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Imagining a New Social Order: Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin in Conversation 19.11.2017 Truthout.com
Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin discuss how the left can save the US from neoliberal excesses. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) In a time of deep political, social and economic uncertainty for everyone (except the ultra-rich), Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin provide some theoretical and practical guidance for the left. This Truthout interview is an effort to help reimagine a realistic social order in an age when the old order is dying but the new has yet to be born. Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin discuss how the left can save the US from neoliberal excesses. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) This story could not have been published without the support of readers like you. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout and fund more stories like it! We live in an age of illegitimate neoliberal hegemony and soaring political uncertainty. The evidence is all around: citizen disillusionment over mainstream political parties and the traditional conservative-liberal divide, massive inequality, ...
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Some States Roll Back "Retroactive Medicaid," a Buffer for the Poor -- and for Hospitals 15.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Retroactive eligibility has been a feature of Medicaid for decades, reflecting the program's emphasis on providing a safety net for poor, disabled and other vulnerable people. In contrast to private insurance, determining Medicaid eligibility can be complex and the application process daunting, advocates say.  (Photo: Image Source / Getty Images) No "alternative facts" here -- we publish the uncensored, uncorrupted news you rely on. Support Truthout by making a donation! If you're poor, uninsured and fall seriously ill, in most states if you qualify for Medicaid -- but weren't enrolled at the time -- the program will pay your medical bills going back three months. It protects hospitals, too, from having to absorb the costs of caring for these patients. But a growing number of states are rescinding this benefit known as "retroactive eligibility." On Nov. 1, Iowa joined three states that have eliminated retroactive coverage for some groups of Medicaid patients since the Affordable Care Act passed. Each ...
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Bad Break: Osteoporosis-Related Bone Fractures Linked to Air Pollution 11.11.2017 Environmental News Network
Exposure to air pollution is associated with osteoporosis-related loss of bone mineral density and risk of bone fractures, according to a new study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Their findings are published in The Lancet Planetary Health.
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Indian Air Pollution Reaches Dangerous Levels, Doctors Warn 9.11.2017 Environmental News Network
Air pollution in the Indian capital of Delhi has reached extraordinarily high levels, equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, the nation’s doctors and public health experts warned this week.
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Mexican Doctors Safely Reuse Donated Pacemakers After Sterilisation 2.11.2017 Environmental News Network
Mexican doctors have safely reused donated pacemakers after sterilisation, shows a study presented at the 30th Mexican Congress of Cardiology. The findings create the possibility for patients to receive a pacemaker who otherwise could not afford one.
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New Investigative Website Fights Rich and Powerful "Who Call the Shots" 28.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
In 2009, he came to us at Bill Moyers Journal because he wanted to tell the truth and needed someone to hear him. As Wendell Potter told his story, we listened -- and what we heard was sickening: a story of corruption in the health insurance industry that not only raised the cost of coverage to consumers but put lives at risk. Potter had seen it up close, as head of corporate public relations pulling down a six-figure salary for one of the country's biggest insurers. He had watched in disbelief as he saw how Wall Street's hunger to force up quarterly profits gave insurers every incentive to deny coverage, as every dollar not paid out to a claim added to profits and to the soaring paychecks and bonuses of CEOs. Under these conditions, Potter told us, you don't think about individuals, "you think about the numbers, and whether or not you're going to meet Wall Street's expectations." One day, back home in Tennessee, where he had begun his career as a journalist, Potter happened upon a makeshift health ...
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Trump's Plan for a "Drug-Free Society" Won't Fix the Opioid Problem, Experts Say 27.10.2017 Truthout.com
President Trump declared opioid addiction and overdoses a public health emergency on Thursday in an address steeped in drug war rhetoric, but experts on the front lines of the crisis say new White House directives do not go far enough to expand access to crucial health care services. Meanwhile, the GOP's own budget-cutting agenda may be undermining efforts to respond to opioids.  Donald Trump greets a guest during an event highlighting the opioid crisis in the US October 26, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) Want to see more coverage of the issues that matter? Make a donation to Truthout to ensure that we can publish more original stories like this one. President Donald Trump declared opioid addiction and overdoses a public health emergency on Thursday. Is this announcement a victory for public health? Trump is directing federal health officials to remove a few regulations that create barriers to addiction treatment. However, experts on the ...
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When federal health care falls short, tribes improvise 27.10.2017 High Country News Most Recent
A growing number of tribes manage their own clinics and behavioral programs.
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Medicare for All: A Win-Win Issue for Candidates in the 2018 Midterms 26.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Recent attempts by a Republican Congress and President Trump to kill the nation's health care programs have galvanized the fury of millions and turned the health care issue into a domestic tinderbox. In fact, the 2018 midterm election could see a substantial increase in voter turnout if Congressional challenger candidates champion Medicare for All. Supporters hold signs as Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a health care rally at the 2017 Convention of the California Nurses Association / National Nurses Organizing Committee on September 22, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Sen. Bernie Sanders addressed the California Nurses Association about his Medicare for All Act of 2017 bill. (Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Health care is a priority issue right now for many Americans, as President Trump and Republicans in Congress move to destroy Obamacare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) -- and soon, even Medicare. When it comes to electoral politics, most voters' attention is ...
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Public Option vs. Medicare for All: The Coming Debate Over Health Care Justice 25.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Supporters of the Affordable Care Act participate in a "Save Obamacare" rally in Los Angeles, California, on March 23, 2017. (Photo: Ronen Tivony / NurPhoto via Getty Images) A pair of centrist Democrats has offered a Medicare buy-in bill as an alternative to Medicare for All legislation in the House and Senate. While it's a sign of a leftward shift in the party, there is still much disagreement among progressives and policy experts as to whether these "public option" policies will be effective or lead to universal care. Supporters of the Affordable Care Act participate in a "Save Obamacare" rally in Los Angeles, California, on March 23, 2017. (Photo: Ronen Tivony / NurPhoto via Getty Images) Grassroots, not-for-profit news is rare -- and Truthout's very existence depends on donations from readers. Will you help us publish more stories like this one? Make a one-time or monthly donation by clicking here. Progressives have been largely united in 2017 with efforts to stop GOP health reform efforts. Should ...
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Will Obamacare Marketplaces Suffer as Open Enrollment Begins? 24.10.2017 Truthout.com
The Trump administration's  executive order  changing some elements of the Affordable Care Act's administration are creating uncertainty as open enrollment for the health insurance marketplaces is set to start Nov. 1.  How will the executive order affect individual insurance and open enrollment this year?  With one very important exception -- the elimination of subsidies to help low-income people pay for co-payments and other out-of-pocket expenses -- the likely answer is: not much.  However, as a professor of health policy who has extensively studied the ACA, I believe that exception could have big ripple effects. Changes Ahead The  executive order of Oct. 12, 2017  focused on three relatively unknown features of how the ACA affects premiums and enrollment. These three are  association health plans ,  health reimbursement accounts  and short-term health insurance policies.  Association health plans , which have been proposed since the 2000s, are insurance plans offered by associations rather than ...
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Imagining Our Way Beyond Neoliberalism: A Dialogue With Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin 24.10.2017 Truthout.com
Noam Chomsky speaks at a Ministry of Culture event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 12, 2015. (Photo: Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina ) In a financialized economy, where power becomes concentrated among the economic and political elites, a dedicated and militant mass movement is needed to fight the scourge of neoliberalism, say world-renowned public intellectuals Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin. They call for a multi-pronged campaign to cut military spending, create a financial transaction tax, end "right to work" laws and push for single-payer health care. Noam Chomsky speaks at a Ministry of Culture event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 12, 2015. (Photo: Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina ) This is part two of a wide-ranging interview with world-renowned public intellectuals Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin.  Read part one here . The next installment will appear on October 31. C.J. Polychroniou: Noam, racism, inequality, mass incarceration and gun violence are pathologies that ...
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One Nation, In Sickness and in Health 23.10.2017 Truthout.com
Our health care system, one-sixth of our nation's economy, is a nightmare. While Obamacare is a deeply flawed program -- ultimately, single-payer is the way we must go or face economic and social ruin -- it still has been a step in the right direction. Proper medical care for all should be a boon to our society, a miracle of public policy that sustains and protects. Let's focus on the hard work of true reform and get health care for all. (Photo: Portra Images / Getty Images) Ready to make a difference? Help Truthout provide a platform for exposing injustice and inspiring action. Click here to make a one-time or monthly donation. A couple of things observed after successful surgery and a week in the hospital: For reasons seemingly unrelated to your operation, you will find bits of surgical tape attached to odd parts of your body for days after your return home. While confined to your hospital bed, you will hear and say the words "urine" and "urinate" more than you have in your entire previous life. Most ...
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The Republicans Are Still Coming for Your Health Care. Here's How to Stop Them 23.10.2017 Truthout.com
The fate of our health care depends on who will continue to hold power. Democratic wins in the gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey and the Senate race in Alabama this November may tilt the balance in favor of the health care we have. But the ultimate goal for progressives must not just be to protect the health care we have but to expand it for all. Exposing the wrongdoing of those in power has never been more important. Support Truthout's independent, investigative journalism by making a donation! Don't believe for a second that the GOP's threat to your health care has passed. Although the GOP has failed, for now, to advance a wholesale Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill, the hard right hasn't given up on its goal of shredding the ACA and Medicaid. They've merely switched strategies. Andy Slavitt, who oversaw the ACA and Medicaid under Obama, calls the GOP's new strategy a "synthetic repeal": dismantling health care piece by piece through executive orders, sabotaging the ACA and a budget ...
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WhatsApp Use by Argentina Ambulances Associated with Faster Heart Attack Treatment 19.10.2017 Environmental News Network
WhatsApp use by ambulance doctors in Argentina was associated with faster treatment of heart attack and lower mortality in an observational study presented today at the Argentine Congress of Cardiology (SAC 2017). The free messaging application was used to send diagnostic electrocardiograms (ECGs) directly to hospital catheterisation (cath) laboratories, enabling patients to bypass the emergency department.
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Tax Cuts for the Rich, Paid for With Your Health Care 16.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
When Republican leaders tried to repeal health care in the spring and summer, many Americans raised the alarm and made a ruckus. We asked hard questions, looked at the independent analyses, held town halls, told our health care stories, and took to the streets. Because of that overwhelming opposition, plans to slash health care to pay for corporate tax breaks failed. Republican leaders haven't given up. In fact, they've already begun voting on a scheme to slash taxes for corporations and multi-millionaires -- paid for by cuts to health care. Now the plan to raid our health care is buried in the GOP tax scheme and budget process. Here's how they're putting it into place. On October 5, the House of Representatives passed a  budget resolution that cuts $1.5 trillion from Medicaid and other health programs,  capping and starving Medicaid. On top of that, the budget also slices almost $500 billion from Medicare -- and proposes turning it into a privatized voucher program and raising the eligibility age to ...
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Why Labor Is Fighting to Save Veterans' Health Care 15.10.2017 Truthout.com
Union activists believe Trump's federal hiring freeze will cause veterans and their families to lose faith in VA-provided care. (Image: Scukrov / iStock / Getty Images Plus) With your support, Truthout can continue exposing inequality, analyzing policy and reporting on the struggle for a better world. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation. In January President Trump delivered on his promise to shrink the federal government: he announced a hiring freeze, despite thousands of federal job vacancies. As a candidate, Trump campaigned as a great friend of veterans. He pledged to make big improvements in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the arm of the Veterans Administration (VA) that operates the largest health care system in the country. But Trump's hiring freeze deepened an already existing staffing crisis at VHA hospitals and clinics throughout the US, where there are 49,000 vacant positions. Union activists believe the resulting understaffing is designed to generate patient complaints and ...
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Your Boss Shouldn't Get to Have "Religious" Objections to Your Health Care 15.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
When Obamacare -- aka, the Affordable Care Act -- became law in 2010, it mandated coverage of birth control without co-payments. Some employers didn't like the rule, and Hobby Lobby hated it so much that the company filed a lawsuit to stop it. Company owners said they didn't believe in contraception and claimed that covering it for female employees violated their religious freedom. Understand, the Obama administration went to  great lengths  to exempt churches and church-related institutions from the rule, while still guaranteeing their female employees the right to birth control if they wanted it. Then the Supreme Court stepped in,  siding with Hobby Lobby  and ruling that "closely held" corporations with religious objections could join religious employers in excluding birth control from their insurance plans. Now the Trump administration has gone a giant step further. They're now allowing any and all businesses, including publicly traded ones, to also cite "religious or moral objections" in denying ...
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Mumbai teen chooses to help cancer-afflicted toddler over Varun Dhawan 15.10.2017 mumbai
Alaiha Vanjara, 13, a student of Mahim's Bombay Scottish had saved up Rs 10,000 from her pocket money to paint her room in a Varun Dhawan (her favourite actor) theme. But she let that dream go, when she heard of the plight of a two-year-old who lived not very far from her home. In September Alaiha, resident of a high-rise at Napean Sea Road, heard from her mother that Veer Pawar, who lives in a slum nearby, was suffering from lung cancer and his family needed to raise nearly Rs 4 lakh urgently for his treatment. Alaiha Vanjara Hushna Vanjara, Alaiha's mother, says, "When I saw the Facebook post, I showed it to her and she became concerned. We immediately contacted the hospital which confirmed its authenticity. Then, we circulated a message seeking funds and soon help started coming in." A father's fight Veer's father Balraj is a taxi driver. A resident of Parvati Nagar, he says he lost his first child within 15 days of delivery. "So, when Veer fell ill I wanted to do all I could to ensure that I don't ...
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World Obesity Day: Maintain healthy weight to curb risk of cancer 11.10.2017 Lifestyle – The Indian Express
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