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Special Project | Money in Politics: Here’s how much health insurance companies paid Republicans to flip their vote on Trumpcare

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If the list of the 12 (or 13, depending on the source) members of the Senate working group writing a new Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill is any indicator, the new healthcare bill is very likely to be just as punishing, if not more, than the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

Tom Cahill, Resistance Report

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Healthcare%20%26%20Money.jpgMay 6, 2017 | While the House’s version of the American Health Care Act won’t be taken up by the Senate, the effort to repeal Obamacare is still chugging along.

If the list of the 12 (or 13, depending on the source) members of the Senate working group writing a new Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill is any indicator, the new healthcare bill is very likely to be just as punishing, if not more, than the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. 

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How to Reason with the Climate Change Denier in Your Life

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Talking about climate change can be tough and uncomfortable, but the conversation is always worth having.    Photo: Raymond Forbes LLC / Stocksy

A new book by two philosophy scholars imagines conversations with skeptics and deniers. Here are four lessons we learned from it.

Mary Catherine O'Connor, Outside

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Apr 26, 2017 | Everyone working to address climate change, from activists to scientists, knows that success depends in large part on their ability to convert climate change skeptics (or even straight-up deniers) into proponents for action. Most of us have someone in our lives—a family member, co-worker, or friend—whose views on climate change conflict with the latest science, and you’ve likely had some exasperating, polarizing, unconstructive conversations with them.

Philip Kitcher, an MIT professor of philosophy, and Evelyn Fox Keller, an MIT professor emerita of history and philosophy of science, have co-written a book that imagines six of those very conversations. The Seasons Alter: How to Save the Planet in Six Acts (W.W. Norton; $25) reads like six screenplays set in different locations and with two different people in each act. The dialogue—well, it probably won’t pass your sniff test. The authors describe the conversations in the book as “constructive, careful, and amicable,” but they mostly sound stiff.

https://www.outsideonline.com/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail_medium/public/migrated-images/mary1.jpg?itok=IdaTz811Mary Catherine O'Connor is a freelance journalist who writes the Adventure Ethics column, about the intersection of adventure and environment, for Outside online. 

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It’s Impossible to Support Single-Payer and Defend Obamacare

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“And tens of millions of people remain without health insurance,” (Dr. Margaret) Flowers said. “The ACA can’t change that because it will never be affordable to everyone. That’s why we need to end this failed healthcare experiment and embrace the proven solution, National Improved Medicare for All as embodied in HR 676.”

Related: The Only Way to Win Single Payer is to Leave the Democratic Party

Russell Mokhiber, Counterpunch

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April 25, 2017 | It’s impossible to promote single payer and defend Obamacare at the same time.

It’s impossible to have a credible unity tour between Bernie Sanders and Tom Perez.

It’s impossible to call yourself a populist and defend a law written by insurance industry lobbyists.

Let’s start with the so-called unity tour just completed with Sanders and Perez.

Russell Mokhiber is the editor of the Corporate Crime Reporter.

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The Only Way to Win Single Payer is to Leave the Democratic Party, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report / Greanville Post <>

  • http://www.greanvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/obamacare-healthcare-profits.jpgWhen supermajorities find that they cannot move their “own” political party to represent their interests, then it’s time to cut that party loose. “The best thing that the national majority and the Democratic super-majority can do, for the sake of everyone’s health and the future of democracy, is to leave the Democratic Party.” A national health disaster is looming. Single payer is the only solution.
  • “Sticking with the Democrats only encourages them in their loyalty to their corporate masters.”
  • Related: Nothing Short of a Single-Payer Health Plan Will Do

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The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life

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Considering the constant fatalities, rampant pollution, and exorbitant costs of ownership, there is no better word to characterize the car’s dominance than insane.

Edward Humes, the Atlantic 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Edward%20Humes%20%7C%20Door%20to%20Door%20jacket%20illus.jpgApr 12, 2017 | The car is the star. That’s been true for well over a century—unrivaled staying power for an industrial-age, pistons-and-brute-force machine in an era so dominated by silicon and software. Cars conquered the daily culture of American life back when top hats and child labor were in vogue, and well ahead of such other innovations as radio, plastic, refrigerators, the electrical grid, and women’s suffrage.

A big part of why they’ve stuck around is that they are the epitome of convenience. That’s the allure and the promise that’s kept drivers hooked, dating all the way back to the versatile, do-everything Ford Model T. Convenience (some might call it freedom) is not a selling point to be easily dismissed—this trusty conveyance, always there, always ready, on no schedule but its owner’s. Buses can’t do that. Trains can’t do that. Even Uber makes riders wait.

Edward Humes is a writer based in Seal Beach, California. He is the author of Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation.

 

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Series | ‘Days of Revolt’, Part 2: Chris Hedges, Tim DeChristopher Discuss Far-Reaching Effects of Climate Change

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  • Most scientists acknowledge that the current rate of climate change is unstoppable, but it’s time for the rest of the world to stop living in denial.
  • Part 2 in This Series

Chris Hedges, teleSUR / Truthdig

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Apr 26, 2016 | In Part 2 of  teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges sits down with Tim DeChristopher, founder of the Climate Disobedience Center.

The two analyze how the industrialized world fails to significantly confront climate change, beginning with the “exercise in make-believe” that was the 2015 Paris climate conference.

DeChristopher explains that the drastic effects of global warming aren’t just occurring in a vacuum. For example, water shortages in parts of the southern United States play out in areas with pre-existing social tensions, such as racism and xenophobia, creating the potential to trigger violent human responses. Another example is Syria, where, as DeChristopher points out, the CIA actually admitted that climate change accelerated the beginning of civil war.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society.  

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Previously in This Series

Part 1: Chris Hedges, Jill Stein Take On the Scam of American Politics

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