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Britain To Foreign Workers: If You Don't Make $50,000 A Year, Please Leave 4.2.2016 NPR: All Things Considered
To reduce the number of foreign workers, some of those making less than $50,000 won't qualify to stay in Britain beyond April. Critics say the deal would cause labor shortages.
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The "State" of Health-Care Reform: Activists Push for Universal Primary Care in Vermont 3.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout )When Vermont's plan for a public, universal health-care system died in late 2014 it was a major blow to single-payer activists everywhere. Conservatives tap-danced on the proposal's grave, and wrongly claimed that its death was proof that single-payer could never work. Progressives were put on the defensive, dealing with the pain of losing an extended, promising battle, plus an influx of even more misinformation about the economics of public health care. The woeful state of health care in the United States, however, has kept the dream of joining the rest of the developed world in having universal public health care alive as an urgent priority for activists in Vermont and elsewhere. And so, advocates of health-care justice in Vermont, not inclined to disengage from the process, have advanced a new proposal: statewide "universal primary care." The plan would offer primary care - including some mental health and substance abuse treatment - to every single Vermonter ...
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Insurer Aetna lays out concerns about ACA exchange business 2.2.2016 AP Business
Aetna has joined other major health insurers in sounding a warning about the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges....
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The two certainties of health care reform 1.2.2016 Daily Kos
As Iowans prepare to caucus on February 1, a battle royal is playing out in each political party. But while Republicans argue over Donald Trump's conservative credentials and Ted Cruz's temperament, Democrats are having a heated debate over actual public policy. At its heart is the future of health care reform in the United States and which alternative—the "evolutionary" incrementalism of the "pragmatic" Hillary Clinton, or the single-payer "revolution" of the "idealistic" Bernie Sanders—offers the best path forward both on the merits and on the politics. And as the Iowa vote approaches, the wonk wars among academics , analysts and pundits have produced a surprising amount of ill will between the rival camps . In response, here’s a simple plea to all those of good faith, regardless of the candidate they support: Keep your eyes on the prize. Six years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, that prize remains health care that is universal, continuous and more affordable. Despite the indisputable ...
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Opinion: Finally feeling the Bern -- what took so long? 23.1.2016 LA Times: Commentary
Good morning. I'm Paul Thornton, The Times' letters editor, and it is Saturday, Jan. 23. Here's a look back at the week in Opinion. Subscribe to the newsletter We've had Donald Trump atop the polls for months now - and now Bernie Sanders is getting some serious attention too. The Vermont senator...
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Democrats must decide between a revolutionary and a pragmatist 21.1.2016 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
As their party's caucuses and primaries get underway, Democrats face as stark a choice as any in modern times. They must decide between a revolutionary and an incrementalist: Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist who wants to transform the political system, and Hillary Clinton, a more ...
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Democrats must decide between a revolutionary and a pragmatist 20.1.2016 LA Times: Commentary

As their party's caucuses and primaries get underway, Democrats face as stark a choice as any in modern times. They must decide between a revolutionary and an incrementalist: Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist who wants to transform the political system, and Hillary Clinton, a more cautious,...

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FactChecking the Fourth Democratic Debate 18.1.2016 FactCheck
Sunday showdown in South Carolina: Democrats highlight differences on health care, guns and more.
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ROUNDUP: Reaction to the NBC Democratic Presidential Debate 18.1.2016 The Moderate Voice
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Cherrypicking…spinning..On your mark, get set, GO!! So who won? Did former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton make the case that she’s the realist who can build on what the Democratic Party has already as someone who has extensive experience in two branches of government? Was this Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ big night? Was he on [...]

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Hillary Clinton’s attack on Bernie Sanders’ single-payer/Medicare for all plan may prove costly 17.1.2016 Daily Kos
Hillary Clinton does not get it. She came out with guns blazing as the polls tighten up in Iowa and nationally, and as Bernie Sanders’ lead in New Hampshire continues to grow, opting to mislead Americans about single-payer health care, a.k.a. Medicare for all . Instead of fighting on her merits and on contrasts, Hillary Clinton is using right-wing Karl Rove tactics to reverse the trend—and it’s unlikely to work. In fact, her tactics may actually turn out to be costly. She just may make this historically accurate  mock election poll , which predicts a Bernie Sanders presidency, a reality. Americans, liberals, moderates, and conservatives are upset. Both  Democrats and Republicans are angry  because they are realizing that both party establishments take them for granted. Most promises go unrealized. Yet when some attempt change from within, they are marginalized. Democrats had a filibuster-proof Senate during a small window in which they had an opportunity to include and pass a public option to the ...
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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Hillary v Bernie pales in comparison to Democrats v Republicans 16.1.2016 Daily Kos
Jonathan Cohn : This isn’t to say a Clinton and Sanders administration would be devoid of meaningful distinctions over policy and politics -- or that spirited debates over substance lack value. Sanders seems more inclined to appoint more aggressive watchdogs in the agencies regulating the financial industry, for example, while investing more political resources into building the Democratic Party at the grassroots. On foreign policy, where presidents have so much unilateral power, their substantive differences could be even more consequential. But even on national security, the gap separating Clinton and Sanders simply doesn't compare in scale to the gulf that would divide either Democrat from leaders in the Republican Party. ...  Here in 2016, it’s another story altogether. Barring a crisis that turns the political world upside down, it will be the sharp divergence between Democrats and Republicans, not the comparatively mild disagreements among Democrats, on which history turns in the next four years. I ...
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Tightening Democratic race revives party's old debate over healthcare 15.1.2016 LA Times: Nation

When Hillary Clinton was working on healthcare reform as first lady more than two decades ago, she disappointed some left-wing Democrats by refusing to push a system that would offer government health coverage to all Americans.

Instead, like many top Democrats and liberal leaders, Clinton advocated...

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UK doctors on strike over pay dispute 12.1.2016 Hindu: Home
Some 50,000 junior doctors were on strike for 24 hours protesting government plans to change pay and work schedules.
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Student nurses and midwives protest over NHS bursary plans 9.1.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

March to Downing Street in London in response to chancellor’s plan to replace bursaries with loans

Student nurses and midwives are marching in protest against government plans to axe the NHS student bursary.

Related: For us student nurses, bursaries are a lifeline. We will fight against their cuts | Danielle Tiplady and Charlotte Humm

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Populism as an Electoral Strategy: From Howard Dean to Hillary Clinton 7.1.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, reaches out to shake hands with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) as her fellow presidential candidates John Edwards, left, and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) look on at The Citadel, the military college in Charleston, South Carolina, July 23, 2007. (Josh Haner / The New York Times) As Hillary Clinton ramps up her populist rhetoric, the argument over her authenticity intensifies among primary voters. The sordid records of past Democratic "populists" show why voters need to be skeptical of politicians who claim to advocate for the people. Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, reaches out to shake hands with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) as her fellow presidential candidates John Edwards, left, and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) look on at The Citadel, the military college in Charleston, South Carolina, July 23, 2007. (Josh Haner / The New York Times) During the Democratic presidential primary debates, Hillary Clinton ...
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Yes, Obamacare is in dire need of fixing. Here's a guide to the best options. 5.1.2016 LA Times: Commentary

You can set your watch by it, or at least your calendar. If it's a day of the week ending in "Y," the House congressional majority is preparing to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. These days are no exception: A repeal vote in the House is scheduled for this week, linked to a provision to...

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Lack Of Public Options Is How The Economy Gets Rigged Against Us 24.12.2015 Crooks Liars
In a country with a Constitution beginning with the words, "We the People," should our economy work for all of us instead of just a few of us? You would think it should work for We the People, but example after example shows how it is actually rigged to work for only a few people. Postal Banking Last week, in "Citizens Deliver 150K Petitions Demanding Postal Banking," made the point: "We can continue to have a rigged system that enables and encourages predators to take advantage of the public, or we can offer public options that protect and provide services for the public." Nearly 28 percent of U.S. households (54 percent of African-American households) are forced to turn to payday lenders, check-cashers and other financial predators, because they can't get accounts at private banks. Postal banking -- having the post office offer simple savings accounts, bill paying, debit card and ATM services and small loans -- would provide low-cost financial services through the nation’s 30,000 U.S. Post ...
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Tasmanian government plans to raise minimum smoking age to 21 or 25 21.12.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Most public health experts welcome the move, which would be a first for Australia if the proposed legislation goes ahead

The Tasmanian government’s proposal to raise the minimum legal smoking age from 18 to either 21 or 25 has received cautious approval from public health experts.

The move, aimed at reducing the state’s high smoking rates, is the centrepiece of the government’s Healthy Tasmania discussion paper, released by the state’s health minister, Michael Ferguson, on Sunday.

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Ben Carson Doesn’t Know Any More About Health Care Policy Than He Knows About The Constitution Or Foreign Policy 11.12.2015 The Moderate Voice
Ben Carson Health Plan

You might know Ben Carson as the ignorant theocratic who does not understand the Constitution of the United States or understand separation of church and state. Or you might know him as the Republican who had been challenging Donald Trump for leadership in the GOP race until it became apparent that he didn’t know a [...]

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Welsh government backs plan for 'pop tax' on sugary drinks 10.12.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Labour-led government reverses stance on Plaid Cymru proposal but Conservatives say levy is not the answer to obesity problems

The Welsh government has backed the idea of introducing a tax on sugary drinks in the battle to cut rates of obesity and diabetes.

The finance minister, Jane Hutt, told the Welsh assembly that a levy could “add to the armoury of initiatives” to tackle the problems associated with sugary drinks. She said: “There is a strong case in principle for developing proposals in relation to a levy.”

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