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Three reasons the US doesn’t have universal health coverage

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  • As long as these facts remain, there is little reason to expect universal coverage in America anytime soon, regardless of who becomes president.
  • Related: Health Care Is A Right, Not A Business

Timothy Callaghan, Raw Story

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26 Oct 2016 | Amidst the partisan rancor and the unusual tilt toward questions on civility during the second and third presidential debates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump drew the attention of health experts when they articulated their path forward for health policy in America.

Responding to questions about the lack of affordability in the Affordable Care Act, the candidates detailed how they would address the increasingly glaring flaws in President Obama’s signature policy achievement. Mr. Trump, who called the ACA a “disaster,” has pushed for repeal of the law. He wants to replace it with block grants for Medicaid and the sale of health insurance across state lines.

Timothy Callaghan, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University

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Health Care Is A Right, Not A Business, Richard (RJ) Eskow, Huffington Post   

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  • Government’s first obligation is to protect rights, not profits. When the Declaration of Independence proclaimed our “unalienable rights” to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” it even put “life” first.
  • Related: Bullying executives won't result in lower prescription drug costs.

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One in five CEOs are psychopaths, new study finds

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  • Proportion of psychopath corporate executives 'similar to prison population'
  • How much of a psychopath is Donald Trump? Worse than Hitler, apparently.

Harriet Agerholm, Independent

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Tuesday 13 September 2016 | Around one in five corporate bosses are psychopaths - a proportion similar to that among prisoners - according to a new study.

Research conducted by forensic psychologist Nathan Brooks from Bond University found 21 per cent of 261 corporated professionals had clinically significant psychopathic traits.

Characteristics such as an inability to empathise, superficiality and insincerity are all associated with the condition.

Harriet Agerholm: Freelance journalist, writes for @Independent, @Guardian, @Dazed and others.

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Fear, Anxiety, and Depression in the Age of Trump

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Therapists and their patients are struggling to cope amid the national nervous breakdown that is the 2016 election.

Michelle Goldberg, Slate

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http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/09/160922_POL_Trump-Anxiety.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge2.jpgSeptember 23, 2016 | Carol Wachs, a psychologist in private practice in Manhattan, recently started seeing an old patient again. The client had first sought treatment for anxiety following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. Now she was worried about a new menace: Donald Trump and his zealous supporters. The patient, Wachs says, comes from a family of Holocaust survivors, and “it feels to her like all the stories she heard from her grandparents about how things feel normal and then all of the sudden, oh my God, here we are.”

  • According to Wachs, the election casts a shadow on many of her patients. “If I have seven patients in a day, it comes up in six sessions, maybe five,” she says. “Sometimes I’ll have a session where people will say, ‘Let’s not talk about what’s going on in the election, it’s so upsetting.’ ”

Michelle Goldberg is a columnist for Slate and the author, most recently, of The Goddess Pose.

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Series | A Living Earth Economy, Part 1 and Part 2

 

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  • What is the most important—yet neglected—issue in the political debate? Hint: It isn’t the ideal body weight of Miss Universe.
  • The $66 billion sale of Monsanto is yet another reminder of how corporations have colonized the world and subverted democracy. To regain our future, we must claim our right to popular sovereignty.
  • Part 1: The Elephant in the Room: What Trump, Clinton, and Even Stein Are Missing
  • Part 2: We Never Voted for Corporate Rule

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Part 1: The Elephant in the Room: What Trump, Clinton, and Even Stein Are Missing

What is the most important—yet neglected—issue in the political debate? Hint: It isn’t the ideal body weight of Miss Universe.

David Korten, Yes! Magazine

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Not Donald Trump, as he obsesses over the weight of a long-past Miss Universe. Not Hillary Clinton, despite her many substantive proposals that the media largely ignores. Not even Jill Stein, although she offers many proposals for moving power to the people at the national level.

David Korten wrote this article for Yes! Magazine as part of his column on “A Living Earth Economy.” David is co-founder and board chair of Yes! Magazine, president of the Living Economies Forum, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, a member of the Club of Rome, and the author of influential books, including When Corporations Rule the World and Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth.

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Part 2: We Never Voted for Corporate Rule

The $66 billion sale of Monsanto is yet another reminder of how corporations have colonized the world and subverted democracy. To regain our future, we must claim our right to popular sovereignty.

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David Korten, Yes! Magazine 

Oct 19, 2016 | In Part One, I argued that a healthy society requires that governments be accountable to the people for the well-being of all, and that corporations be accountable to democratic governments.

Last week, Bayer, a transnational drug and pesticide company, secured funding for its $66 billion offer to acquire Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of agricultural seeds. This follows the announced $130 billion merger of chemical giants Dow and DuPont, and ChemChina’s proposed $43 billion purchase of the seed and pesticide firm Syngenta.

David Korten wrote this article for Yes! Magazine as part of his column on “A Living Earth Economy.” David is co-founder and board chair of Yes! Magazine, president of the Living Economies Forum, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, a member of the Club of Rome, and the author of influential books, including When Corporations Rule the World and Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth.

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Health Care Is A Right, Not A Business

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  • Government’s first obligation is to protect rights, not profits. When the Declaration of Independence proclaimed our “unalienable rights” to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” it even put “life” first.
  • Related: Bullying executives won't result in lower prescription drug costs

Richard (RJ) Eskow, Huffington Post

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08/30/2016 | Financial columnist Megan McArdle recently wrote a column entitled Healthcare Is a Business, Not a Right.” She was responding to a tweet from financial writer Helaine Olen, which she quotes as:

“The health of Americans should not be a profit center. Health care is a right. Full stop.”

Health care is a business, says McArdle, but most of us aren’t tough-minded enough to admit it. Even if you ask a conservative, she writes, “there is a good chance you’ll get a rant about greedy insurers nickel-and-diming hardworking consumers when they’re sick.”

Richard (RJ) Eskow: Host, The Zero Hour; Sr. Fellow, Campaign for America’s Future

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Bullying executives won't result in lower prescription drug costs, From an Editorial in the New York (NY) Times  / Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune  

  • Congress should adopt reforms.
  • Congress needs to allow Medicare to negotiate prices, among other steps. 
  • Related: It’s Way Past Time We Stopped Deluding Ourselves About Private Health Insurers

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