|Date ||Article Name||Location||About|
|04/17/15||How America Reduced Its Healthcare Spending by $2 Trillion||theatlantic.com||Health & Welfare & Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)|
|The early days of the Obama administration were a chaos of uncertainty, between the historic housing bust, historic market crash, and historic armada of stimulus. But one thing was clear about the U.S. economy in 2008 going forward: Healthcare would keep on keeping on, in its insatiable way, adding more jobs, soaking up more tax dollars, and demanding a growing share of an American family's budget. In the worst recession in 80 years, it was the one industry that seemed truly recession-proof.|
|04/16/15||Chris Christie says his Social Security plan hurts the rich, but it really hurts the poor||vox.com||Social Security, Matthew Yglesias & Chris Ch...|
|In a speech delivered April 14 in New Hampshire, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie proposed a large across-the-board cut in Social Security benefits that would primarily target poor Americans. In a remarkable bit of political salesmanship, he also managed to get this covered in the press as primarily a proposal to reduce benefits for wealthy retirees.
The proposal is part of an effort by Christie, whose 2016 chances have dimmed considerably in recent years, to position himself as the Republican brave enough to take on t...|
|04/14/15||'Religious Freedom' Laws Threaten To Roll Back Women's Access To Basic Health Care||thinkprogress.org||Health & Welfare, Religious Right & Freedom...|
|Presidential candidates, the Christian Right, and the entire state of Indiana are still reeling from the fallout over Indiana’s recent attempt to enact a broad “religious freedom” law designed to allow for LGBT discrimination. And despite the national outrage over that law, similar fights are brewing in Arkansas and Louisiana.
Most of the conversation around these state-level policies, which are modeled on the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), centers on the legislation’s discriminatory effect on LGBT cit...|
|04/06/15||Science Shows Marijuana Can Help Kill Tumors, Federal Government Admits||thinkprogress.org||Science & Technology & Health & Welfare|
|The information war about marijuana may have turned a new page with the federal government’s acknowledgment of a recent study that found the plant can significantly reduce aggressive types of brain tumors when combined with radiation treatment, endorsing what medicinal marijuana advocates have long affirmed as its healing properties.
A team of researchers from St. George’s University of London recorded reductions in high-grade glioma masses — a deadly form of brain cancer — in mice. The mice’s tumors shrank after they we...|
|03/26/15||Welfare Makes America More Entrepreneurial||theatlantic.com||Welfare Program, Walter Frick & Entrepreneurs|
|In 1988, Ronald Reagan traveled to the Soviet Union and gave a speech at Moscow State University, making the case for capitalism. America’s secret, he argued, was its entrepreneurs, whose “courage to take risks” was responsible “for almost all the economic growth in the United States” and much of its technological edge. This risk-taking was made possible, he continued, by economic freedom, which he associated with “limited, unintrusive” government.
Reagan was right about the link between startups and growth, but wrong in...|
|03/25/15||Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' Segment Leads To Huge Change For Veterans||huffingtonpost.com||Veterans Benefits, Jon Stewart & The Daily S...|
|"The Daily Show" has just made a huge difference in the lives of veterans, helping many gain access to a program they were unfairly kept from using.
The Choice Program, which was put in place to speed access to medical care after it was revealed that some patients had been waiting months for treatment, allows veterans who live far from VA facilities to get out-of-network care closer to home.
The problem? To be eligible, you have to live 40 miles from the nearest VA facility using "as-the-crow-flies" miles.|
|03/12/15||Why Republicans Will Never, Ever Have a Real Health-Care Plan, in 7 Charts||nymag.com||Health & Welfare & Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)|
|In an obvious attempt to persuade the Supreme Court that the latest Obamacare lawsuit would not sow massive disruption, three Republican Senators recently wrote an op-ed headlined, “We have a plan for fixing health care.” The text that follows is a refutation of the headline. It runs a mere 508 words, unusually short for an op-ed, and only a few sentences of which even purport to describe an actual plan. They “will give states the freedom and flexibility to create better, more competitive health insurance markets offering m...|
|03/10/15||Obama Directs Changes to Make Student Loan Navigation Easier||bloomberg.com||Student Loans, Barack Obama & College Studen...|
|President Barack Obama took administration action Tuesday aimed at helping federal student loan borrowers navigate the repayment process and tightening rules for private companies servicing school debt.
Obama directed the U.S. Education Department to create a website that gives borrowers a simple way to lodge complaints about lenders, collection agencies and universities.
The government also will create a centralized portal for borrowers to access information about and pay their federal loans, regardless of which cont...|
|03/10/15||Obama to announce changes for student loan repayment||reuters.com||Student Loans & Barack Obama|
|President Barack Obama is slated to speak to students at Georgia Tech on Tuesday about how he wants to make the process of repaying student loans easier to understand and manage.
Obama will sign a “student aid bill of rights” and will speak about an assortment of policy tweaks and projects to try to make it easier to help people with student loans pay back their debt.
"It's our responsibility to make sure that the 40 million Americans with student loans are aware of resources to manage their debt, and that we are doin...|
|03/09/15||Once again, Obamacare is turning out to be cheaper than expected||motherjones.com||Health & Welfare & Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)|
|Here's some good news: the latest report from the CBO has reduced its estimate of the cost of Obamacare. This is due partly to a slight decrease in the number of people CBO expects to be covered, but mostly due a lower estimate of the cost of insurance premiums. Thanks to this, federal subsidies are estimated at $209 billion less over a ten-year period, and the cost of CHIP and Medicaid is estimated at $73 billion less. However, there are also reductions in expected revenues from Obamacare's excise tax, so the net reduction...|
|03/09/15||Why Jim Webb thinks America should pay more attention to criminal justice and Alzheimer’s||vox.com||Health & Welfare, Laws & Crime & Ezra Klein|
|There are few political careers more varied than James Webb’s. He served in Ronald Reagan’s administration — first as assistant secretary of defense for Reserve Affairs, and then as secretary of the Navy from 1984 to 1988. After leaving politics to write, he returned in 2006 as the Democratic Party’s great veteran hope: a war hero and ex-Reagan official who opposed the Iraq War and never seemed weak doing it. He upset an incumbent to take a Senate seat in Virginia, and then, six years later, at the outset of an election he...|
|02/05/15||The Pentagon’s Secret Putin Diagnosis||politico.com||Health & Welfare, Vladimir Putin & The Penta...|
|Do you like watching Internet videos and then drawing broad, sweeping, pseudoscientific conclusions about the people involved? If so, congratulations, you might be qualified to join the Pentagon’s secret team investigating the nonverbal cues of powerful world leaders.
Yesterday, following Freedom of Information Act requests by a group of news organizations including Politico, the Pentagon released two studies, both published here in full for the first time, analyzing Vladimir Putin's inner demons—or at least those inner...|
|02/02/15||Christie takes fire over controversial vaccine comments||vox.com||Health & Welfare, Chris Christie & Children|
|Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), asked Monday to comment on the ongoing measles outbreak, at first opted not to affirmatively recommend that parents vaccinate their children. Instead, the likely presidential candidate said parents should have "some measure of choice" in deciding whether their children are vaccinated, according to multiple reports.|
|01/29/15||Jeb 'Put Me Through Hell’||politico.com||Health & Welfare, Michael Kruse & Jeb Bush|
|Sitting recently on his brick back patio here, Michael Schiavo called Jeb Bush a vindictive, untrustworthy coward.
For years, the self-described “average Joe” felt harassed, targeted and tormented by the most important person in the state.
“It was a living hell,” he said, “and I blame him.”
Michael Schiavo was the husband of Terri Schiavo, the brain-dead woman from the Tampa Bay area who ended up at the center of one of the most contentious, drawn-out conflicts in the history of America’s culture wars. The fight ov...|
|01/22/15||The World in 2030 - Susan B. Glasser||politico.com||Health & Welfare & International Relations|
|You don’t generally think of Bill and Melinda Gates as pundits. But with their foundation pouring billions of dollars into global development, in effect the two are in the (highly data-driven) prediction business: placing bets on which investments will change the world the most. In their annual letter, released today, the two hazard some fairly specific guesses about the biggest changes in the world over the next 15 years, from cutting the number of childhood deaths in half and reducing deaths in childbirth by two-thirds to...|
|01/15/15||This is what happens when you lock children in solitary confinement||motherjones.com||Prisons, Health & Welfare & Dana Liebelson|
|ONE NIGHT IN MARCH 2013, a 17-year-old named Kenny was walking with a friend through farm country in Reilly Township, Ohio. The boys had been drinking and were checking car doors in the hope of finding a little money when they came across a pickup with keys in the ignition. They decided to take it for a spin.
If you hadn't guessed by now, Kenny wasn't exactly thinking straight. He was just three weeks out of court-ordered rehab for marijuana possession and public intoxication, and his dad had just caught him stealing his...|
|01/15/15||Obamacare Has Reversed A Negative Trend. Researchers Call It 'Remarkable.'||thinkprogress.org||Health & Welfare & Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)|
|For the first time in a decade, the number of people struggling to pay their medical bills has started to decline, according to a new survey released on Thursday by the Commonwealth Fund. The researchers attributed the historic drop to the number of people gaining insurance under the health care reform law.
Between 2012 and 2014 — as Obamacare’s main coverage expansion took effect — the Commonwealth researchers found that the number of people who had issues paying for health treatment dropped from 41 percent to 35 percen...|
|12/30/14||With 15 Children Dead, CDC Declares Flu Epidemic||abcnews.go.com||Health & Welfare & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention|
|Fifteen children have died from complications of the flu so far this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted, as it officially declared the illness an epidemic.
The number of states reporting a high amount of “influenza-like” illness activity has increased from 13 to 22 since last week’s report from the agency, with outbreaks in every region of the country.|
|12/23/14||Judge Takes Away Minimum Wage Protections From Home Care Workers||thinkprogress.org||Minimum Wage, Health & Welfare & District Co...|
|On Monday, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon struck down a rule change issued by the Department of Labor that would have extended minimum wage and overtime pay protections to home care workers come January.
In 1974, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) — the law requires American employers to pay their workers at least the minimum wage and extra pay for overtime hours — was expanded to cover domestic workers. Yet a carve-out was included for those who provide “care and fellowship” to the elderly and disabled in their homes...|
|12/16/14||The Obamacare paradox: the law looks terrible but is doing great||vox.com||Health & Welfare & Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)|
|Politically, Obamacare has had a terrible past few weeks. First there was inaccurate enrollment data (the administration wrongly included dental plans). Then there were Jon Gruber's comments on "the stupidity of American voters." And it was capped off with Sen. Chuck Schumer saying that passing the law was a mistake. That led to headlines like: "Dark days ahead for Obamacare," "The Obamacare controversy grows" and my own "Obamacare's terrible, horrible, no good very bad month."|