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ALEC facing funding crisis from donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin row

ALEC facing funding crisis from donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin row

The Guardian has learned that the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), which shapes and promotes legislation at state level across the US, has identified more than 40 lapsed corporate members it wants to attract back into the fold under a scheme referred to in its documents as the "Prodigal Son Project". —The Guardian, 12/03/13 More »

As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500

As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500

SAN FRANCISCO — With blood oozing from deep lacerations, the two patients arrived at California Pacific Medical Center’s tidy emergency room. Deepika Singh, 26, had gashed her knee at a backyard barbecue. Orla Roche, a rambunctious toddler on vacation with her family, had tumbled from a couch, splitting open her forehead on a table. —The New York Times, 12/03/13 More »

Feed our children, tax Wall Street

Feed our children, tax Wall Street

As the grocery bags suddenly become half-empty and too many kids start going hungry, a lot of people are going to ask: "Where can we find the money to feed our children?" Here's one source, probably the biggest untapped revenue source in our nation - Wall Street. By RoseAnn DeMoro, CNA/NNU Executive Director —SFGate.com, 11/27/13 More »

The real fix for Obamacare’s flaws: Medicare for all

The real fix for Obamacare’s flaws: Medicare for all

Lost amidst the well-chronicled travails of the Affordable Care Act rollout are the long term effects of people struggling to get the health coverage they need without going bankrupt. If that sounds familiar, it's because that's been the main story line of the US healthcare system for several decades. Sadly, little has changed. —The Guardian, 11/27/13 More »

Insurers restricting choice of doctors and hospitals to keep costs down

Insurers restricting choice of doctors and hospitals to keep costs down

As Americans have begun shopping for health plans on the insurance exchanges, they are discovering that insurers are restricting their choice of doctors and hospitals in order to keep costs low, and that many of the plans exclude top-rated hospitals. —The Washington Post, 11/21/13 More »

Support for Robin Hood Tax Growing, but Majority of Democrats Not On Board

Support for Robin Hood Tax Growing, but Majority of Democrats Not On Board

Robin Hood tax supporters National Nurses United, economist Jeffrey Sachs, and European Parliament VP tell Congress to support "no brainer" tax on Wall Street. The bill, named the "Inclusive Prosperity Act" aka the "Robin Hood Tax" was introduced by Democratic Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison and now has 17 cosponsors—all Democrats, who hold 191 seats in the House of Representatives. —Real News Network, 11/01/13 More »

Mandatory flu measures in B.C. a bitter pill

Mandatory flu measures in B.C. a bitter pill

We simply don't have good evidence that vaccination of health-care personnel prevents influenza transmission to patients — Prof. Nick Kelley, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, Minnesota. Mandatory flu shots or wearing a mask will be required not only for hospital and care-home staff in B.C. but visitors as well when flu season starts. And that’s just wrong. —Bill Tieleman, 11/01/13 More »

A great idea for making Wall Street pay its fair share

A great idea for making Wall Street pay its fair share

The idea is known as a financial transaction tax. It would amount to fractions of a penny on the dollar value of every stock, bond and derivatives trade -- perhaps 5 cents per $100. But estimates of its potential return run as high as $700 billion a year. That would bump up current federal revenues by about 24%. —Los Angeles Times, 10/28/13 More »

Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out

Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out

Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don't like what they see. These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years. —Los Angeles Times, 10/28/13 More »

A single-payer system, like Medicare, is the cure for America’s ailing healthcare

A single-payer system, like Medicare, is the cure for America’s ailing healthcare

The US spends a higher proportion of GDP on healthcare than any other industrialised country – yet 50 million Americans are uninsured, as Obamacare begins. I start my approach to healthcare from two very basic premises. First, healthcare must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access the healthcare they need regardless of their income. Second, we must create a national healthcare system that provides quality healthcare for all in the most cost-effective way possible. —The Guardian by: Bernie Sanders, 10/01/13 More »

Hospital-acquired infections cost $10 billion a year

Hospital-acquired infections cost $10 billion a year

One out of every 20 patients who are admitted to a hospital will fall victim to an infection they pick up while there, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These infections can be serious and even life-threatening, and recent studies have estimated that as many as half of them may be preventable. —HealthDay Reporter, 09/10/13 More »

THIS WEEK IN AMERICA - August 30, 2013

THIS WEEK IN AMERICA - August 30, 2013

A weekly report by NNU on the pulse of Almeria: Fast Food Workers On Strike in 60 Cities. Record Bank Profits Reported. Healthcare Systems Ranked Around The World. For-Profit Dialysis Companies Flex Muscle in Congress. —National Nurses United, 08/30/13 More »

THIS WEEK IN AMERICA: August 2, 2013

THIS WEEK IN AMERICA: August 2, 2013

A weekly report by NNU on the pulse of Almeria: Banks Take Homes from Millions. Threats to Food Stamps Continue. Losing Ground in the U.S. A Call for an Investigation of top economist Lawrence Summers. —National Nurses United, 08/02/13 More »

Saving Detroit is a Step towards Saving America.

Saving Detroit is a Step towards Saving America.

Saving Detroit is a Step towards Saving America. Writing in Huffington Post, Richard Eskow makes a convincing and impassioned argument for Detroit pensioners, many of whom are threatened by that city’s prospective bankruptcy. “The Federal government should bail out Detroit city worker's pensions so that retirees can be paid in full,” wrote Eskow. —National Nurses United, 07/26/13 More »

THIS WEEK IN AMERICA: July 19, 2013

THIS WEEK IN AMERICA: July 19, 2013

A weekly report by NNU on the pulse of Almeria: A culture of greed. Flooded in Profits. Doubly Whammy: Mega-Exec Pay = Mega-Write Offs. Detroit In Ruins. —National Nurses United, 07/19/13 More »

How Climate Change is Fueling a Rise in Deadly Diseases

How Climate Change is Fueling a Rise in Deadly Diseases

In the summer of 2012, the mosquito-borne West Nile virus made a surprising comeback in America. In Dallas, the most affected region, 400 people contracted the disease and 19 of them died. That came as a shock to public health officials, since West Nile virus was thought to be in such precipitous decline that it was practically eradicated. —Nation of Change, 07/18/13 More »

Air pollution linked to higher risk of lung cancer and heart failure

Air pollution linked to higher risk of lung cancer and heart failure

Two studies show effects on health of long- and short-term exposure to pollutants from traffic and industry. Air pollution, chiefly from traffic exhaust fumes in cities, is having a serious and sometimes fatal effect on health, according to two studies that link it to lung cancer and heart failure. —The Guardian, 07/16/13 More »

Digital Health Records’ Risks Emerge as Deaths Blamed on Systems

Digital Health Records’ Risks Emerge as Deaths Blamed on Systems

Electronic health records are supposed to improve medical care by providing physicians quick and easy access to a patient’s history, prescriptions, lab results and other vital data. While the new computerized systems have decreased some kinds of errors, such as those caused by doctors’ illegible prescriptions, the shift away from paper has also created new problems, with sometimes dire consequences. —Bloomberg.com, 07/12/13 More »

THIS WEEK IN AMERICA: July 11, 2013

THIS WEEK IN AMERICA: July 11, 2013

A weekly report by National Nurses United on the pulse of Almeria. The American jobs disaster. Low U.S. Wages Spell Demise. Not Much Equality in New Mexico. Half of poor African-American children live in neighborhoods with concentrated poverty. Golden Parachutes Are Still Very Much in Style. —National Nurses United, 07/11/13 More »

Canadians Pay Taxes for Universal Health Care, and Now They’re Richer Than Us

Canadians Pay Taxes for Universal Health Care, and Now They’re Richer Than Us

Many conservatives still characterize Medicaid as “welfare,” and many think of it as such. Presumably other types of health care coverage have been “earned” (think veterans and the military, highly paid executives, union members and congressional staff). We resent our tax dollars going to “freeloaders.” Until the slicing and dicing is ended, the finger pointing, blame shifting and their attendant political wars will continue. —Portside.org, 06/25/13 More »

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