Wednesday, February 1, 2023

The Referendum That Might Have Headed Off Flint’s Water Crisis

Michigan’s voters decided to scrap the kind of super-empowered emergency managers who made questionable decisions in Flint – but state lawmakers found a way to revive the program.

Donald Trump’s death panel

However ridiculous Donald Trump’s promises may seem, his pledge to protect Americans who depend on Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid is a matter of life or death.

Children’s Health Insurance Program in trouble – funding to end in January

"We are unable to say with certainty whether there is enough funding for every state to continue its CHIP program through March 31, 2018.”

New study shows communities of color disproportionately affected by air pollution

“What this study shows is what communities of color across the region have long understood—that they are unfairly exposed to higher levels of pollution."

Millions Could Lose Obamacare Coverage as Supreme Court Weighs Dubious Koch-Backed Case

Behind the billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, Competitive Enterprise Institute sued the government in a new challenge to Obamacare. And it's all over an aspect of the law dealing with tax subsidies. Now millions of people's healthcare coverage is in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Standing Rock and the return of the nonviolent campaign

There’s something even better than electoral politics and one-off protests when mobilizing citizen power.

Flint residents face crackdowns for not paying for poisoned water

Meanwhile, three years after the Flint water crisis began, pipes still have not been fixed and water is still considered unsafe to drink.

Republicans, obsessed with gutting Obamacare, other social programs: That’s called committing political suicide

It will be time for these politicians that have no vision to begin writing their political obituaries, because they will face political extinction in the elections of 1018 and 2020.
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Noam Chomsky: Decades of “the neoliberal plague” left U.S. Unprepared for Covid-19 outbreak

“We should understand the roots of this pandemic.”

How the rich reacted to the bubonic plague has eerie similarities to today’s pandemic

In our own pandemic – with some of the most well-off now clamoring for the economy to re-open, despite the ongoing spread of the disease – these issues are strikingly relevant.