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The future of the Affordable Care Act and comprehensive health care coverage remains uncertain nationally. Republicans have made multiple attempts to repeal all or part of the law, and President Trump cut the advertising budget for the last open-enrollment period, although enrollment numbers were still higher than expected, as PBS reported in December. Amid these […]

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Kiss What Is Left of Your Medical Data Privacy Goodbye

January 8, 2019           |                                       

Trump’s Racist Language of Pollution Drives His Neoliberal Fascism Protecting Undocumented Victims of Abuse: Does Hope Lie in Legislative History? States Lead the Way on Retirement Policy Senators Push Bill to Punish Boycotts of Israel Amid Shutdown Will the Supreme Court Keep LGBTQ Workers From Being Fired? Medicaid Patients Suffer as Layers of Private Companies […]

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Health Care Sign-Ups Lag as Saturday Deadline Looms

December 12, 2018           |                                       

WASHINGTON — With just days left to enroll, fewer people are signing up for the Affordable Care Act, even though premiums are stable, more plans are available and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help. Barring an enrollment surge, the nation’s uninsured rate could edge up again after a yearslong coverage expansion that […]

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It’s time for a reality check when it comes to universal healthcare. Usually, that means those with an idealistic vision of equity and justice must give it up in favor a more achievable program. But in this case, the reality of what’s achievable exceeds the low expectations and compromises that have for decades limited the […]

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The Trump administration is engaged in a massive deception about Medicare Advantage plans, those commercial insurance plans that contract with the government to offer Medicare benefits. These plans are offered as an alternative to traditional Medicare, the public plan administered by the government. For far too long, politicians and corporations have marketed these commercial plans […]

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Time Is Running Out to Avert a Government Shutdown

December 6, 2018           |                                       

Will Mexico’s Left-Wing President Help Trump’s Immigration Agenda? The GOP Is Scared of Democracy. Just Look at Wisconsin. The Vilification of Marc Lamont Hill Is a Violent Ploy GOP Election Fraud Could Force New Vote in North Carolina A Massive US Propaganda Machine Bolstered George H.W. Bush’s War on Iraq Time Is Running Out to […]

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Opponents of Social Security and Medicare are so eager to end these two overwhelmingly important and popular earned benefits that they can’t contain themselves. Mick Mulvaney, the Trump administration’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, is the latest to make crystal clear the longstanding plan to destroy both programs. Speaking at a conference […]

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Insurance Industry Readies Propaganda Blitz as Medicare for All Gains Traction

November 21, 2018           |                                       

Noam Chomsky: Moral Depravity Defines US Politics Climate Change Should Make the Republican Party Impossible Killing Plants Is the Fastest Way to End the World White House Bans Follow-Up Questions From Reporters Year Later, Trump Still Calls for Hillary Clinton to Be “Locked Up” Crowdfunding Is a Symptom of the US’s Broken Health Care System […]

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Parents Deliver Ashes of Diabetic Children to Price-Gouging Insulin Manufacturer

November 17, 2018           |                                       

House Republicans, Terrible Before the Midterms, Are Now Much Worse Parents Deliver Ashes of Diabetic Children to Price-Gouging Insulin Manufacturer What the Latest Bipartisan Prison Reform Gets Wrong and Why It Matters Progressives, Please Don’t Defend Broken Promises on Immigration Trump’s Craft Strategy: Discredit Everyone Until Nobody Believes Anything The STOP Walmart Act Is Rewriting […]

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There’s a new winner for the coveted title of most expensive ballot initiative campaign in American history. And it’s a race that’s been waged completely under the national radar. In California, the dialysis industry has spent a record $111.4 million to oppose Proposition 8, which would cap what outpatient clinics can charge patients. Of that […]

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I keep hearing that although Trump is a scoundrel or worse, at least he’s presiding over a great economy. As White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow recently put it, “The single biggest story this year is an economic boom that is durable and lasting.” Really? Look closely at the living standards of most Americans, and […]

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New Strategy: Democrats Go All-In on Health Care in Midterms

October 14, 2018           |                                       

PHOENIX—In a windowless conference room, Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally was asking executives at a small crane manufacturing company how the GOP tax cut has helped their business when one woman said: “I want to ask you a question about health care.” Marylea Evans recounted how, decades ago, her husband had been unable to get […]

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At the end of a posted Friday in conjunction with factcheck.org, CNN’s Jake Tapper issues a playful warning to the country’s politicians: “You’re perfectly entitled to your own opinions,” he quips, “not to your own facts.” It’s a piece of advice the correspondent would be wise to heed himself. As a pair of essays published […]

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Imagine this scenario. Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies are arresting a man for domestic violence. They read him his Miranda rights. Then they ask him a question: Have you been arrested or found guilty of any crime before? The man says yes, he has. A couple of times. Ah, in that case, the cops tell him, […]

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Wildfire Victims Among Those Stung by Trump’s Trade War

August 11, 2018           |                                       

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Add this to the challenges facing California wildfire victims: tariffs. The import tariffs imposed by President Trump are adding thousands of dollars to the cost of building homes. That especially squeezes homeowners who seek to rebuild quickly after losing their houses to natural disasters, such as the wildfires scorching parts of […]

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