Tuesday, March 21, 2017

NO ON TRUMPCARE. SENATOR AL FRANKEN.

David,

Fresh off the presses is the new Republican plan to replace the ACA -- Trumpcare. And there's a good reason the negotiations were conducted in secret.

It's terrible.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that Trumpcare would rip coverage away from 24 million Americans.

Tell Republicans: No Trumpcare.

Trumpcare is bad for so many people.

It's bad for seniors: This plan implements an Age Tax, allowing insurance companies to charge up to five times more in their premiums than younger Americans. Prescription drug costs could go up. Some seniors could see their premiums increase by more than $4,000 a year. It also dismantles Medicaid -- a program that pays for one in two nursing home residents in Minnesota.

It's bad for women: The bill defunds Planned Parenthood. It allows insurance companies to charge women more for care. And it decimates Medicaid, where three-quarters of all public dollars for family planning come from.

It's bad for middle class families and low-income people: This bill stops the current premium subsidies and provides woefully inadequate replacement. It also dismantles Medicaid expansion efforts which covers hundreds of thousands in Minnesota alone.

It's bad for people with preexisting conditions: The Republican replacement plan makes it harder for people with pre-existing conditions to find affordable coverage.

It's bad for people in rural communities: This bill will starve many of our rural hospitals and nursing homes of critical funding. It could cut thousands of jobs and lead to the closure of rural hospitals, nursing homes, and other care facilities.

Oh, I'm sorry. There is one group of people who this plan is good for: Health insurance CEOs, drug companies, and the wealthy. They're getting some pretty nice handouts.

Congressional Republicans should shove this plan back into whatever drawer it came from. They really need to talk to some constituents, some patients' rights groups, maybe a few people from our side of the aisle, and try again. Tell Republicans: No, no, no on Trumpcare. 

Thanks.

Al

America is in a crisis of... ROBERT REICH.


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America is in a crisis of governance. There is no adult in charge.
Instead, we have as president an unhinged narcissistic child who tweets absurd lies and holds rallies to prop up his fragile ego, whose conflicts of financial interest are ubiquitous, and whose presidency is under a “gray cloud” of suspicion (according to the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee) for colluding with Russian agents to obtain office in the 2016 election.
He’s advised by his daughter, his son-in-law, and an oddball who once ran a white supremacist fake-news outlet.
His cabinet is an assortment of billionaires, CEOs, veterans of Wall Street, and ideologues, none of whom has any idea about how to govern and most of whom don’t believe in the laws their departments are in charge of implementing anyway.
He has downgraded or eviscerated groups responsible for giving presidents professional advice on foreign policy, foreign intelligence, economics, science, and domestic policy. He gets most of what he learns from television.
Meanwhile, Congress is in the hands of Republicans who for years have only said “no,” who have become expert at stopping whatever a president wants to do but don’t have a clue how to initiate policy, who have never passed a budget into law, and, more generally, don’t much like government and have not shared responsibility for governing the nation.
As a result of all this, the most powerful nation in the world, with the largest economy in the world, is rudderless and leaderless.
Where we need thoughtful resolve we have thoughtless name-calling. Where we need democratic deliberation we have authoritarian rants and rallies.
The only way out of this crisis of governance is for all of us to take charge. You are needed. Now.



Human Rights Campaign- WOMENS HISTORY MONTH.


In January, women and advocates from across the country locked arms in the name of fairness, equality, and justice for the Women’s March. Millions let their voices be heard, turning energy into sustained political action. During Women’s History Month, HRC honors the women who made it possible.

Take action on behalf of a free press- SENATOR TOM UDALL.

David,

Last week was Sunshine Week -- when we celebrate open and accountable government. From the beginning of our democracy, one of the most important components of keeping our government open and honest is a free press.

Throughout our history, the press have served a vital role in holding lawmakers accountable, making sure voters are informed, and keeping our democracy vibrant.

But President Trump has been hostile toward reporters -- especially those who disagree with him. Every time he locks the press out of an event or attacks a reporter, his attitude begs us to ask, ‘What do you have to hide?’ His relationship with the press shows his disrespect for our democracy.

This is how Trump operates. His goal is to undermine any institution in our country that threatens him. It's actually similar to how President Nixon handled the press during the Watergate scandal.

Trump's senior advisor Steve Bannon recently attacked respected media outlets and reporters. He's even said the press should "keep its mouth shut."

This defensive language tells me there is something they are hiding.

To hold the Trump administration accountable, we have to make sure we have an honest and open government. Let’s make every week Sunshine Week. I can't think of anything better to do than take action on behalf of a free press and good government.

Thanks,

Tom.

Monday, March 20, 2017

WORTHWHILE OR WORTHLESS- A CONSUMER GUIDE TO AVOIDING SCAMS AND SCOUNDRELS. MORE HEALTH SCAMS- WATCH OUT FOR THE SIGNS OF BAD SCIENCE AND FRAUD. PT 4.



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(First published on 4/27/2015. Think about how many of those who will lose Decent Medical Care turning to Questionable Advice if the REPUBLICAN PARTY destroys the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.)

As Dr. Oz is again assailed by the Medical Community for Promoting or Advocating Medicine not Based on the SCIENTIFIC METHOD, his Defenders are again crying Persecution.

Dr. Oz. ( Real Name Mehmet Cengiz Öz), has such an Extensive History of Supporting Improper, Unproven and Irrational forms of Medical Treatment, that just a short Trip to Google will give you all the Information you need to know about the Unscientific, and Often Bogus Claims he has Advocated For over the Airways, regarding Specific Products and Their Effectiveness.

However, let us look AT WHY THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, SCIENCE WRITERS etc, consider Dr. Oz., and others like Him, a Genuine Danger for Giving Improper and Unsupported Medical Advice about some of the Products and Treatments that have been Endorsed, Now and In the Past.

#1-  YOU EITHER FOLLOW THE PROPER PROCEDURES THAT ARE LAID OUT BY THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD, OR NOT.  IT IS AN ALL OR NOTHING WAY OF TESTING AND EVALUATING ANY CLAIM MADE ABOUT A PRODUCT, TREATMENT OR LIFESTYLE CHOICE.  PROPER RESULTS THAT CAN BE REPLICATED, DUPLICATED AND EVALUATED THROUGH CONTROLLED TESTING AND STRICT LABORATORY PROCEDURES ARE NOT VALID IF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD IS USED JUST 10, 20, 50 OR EVEN 99% OF THE TIME.


#2-  PROPER EDUCATION AND TRAINING DOES NOT GIVE YOU A PASS TO OFFER ANY MEDICAL ADVICE, THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN AT FACE VALUE WITHOUT ANY CRITICISM ABOUT ITS EFFICACY. WHAT HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED IN THE PAST MUST STAND ON ITS OWN, AND DOES NOT NECESSARILY TRANSLATE INTO FUTURE SUCCESS.  JUSTIFICATION FOR RECOMMENDATIONS AND SUPPORT OF DIFFERENT PRODUCTS, METHODS AND PROCEDURES MUST EXIST INDEPENDENTLY OF PREVIOUS OPINIONS AND RESULTS.