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Medicaid and Medicare Cuts: (Almost) Everyone Pays
By : Sam Uretsky - Wednesday August 30, 2006
de Sam Uretsky Unless you belong to the select and dwindling group of those with fully employer-paid health coverage-or to the 40-million-and-counting with no health insurance at all-you’ve probably noticed your health insurance premiums rising at a frightening pace. In 2005, premiums for family coverage rose by an average of 9.2%, six percentage points more than the rate of inflation, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Annual Survey Of Employer Health Benefits. The (...)
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Dave Zweifel: Clinton, health care industry get cozy
By : Dave Zweifel - Monday July 24, 2006
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By Dave Zweifel As long as money holds sway in our political system, nothing should surprise us any more. But even my jaw dropped last week when I saw the story that Hillary Clinton is being plied with more money from the health care industry and pharmaceutical companies than any other U.S. senator except Pennsylvania Republican Rick Santorum. Yes, this is the same Hillary Clinton who was belittled and disparaged by many of these same donors when in 1993 she, as head of her husband (...)
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Up the Tubes..Down the Spout
By : villy - Sunday July 16, 2006
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Life has it’s ups and downs. Willingness to war is UP Worldwide stability is DOWN The price of oil is UP Consumer confidence is DOWN The cost of living is UP The Dow Jones is DOWN The number of U.S.citizens without health care is UP (estimated 47 million) The Cost of health care is UP Support of Health Savings accounts is DOWN The number of countries who despise the U.S. is WAY UP (since Bush took office) The support of the Bush administration by U.S. citizens is DOWN The (...)
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"Relief" For Aristocracy
By : Robert L. Moore - Tuesday June 27, 2006
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"Relief" For Aristocracy By Robert L. Moore June 26, 2006 If achieving one’s goals is the measure of a successful presidency, then George W. Bush is one of the more successful presidents in history. He has, after all, helped transfer much of the nation’s wealth into the hands of the already wealthy, which has long been a major goal of the Republican right. Bush’s rewriting the tax code diverted billions away from the nation’s treasury and into the clutches of (...)
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800 Ford retirees formally object to deal that requires paying health premiums, deductibles
By : Bryce G. Hoffman - Sunday June 4, 2006
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Ford, UAW retirees spar in court over health insurance cuts by Bryce G. Hoffman DETROIT — Dozens of Ford Motor Co. union retirees were in federal court Wednesday to ask a judge to reject an agreement between the automaker and the United Auto Workers that would cut their health benefits to help ease Ford’s financial troubles. The retirees argued that they were denied a say in the deal, which could cost them hundreds of dollars a year in higher health care costs. Larry (...)
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IRAQ : Baghdadis say curfew prevents access to medical care
By : Johan - Sunday April 30, 2006
electronicIraq.net Baghdadis say curfew prevents access to medical care Report, IRIN 19 April 2006 BAGHDAD - Residents of the Iraqi capital are complaining that a recently-imposed government curfew, aimed at deterring ongoing violence, is hampering access to medical care. "My son had stomach pains two days ago, but I couldn’t take him to the hospital because we’re prohibited from leaving our homes - even for medical emergencies," said Baghdad resident and father of four (...)
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Cuba Has Better Medical Care Than the U.S.
By : Blake Fleetwood - Wednesday April 26, 2006
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by Blake Fleetwood Statistics don’t lie. Figures from the World Health Organization clearly show that The United States lags behind 36 other countries in overall health system performance ranging from infant mortality, to adult mortality, to life expectancy. 20 countries in Europe and four countries in Asia have a better life expectancy than the U.S. If you are a male between the ages of 15 and 59, your chances of dying are higher in the U.S. (140 per thousand) than in Canada, 95, (...)
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Mitt Romney’s Unfair Health Care
By : Mike Schiller - Thursday April 20, 2006
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by Mike Schiller Recently, the state of Massachusetts passed a universal health care bill which is being hailed by the media as an ideal model for federal and state level legislation to extend health care to all Americans. While congress and state governments across the nation should start taking action to achieve the goal of extending health coverage to all those who deserve it, they would be better advised to formulate a different approach. The legislation championed by Mitt Romney is (...)
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Republicans Again Refusing to "Support the Troops"...They Only Support the War
By : A Real Mother... - Tuesday March 28, 2006
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Another slap in the face to Veterans, compliments of our Senators -at the same time claiming to support our Veterans! Feel free to spread this all over the net. Late Wednesday, March 22, 2006, the House Republican leadership turned down an amendment from Rep. John Salazar, (D-CO)., to add $650 million to the Veterans Administration’s health care budget. Salazar, who recently joined the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said the additional VA money is needed because the Army’s (...)
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Migden bill raises health care ante for biggest state firms
By : Greg Lucas - Sunday February 5, 2006
SACRAMENTO Requires 8% payout for worker benefits, or Medi-Cal funding by Greg Lucas Sacramento — California’s largest employers would be required to prop up the state’s medical insurance program for the poor if they don’t offer their workers generous enough health benefits under a bill set for introduction in the Senate. Modeled after a law passed earlier this month in Maryland that only affected mega-retailer Wal-Mart, the California legislation would require (...)
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What’s Next for Social Security?
By : Nancy J. Altman - Wednesday February 1, 2006
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It is imperative that, in 2006, Americans elect political leaders who are committed to Social Security. by Nancy J. Altman It was just over one year ago that President Bush, fresh from his re-election victory, announced that substituting private accounts for a part of Social Security’s guarantee would be a top priority of his second term. In so stating, President Bush broke ranks with every former president, Republican and Democratic alike. All had understood the value and (...)
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Bush the Incompetent
By : Harold Meyerson - Friday January 27, 2006
By Harold Meyerson Incompetence is not one of the seven deadly sins, and it’s hardly the worst attribute that can be ascribed to George W. Bush. But it is this president’s defining attribute. Historians, looking back at the hash that his administration has made of his war in Iraq, his response to Hurricane Katrina and his Medicare drug plan, will have to grapple with how one president could so cosmically botch so many big things — particularly when most of them were the (...)
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Interfaith leaders invoke morality in healthcare debate
By : Scott S. Greenberger - Sunday January 1, 2006
By Scott S. Greenberger, Globe Staff Let the politicians and lobbyists argue about copayments and premiums. The Rev. Hurmon Hamilton and Rabbi Jonah Pesner are waging their fight to expand healthcare coverage on a different, higher plane. ’’We don’t have anything in the game but the people we represent," Hamilton said on a windswept corner outside his Roxbury Presbyterian Church. ’’When we’re out there, we really are concerned about the 750,000 people (...)
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Note to Health Care Reform Activists: Public Employee Health Benefits to Evaporate
By : Andy Coates - Sunday January 1, 2006
by Andy Coates According to two recent articles, one in the New York Times and one in the Wall Street Journal, the federal Governmental Accounting Standards Board has begun to require municipalities — states, counties, cities — to account for how much it will cost them to provide all the health care promised to present and retired public employees. This process, to be completed over the next 3 years, has already started in states like Alaska, Delaware, and Maryland and cities (...)
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Veterans Affairs loses $1.5 Billion, More Cuts in Care for Soldiers
By : Larry Scott - Friday December 16, 2005
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At $19.8 billion, the VA healthcare budget is just 2.6 per cent larger than last fiscal year. This figure is immediately turned into a negative. Inflation in the healthcare sector supplying goods and services to the VA has averaged 5.6 per cent per year for the last five years. The negative becomes larger when we factor in a 3.1 per cent pay raise for VA employees. December 11, 2005 by Larry Scott — VA Watchdog dot Org On November 30, President Bush signed the "Military Quality of (...)
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Food Workers Union Steps up Healthcare Reform Push
By : Brendan Coyne - Thursday November 24, 2005
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by Brendan Coyne Joining the efforts of a government-founded national organization devoted to finding a workable solution to growing problems with the United States’s healthcare system, one of the nation’s largest unions yesterday announced its intention to actively engage members in the conversation. The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) is the first labor union to join the two-year-old Citizens’ Health Care Working Group. According to information compiled by (...)
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Open Season On America’s Seniors
By : Robert M. Hayes - Friday October 28, 2005
by Robert M. Hayes Robert M. Hayes, an attorney, is president of the Medicare Rights Center, the nation’s largest independent source of information and assistance on health care rights and benefits for older and disabled men and women. He led the national and New York Coalitions for the Homeless from 1979 to 1989, and has practiced law with firms in New York and Maine. Deer hunting season is just starting up in much of the northern United States. But the Bush administration has (...)
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Desperation deal at GM
By : Robert Kuttner - Sunday October 23, 2005
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By Robert Kuttner THE UNITED Autoworkers union has agreed to save General Motors over a billion dollars a year in health insurance costs. This is a disguised pay-cut, since workers will now pay more out of pocket for their healthcare. The union agreed to this desperation deal to help keep GM alive. The once-dominant auto-maker posted a record $1.1 billion loss in the third quarter; and its former parts division, Delphi, with 34,000 union jobs, has just gone into bankruptcy. If and when it (...)
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As goes General Motors
By : Derrick Z. Jackson - Thursday October 20, 2005
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By Derrick Z. Jackson, Globe Columnist THE SIGH of relief for General Motors is a fresh reason for Americans to scream for a national solution on healthcare. Staggered by $3.8 billion in losses so far this year, but holding the leverage of cutting jobs, GM got the United Auto Workers to agree to a tentative contract that will probably triple or quadruple the contribution of workers to their healthcare. Up to now, union members paid 7 percent of healthcare costs. Salaried GM employees are (...)
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Employers Will Be FORCED To Provide Immigrant Health Insurance?
By : frogfeet - Wednesday September 28, 2005
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Republicans Require Health Insurance for Immigrants Only September 28, 2005 By Gene C. Gerard Next month, Congress will consider an immigration reform bill introduced by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ). A component of the bill would require employers to provide health insurance to all workers who are registered immigrants. To be sure, immigrants who lawfully enter the country to work, and who pay taxes, should have access to health insurance. But this bill is poorly (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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