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Universal medical care, poverty in the USA, and some solutions
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With The American Dream Comes The Nightmare : NPR

With The American Dream Comes The Nightmare : NPR | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it

by LINTON WEEKS, NPR

 

Perhaps the tension between our waking dreams and nightmares is hyperheightened by our economic system. Does capitalism really make it possible for a maximum number of people to realize their dreams? Or does it work in the opposite fashion — and require a concomitant number of disasters?

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The Austerity Agenda

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by PAUL KRUGMAN, New York Times

 

So the austerity drive in Britain isn’t really about debt and deficits at all; it’s about using deficit panic as an excuse to dismantle social programs. And this is, of course, exactly the same thing that has been happening in America.

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Bill Clinton speaking today:

"“I can just hear it now Wednesday. All these people who poured all that money into this contest…will say ‘See, we got ‘em now. We’re going to break every union in America, we’re going to break every government in America, we’re going to stop worrying about the middle class. We don’t give a rip whether poor people get to work their way into it. We’ve got our way now. We’ve got it all. Divide and conquer works.”

“You tell ‘em ‘no’"

~Bill Clinton
Speaking today unequivocally in support of unions

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Springsteen lashes out at bankers in Berlin show | Reuters

Springsteen lashes out at bankers in Berlin show | Reuters | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it

By Erik Kirschbaum

 

BERLIN (Reuters) - Rocker Bruce Springsteen touched on a nerve of widespread discontent with the financiers and bankers at a Berlin concert on Wednesday, railing against them as "greedy thieves" and "robber barons."


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BREAKING: Wisconsin Official Ordered Bad Job Numbers Hidden Until After Recall Election

BREAKING: Wisconsin Official Ordered Bad Job Numbers Hidden Until After Recall Election | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it

by NICOLE DESAUTELS SCHULTE, Wisconsin Citizens Media Co-op

 

A source in the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has revealed the DWD Secretary Reggie Newson has ordered staff not to discuss new and disappointing data on jobs in Wisconsin until after the June 5th election. Reggie Newson’s assistant, Laurel Steinmeyer, said that Newson was “traveling to Milwaukee” and was unavailable for comment, and would not comment herself.

 

Asked directly for a comment, DWD spokesman John Dipko refused to answer and said he would follow up “later today.” He has not followed up, nor have any members of the DWD Media Relations Department returned any calls asking for comment.  [MORE]


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Oregon's Medicaid Experiment Represents A 'Defining Moment'

The federal government is giving the state almost $2 billion to overhaul the health system.

 

by KRISTIAN FODEN-VENCIL, Oregon Public Broadcasting

 

The things that Amy Vance does for James Prasad are pretty simple: She calls doctors with him, organizes his meds, and helps him keep tabs on his blood pressure, blood sugar and weight.

 

These simple things — and the relationship between a health coach like Vance and a chronically ill Medicaid patient like Prasad — are a big part of a $2 billion health care experiment in Oregon. 

 

Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat and a former emergency room doctor, has convinced the federal government that he has a way to make Medicaid treatment better, and cheaper, by completely changing the way the sickest people in Oregon get health care.

 

Here's how it will work: Each city, like Portland, Salem and Eugene, will have its own umbrella group for caring for the Medicaid population, known as a "coordinated care organization." Under these umbrellas will be most of the big hitters in the health sector: hospitals, doctors, mental health providers and dentists. [MORE]

 

 


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6 arrested during minimum wage protest in Albany

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Six Occupy Albany demonstrators were charged with misdemeanor trespassing in the Capitol on Thursday in a demonstration aimed at raising the minimum wage.
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Justice, Social Justice, Health, and Health Care, Part III

Justice, Social Justice, Health, and Health Care, Part III | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
Medicine and Social Justice will have periodic postings of my comments on issues related to, well, Medicine, and Social Justice, and Medicine and Social Justice. It will also look at Health, Workforce, health systems, and some ...
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House hopes to speed through bill funding veterans' medical care, disability ... - Washington Post

House hopes to speed through bill funding veterans' medical care, disability ... - Washington Post | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
News10.netHouse hopes to speed through bill funding veterans' medical care, disability ...Washington PostWASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House Thursday debated legislation to boost health care spending for veterans and funding to compensate...

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The Problem With Incrementalism-Counter Punch

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The Problem With IncrementalismCounterPunchWeisbart believes we need a single payer system. Get rid of the major health insurance corporations.
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Healthcare-NOW! - Single-payer health care would save billions for Massachusetts

By David U.Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler for the Boston Globe - The House and Senate health care proposals would set imaginary limits for spending...

 

They are renowned MD's on this subject...

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The Difference Between You And A Corporation

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Remember when average American citizens destroyed the global economy? Yeah, me neither.
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Report: US Has One Of The Highest Child Poverty Rates In The Developed World

Report: US Has One Of The Highest Child Poverty Rates In The Developed World | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it

By PAT GAROFALO, Think Progress - Economy

 

According to a new report from the Office of Research at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the U.S. has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the developed world. Of the 35 wealthy countries studied by UNICEF, only Romania has a child poverty rate higher than the 23 percent rate in the U.S.:

 

[The rate is] based on the definition of relative poverty used by the OECD. Under this definition, a child is deemed to be living in relative poverty if he or she is growing up in a household where disposable income, when adjusted for family size and composition, is less than 50% of the median disposable household income for the country concerned. By this standard, more than 15% of the 200 million children in the 35 countries listed in Figure 1b are seen to be living in relative poverty.

 

The top five positions in the league table are occupied by Iceland, Finland, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Norway (with Slovenia and Denmark close behind). All of these countries have relative child poverty rates below 7%. Another eight countries including two of the largest — Germany and France– have rates between 7% and 10%. A third group, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, post rates of between 10% and 15%. A further six, including populous Italy and Spain, show rates of between 15% and 20%. In only two countries are more than 20% of children living in relative poverty — Romania and the United States. [MORE]




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From The Price of Inequality: Joseph Stiglitz on the 1 Percent Problem

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In an adaptation from Joseph Stiglitz’s book, The Price of Inequality, the Nobel Prize–winning economist talks about the steep costs of inequity even among America’s upper echelons.
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Justice Department Demands Florida Stop Purging Voter Rolls

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By Ryan J. Reilly, TPM

 

The Justice Department sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner Thursday evening demanding the state cease purging its voting rolls because the process it is using has not been cleared under the Voting Rights Act, TPM has learned.

 

DOJ also said that Florida’s voter roll purge violated the National Voter Registration Act, which stipulates that voter roll maintenance should have ceased 90 days before an election, which given Florida’s August 14 primary, meant May 16.


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Georgia Tea Partiers And Progressives Unite To Demand Lobbying Reforms

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By Zaid Jilani, Republic Report

 

In July, Georgia’s Democratic and Republican Party voters will get a chance to tell their respective political parties that there needs to be lobbying reform.

 

Ballots for both parties will ask “questions about limiting the value of meals, tickets and other gifts lobbyists give to state legislators. The questions are nonbinding but will give policymakers insight into how voters feel about the issue.”

 

The Athens Banner-Herald and the Georgia Newspaper Partnership conducted a poll of Georgia voters last December asking them about lobbying reform. Here’s the key result:

 

Seventy-two percent of Georgia voters polled by the Banner-Herald and the Georgia Newspaper Partnership in December supported a cap on the value of lobbyist gifts, including 82 percent of Republicans. When asked whether gifts compromised lawmakers’ integrity, 73 percent said they do.

 

It appears that vast majority of Georgians of every political stripe want to see lobbyists’ gifts limited. Although there is currently no cap on the value of lobbyist gifts, grassroots activists are demanding reform. The progressive Common Cause group has teamed up with the Georgia Tea Party Patriots to demand that legislators pledge to take action on capping lobbyist gifts. 13 lawmakers or major challengers have signed this pledge.


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BREAKING: Federal Judge Blocks Florida Voter Suppression Law

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By Scott Keyes on May 31, 2012 at 5:10 pm, Think Progress

 

A federal judge blocked much of Florida’s year-old voter suppression law today as an unconstitutional infringement on speech and voting rights.

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In blocking the new law, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle wrote:

 

The statute and rule impose a harsh and impractical 48-hour deadline for an organization to deliver applications to a voter registration office and effectively prohibit an organization from mailing applications in. And the statute and rule impose burdensome record-keeping and reporting requirements that serve little if any purpose, thus rendering them unconstitutional even to the extent they do not violate the NVRA. [...]

 

The plaintiffs will suffer irreparable harm if an injunction is not issued, first because the denial of a right of this magnitude under circumstances like these almost always inflicts irreparable harm, and second because when a plaintiff loses an opportunity to register a voter, the opportunity is gone forever.

 

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One Man Army Bernie Sanders Goes To War With the Koch Brothers

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In response to the Koch Brothers’ plan to spend $400 million on Republican election campaigns, Sen. Bernie Sanders called out the Kochs and urged America to stand up against Citizens United.

 Go Senator Sanders!

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America Exceptionalism

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to commit to preserve America as the most egalitarian in the world, poverty eliminated, second to none, with no comparable egalitarianism anywhere in the world. Phrased in Romney style it still comes across as selfish.
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Legislature passes Debtor's Rights Act - Aledo Times Record

Legislature passes Debtor's Rights Act - Aledo Times Record | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
Legal News LineLegislature passes Debtor's Rights ActAledo Times RecordDebtors who have been victim to this practice typically owe outstanding medical bills, credit card debts or payday loans.

Didn't debtor's prison end during the time of Dickens?

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House debates abortion ban for sex of fetus - CNN

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PoliticoHouse debates abortion ban for sex of fetusCNN"Planned Parenthood opposes racism and sexism in all forms, and we work to advance equity and human rights in the delivery of health care," said spokeswoman Leslie Kantor.

 

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Ill. lawmakers cut $1.6B from Medicaid spending

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The Illinois legislature approved $1.6 billion in Medicaid spending reductions, including $240 million in cuts to hospitals and nursing homes.

 

Cruel. The war in the poor is intensifying.

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