Voice of San Diego’s Lisa Halverstadt busts four myths about the current Hepatitis A outbreak, including one about contracting it simply by touching a homeless person. [Read more…]
The pink ribbon isn’t just a symbol of breast cancer awareness; it’s a symbol of the breast cancer industry.
By Karuna Jaggar / Common Dreams
Breast cancer is the darling of corporate America, with pink ribbons adorning everything from handbags to handguns. Corporations put a pink ribbon on their products to boost sales and build their brand. And it works—sales go up and profits increase. Unfortunately, despite 25 years of pink ribbon marketing, breast cancer diagnoses have not gone down.
It’s one reason the national education and activist organization that I lead, Breast Cancer Action, has long called October “Breast Cancer Industry Month.” October was designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) more than 30 years ago—by the corporation now known as AstraZeneca, in partnership with the American Cancer Society. [Read more…]
For those still unclear on the latest Obamacare “repeal & replace” effort—the Graham-Cassidy bill, here is a brief outline of the key points as of last Wednesday. Note that the Graham-Cassidy bill is a moving target, though. Over the weekend, Senator Cassidy revealed that a new version will be proposed on Monday. Speculation is that it will be an attempt to buy off Senators Murkowski of Alaska and Collins of Maine, possibly by crafting exceptions which would essentially permit them to retain Obamacare. That also means, of course, that there won’t be time for a full CBO analysis and score before senators are expected to vote on the legislation.
This isn’t over till it’s over—on September 30th when the clock runs out on the ability to pass a bill with a simple majority. If you haven’t called your senator yet, do it now. 202-224-3121. Even Democratic senators need to hear from their constituents. They must be urged to slow down all activity in the Senate to run out the clock. For those of us in California, check out Indivisible’s TrumpCareTen website for California. When the Washington phone lines are busy, call a local office. Staffers at local offices communicate with Washington. [Read more…]
Jimmy Kimmel has been getting flak for his recent take down of Senator Bill Cassidy’s claim that Cassidy’s bill passes the “Jimmy Kimmel test” and Wednesday night he responded with Round 2. When Cassidy had earlier been asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo to respond to Kimmel’s segment, Cassidy replied “I’m sorry he does not understand”. Kimmel wonders, “Could it be Senator Cassidy, that the problem is that I do understand and you got caught with your GOPness out. Is that possible?” But of course Round 2 didn’t satisfy his critics and Friday night was Round 3, pushing back again to tweets from the POTUS and to segments on Fox and Friends. Responding to criticism that he’s not an expert, he notes “I’m not pretending to be an expert. I’m asking why people like you aren’t listening to actual experts.” And referring to proponents of the Graham-Cassidy legislation, says that “If these guys … would tell the truth for a change, I wouldn’t have to [be the one to do it]”. [Read more…]
Do you remember when Senator Bill Cassidy went on the Jimmy Kimmel show to say he would never vote for any bill that didn’t pass the “Jimmy Kimmel test”? Jimmy remembers. And what he remembers is that Cassidy “just lied right to my face”. His new message to Senator Cassidy: “Stop using my name. I don’t want my name on it.” He also proposes a new “Jimmy Kimmel test”. The new one involves a lie detector. [Read more…]
Has Ignored Calls for More Public Restrooms Downtown Since 2014
By Martha Sullivan
The San Diego City government, led by Mayor Faulconer, has been told for 3 years that more public restrooms are needed downtown. But the Mayor has consistently cried poor mouth — despite spending $2.1 million on an unplanned EIR for an upgraded Qualcomm Football Stadium during this time. [Read more…]
Here’s more information to supplement yesterday’s post on that Republican last ditch attempt to repeal Obamacare in the Senate, the Graham-Cassidy bill. Chris Hayes on MSNBC’s “All In” interviews Senator Brian Schatz. A gob-smacking bit of information revealed by Senator Schatz is that according to Senate rules the time left for debate on this bill is somewhere between ninety seconds and two minutes! ! For those interested in the gory details of the bill, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has a comprehensive analysis here. [Read more…]
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced legislation acknowledging that health care is a right, not a privilege. Medicare for All, as we’re now calling it, doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of becoming law anytime soon.
Still, this is a discussion worth having, as fifteen or so Democratic Senators have agreed to be co-sponsors. Even as we continue to oppose Republican attempts take the nation back to the 19th century, it is time to be FOR something.
As I understand it, the Sanders bill would cover everything from emergency surgery to prescription drugs, from mental health to eye care–and this is a biggie–along with dental care with no co-payments. [Read more…]
How long have Republicans been talking about repealing and replacing Obamacare? Seems like forever, no? Here’s a HuffPost video from January of this year (which now makes it seven and a half years!) although nothing of much substance has changed other than reneging on the promise of immediate replacement. Do you think anyone has gotten […]
One human language is much too small
to convey the ever unfolding meanings at play in the world.
I am an environmental activist. I have depression. To be an activist with depression places me squarely in an irreconcilable dilemma: The destruction of the natural world creates stress which exacerbates depression. Cessation of the destruction of the natural world would alleviate the stress I feel and, therefore, alleviate the depression. However, acting to stop the destruction of the natural world exposes me to a great deal of stress which, again, exacerbates depression.
Either, the destruction persists, I am exposed to stress, and I remain depressed. Or, I join those resisting the destruction, I am exposed to stress, and I remain depressed.
Depressed if I do, depressed if I don’t. So, I fight back. [Read more…]
By Julie Trager
Like Paul Revere, riding from Boston to warn the American militia that the Redcoats were coming, I am warning of another force that is attempting to protect its way of life. Now that SB 562, the bill for a single payer healthcare system, has passed the Senate, Big Pharma will likely roll out a massive disinformation campaign as it tries to stop it from passing through the California Assembly.
As Big Pharma has the distinction of being the largest lobbying industry, beating out major oil companies and the Koch brothers in their spending to influence legislation and government officials, it’s worth understanding what’s at stake and what they plan to do about it. [Read more…]
By Stephen Rosenfeld / Alternet
The California Senate Appropriations Committee has vastly overstated the new costs of creating a single-payer health system for the Golden State, according to a national authority on healthcare spending.
Last week, the Committee released its analysis of SB 562, The Healthy California Act. It said the total cost of providing health care to all 37 million Californians was $400 billion a year. Half of that comes from an array of government programs—Medicaid, Medicare, Obamacare, etc. That means Californians would have to raise the payroll tax by 15 percent to pay for the difference, it reported.
“About $200 billion in additional tax revenues would be needed to pay for the remainder of the total program cost. Assuming that this cost was raised through a new payroll tax (with no cap on wages subject to the tax), the additional payroll tax rate would be about 15% of earned income,” the Appropriations analysis said. “It is important to note that the overall cost of those new tax revenues would be offset to a large degree by reduced spending on health care coverage by employers and employees. Therefore, total new spending required under the bill would be between $50 and $100 billion per year.” [Read more…]