Pope Francis has hit out at unbridled capitalism and the "cult of money", calling for ethical reform of the financial system to create a more humane society.
In an impassioned appeal, the Argentinian pontiff said politicians needed to be bold in tackling the root causes of the economic crisis, which he said lay in an acceptance of money's "power over ourselves and our society".
"We have created new idols," he said in a speech in the Vatican. "The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal."
It makes sense. If you improve the quantity – as well as the quality of care-centered communications, it is likely that patients will feel staff is more responsive, and better communication specifically about pain management and medications would increase those scores.
However, care-centered conversations can often lose out to administrative and transactional dialog leaving little time to build relationships, emphathize, and engage in other more affective communications with encouragement and coaching.
Another survey last week on communication, this one by Ponemon, found that outdated communications devices can make it harder to deliver effective patient care. AComputerWorld article notes: “Clinicians in the survey estimated that only 45% of each workday is spent with patients; the remaining 55% is spent communicating and collaborating with other clinicians and using EMRs and other clinical IT systems.”
I feel kind of sick hearing this. For ALL the people I know on food stamps, the $$ provided is not enough to eat regularly. You have supplement your food with food banks and/or charity dinners regularly to make it on that level of aid.
About half of United States adults ages 19 to 64 didn’t have health insurance for at least part of last year or were underinsured, a new report from the Commonwealth Fund says.
The fund, a private nonprofit organization that finances research into health care and health policy issues, conducts the health insurance survey every two years.
One bright spot, the report found, is that the proportion of young adults without health insurance fell significantly over the last two years, probably because of a provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26. The rule took effect in September 2010.
Nearly eight out of 10 (79 percent) young adults reported that they were insured, up from 69 percent in 2010. That marks “an abrupt reversal in a decadelong climb” in the number of uninsured young adults, the report said.
Uninsured rates for other age groups, however, either rose or stayed the same. About half of adults ages 19 to 64 didn’t have health insurance for all of 2012 or were underinsured, meaning that they had insurance but struggled to pay for medical costs anyway.
"Big money influences both parties, not because they are interested in advancing democratic decision-making but because they want their agenda passed. And, affluent and corporate interests are advancing an agenda that is not in step with what the majority of Americans want."
The co\u00adop movement is gaining steam, drawing from new energies and a renewed interest in the model.
Margaret Reeve Panahi's insight:
The movement is growing for democratically run businesses in our country. Coops can be very successful and very long lived operations with deep roots and support for the communities they are in. Sound good?
The federal budget is our budget. It affects our lives every day, from the roads we drive on to the health care we receive. It is personal and local – our taxes fund it, and our communities receive support through it in the form of grants and services.
The Faces of the Budget project tells the story of the federal budget through ordinary folks’ personal experience. We’re illustrating all the ways the federal budget touches people’s lives – and what they think about budget decisions being made in Washington D.C.
The Biggest "Takers" and Societal Parasites Are the Rich, Not the Working Class and Poor
Corporations Stopped Paying
In the past twenty years, corporate profits have quadrupled while the corporate tax percent has dropped by half. The payroll tax, paid by workers, has doubled.
In effect, corporations have decided to let middle-class workers pay for national investments that have largely benefited businesses over the years. The greater part of basic research, especially for technology and health care, has been conducted with government money. Even today 60% of university research is government-supported. Corporations use highways and shipping lanes and airports to ship their products, the FAA and TSA and Coast Guard and Department of Transportation to safeguard them, a nationwide energy grid to power their factories, and communications towers and satellites to conduct online business.
Yet as corporate profits surge and taxes plummet, our infrastructure is deteriorating. TheAmerican Society of Civil Engineers estimates that $3.63 trillion is needed over the next seven years to make the necessary repairs.