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TRAIN Act Colossal Waste of Money, Attempt to Delay Regulations 21.9.2100 Union of Concerned Scientists
The House is expected to take up a bill today, called the TRAIN Act, which would waste $2 million of taxpayer money by mandating redundant cost-benefit analyses of environmental and health regulations.
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Emails Show the Meatpacking Industry Drafted an Executive Order to Keep Plants Open 18.9.2020 Mother Jones
This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. In late April, as COVID-19 raced through meatpacking plants sickening and killing workers, President Donald Trump issued a controversial executive order aimed at keeping […]
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As they focused on others with COVID-19 and refused to walk away, Illinois health care workers bore the brunt of pandemic’s fury 18.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The Tribune has identified and interviewed the families of nearly 50 deceased health care workers in Illinois to chronicle the devastating loss of life and acts of heroism.
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Bayer Inks Deals With Three Roundup Cancer Law Firms as Settlement Progresses 17.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Bayer AG has reached final settlement terms with three major law firms representing thousands of plaintiffs who claim exposure to Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicides caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The new deals have been  made with California-based Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman law firm; the Andrus Wagstaff firm from Colorado; and the Moore Law Group of Kentucky. The firms each filed notification of the deals with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday.

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Here’s How Big Farms Got a Big Government Pass on Air Pollution 16.9.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity.  On nice days, Elsie Herring can sink back into her porch rocking chair, enjoying the rural property that’s been in her family since 1891. Other days, the wind carries a foul-smelling mist that chokes Herring and coats the pink siding of her home. It’s […]
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Economic expansion in 2019 brought income gains, poverty reduction but more uninsured 16.9.2020 LA Times: Business

The nation's uninsured rate worsened and the onset of COVID-19 means last year's income gains are long gone.

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Column: Seema Verma, our awful Medicare boss, spent lavishly to burnish her public image 12.9.2020 LA Times: Business

Seema Verma, who as Medicare and Medicaid director is a threat to public health, spent millions on her public image.

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State issues largest COVID-19 safety fine to Overhill Farms in Vernon 11.9.2020 LA Times: Health

Cal/OSHA has proposed penalties of $222,075 for Overhill Farms and $214,080 for its temporary employment agency, Jobsource North America.

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A Doctor Went to His Own Employer for a COVID-19 Antibody Test. It Cost $10,984. 9.9.2020 Mother Jones
This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. When Dr. Zachary Sussman went to Physicians Premier ER in Austin for a COVID-19 antibody test, he assumed he would get […]
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Meatpacking was already a dangerous job for California workers. The pandemic made it worse 4.9.2020 LA Times: Health

The shutdown of the Foster Farms plant this week due to coronavirus deaths exposes lapses in one of the most dangerous workplace sectors.

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Passing the buck: The Trump EPA’s mind-boggling efforts to ignore the risks of 1,4-dioxane in drinking water 3.9.2020 Nanotechnology Notes
Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist. Readers of this blog will recall the major concerns EDF, EPA’s science advisors, and many others have raised about the Trump EPA’s systematic exclusion from its risk evaluations all human exposures to chemicals released to air, water and land.  EPA has taken this illegal, unscientific and un-health protective […]
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Peter ‘Show Me the Money’ Daszak Pulls in Big Bucks, through EcoHealth Alliance, for Risky Virus ‘Research’ 3.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
Peter Daszak, President of EcoHealth Alliance , is a top scientific collaborator , grantwriter and spokesperson for virus hunters and gain-of-function/dual-use researchers, in labs both military and civilian. Daszak works with dozens of high-containment laboratories around the world that collect pathogens and use genetic engineering and synthetic biology to make them more infectious, contagious, lethal or drug-resistant. These include labs controlled by the U.S. Department of Defense, in countries in the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa. Many of these labs are staffed by former biological weapons scientists. (See Arms Watch’s reports .) Before the Biological Weapons Convention was ratified, this research was called what it is: biological weapons research. Now, it’s euphemistically called gain-of-function or dual-use research. Gain-of-function research to alter coronaviruses for the infection of humans goes back to 1999 or earlier , years before the first novel coronavirus ...
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Column: California fines Aetna (but not enough) for wrongly denying claims for ER visits 3.9.2020 LA Times: Business

Aetna wrongly denied payment for ER visits 93% of the time, California finds

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Republicans rode a wave of anti-Obamacare sentiment to Senate control. Now, they’re scrubbing repeal positions from the web. 2.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Not only is the law still around, but it’s gaining in popularity. What was once a winning strategy has become a political liability.
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Millions of Californians would be eligible for job-protected leave under plan approved by lawmakers 1.9.2020 LA Times: Business

Senate Bill 1383 by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) would provide millions of employees who work for smaller businesses with the same 12 weeks of job protections while taking family leave as those who work for larger companies.

Fad or future? Telehealth expansion eyed beyond pandemic 31.8.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
Telehealth is a bit of American ingenuity that seems to have paid off in the coronavirus pandemic. Medicare temporarily waived restrictions predating the smartphone era and now there's a push to make telemedicine widely available in the future.
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Anxious foster parents say it’s not the right time to switch fragile kids into new managed care plan 31.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The state is set to roll out a new managed health care plan for thousands of foster children on Tuesday amid concerns from some caregivers and child welfare advocates who question whether the for-profit company that runs the plan has built a provider network that is adequate to handle the population’s unique needs.
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Colorado’s Medicaid numbers are rising more slowly than expected, but state is on guard for a late surge 30.8.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
Colorado's Medicaid numbers aren't surging as fast as predicted amid COVID-fueled joblessness, but the program's administrators aren't relaxing yet, since federal decisions and the economy's unpredictable trajectory could still force them to come up with additional funding.
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Opposition to Obamacare becomes political liability for Cory Gardner, other GOP incumbents 28.8.2020 Denver Post: Local
With competitive races in Colorado, Montana, Arizona, North Carolina and Iowa pitting Republican incumbents who voted to repeal the ACA against Democratic challengers promising to protect it, attitudes surrounding the health law could help determine control of the Senate.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resigns because of illness 28.8.2020 L.A. Times - World News

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he is stepping down for health reasons. He will remain in the position until a successor is formally named.

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