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WHO | Climate change and health

WHO fact sheet on climate change and health: provides key facts, patterns of infection, measuring health effects and WHO response.
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Here are details about how climate change will affect health. It's true that some changes in climate are cyclical, but the changes detailed in this report are different. Please share with loved ones and colleagues, and read the report The Risky Business Project released today.

 
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Medicaid madness:"Look-back" period creates financial hardship for many Americans - DailyFinance

Medicaid madness:"Look-back" period creates financial hardship for many Americans - DailyFinance | Public Policy for a Real World | Scoop.it
When Dan Callahan, a public relations professional from Missouri, learned in 2003 that the Medicaid qualifications were going to get tougher, he and his

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A Certified Elder Law Attorney might be able to help you keep more of your money. Find one near you at nelf.org.

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The stripping away of the dignity of an individual and their family by demanding poverty to receive care is a sentence to hell on earth.

 

Those not rich must give everything they ever gained in life away while they are healthy and before they fall ill or have everything seized and taken from them but about 5 pieces of clothing and half a room with a bed. This IS the fate, the sentence, and the penalty of ordinary elderly Americans of average means. If that makes you afraid to grow old or sick…Well it should scare you because it IS a scary nightmare and that is why we NEED TO FIX IT!!

 

Many elderly loose their wealth through blundering or thievery of family or others, including legal advisers, they entrust it to early. But if they do not give it away early enough they must completely impoverish themselves and basically become owned by the medical system and/or wait to die. They must pay all they have to the medical system then wait to die or give it to someone they think they can trust with it if they don't require medical help and are lucky enough to die quickly in their own bed all of a sudden. Those that sign everything over to family sometimes find they lose their life long earnings because that family member runs into hardship and all is still lost. The family in hardship might be young enough to recover but the old or sick do not have that hope.

 

. The old or sick cannot wait too long to sign everything over to the family that could be their only option to live with or seek help from other than the street. Those that fail to hoard enough wealth during their life time must accept a fate worse than many murderers, Wall Street embezzlers, or at least they must accept the same sentence as those that do evil deeds as a price one must pay for living to become old or failing to stay healthy. Woe to the one that outlives the family...That person must be very rich or stay healthy not to become the property of the state before death. Maybe the Republicans can give that person a shoestring....If it sounds like I’m blaming Republicans…well, they did win that fight and they were proud of it, so I am blaming them.

 

The first fight Obama caved in on was the provision in the affordable healthcare act that would have prevented people from becoming bankrupt and impoverished due to sickness or living too long and becoming old and needy. Even temporary illness in old age can cause one to lose everything fast and permanently. The Republicans went after the ill and the old first ensuring this fate was held in place for them.

 

We need to put that protection from total poverty due to illness or sickness back into the Affordable Care Act and soon! I know families that are forced to give up even their handicapped children to the state or impoverish the whole family to receive care for that child. I know parents that join the military because they have family members who would not be able to get care with most family plans without bankrupting the family or might in fact otherwise die if the parent did not join the military for medical care. 

 

The Republicans also attacked the "death panels" that would have been legal advisors that would have been made affordable or maybe even hired as public servants to guide the ill and aging through this legal maze of being old or very sick. This might have been put in place as a public service to all, rich and poor. This was the second fight Obama gave up on and the other fight all of us need to take back up, win and restore to the Affordable Care Act.

 

Most families find out all this only when it is too late and most families don't have family lawyers unless they are very rich or have a family business... Many don't know whom to turn to and turning to the wrong lawyer can actually kill you or leave you worried and fretting till you die from that. What are the odds of any of Americans becoming old or sick? This mattered and still does matter to every one of us. The stripping away of the dignity of an individual and their family by demanding poverty to receive care is a sentence to hell on earth.

 

 

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Clueless Budget Cuts Increase Health Care Costs

Clueless Budget Cuts Increase Health Care Costs | Public Policy for a Real World | Scoop.it
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Unemployed and underemployed people who have poor health qualify for disability payments. Short-sighted cuts lead to higher expenses down the road.

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BREAKING: U.S. appeals court tosses injunction limiting indefinite detention

BREAKING: U.S. appeals court tosses injunction limiting indefinite detention | Public Policy for a Real World | Scoop.it

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The provision in question is part of the National Defense Authorization Act, which the U.S. Congress passes annually to authorize programs of the Defense Department.

 

It lets the government indefinitely detain people it deems to have "substantially supported" al Qaeda, the Taliban or "associated forces."

 

Journalists and activists whose work relates to overseas conflicts, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges and an Icelandic spokeswoman for Wikileaks, complained that the law could subject them to being locked up for exercising constitutionally-protected rights.

 

In September 2012, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest issued a permanent injunction preventing the United States from invoking the part of the law authorizing indefinite detentions, after granting a temporary injunction in May.

 

Forrest, whom Obama appointed to the federal bench in 2011, had found the provision violated the Constitution in part because its language is too vague.


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No, The United States Will Not Go Into A Debt Crisis, Not Now, Not Ever

No, The United States Will Not Go Into A Debt Crisis, Not Now, Not Ever | Public Policy for a Real World | Scoop.it

(If you read the headline and thought "Well, yeah"--feel free to skip this post.) If there's one article of faith in Washington (and elsewhere), it's the idea that the United States might get into a debt crisis if it doesn’t get its fiscal house in order.     Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, Contributor to Forbes


With headlines screaming about the fiscal cliff, I thought a reminder about the illusion of our monetary system was in order.  ~Debilyn


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Cancer Survivor or Victim of Overdiagnosis?

Cancer Survivor or Victim of Overdiagnosis? | Public Policy for a Real World | Scoop.it

"For decades women' have been told that one of the most important things they can do to protect their health is to have regular mammograms. But over the past few years, it’s become increasingly clear that these screenings are not all they’re cracked up to be." 

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Solving the Six-Billion Dollar Problem

Solving the Six-Billion Dollar Problem | Public Policy for a Real World | Scoop.it

Nick Nyhart, co-founder, President and CEO of Public Campaign, discusses the potential solutions to the $6 billion dollar (big money in politics) problem.

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Obama Administration Set to Sponsor Two National Health Insurance Options

Obama Administration Set to Sponsor Two National Health Insurance Options | Public Policy for a Real World | Scoop.it
The national plans will compete directly with other private insurers and may have some significant advantages, including a federal seal of approval.
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Citizens Actually United: The Bi-Partisan Opposition to Corporate Political Spending And Support for Common Sense Reform | Demos

Citizens Actually United: The Bi-Partisan Opposition to Corporate Political Spending And Support for Common Sense Reform | Demos | Public Policy for a Real World | Scoop.it
A policy and advocacy center producing research, policy proposals, strategic litigation, and commentary at the intersection of government, the economy and democracy. Publishes PolicyShop.net and supports the next generation of progressive leaders.
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Introducing the Government by the People Act

Introducing the Government by the People Act | Public Policy for a Real World | Scoop.it

by Emma Boorboor, US PIRG

 

WASHINGTON - February 5 - U.S. PIRG proudly endorses the Government By the People Act, legislation introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives that would put ordinary Americans back in charge of our elections.

 

The bill, H.R. 20, sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes (MD), would allow candidates to run for office by relying on a large number of small donations from people back home.

 

“It’s time we return to government of, by, and for the people, not special interests,” said Emma Boorboor, Democracy Associate with U.S. PIRG. “The Government By the People Act would reduce Congress’ dependence on big money campaign donors and help ordinary citizens get their voice heard.”

 

A recent report by U.S. PIRG and Demos found that the current post-Citizens United election system allows large donors to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens. In fact, in 2012 the top 32 donors to Super PACs spent as much money as every single small donation to Obama and Romney combined, equaling the gifts of over 3.7 million Americans.

 

The Government By the People Act would change the way our elections are financed through a combination of matching funds for small donations, and a “My Voice” tax credit. Instead of relying on Wall Street executives or lobbyists, participating candidates would rely on the ones the founding fathers intended them to represent: we the people. Here’s how it would work:

 

People would be encouraged to give small contributions through two parts of the proposal: first, contributions of under $150 would be amplified on a six-to-one basis by a newly-created “Freedom from Influence Fund.” No large contributions would be matched at all.Second, the first $25 dollars people contribute would qualify for a “My Voice” refundable tax credit.

“The American people deserve a political system that makes sure all of our voices are heard, not just special interests that can afford to spend the most,” said Boorboor. “This legislation will help to make that a reality."


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The Government By the People Act would change the way our elections are financed through a combination of matching funds for small donations, and a “My Voice” tax credit. Instead of relying on Wall Street executives or lobbyists, participating candidates would rely on the ones the founding fathers intended them to represent: we the people.

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WASHINGTON - February 5 - U.S. PIRG proudly endorses the Government By the People Act, legislation introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives that would put ordinary Americans back in charge of our elections.

The bill, H.R. 20, sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes (MD), would allow candidates to run for office by relying on a large number of small donations from people back home.

“It’s time we return to government of, by, and for the people, not special interests,” said Emma Boorboor, Democracy Associate with U.S. PIRG. “The Government By the People Act would reduce Congress’ dependence on big money campaign donors and help ordinary citizens get their voice heard.”

A recent report by U.S. PIRG and Demos found that the current post-Citizens United election system allows large donors to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens. In fact, in 2012 the top 32 donors to Super PACs spent as much money as every single small donation to Obama and Romney combined, equaling the gifts of over 3.7 million Americans.

The Government By the People Act would change the way our elections are financed through a combination of matching funds for small donations, and a “My Voice” tax credit. Instead of relying on Wall Street executives or lobbyists, participating candidates would rely on the ones the founding fathers intended them to represent: we the people. Here’s how it would work:

  • People would be encouraged to give small contributions through two parts of the proposal: first, contributions of under $150 would be amplified on a six-to-one basis by a newly-created “Freedom from Influence Fund.” No large contributions would be matched at all.
  • Second, the first $25 dollars people contribute would qualify for a “My Voice” refundable tax credit.

“The American people deserve a political system that makes sure all of our voices are heard, not just special interests that can afford to spend the most,” said Boorboor. “This legislation will help to make that a reality.”

Learn more about the Government By the People Act at: www.ofby.us

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U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitols across the country, we take on the special interests on issues, such as product safety,political corruption, prescription drugs and voting rights,where these interests stand in the way of reform and progress.

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Contact your Congress person and ask them to support the Government By the People Act.


Learn more about the Government By the People Act.

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Why It’s Time To Start Talking About Reforming, Not Repealing, Obamacare

Why It’s Time To Start Talking About Reforming, Not Repealing, Obamacare | Public Policy for a Real World | Scoop.it
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Repeal is a fantasy. Reform is the task ahead. 

 
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How to Reduce the National Debt Without Killing People (Update 3)

How to Reduce the National Debt Without Killing People (Update 3) | Public Policy for a Real World | Scoop.it
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When we have jobs and policies that support health, the debt will slowly die from natural causes. Our leaders can't develop sensible solutions overnight.

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When the Doctor Is Not Needed

When the Doctor Is Not Needed | Public Policy for a Real World | Scoop.it
Well-trained health care workers can do some jobs as well or better, and for much less money.
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House Republicans Push High-Skill Green Cards To Immigrants with Advanced Degrees | Latino Times

House Republicans Push High-Skill Green Cards To Immigrants with Advanced Degrees | Latino Times | Public Policy for a Real World | Scoop.it

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In the first test of a new political climate on immigration reform, the lame-duck House of Representatives is renewing a push to eliminate America's random visa lottery and replace it with a bill favored by thousands of Silicon Valley immigrant workers: one that would give green cards to foreigners with advanced U.S. degrees in science, engineering and math.

 

House Republicans say they are wasting no time putting the bill up for a Friday vote after a similar measure failed in September. The maneuver follows a vigorous debate in the conservative movement over how to warm up to a growing Latino and Asian-American electorate that was pivotal in re-electing President Barack Obama.

Republicans are even adding a provision they once opposed to allow the spouses and minor children of legal immigrants to join their family members in the United States instead of waiting for years in their home countries.

 

The election "put a spotlight on immigration issues," said Brian Berg, head of the Silicon Valley chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, which supports the GOP approach. "While this is not a comprehensive immigration bill, it's certainly a very important one."

 

Some Democrats, however, are deriding the new push as a deceptively limited measure that will pass the GOP-led House but fail in the Senate, where majority Democrats would be reluctant to give the GOP what it wants now because it needs conservative votes to enact broader reforms next year. [MORE]

 


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New finance tax for 10 EU states

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The European Commission backs plans from 10 countries to launch a financial transactions tax to help raise funds to tackle the debt crisis.
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Strategies: 8 Ways Obama Can Help Small Businesses

Strategies: 8 Ways Obama Can Help Small Businesses | Public Policy for a Real World | Scoop.it
With the election over, now it's time to put policies and some money to work for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Eight strategy ideas.
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Health Care Waste Deconstructed: Patients Aren't the Problem

Health Care Waste Deconstructed: Patients Aren't the Problem | Public Policy for a Real World | Scoop.it
The bottom line is that there is already enough money in the system to more than adequately cover everybody.
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Romney Praises Israel's Socialized Health Care System | BuzzFeed

Romney Praises Israel's Socialized Health Care System | BuzzFeed | Public Policy for a Real World | Scoop.it
No to ObamaCare, but Israel's mandate is working, Romney says.

 

By Zeke Miller, BuzzFeed

 

JERUSALEM - Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney offered praise for the Israeli health care system today - a medical plan that has been socialized since its founding in 1948.

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Rights of the Insured under the National Health Insurance Law:

-Every Israeli citizen is entitled to health care services under the National Health Insurance Law.
-Every resident has a right to register as a member of an HMO of his/her choice, free of any preconditions or limitations stemming from his/her age or the state of his/her health.
-Every resident has a right to receive, via the HMO of which he or she is a member, all of the services included in the medical services basket, subject to medical discretion, and at a reasonable quality level, within a reasonable period of time and at a reasonable distance from his/her home.
-Each member has a right to receive the health services while preserving the member’s dignity, privacy and medical confidentiality.
-Every Israeli resident has the right to transfer from one HMO to another.
-Each member has a right to select the service providers, such as doctors, caregivers, therapists, hospitals and institutes, from within a list of service providers who have entered into an agreement with the HMO to which the member belongs, and within the arrangements in place for the selection of the service providers, and which the HMO publishes from time to time.
-Each member has a right to know which hospitals and institutes, and other service providers, are included in the agreement with the HMO, and what are the selection processes at the HMO.
-Each member has a right to see and to receive a copy of the HMO regulations.
-Each resident has a right to receive from the HMO complete information concerning the payment arrangements in place in the HMO for health services as well as the HMO’s plans offered for additional health services (CIP).
-Each member has a right to complain with the Public Inquiries commissioner at the medical institute that treated the member, to the person in charge of investigating member complaints at the HMO of which s/he is a member, or to the complaints commissioner for the national health insurance law in the Ministry of Health.
-Each member has a right to file suit at the district labor court.

 

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