|Date ||Article Name||Location||About|
|02/27/14||Report: Almost 4 million with mental illness won’t be covered in states that don’t expand Medicaid||washingtonpost.com||Medicaid & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)|
|States that decide not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will leave more than 3.7 million Americans with mental illness without health-care coverage, according to a new report from an organization that represents mental health professionals.
Almost one in five Americans between the ages of 18-34 who live without health insurance and make less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level suffer from serious psychological distress, the report by the American Mental Health Counselors Association says. In sta...|
|02/13/14||Medicare column: How to sign up for Medicare||yumasun.com||Medicare|
|So you’re turning 65. Congratulations! It’s time to start taking advantage of your Medicare benefits. And just how do you do that?|
|02/11/14||STUDY: GOP Obstruction Is Leaving Nearly 6 Million Americans Without Medicaid Coverage||thinkprogress.org||Medicaid & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)|
|Approximately 5.8 million of the poorest Americans who would have been eligible for Medicaid had their states expanded the program under the Affordable Care Act will either go uninsured or be forced to find other, more expensive means of health coverage, according to a detailed new county-by-county analysis by the Urban Institute.
So far, 25 states and the District of Columbia have committed to accepting generous federal funds to raise Medicaid eligibility to all Americans earning up to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty...|
|02/08/14||The Koch brothers’ group is getting involved in Louisiana’s Obamacare fight||washingtonpost.com||Medicaid & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)|
|A major opponent of Obamacare is doubling down in Louisiana ahead of the start of that state’s 2014 legislative session.
The state chapter of Americans for Prosperity — the national tea party group founded by brothers Charles and David Koch — launched on Jan. 2 and is pressing each of Louisiana’s 144 lawmakers to pledge opposition to expanding Medicaid under the law.|
|01/23/14||Fox News Perpetuates 'Urban Myth' That Food Stamps Can Buy Pot||talkingpointsmemo.com||Food Stamp Program, Fox News & Department of...|
|Can Coloradans purchase their new-fangled recreational marijuana with food stamps? The Associated Press calls it "an urban myth." The U.S. Department of Agriculture's guidance appears pretty explicit in forbidding anything like the procurement of narcotics, even legal ones, with government benefits. But Fox News is still sounding the siren that taxpayer dollars could be paying for people to smoke up.|
|01/23/14||Utah To Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare, GOP Governor Announces||huffingtonpost.com||Medicaid & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)|
|Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) announced Thursday that his state will expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
"Doing nothing ... I've taken off the table," Herbert said, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. "Doing nothing is not an option."|
|01/20/14||Law’s Expanded Medicaid Coverage Brings a Surge in Sign-Ups||nytimes.com||Medicaid & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)|
|Sharon Mills, a disabled nurse, long depended on other people’s kindness to manage her diabetes. She scrounged free samples from doctors’ offices, signed up for drug company discounts and asked for money from her parents and friends. Her church often helped, but last month used its charitable funds to help repair other members’ furnaces.|
|01/16/14||Here's the latest GOP assault on food stamps.||motherjones.com||Food Stamp Program, David Vitter & 113th Con...|
|On Wednesday, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) introduced a bill that would force recipients of food stamps to show a valid photo ID to buy food. Anti-hunger advocates say that because many poor people cannot afford to purchase government IDs, the requirement would make it harder for low-income Americans to eat.|
|01/14/14||Watch this NC Senate candidate explain why food stamps are "slavery"||motherjones.com||Food Stamp Program & North Carolina|
|North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Greg Brannon has an interesting argument for eliminating food stamps: "slavery." In a videotaped interview with the North Carolina Tea Party in October, Brannon, a Rand Paul-endorsed doctor who is top contender for the GOP nomination to take on Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, cited James Madison in making the case for abolishing the Department of Agriculture—and with it, the $76 billion-a-year Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. Brannon has a real chanc...|
|01/11/14||Marco Rubio’s cynical new low: A poverty plan destined to fail||salon.com||Welfare Program, Marco Rubio & Florida|
|Truth be told, 2013 was not a good year for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
His great achievement — helping to shepherd a comprehensive immigration reform bill through the Senate — proved pyrrhic. It immediately died in the House (though rumors of a piecemeal revivification abound) and its passage in the Senate thoroughly pissed off a conservative base that, in the grip of a profound racial panic, is obsessed with dreaded “amnesty.”|
|01/11/14||Government Spends More on Corporate Welfare Subsidies than Social Welfare Programs||thinkbynumbers.org||Welfare Program, Big Businesses & Poor|
|About $59 billion is spent on traditional social welfare programs. $92 billion is spent on corporate subsidies. So, the government spent 50% more on corporate welfare than it did on food stamps and housing assistance in 2006.|
|01/10/14||Single Mothers Are Not America’s Real Welfare Queens||thedailybeast.com||Welfare Program, Republican Party & Conserva...|
|In the past couple of years, conservative media has developed a narrative to marry social conservative angst about women’s greater freedom to economic conservative desires to slash government programs to relieve poverty: Argue that single women, single mothers especially, are using government generosity so they can rebelliously refuse to get married.|
|01/10/14||Doctors Slam Proposed Food Stamp Cuts: 'The Dumbest Thing You Can Do Is Cut Nutrition'||thinkprogress.org||Food Stamp Program|
|Although slashing nutritional assistance might yield short-term budgetary savings, doctors warn that will come at the expense of higher health care costs in the future.|
|01/09/14||Sheila Jackson Lee proposes new term for 'welfare'||chron.com||Welfare Program|
|The congresswoman went on to speak well of the Earned Income Credit, food and nutrition programs, jobs training and education programs, Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act as "huge safety nets - not handouts, but safety nets," the Minority Report said.|
|01/08/14||Racism, Sexism, And The 50-Year Campaign To Undermine The War On Poverty||thinkprogress.org||Welfare Program, Racism & Republican Party|
|A timeline of conservatives' efforts to systematically undermine the programs that shaped Johnson's War on Poverty and forever changed Americans' perception about the role of government.|
|01/08/14||The War on Poverty Was Not About Welfare. That’s Why It Worked.||politico.com||Welfare Program, Lyndon B. Johnson & Poor|
|Conservatives have never liked the War on Poverty, which began 50 years ago this week when President Lyndon Johnson declared, in his 1964 State of the Union Address, an “unconditional war on poverty in America” and urged Congress and all Americans to join with him in that effort.|
|01/08/14||Noam Chomsky: U.S. Politics Are Now 'Pure Savagery'||huffingtonpost.com||Political & Economic Systems & Unemployment Benefits|
|Author and activist Noam Chomsky said that the congressional controversy over extending unemployment benefits is evidence that American politics has descended into madness.
"The refusal to provide very minimal living standards to people who are caught in this monstrosity -- that's just pure savagery," Chomsky said during an interview with HuffPost Live. "There's no other word for it."|
|01/07/14||Think America has the world’s best health care system? You won’t after seeing this chart.||washingtonpost.com||Health & Welfare & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)|
|This, from Austin Frakt over at the Incidental Economist, is a terrifying chart. It shows potential years of life lost to different diseases, from circulatory issues to congenital defects, in the United States compared with other OECD countries.|
|01/06/14||Poverty in a Cup: Why a Federal Judge Rejected a Florida Drug-Test Requirement||theatlantic.com||Welfare Program & Liberal Federal Judges|
|You didn't miss much on the privacy beat if you spent the first days of 2014 on an off-the-grid tropical vacation. The Justice Department notified U.S. District Judge Richard Leon that it intends to appeal his December ruling that jeopardizes the nation's metadata bulk surveillance operations. And the ACLU notified U.S. District Judge William Pauley that it intends to appeal his ruling last month that endorsed the legality of that very program. It will be springtime, at least, before all the briefing in these appeals are co...|
|01/06/14||Congress begins new year as showdown on jobless benefits looms||reuters.com||Unemployment Benefits, 113th Senate & Poor|
|The U.S. Congress on Monday began what promises to be another combative year by bracing for a showdown over a White House-backed bill to renew unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans.
A vote was expected at about 6:30 p.m. EST (23:30 GMT) on whether to begin debating the measure. It has the support of President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats, who say the action is needed to help the unemployed and their families, and protect the U.S. economy.|