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The GOP’s New Pre-Existing Conditions Promise Is A Fraud


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

Jeffrey Young, HuffPost

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http://www.greanvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/obamacare-healthcare-profits.jpg08/24/2018 | Making sure people who have pre-existing health conditions don’t get screwed by health insurance companies is very popular. So popular that a bunch of Republican senators who are freaked out about the party’s electoral prospects have introduced legislation to guarantee that no Americans may be denied coverage because of their medical history.

At least that’s what the senators say it will do. Here’s the thing, though: That’s bogus.
The debut of this phony bill Friday is the latest installment in Republicans’ long-running campaign to make the health care system worse for anyone who has ever been sick while loudly proclaiming they are doing the opposite.

https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/59820d7815000027008b4c13.jpg?ops=100_100Jeffrey Young is a senior reporter at HuffPost based in New York. He has covered health care, business, and politics for more than 15 years at organizations including Bloomberg News and the Hill.

 

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Priced Out of Health Insurance, Americans Rig Their Own Safety Nets. John Tozzi, Bloomberg

  • https://assets.bwbx.io/images/users/iqjWHBFdfxIU/iZOqRa.aKFw8/v0/1400x-1.jpgConsumers 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.

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Football Won’t Turn Boys Into Men

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In truth, the same sport that’s supposed to help our boys grow up into “real men” is killing them.

Jessica Luther, HuffPost

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08/21/2018 | A few years ago, the head coach at Michigan, Jim Harbaugh, characterized football as the “last bastion of hope for toughness in America in men, in males.” (Rush Limbaugh heartily agreed.) This is an old, gendered idea and one often repeated about football in particular ― that boys need to be tough and football will make them so.

In truth, the same sport that’s supposed to help our boys grow up into “real men” is killing them.

https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5a5fd9901f00001b00db9451.png?ops=100_100Jessica Luther, Columnist, HuffPost, is a freelance journalist, author of "Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football And The Politics Of Rape," and co-host of the feminist sports podcast "Burn It All Down."

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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.

Business North / MinnPost

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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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After Drug Plan Shows Trump 'Will Do Nothing About Their Greed,' Big Pharma Stocks Soar

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  • "Don't be fooled: President Trump and his administration are bought and paid for by Big Pharma."  —Brad Woodhouse, Protect Our Care
  • Related: Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 9: How do we create a high-value health care system?

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

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http://www.kfai.org/files/images/health%20care%20symbol%20screw.jpgFriday, May 11, 2018 | In a strong indication that investors and major pharmaceutical companies know President Donald Trump's newly unveiled drug plan "will do nothing to rein in their greed," Big Pharma stocks soared on Friday as Trump delivered a brief and extremely vague speech promising to lower drug costs that critics called a "cover-up for the sweetheart deal" he's offering America's price-gouging drugmakers.

"When big pharmaceutical companies' stocks spike during your big reveal on lowering prices, you're doing something wrong," Brad Woodhouse, campaign director of Protect Our Care, said in a statement following Trump's speech on Friday. "Don't be fooled: President Trump and his administration are bought and paid for by Big Pharma."

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Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 9: How do we create a high-value health care system? Michael Panicola, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

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  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 9: Admittedly, we need to do more than what's been proposed above to rectify the current problems and impending crisis in U.S. health care. However, without accepting the moral and practical urgency of universal health coverage and the equally critical need to overhaul health care financing and delivery, all reform efforts are doomed to fail.

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What Entities are Behind the Reckless Endangerment of Northern Minnesota and its Water Resources?

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PolyMet NorthMet mine (PolyMet) Public News Service   

  • There has not been a single [copper mine] that has not permanently polluted the ground water and the downstream watersheds.
  • Related: Minnesotans - Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine

 

Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn, Duluth Reader  / Rise Up Times

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March 8, 2018 |  Everywhere in the world where copper mines have been dug and the poisonous tailing’s ponds have been installed, there has not been a single one that has not permanently polluted the ground water and the downstream watersheds, often catastrophically.



One must ask: “Are any of you pro-copper/nickel/sulfide mining politicians listening?” This means you, Amy Klobuchar,  Mark Dayton, Rick Nolan, Tom Bakk, Kurt Daude, David Tomassoni, Tom Rukavina, Chris Coleman, Paul Thissen ,Tim Walz, Pete Stauber, to name just a few of the many politicians that may be somehow beholden to non-ferrous mining interests because of campaign "contributions."   



Here is an incomplete list of some of the culprits:

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQOM0p-Rh5iTDYFSeyPCvJYubV5dYdlgN_hNKO9ZJM39uasXry8 Gary G. Kohls is a retired physician who writes about issues of war, peace, justice, mental health and nonviolence and feels it is important to mix religion and non-partisan politics. 

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Minnesotans - Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest <http://evergreenedigest.org>

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Part 1: Minnesotans: Stop the proposed PolyMet mine
We can do better than endangering our ground 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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