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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Why A Staggering Number Of White Working-Class Americans Are Succumbing To ‘Deaths of Despair’

In 2015, Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton released a bombshell study that revealed a dramatic rise in mortality among non-Hispanic, middle-aged white people in the United States. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, their paper found that the increase in deaths among middle-aged white Americans between 1999 and 2013 is “comparable to lives lost in the U.S. AIDS epidemic through mid-2015.”

March 26, 2017
GOP Disaster as Trump Ryan pull bill

Trumps’ Obamacare Fail: What’s Next?

The House GOP ultimately opted to pull the bill from the floor rather than hold a scheduled vote and suffer an embarrassing defeat. The result was still humiliating for Republicans in Congress, who’ve been promising they could produce a better plan for healthcare for seven years. The bill’s failure may be even more humiliating for the president, a self-styled master dealmaker whom Spicer noted had been “calling members as early as six in the morning and going to 11 o’clock at night the last several nights,” pleading with them to support the proposal.

March 25, 2017

On Health Reform, Democrats And Republicans Don’t Speak The Same Language

Though Republicans control both houses of Congress, many have stayed silent, at least on their websites. Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican, put out a press release last week about a study of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico, but nothing on health care. (You can see all of the statements in ProPublica’s Represent news app, which tracks votes and statements by members of Congress.)

Among members of the House, where the action is now focused, about 46 percent of Republicans have issued statements about health care reform from the start of the Trump administration to this week. Among Democrats, 67 percent.

March 23, 2017
fight over essential benefits delays Trumpcare vote

We Fact-Checked Lawmakers’ Letters To Constituents On Health Care

As the debate to repeal the law heats up in Congress, constituents are flooding their representatives with notes of support or concern, and the lawmakers are responding, sometimes with form letters that are misleading. A review of more than 200 such letters by ProPublica and its partners at Kaiser Health News, Stat and Vox, found dozens of errors and mischaracterizations about the ACA and its proposed replacement. The legislators have cited wrong statistics, conflated health care terms and made statements that don’t stand up to verification.

March 22, 2017

Should Your Insurance Company Pay For Medical Marijuana? Judges Are Starting To Rule That Way

“Opiates can shut down breathing (whereas) marijuana cannabinoids won’t….Marijuana does not affect the mid-brain. The mid-brain is critical in controlling respiration, heart rate, many of the life-preserving elements,” Tobe said, according to an excerpt of his testimony included in the opinion Judge French issued last month.

March 20, 2017
Paul Ryan re-election, Trumpcare

Trumpcare: The Numbers Don’t Add Up For The Poor

At a press conference, Speaker Paul Ryan called the GOP health care bill “an act of mercy.” For the most vulnerable, that characterization is ironic at best.

March 13, 2017
Trump EPA nominee Scott Pruitt

Like Phosphorus In Your Water? With Trump’s EPA, You’re In Luck!

Polluters have been whining about the EPA since it was signed into existence 47 years ago by that radical environmentalist Richard Nixon. Conflict was inevitable, and the EPA has been regularly vilified for meddling in local matters.

March 13, 2017
Trumpcare, Health Care, Republicans, Trump/Ryan, Middle Class, Safety Net, GOP

GOP Health Care Bill Recycles Tired Moralizing Of The Poor

The AHCA is rightly being derided as a cruddy facsimile of Obamacare that massively shifts wealth from the lowest income brackets to the highest. The rationales for foisting this botch on the not-so-well-to-do are grounded in that old conservative disposition to blame the poor for their poverty.

March 13, 2017
Sean Spicer, White House, Lies

White House Delegitimizes Anything That Gets In The Way Of Its Propaganda

The press. Government employees. Non-partisan government agencies helmed by Republicans. All of them are now being portrayed by the administration as unworthy of the public trust, because they put out information damaging to the president.

March 11, 2017
Joe Kennedy

#EndorseThis: Joe Kennedy III Calls Out GOP Hypocrisy

Honing in on Speaker Paul Ryan’s claim that the House bill is “an act of mercy,” Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) set out to expose the obvious hypocrisy in a party that claims to have the best interest of the working-class at heart.

March 10, 2017
Trump, Mexico, Wall, Tax, House

House Committee Approves ‘Trumpcare’ Bill Without Knowing Its Cost

Although the Congressional Budget Office hasn’t scored the Republican plan, the Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that repealing the ACA’s taxes will cost roughly $600 billion through 2026 and nearly $700 billion through 2027. More than half of the tax-cut benefits would flow to people earning more than $1 million a year.

March 10, 2017
Health Care, Obamacare

Better And Cheaper Health Coverage? Not Very Likely

Trump managed to persuade a lot of those white Americans that he would give them better and cheaper health insurance. That’s not going to happen. Trump was too smart to ridicule the have-nots while he was on the campaign trail, but his policies are still going to give them the shaft.

March 10, 2017
Trump, Mentally Ill

What Should We Do About A Mentally Ill President?

It’s time to face up to the obvious: The President of the United States is deranged. He is pathologically addicted to lying, bizarrely repeating his most blatant fabrications even after they’ve been totally debunked.

March 10, 2017
Abortion, Planned Parenthood

GOP Infatuation With Defunding Planned Parenthood Could Exact Heavy Price

The GOP may pay a price for gutting Planned Parenthood, but the price will surely be higher if they foul up health care reform. If the Republicans mess this up, they will suffer, big league.

March 9, 2017
Conservatives, Bill Kristol, Obamacare

#EndorseThis: Incredulous Conservatives Denounce GOP Obamacare Repeal

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, neoconservative pundit Bill Kristol berated the Republican Party for rushing through an unpopular bill that has already faced brutal condemnation from the American Medical Association. At the end of the segment, Kristol predicted that the GOP bill is “going to fall apart and there will not be a vote.”

March 9, 2017
Shep Smith

Fox’s Shep Smith Slams GOP’s Rushed Obamacare Alternative

During an interview with Congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA), Fox News’ Shep Smith slammed the Republicans for pushing through an alternative to Obamacare before knowing how the Congressional Budget Office scores the new GOP plan.

March 8, 2017
Price, HHS, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act

GOP Obamacare Replacement Bill Appears Dead On Arrival

Repealing Obamacare was Republicans’ biggest campaign pledge for years, but the long-awaited bill to repeal the landmark legislation faces fierce intra-party opposition from conservatives who say it doesn’t go far enough — and they have the votes to stop it in the Senate.

March 8, 2017
Obamacare, GOP repeal

Obamacare 2.0: What’s In The House Republicans’ Replacement Plan?

House Republicans have finally unveiled legislation to repeal and — just as important — replace the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare is pretty complex. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that what the GOP is proposing in its place has a few knotty details.

March 7, 2017
Trumpcare, Health Care, Republicans, Trump/Ryan, Middle Class, Safety Net, GOP

Here’s Why Republicans Have No Idea What They’re Doing

The Republican Party spent the last 8 years being the party of opposition. Now, when it comes to crafting policy rather than opposing the Democrats, the Republican Party has no idea what it’s doing.

March 7, 2017
Obamacare

Poll: Most Americans Want To Fix Obamacare — Not End It

Fully 68 percent of Americans want to keep what works and fix the rest, while just 32 percent prefer the GOP’s repeal and replace approach, according to polling from Hart Research.

March 7, 2017
Paul Ryan, ACA, Obamacare

GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Would Steer More Financial Assistance To The Wealthy

This week, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee are expected to vote on GOP repeal measures that would provide flat tax credits to all who purchase individual health insurance, regardless of their income.

March 7, 2017
Equal Rights

Why It’s Time To Revive The Equal Rights Amendment

If women were considered full equals, if they had the Constitution firmly behind them, the nation would not have seen fit to elect a man with heinously backward views of women.

March 4, 2017
Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood: Quality Health Care For All Women

Off I went to Planned Parenthood, which accepted my insurance and treated me as if I were not invisible. They’re dangerous that way, those people, insisting on seeing us for who we are and filling us with ideas of how we still matter. I can see why right-wingers get alarmed.

March 2, 2017
Obamacare

GOP Obamacare Replacement Plan: Less Financial Help, More Expensive Coverage

A new analysis on Wednesday from the Kaiser Family Foundation projects that the HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace’s average premium subsidy — which people use to help purchase coverage — would shrink by at least 36 percent in 2020 under GOP proposals being considered.

March 2, 2017
Christian

Life Inside Alabama’s Sadistic Christian Bootcamp

Today, in the United States, there is a multibillion-dollar industry for residential treatment—one that sells an illusory promise to desperate parents: Your children’s addictions and mental health problems can be cured with a relatively quick (and usually expensive) fix.

March 2, 2017