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Priced Out of Health Insurance, Americans Rig Their Own Safety Nets

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  • Consumers frustrated by high costs are bypassing the bureaucracy with patchwork plans.
  • “It’s not like I’m trying to say, just go without insurance… . “You have to find something that’s going to work for you.”
  • Related: The GOP’s New Pre-Existing Conditions Promise Is A Fraud.

John Tozzi, Bloomberg

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August 22, 2018 | When their son Sky was born four years ago, Lindsie and Chris Bergevin were hit with a big surprise: $7,000 in bills for the birth that their health plan didn’t cover. Sky was two when the couple jettisoned their medical insurance, which helped them eventually pay off the debt.

Now that they’re ready to have a second child, they’re not going back to their old coverage, with its premiums of more than $350 a month. Instead, they’ve patched together an alternative through a religious group and a primary-care doctor whom they can visit anytime for a monthly fee.

John Tozzi: news, political analysis, commentary, long-form features, polling, original video, interactive graphics, and more.

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The GOP’s New Pre-Existing Conditions Promise Is A Fraud. Jeffrey Young, HuffPost

Senate Republicans claim their bill will protect people with pre-existing conditions. It won’t — unlike Obamacare, which does.
 

 


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What If Banks Were Publicly Owned? In LA, This May Soon Be A Reality.

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  • Voters will decide in November whether to take city money out of the hands of big banks.
  • Related: From the Archives | Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks.

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08/18/2018 | York congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 33-year-old activist and organizer thundered, “We are witnessing the emergence of a solution, from profit and greed to collective prosperity. We can empower our community from the ground up. It’s time to take our power back.”

Tran’s organization, Public Bank LA, is leading the revival of an idea that had largely been discarded until the financial crisis. In November, Los Angeles voters will have the opportunity to approve a public bank for the city. If the measure passes, it would become the first government-owned bank developed in the United States since 1919.

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From the Archives | Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks. Ellen Brown, Web of Debt / Truthdig

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Amazon Is Used to Promote White Supremacist Merchandise and Views, Report Says

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Amazon, which reported a net income of more than $1.6 billion in the first quarter of this year, is facing criticism that hate groups use it to sell merchandise and promote their ideas. Credit Bryan Anselm for the New York (NY)Times

  • Amazon is helping to line the pockets of hate groups.
  • “This is a conversation about morals and ethics and their own terms of service,” said Danielle Citron, a professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and author of the book “Hate Crimes in Cyberspace.”
  • Related: How did we let modern slavery become part of our everyday lives?

Mihir Zaveri, New York (NY) Times

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July 8, 2018 | Two nonprofits are criticizing Amazon for allowing its platforms to spread white supremacy and racism, identifying in a report how shoppers can buy onesies for babies stamped with alt-right images, Nazi-themed action figures and anti-Semitic books and music.

The report, which was released on Friday by the Partnership for Working Families and the Action Center on Race and the Economy, said Amazon’s policies allow it to bar hateful or offensive merchandise and content, but the policies are “weak and inadequately enforced” and allow hate groups to “generate revenue, propagate their ideas and grow their movements.”

Mihir Zaveri covers breaking news for The New York (NY) Times. He was previously a reporter for the Houston (TX) Chronicle, where he was part of a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news for their coverage of Hurricane Harvey.

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How did we let modern slavery become part of our everyday lives? Felicity Lawrence, the Guardian

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  • Society abhors exploitation but we are complicit. The cheap goods and services consumers expectmakes exploitation inevitable.
  • Related: Amazon’s Wal-Mart problem: Why low wages, working conditions,  and disdain for culture will hurt us all.


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Sen. Smith’s PolyMet amendment: Corporate welfare? Pandering? Or just a reasonable deal?

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  • Part 1: Sen. Tina Smith gets behind PolyMet land exchange
  • Democratic U.S.senatorsponsorsamendment to codify Iron Range deal. 
  • Part 2: Sen. Smith’s PolyMet amendment: Corporate welfare? Pandering? Or just a reasonable deal?
  • The heated debate over the role of mining in northern Minnesota has become full of political landmines for Democratic politicians.
  • Minnesotans - Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine.

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Part 1: Sen. Tina Smith gets behind PolyMet land exchange.

 

http://stmedia.stimg.co/ows_152910442257794.jpg?w=525U.S. Sen. Tina Smith spoke at the DFL State Convention in June. Smith has gotten behind a land swap to accomodate construction of a copper-nickel mine on Minnesota's Iron Range. Anthony Souffle - Star Tribune file

Democratic U.S. senator sponsors amendment to codify Iron Range deal. 

Maya Rao, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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June 15, 2018 | U.S. Sen. Tina Smith is joining other Minnesota elected officials in supporting a land exchange to enable a proposed copper-nickel mine on the Iron Range, a move that aligns her with many other of the state's top DFLers but has faced strong pushback from environmentalists.

Smith is sponsoring a Senate measure to codify the land swap, already underway by the U.S. Forest Service, to make way for PolyMet Mining's long-in-the-works project. It would also nullify four lawsuits seeking to block the move.

Maya Rao, Reporter, Washington Bureau, wrote for The Press of Atlantic City and The Philadelphia Inquirer before moving to Minnesota in January 2012.

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Part 2: Sen. Smith’s PolyMet amendment: Corporate welfare? Pandering? Or just a reasonable deal?

The heated debate over the role of mining in northern Minnesota has become full of political landmines for Democratic politicians.

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/PolyMet%20NorthMet%20Mine.jpgJun 13, 2018 | The heated debate over the role of mining in northern Minnesota has become full of political landmines for Democratic politicians, not only in local races like the one in the 8th Congressional District, but also in statewide contests.

At the same time, Smith has not yet been elected to this seat, and she has worked since taking office in January to build a legislative record she can run on in November. That now includes some definitive action on mining: last week, she and Sen. Amy Klobuchar introduced an amendment to the annual federal defense spending bill to expedite an exchange of Minnesota land between the federal government and the mining company PolyMet.

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Minnesotans - Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Minnesotans: Stop the proposed PolyMet mine
  • We can do better thanendangeringourground water, rivers, and Lake Superior. Do the right thing!
  • Part 2: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures
  • Not mentioning the hundreds of leaky tailings dams or the potential catastrophic breaches that will likely occur.

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