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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Contraception Benefit Rollback Signals A Swelling Misogyny

Reprinted with permission from Uexpress.

Margaret Atwood’s 1986 novel fantasizing a theocratic coup in the United States, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. The book rocketed to the top of best-seller lists shortly after the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, and last spring, Hulu, the streaming service, launched a 10-episode adaptation.

Like George Orwell’s “1984,” Atwood’s chilling dystopia is newly relevant in a strange era of autocratic impulses and retrogressive policies. Now that Trump has rescinded another key benefit of Obamacare, the requirement that companies provide health insurance that guarantees birth control for their employees, a future in which fertile young women are enslaved as reproductive vessels seems less outlandish.…

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Trump’s Long History Of Holding Health Care Hostage

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

The story of Donald Trump and health coverage rightly starts with the story of Donald Trump and William Trump.

William was born in 1999, fighting for his life. He suffered seizures, and his breathing stopped twice. William’s medical bills were enormous. That’s when Donald tried to remove the infant from the Trump family health plan.

Why? Retaliation against his nephew (William’s father) for challenging the will of Fred Sr. It seems the Trump patriarch had left the family of one son — Donald’s deceased brother, Fred Jr. — largely out of his estate. Any part Donald may have played in nudging the elderly Fred Sr.…

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