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Donald Trump’s Useless Eaters: #FreeRosa in the era of ascendant Fascism

Donald Trump’s Useless Eaters: #FreeRosa in the era of ascendant Fascism

In 1933, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. In the same year, his National Socialist (Nazi) Party began a systematic campaign of public ridicule and private sterilization, isolation and murder of the disabled in Germany. When the Nazis were not stopped from claiming these first of their victims, the most vulnerable population among their citizens, the way was paved for

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What My Country Can Do For Me

What My Country Can Do For Me

Last week, two days after being laid off from what once looked like a completely secure job, I found myself dialing 9-1-1 and requesting an ambulance for my disabled daughter. From the back of the ambulance, I digitally signed to accept a severance package that was less than what I hoped for, because it kept my family’s insurance active until

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The CHIP Program Helped Get a Key Ring Out of My Son’s Chest

The CHIP Program Helped Get a Key Ring Out of My Son’s Chest

I’m an English professor. It’s a good job. I’m paid generously to talk with students about literature and help them learn to write well.  I have excellent benefits from one of the best health insurance providers in the country, I’ve got a decent retirement plan, and a discount at the campus cafeteria.  Life is pretty good.  But I was in

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Health Care Experts Launch Get America Covered To Help People Left Out By Administration’s Attempts To Undermine Open Enrollment

Health Care Experts Launch Get America Covered To Help People Left Out By Administration’s Attempts To Undermine Open Enrollment

Starting on November 1, people can sign up for health care at HealthCare.gov but unlike previous years, the current administration has made clear they're not going to provide people with the information they need to sign up for health coverage, so others must fill in the gaps. Former top health care officials, Lori Lodes and Joshua Peck, who oversaw outreach,

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Secure The Blessings Of Liberty

Secure The Blessings Of Liberty

Dear Congress, My name is Geoff Ginter. I am a constituent of the New Jersey 3rd Congressional district. I'm writing to those of you who fought hard against the AHCA, and it's senatorial counterpart. I would like to give you my sincere thanks - if only 'for now'. As you know, this atrocity, masquerading as a health care bill, was

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Republicans Desperately Trying to Ram Through Health Care Repeal by Making it Even Worse

Republicans Desperately Trying to Ram Through Health Care Repeal by Making it Even Worse

Through a combination of bribery and even more savage cuts and deregulation, Republicans are ensuring that the repeal bill that goes to the Senate floor is even worse than the one originally proposed. The latest GOP repeal bill is getting worse by the day. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) From the outset, the latest Republican health care repeal bill was the worst

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Trump Care Does Not Care

Trump Care Does Not Care

Tonight, I suffered a sort of breakdown as a result of my PTSD, and normally I would not share this, but I believe I need to. As well as many other nights have been, this one is a hazy fog as I do not remember much. I do not remember what triggered my attack nor what I did in form

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Graham/Cassidy: The TrumpCare Bill That Just Won’t Die

Graham/Cassidy: The TrumpCare Bill That Just Won’t Die

The problem with writing about policy is that very few people want to talk about policy. Most of us don't really care about it. There are very few wonks out there - the rest of us just want to know what will happen to us if something becomes law. So, we're not going to get into the weeds here. I'm

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WHY MEDICARE FOR ALL IS A NO-BRAINER

WHY MEDICARE FOR ALL IS A NO-BRAINER

In any argument, especially the really big ones, there is almost always a time for speaking, and a time for listening. We make our case, then we listen to our opposition, and hopefully, through the process of give-and-take, we come to an agreement we can all live with. But there are times - and I believe this is one of

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Define Homelessness

Define Homelessness

Imagine you get a call. Your mom had a heart attack and she's on the way to the hospital. You get in your car but your thoughts are racing. The spells. She's been saying she was having spells. For months. Dizzy spells. You asked her to see a doctor. She promised she would. But did she? You never thought she

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Mental Health Care: Separate and Unequal

Mental Health Care: Separate and Unequal

How does a country lose sight of 60 million people? One in five Americans has a mental illness at any given time, yet as a society we do not see them. They suffer discrimination, yet as a society we don't acknowledge it. Access to mental health care is a civil right. Under federal law, insurers must cover mental health care

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Ordinary people doing extraordinary things: How I became an advocate

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things: How I became an advocate

Two years ago, if you brought up politics around me, my eyes would've glazed over as I tuned you out and quickly found an excuse to politely sneak away. I had zero interest in it. In fact, the topic made my skin crawl. I am an extra busy, stay at home mom of three, with a medically fragile child. I've

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The Republicans’ Cruel Con

The Republicans’ Cruel Con

Nearly every single country in the developed world has universal healthcare. But not the wealthiest nation on Earth: the United States of America. In a nation like ours, with such riches and talent, why isn’t healthcare a right, rather than a privilege? As a doctor, I believe that no one who is suffering should ever be denied effective treatment, regardless

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This Veteran’s Journey From Conservative to Progressive

This Veteran’s Journey From Conservative to Progressive

My political journey has been rather counter intuitive. I served as a Marine Corps combat engineer officer from 1997 to 2005. I served two tours of duty in Iraq. I participated in the invasion of Iraq in the spring of 2003 and fought in the Second Battle of Fallujah in November 2004. I sound like a typical Republican, right? Not

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Why Obamacare Matters

Why Obamacare Matters

Geno with Eliza DushkuThe skinny repeal went down. Trumpcare is defeated. (At least for now. Word is, Trumpcare may come back for debate. It’s like Jason in the “Friday the 13th” movies. It refuses to really be dead!) Obamacare lives. Depending on your party affiliation, you are either cheering or angry. Or maybe party affiliations don’t matter to you. Perhaps

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