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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Is There Formaldehyde In Your Nail Polish?

Scott Pruitt’s EPA is said to be sitting on a study that concludes—for the second time—that formaldehyde causes leukemia.

May 26, 2018
Obamacare, Blue States, Health Care

Why Your Health Insurer Doesn’t Care About Big Hospital Bills

Patients may think their insurers are fighting on their behalf for the best prices. But saving patients money is often not their top priority. Just ask Michael Frank.

May 26, 2018

Trump Appointees Weaken Worker Protections At Construction And Shipyard Sites

Trump’s OSHA has started enforcing a watered-down safety standard on beryllium, a toxic metal that slowly damages the lungs and kills about 100 people a year.

May 21, 2018

Trump’s Brazen New Assault On Children’s Health Coverage

In the administration of President Donald J. Trump, truth is scarce, discipline is weak, and old-fashioned virtues such as modesty have gone into hiding. Cynicism, however, flourishes.

May 13, 2018

The Lethal Success Of Pain Pill Restrictions

In a speech on Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department is striving to “bring down” both “opioid prescriptions” and “overdose deaths.”

May 13, 2018
Trump, Media

With New Ebola Outbreak, Trump Cripples Global Health Security Team

As a new Ebola outbreak was declared on Tuesday, Trump called to rescind emergency outbreak funding and the White House abruptly disbanded its global health security team.

May 13, 2018
Trump, Obamacare, Congress

Nobel-Winning Doctors’ Group Denounces Trump Pharma Plan

The international humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders issued a stinging rebuke of Trump’s plan to address prescription drug costs by pandering to the pharmaceutical industry.

May 12, 2018

Louisiana Republicans Preparing To Evict 20,000 Nursing Home Residents, Shut Hospitals

Republicans in Louisiana would rather shut down nursing homes, kicking 20,000 elderly residents onto the streets, than raise taxes.

May 10, 2018
Trump VOA

Trump Says Paralympics ‘Tough To Watch’, Sparking Outrage

“What happened with the Paralympics was so incredible and so inspiring to me,” Trump said. But then he continued: “And I watched — it’s a little tough to watch too much, but I watched as much as I could.” As Bustle noted, these remarks prompted outrage on Twitter.

April 28, 2018
Paul Ryan,Mac Thornberry

Republicans Promise To Slash Medicare And Social Security — But Keep Tax Cuts

“A Framework for Unified Conservatism,” the proposal from the Republican Study Committee (RSC), a coalition of more than 100 conservative House Republicans, comes as the party faces the prospect of losing seats because of the unpopularity of the Trump administration.

April 26, 2018
Our Revolution

Bernie The Good Versus Bernie The Bad

Here is Bernie at his best — blunt and colorful, the senator from Vermont whom Sunday talk shows love to book. Here is the unapologetic progressive who speaks plainly on the economic plight of working Americans. And unlike so many self-defeating Democrats, Sanders does not divide them by color, gender or sexual identity. He recognizes that “white” is not synonymous with “rich and privileged.”

April 24, 2018
jim and demarco

Learning From DeMarco

She’s been a teacher, a leader of public interest groups, an investigative journalist, the author of three books, a government official, a public policy innovator and a mentor, as well as a lifelong champion of economic fairness, social justice and equal opportunity for all. In other words, as one activist put it, “she’s a firecracker.”

April 16, 2018

Overdose Deaths Are The Product Of Drug Prohibition

So it was a tragedy but not a total surprise when three deaths were reported in Illinois from synthetic marijuana laced with an ingredient (possibly rat poison) that caused severe bleeding. Nationally, in 2015, says the Drug Policy Alliance, “poison control centers received just under 10,000 calls reporting adverse reactions to synthetic cannabinoids, and emergency rooms received tens of thousands of patients.”

April 15, 2018

In Midterm, Republicans Abandon Obamacare Repeal

Republicans have abandoned repeal of Obamacare as part of their electoral arsenal, reflecting the utter failure of their past efforts. Since its passage, the GOP has told voters that if they took control they would “repeal and replace” the law that has helped millions to gain health insurance.

April 15, 2018

Nevada GOP Senator: ‘We’ll Repeal Obamacare’

Nevada Republican Dean Heller is in an incredibly tough fight to keep his Senate seat, and his new election promise to destroy health care isn’t likely to help him. During a private luncheon at the Nevada Republican Men’s club, Heller re-upped the incredibly tired vow to repeal Obamacare.

April 7, 2018
Marijuana, National News, Decriminalization, Drugs, Smoking, Pot, Weed, Legalization, States

Studies Show Legal Marijuana Reduces Opioid Mortality

In the first study, investigators from the University of Kentucky and Emory University assessed the relationship between medical and adult-use marijuana laws and opioid prescribing patterns among Medicaid enrollees nationwide. Enrollees included all Medicaid fee-for-service and managed care enrollees—a high-risk population for chronic pain, opioid use disorder, and opioid overdose.

April 5, 2018
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the media regarding donations to veterans foundations at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Don’t Let Trump Betray Veterans

If those were causes for dismissal in the Trump administration, nearly his entire cabinet would have been replaced by now. That tweet signaling the removal of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin — an Obama administration holdover widely regarded as one of the few able appointees in the cabinet — wasn’t provoked by any such offense.

April 3, 2018

Austerity’s Ghost: How Pete Peterson Will Keep Haunting Out Future

Peter G. “Pete” Peterson, the billionaire businessman and anti-government crusader, died last week at the age of 91. He leaves behind family and friends who will miss him, and a vast coterie of consultants and politicians who may miss his checks even more. They can take comfort from the words of Percy Bysshe Shelley: “He doth not sleep/he hath awakened from the dream of life …”

March 27, 2018
Trump, Ethics, Terrorism

Trump’s Cronies Protect You By Wasting Your Money

It is difficult to catalog the ways in which President Donald J. Trump and his minions are damaging the fabric of American civic life simply because there are so many, large and small. He and his crew have normalized behaviors that have been judged out of bounds throughout our history, so that we no longer even notice some outrages that would have dominated headlines just a year or two ago.

March 21, 2018

White House Curtails Support For Injured Nuke Workers

Obama created an advisory board to be composed of scientists, doctors and worker advocates. Their recommendations have led to significant changes, including the repeal of a rule that made it more difficult for workers who’d been injured in the last two decades to get compensation. President Donald Trump and his administration have taken a different approach: His Labor Department has let nearly all of the board member’s terms expire — and so far hasn’t nominated new ones.

March 10, 2018

Taxpayers—Not Big Pharma—Have Funded The Research Behind Every New Drug Since 2010

Trump’s original spending proposal for fiscal year 2019, released last month, included major cuts to not just to the NIH, but the National Science Foundation as well. It is those two publicly funded entities—not Big Pharma—that support the bulk of the country’s basic research into diseases and pathways to new treatments.

March 4, 2018

The Disgraceful Twilight Of ‘Dumbass’ Orrin Hatch

Retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) revealed his shocking contempt for the American people at a meeting of the corporate-backed American Enterprise Institute to discuss the supposedly beneficial effects of the GOP tax scam. “We also finally did away with the individual mandate tax that was established under that wonderful bill called Obamacare,”

March 2, 2018

Trump’s Budget Doubles Down On The Drug War

The Trump administration released its proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget Monday, and it looks like a return to last century’s failed law-and-order drug war policies. While paying lip service to the nation’s opioid crisis, the administration shows its priorities by asking for more money for Trump’s quixotic border wall than to actually address opioids.

February 14, 2018

Americans Are Dying Because They Can’t Afford Medicine

A 38-year-old second-grade teacher and mom in Texas died of the flu this week after she’d delayed picking up her prescription medication because couldn’t afford the $116 copay. By Friday night, Heather Holland’s condition had worsened and she was taken to the hospital. She died Sunday morning.

February 13, 2018

Trump’s Drug War Rhetoric Masks Inaction On Opioid Crisis

The omens are not good. In a pair of speeches this week, the president and his attorney general made some very menacing comments about drug policy. While their last-century drug warrior rhetoric has not, for the most part, translated into regressive, repressive drug policy prescriptions—yet—it’s probably not safe to assume that will continue to be the case.

February 12, 2018