Posted in Analysis Government Politics

Biden gives Congress his vision to ‘win the 21st century’ – scholars react

President Joe Biden spoke to Congress on April 28, 2021, with a historic duo flanking him: two women, one of them African American. Vice President Kamala Harris called the proceedings to order; Speaker of the House Nancy…

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Posted in Hospitals Investigations Pro Publica

The Two Hospitals Have Similar Infant Death Rates — Until You Look at Extremely Premature Babies

Lax state oversight leaves unanswered questions about the deaths of extremely preterm babies at Albuquerque’s Lovelace Women’s Hospital, which markets itself as a state-of-the-art newborn facility. Experts say transparency could save lives. by Bryant Furlow, New…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Rural America

Rural Americans in pharmacy deserts hurting for Covid vaccines

by Markian Hawryluk March 3, 2021 As the Biden administration accelerates a plan to use pharmacies to distribute covid-19 vaccines, significant areas of the country lack brick-and-mortar pharmacies capable of administering the protective shots. A recent…

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Posted in Coronavirus News

Sanders rips Netanyahu for sending Covid vaccines to foreign allies as Palestinians denied access

‘Outrageous’ The U.S. senator from Vermont denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for sending spare vaccines overseas “while so many Palestinians in the occupied territories are still waiting.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, February 25,…

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Posted in Income Equality News Restart 2021

Majority of US voters want government to invest more in healthcare, education, and fighting poverty

57% of the electorate thinks the government doesn’t spend enough on anti-poverty initiatives, while 56% want to see more investment in education and healthcare. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, February 24, 2021     Lawmakers…

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Posted in Coronavirus Hospitals

Dying on the waitlist

In Los Angeles County and around the country, doctors have had to decide who gets a lifesaving COVID-19 treatment and who doesn’t.  by David Armstrong and Marshall Allen Thursday, February 18, 2021 In early December, Miguel…

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Posted in Analysis

The government Donald Trump left behind

Trump ultimately fell short on many of his signature promises, but his administration’s successes in cutting taxes, rolling back regulations and reshaping the judiciary will cast a long shadow. by Chris Morran Saturday, January 30, 2021…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health News

Vaccination disarray leaves seniors confused about when they can get a shot

In Arizona, “it’s up to each county to come up and execute a plan for vaccine distribution,” said Dana Kennedy, state director of AARP Arizona. by Judith Graham Thursday, January 14, 2021 For weeks, doctors’ phones…

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Posted in Arizona Health Care Investigations Pro Publica

After a violent crime, Arizona promised reforms for people with developmental disabilities. It has yet to deliver.

After a woman with developmental disabilities was raped and gave birth to a child in a state home, a task force recommended changes to improve care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable residents. Only a third…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Health

How COVID-19 hollowed out a generation of young black men

They were pillars of their communities and families, and they are not replaceable. To understand why COVID-19 killed so many young Black men, you need to know the legend of John Henry. by Akilah Johnson and…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Public Health

Vaccinating Black Americans is essential. Key states aren’t doing the work to combat hesitancy

States and the federal government also don’t reliably collect data so we won’t have a good idea of whether the vaccine is reaching these critical populations. by Caroline Chen, Ryan Gabrielson and Topher Sanders Though African…

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Posted in Accountability Health Care Investigations

This system Is supposed to protect people with developmental disabilities. It is falling apart.

Arizona’s Independent Oversight Committees helped make it one of the best places to live as a person with DD. But now they say the state isn’t giving them what they need. by Amy Silverman for Arizona…

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Posted in Investigations News Pro Publica Town Hall

Join us for an event about our investigation into Arizona’s Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services

Hear from people featured in our investigation into services for people with developmental disabilities living in Arizona, at a free, virtual event on Dec. 16. The event will also feature people who were instrumental in making…

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Posted in Analysis Safety Net Unemployment

Shoplifting of essentials on rise as millions struggle to feed families

“This state of austerity is an artificial cruelty designed to redistribute wealth, enrich the obscenely wealthy, and keep us under the thumb of employers and politicians.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, December 10, 2020 With…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus

Rich nations hoard vaccines while 90% of people in poor countries denied ‘escape route from pandemic’

“Unless something changes dramatically, billions of people around the world will not receive a safe and effective vaccine for Covid-19 for years to come.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, December 9, 2020 Nine out of…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Health Insurance Private Insurance

Think your health care is covered? Beware of the ‘junk’ insurance plan

  by Michelle Andrews December 4, 2020 Looking back, Sam Bloechl knows that when the health insurance broker who was helping him find a plan asked whether he’d ever been diagnosed with a major illness, that…

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Rathke: Have Doctors and Hospitals Joined Banks as Fraudsters?

New York City     It’s the holiday season when old time movies used to give us hope that miracles might happen.  Santa might climb down from the chimney, if you had a chimney anymore.  There were…

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Rathke: The transplant system is needlessly allowing patients to die

New Orleans       There are no good ways to die, but emphysema is a tough way to go. I watched my grandfather die that way as a child.  He was weak and housebound in his last…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Pro Publica

Trump races to weaken environmental and worker protections, and implement other last-minute policies, before Jan. 20

The Trump administration is rushing to approve dozens of eleventh-hour policy changes. Among them: The Justice Department is fast-tracking a rule that could reintroduce firing squads and electrocutions to federal executions. by Isaac Arnsdorf  Six days…

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Posted in Common Dreams Family Separation Immigration News

Trump Admin rejected plan to provide mental healthcare to separated families

‘Heartlessness Mixed With Political Power’ “The pain this administration has inflicted on so many children and their families is infuriating.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, November 19, 2020 Along with pushing the White House immigration…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Unemployment insurance

12 Million set to lose jobless benefits after Christmas

‘About to Be Catapulted Off a Cliff’ Study Shows  “With no end to the pandemic in sight, and a cutoff of nearly all federal unemployment benefits by year’s end looming on the horizon, inaction by Congress…

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Posted in Aging Analysis Kaiser Health News Safety Net

Starving Seniors: how America fails to feed its aging

Millions of seniors across the country quietly go hungry as the safety net designed to catch them frays. Nearly 8% of Americans 60 and older were “food insecure” in 2017. Laura Ungar and Trudy Lieberman September…

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Posted in Columns Health Care Wade Rathke

Moving forward on US healthcare

by Wade Rathke Sunday, November 15, 2020 New Orleans    Breaking away from a meeting with our new tenant organizers at a table in front of Publix grocery store in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, I had…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Medicine

Clots, strokes and rashes: is COVID a disease of the blood vessels?

by Will Stone Friday, November 13, 2020 Whether it’s strange rashes on the toes or blood clots in the brain, the widespread ravages of COVID-19 have increasingly led researchers to focus on how the novel coronavirus…

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