rice on weekends, and lunches = 3 packs of sandwich meat, 3 cans of apple sauce, 2 jars of peanut butter, 2 packs of tortillas

 

by JESSICA ENGLISH

 

Sean Hannity recently said he has friends who live on rice and beans.  You gotta throw some fruits and veggies in, but he maintains a person can "survive" on the stuff.  Check out what I received from the foodshelf today, for the month of June, and ask if you're family of four could survive on it, three meals per day for a month.

 

Maybe you're not surprised that my cupboards aren't overflowing.  They are not, but I am thrilled at what we have received, so please don't misunderstand my motivation for this article.  I am grateful for the foodshelf, for its staff and volunteers, but obviously this is not enough for 3 healthful meals, for four people, for an entire month.  


One can see that our family will need more help to get through the summer.  Like many families, I had my children before the economic collapse.  Due to summer I have had to drastically cut my minimum wage hours to shifts I can pick up on Saturdays and Sundays, when the kids go to their dad's house.  

 

Fortunately, my application for foodstamps will probably go through by the end of the month.  However, there are many millionaires in Washington who fail to understand the needs of the poor during this economic crisis, especially the need to fund the foodstamp program.  They cut the foodstamp program to fund military budgets.

 

I think they do this because many still believe in the ideals that George W. Bush brought to the fore with his "compassionate conservatism" agenda.  The basic premise is to give large tax cuts to the rich, and reduce the government roll in providing programs for the poor, with the faith that the rich will fund local city and state charities, who will pick up the slack.  What many fail to realize is that monthly TANF payments to families have not risen since 1986, so local charities exist because even with the government programs, the poor need help to survive.  

 

If you weren't into politics in 2000, here is a NY Times article that highlighted the ideas and critics of the Bush policy. Allison Mitchell reported back in June, 2000, regarding Bush's compassionate conservatism ideals, "the 'compassionate conservative' platform Mr. Bush is running on today: tax incentives that he predicts will lead to an explosion of charitable giving; an emphasis on using religious institutions to deal with poverty, drug abuse and other social problems and a pledge to ''usher in the responsibility era,'' to replace the notion that ''if it feels good, do it.''

 

So, ten years of tax cuts behind us, and cuts to the foodstamp program ahead of us, how is it panning out at your local food pantry?  Is the local charity meeting the needs of the 1 out of 2 Americans who are low income or in poverty?  How much aid has flooded into your local charities from your local millionaires?  Have the poverty rates been driven down by the compassion fof the 1%?  Hardly.

 

George W. Bush had critics, at the time, within his own party, people who recognized the limits of local charities, reporter Allison Mitchell, again back in June 2000, "Arianna Huffington, once an acolyte of the Gingrich revolution who ran an organization with Mr. Olasky to promote such ideas, now counts herself a skeptic.

 

'How do you take what works and make sure it reaches enough people?' Ms. Huffington asks. 'Can that really be done without the raw power of government appropriations given that the private sector has not been forthcoming?' She said she once thought that if government were scaled back, the private sector would step forward. Instead, she realized 'how much easier it was raising money for the opera or a fashionable museum.'"

 

Welfare reform passed by Clinton in 1995 mandates that recipients WORK, search for a job, or attend retraining classes 30 hours per week.  I can personally attest that even if you are leaving an abusive situation, a recipient must work, or look for work (filling out worksheets) 30 hours per month.  

 

Yet, given Romney's statement about the poor needing to go to work in order to understand dignity, and Gingrich suggesting poor children clean schools so they can learn a work ethic, it seems that no one has informed the Republicans that Welfare to Work recipients are working.  Despite high unemployment (due in large part to banking fraud and bailouts) the GOP continues to perpetuate the idea that those who reach out for foodstamps and welfare checks are unwilling to work, are addicted to drugs, or living a hedonistic lifestyle.  Lies and misrepresentations that lead state and local governments to waste valuable legislative sessions and tax payer dollars passing measures to drug test those on welfare!  Lies and misrepresentations that gain the public's support for needed programs to be cut at a time of high need, while the 1% continues to help themselves and their corporations to designer tax breaks and "subsidy" giveaways diverted from taxpayer dollars meant for the common good.

 

My answer to the GOP:  Where is your compassion?  I am working, and I have worked almost every single day this year!  I would feel a hell of a lot more dignified if my work was worth more than poverty wages.  When will you and your media cronies quit lying about me!  I would have even more dignity if I didn't see my government forced to create, then cut, programs to subsidize my poverty wages... poverty wages offered by your corporate donors that maximize their profits by short-shrifting their employees and scooping up more tax breaks and government subsidies than ever before!


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Jessica English's comment, June 13, 2012 12:57 PM
Amen, Virginia! No worries about Saturday. Some of us are meeting this afternoon at 3:30pm at the St Paul City Council to support a measure that stands against corporate personhood. We are also having our next Coffee Party meeting at Coffee Grounds on July 7, Noon to 2pm, but I will message you so we can get together sooner. :)
Virginia Deoccupy Homelessness Simson's comment, June 13, 2012 1:43 PM
http://www.usuncutmn.blogspot.com/2012/06/citizens-united-and-montana-model.html Really, really needs to be read - written by former Ralph Nader attorney living in Northfield. Eric let it in Coffee Party News. I like SOME people in MTA, but they are barking up the wrong tree. I took the issue to Lori Swanson w/moveon and thanked her for signing on ... I go on trial tomorrow for the foreclosure action and am a bit riled ..
Deanna Dahlsad's comment, June 13, 2012 3:51 PM
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Everything is Up for Sale

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by ERIC W. DOLAN, The Raw Story

 

Harvard University professor Michael Sandel on Monday lamented that almost every aspect of life in the United States was being “sold off to the highest bidder.”

“A market economy is a tool, a valuable and effective tool, for organizing productive activity,” he said on PBS Newshour. “But a market society is a place where almost everything is up for sale. It’s a way of life where market values seep into almost every sphere of life, and sometimes crowd out or corrode important values, non-market values.”

 

In particular, Sandel condemned D.C.’s line-standing companies. The companies allow lobbyists and others to obtain seats at congressional hearings without having to wait in long lines. The hearings are supposed to be open to the public, but the line-standing companies make it harder for less privileged citizens to gain access to government. [MORE]


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How Canada's Health-Care Could Save the US - Philadelphia Magazine (blog)

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CBS NewsHow Canada's Health-Care Could Save the USPhiladelphia Magazine (blog)Which is why the time is now—as we sit and wait for the SCOTUS to rule on legislation nobody was actually happy with to begin with—to relight the torch for the...

Even conservatives can agree with these arguements, the author says...

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Saving on sky-high medical bills. More Tips

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Why Medical Travel. The report does not cover a “man-sized” portion of the savings pie; that traveling for treatment to a less expensive but equally qualified facility is also an enormous savings.

 

 More on seeking medical care AWAY from the US.

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Microbes

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Microbes don't care what your annual income is, or who your parents are when they infect you. When we get sick, we all need medical care.-MRP

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