2019-03-25: News Headlines

Michael Lighty (2019-03-25). Medicare for America. commondreams.org Very quickly, peace of mind will overwhelm that forgotten desire to keep your private insurance.(Photo: Joe Newman via Public Citizen/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Special to PeoplesWorld (2019-03-25). Joyce Provost Wheeler, distinguished teacher and lifelong activist, dies at age 78. peoplesworld.org SEQUIM, Wash.—Joyce Provost Wheeler, a gifted school teacher who served as Treasurer of the Baltimore Teachers Union (AFT Local 340) and BTU "Building Rep" at the elementary school where she taught for thirty years, died peacefully at her home here March 21. She was 78. The cause of death was Alzheimer's disease, which she fought …

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-03-25). New Report: Black Residents Face More Barriers to Better Health than Whites. naacp.org Key findings from the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, released on March 19, 2019, reveal that "Black residents face greater barriers to opportunity and health than white residents." The finding comes from the 10th annual County Health Rankings — an assessment of how well counties across America fare in terms of various health factors — published …

Angela Mann (2019-03-25). Why School Psychologists Are Worried About the Mental Health of America's Students. commondreams.org Children today are reporting just as much stress as adults, with 1 in 3 reporting that they are feeling depressed. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

STAFF (2019-03-25). Trump's Budget Would Deny Food to 400,000 Children and Pregnant People. truthout.org Donald Trump's budget calls for cutting funding for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program by $3.5 billion over the next decade. WIC is a program that serves over 8 million low—income children and pregnant women; it has been shown to improve health for children, as well as educational outcomes as they grow older. | The proposed cut would reduce projected spending by roughly 5 percent over the next decade. That may sound insignificant, but for the benefici…

United Nations (2019-03-25). 'Ticking bomb' health warning over deteriorating conditions facing Cyclone Idai victims. un.org Efforts are continuing to reach all victims of Cyclone Idai in southern Africa where a senior relief chief has warned of a "water, sanitation and hygiene ticking bomb", as the scale of the emergency continues to unfold, and the official death toll rises.

Michael Winship (2019-03-25). Trump of Toad Hall. commondreams.org He is not only the carrier but also a symptom of the greater disease that infects the republic…

Barb Kalbach (2019-03-25). Rural America Needs Medicare for All, and Fast. commondreams.org Rural American hospitals are closing at an alarming rate. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-25). Headlines for March 25, 2019. democracynow.org Special Counsel Finds No Collusion btw. Trump & Russia; Dems Call for Release of Report, Cyclone Idai Death Toll Rises as Officials Warn of Health Risks, Brexit: 1 Million Take to Streets to Call for 2nd Referendum, France: Protesters Take to Streets for 19th Week Amid Gov't Clampdown, Thailand: No Clear Election Winner as Pro-Military Party Takes Lead, Gaza: Israeli Forces Kill 3 Palestinian Protesters Over Weekend, Netanyahu Cuts U.S. Trip Short After Rockets Hit Israeli Home, Somalia: At Least 15 Killed in Gun Battle at Gov't Bldg, Mali: 134 People Killed Amid Mounting Ethnic Tensions, Afghanistan: 14 Civilian…

plenglish (2019-03-25). Most Paraguayans Lack Medical Insurance. plenglish.com Asuncion, Mar 25 (Prensa Latina) Only 27 percent (fewer than two million people) of the Paraguayan population of more than seven million had medical insurance in 2017, it was reported here on Monday.

STAFF (2019-03-24). Jim Crow in Our Climate Crisis. truthout.org Critics of House Resolution 109 (H. RES. 109)—the "Green New Deal" (GND) introduced in Congress by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.)—have condemned this nonbinding resolution for its inclusion of aspirations which, in their view, have nothing to do with climate change. In particular, what they find irrelevant are the aspirations that address social and economic inequalities, such as providing "high quality health care" a…

STAFF (2019-03-24). Does Most of Your Paycheck Go to Rent? That May Be Hurting Your Health. truthout.org New data on health across the U.S. shows that high housing costs are harming Americans' health — and that some communities are affected more than others. | The 2019 County Health Rankings, an annual collaborative report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shows that 11 percent of U.S. households are severely burdened by housing costs. This means that more than 800,000 households spend at least half of their income on housing. | In communities with high housing costs, residents rate their h…

United Nations (2019-03-24). It's 'time to #EndTB', says UN on World Tuberculosis Day. un.org Tuberculosis, or TB, is not only the world's top infectious killer, it is also the leading cause of deaths among people with HIV and a major cause of antimicrobial resistance-related deaths, the United Nations health agency said on Sunday, World Tuberculosis Day.

United Nations (2019-03-23). Cyclone Idai: UNICEF warns of 'race against time' to protect children, prevent spread of disease in flood-ravaged Mozambique. un.org A week after the flooded Mozambican port of Beira was hit by Cyclone Idai, "aid agencies are barely beginning to see the scale of the damage", the head of UNICEF said on Saturday, as she called for more international support to help quickly get relief to more than a million people across the country and prevent the possible spread of waterborne diseases like cholera.

RT (2019-03-23). Texas chemical blaze reignites as authorities sue operator for pollution & health damages (VIDEOS). rt.com After downplaying the health and environmental hazards of the massive Deer Park chemical tank fire for nearly a week, the Texas government has sued the facility's operator for air pollution and ecological damage.

ACLU (2019-03-22). Why School Psychologists Are Worried About the Mental Health of America's Students. aclu.org A new ACLU report shows that millions of kids are in schools that have no mental health staff. One of the report's authors discusses the implications. | Earlier this month, thousands of school psychologists met in Atlanta at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists. One of the hottest topics among attendees was exhaustion — a consequence of having to serve more students who are experiencing more trauma and other mental health problems without more help in carrying the load. | It's not just school psychologists who are concerned about being short-staffed. I know of far too ma…

Fight Back (2019-03-22). Venezuela builds health sovereignty, in defiance of the U.S. government. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On March 20, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro visited Jipana, a large automated warehouse in the state of Miranda. Built with the cooperation of Chinese experts, Jipana – made up of five warehouses across Venezuela – has the capacity to store and distribute 100% of the antibiotic, hypoglycemic, hypertensive and analgesic needs for the tens of thousands of free community clinics that make up Mission Barrio Adentro, as well as all of the anti-malarial, anti-retroviral, anti-parasitic and contraceptive needs of the Mission's nationwide ambulance service. | While at…

United Nations (2019-03-22). Hunger, displacement and disease: 4.3 million people remain in dire need of aid in Chad. un.org With Chad at a crossroads of life-threatening challenges ranging from violence to drought, the United Nations and its humanitarian partners appealed on Thursday for $476 million to support the most vulnerable of 4.3 million people relying on aid in the African country.

Roger Kulp (2019-03-21). New Mexico prisons: less than 1% of inmates with hepatitis C treated. liberationnews.org Universal healthcare demands should extend to the millions of working class people trapped in the prison-camps-for-the-unemployed known as the U.S. prison system.

Michael Corcoran (2019-03-20). WaPo's 'Hard-Line' Stance Against Medicare for All. fair.org A Washington Post news piece ( 3/11/19) claims Rep. Pramila Jayapal's Medicare for All bill "reflects the influence of hard-line liberal groups and unions," as well as "advocates on the far left," who would "upend health coverage for tens of millions of Americans." | The phrase "hard-line," as commonly used in the Washington Post, is almost always a pejorative. Often it refere…

Janine Jackson (2019-03-19). 'We Already Spend More Than Medicare for All Would Cost Us' – CounterSpin interview with Diane Archer on Medicare for All. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Diane Archer about Medicare for All for the March 15, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Mark Fiore (2019-03-15). The Donald Trump Bible. progressive.org Do you really want your Bible signed by the guy who separates mothers from babies, had an affair while his wife was home with a baby and is currently doing his best to take food and healthcare away from poor people?

CounterSpin (2019-03-15). Diane Archer on Medicare for All. fair.org Media…

Mike Ervin (2019-03-12). The Medicaid for None Movement. progressive.org The Medicare for All movement may be gaining steam, but so is its evil counterpoint.

CounterSpin (2019-02-22). Neil deMause on Amazon's Retreat, Nina Besser Doorley on Women's Healthcare Restrictions. fair.org Media…

Ralph Nader (2018-12-24). A "Massive Outlaw" zcomm.org Interview on Single Payer, Climate Devastation, Impeachment…

2019-03-25: Social Media Postees

Medicare for America
Michael Lighty | commondreams.org | 2019-03-25
Very quickly, peace of mind will overwhelm that forgotten desire to keep your private insurance.(Photo: Joe Newman via Public Citizen/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/25/medica…

Joyce Provost Wheeler, distinguished teacher and lifelong activist, dies at age 78
Special to PeoplesWorld | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-25
SEQUIM, Wash.–Joyce Provost Wheeler, a gifted school teacher who served as Treasurer of the Baltimore Teachers Union (AFT Local 340) and BTU "Building Rep" at the elementary school where she taught for thirty years, died peacefully at her home here March 21. She was 78. The cause of death was Alzheimer's disease, which she fought …
peoplesworld.org/article/joyce-provost-w…

New Report: Black Residents Face More Barriers to Better Health than Whites
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-03-25
Key findings from the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, released on March 19, 2019, reveal that "Black residents face greater barriers to opportunity and health than white residents." The finding comes from the 10th annual County Health Rankings — an assessment of how well counties across America fare in terms of various health factors — published …
naacp.org/latest/new-report-black-reside…

Trump's Budget Would Deny Food to 400,000 Children and Pregnant People
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-03-25
Donald Trump's budget calls for cutting funding for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program by $3.5 billion over the next decade. WIC is a program that serves over 8 million low–income children and pregnant women; it has been shown to improve health for children, as well as educational outcomes as they grow older. | The proposed cut would reduce projected spending by roughly 5 percent over the next decade. That may sound insignificant, but for the benefici…
truthout.org/articles/trumps-budget-woul…

'Ticking bomb' health warning over deteriorating conditions facing Cyclone Idai victims
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-25
Efforts are continuing to reach all victims of Cyclone Idai in southern Africa where a senior relief chief has warned of a "water, sanitation and hygiene ticking bomb", as the scale of the emergency continues to unfold, and the official death toll rises.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/03/1…

Why School Psychologists Are Worried About the Mental Health of America's Students
Angela Mann | commondreams.org | 2019-03-25
Children today are reporting just as much stress as adults, with 1 in 3 reporting that they are feeling depressed. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/25/why-sc…

Trump of Toad Hall
Michael Winship | commondreams.org | 2019-03-25
He is not only the carrier but also a symptom of the greater disease that infects the republic…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/25/trump-…

Rural America Needs Medicare for All, and Fast
Barb Kalbach | commondreams.org | 2019-03-25
Rural American hospitals are closing at an alarming rate. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/25/rural-…

Most Paraguayans Lack Medical Insurance
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-25
Asuncion, Mar 25 (Prensa Latina) Only 27 percent (fewer than two million people) of the Paraguayan population of more than seven million had medical insurance in 2017, it was reported here on Monday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Beto O'Rourke: Corporate or Progressive Democrat?
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-24
O'Rourke is a member of the New Democrat Coalition, a caucus with close connections to the finance, insurance and real estate industries; Beto's supporters call him a progressive Democrat — with Jacqueline Luqman, Norman Solomon and host Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/beto-orourke-cor…

Jim Crow in Our Climate Crisis
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-03-24
Critics of House Resolution 109 (H. RES. 109)–the "Green New Deal" (GND) introduced in Congress by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.)–have condemned this nonbinding resolution for its inclusion of aspirations which, in their view, have nothing to do with climate change. In particular, what they find irrelevant are the aspirations that address social and economic inequalities, such as providing "high quality health care" a…
truthout.org/articles/jim-crow-in-our-cl…

It's 'time to #EndTB', says UN on World Tuberculosis Day
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-24
Tuberculosis, or TB, is not only the world's top infectious killer, it is also the leading cause of deaths among people with HIV and a major cause of antimicrobial resistance-related deaths, the United Nations health agency said on Sunday, World Tuberculosis Day.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/03/1…

Does Most of Your Paycheck Go to Rent? That May Be Hurting Your Health
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-03-24
New data on health across the U.S. shows that high housing costs are harming Americans' health — and that some communities are affected more than others. | The 2019 County Health Rankings, an annual collaborative report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shows that 11 percent of U.S. households are severely burdened by housing costs. This means that more than 800,000 households spend at least half of their income on housing. | In communities with high housing costs, residents rate their h…
truthout.org/articles/does-most-of-your-…

Cyclone Idai: UNICEF warns of 'race against time' to protect children, prevent spread of disease in flood-ravaged Mozambique
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-23
A week after the flooded Mozambican port of Beira was hit by Cyclone Idai, "aid agencies are barely beginning to see the scale of the damage", the head of UNICEF said on Saturday, as she called for more international support to help quickly get relief to more than a million people across the country and prevent the possible spread of waterborne diseases like cholera.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/03/1…

Texas chemical blaze reignites as authorities sue operator for pollution & health damages (VIDEOS)
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-23
After downplaying the health and environmental hazards of the massive Deer Park chemical tank fire for nearly a week, the Texas government has sued the facility's operator for air pollution and ecological damage. | …
rt.com/usa/454537-deer-park-chemical-fir…

Why School Psychologists Are Worried About the Mental Health of America's Students
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-22
A new ACLU report shows that millions of kids are in schools that have no mental health staff. One of the report's authors discusses the implications. | Earlier this month, thousands of school psychologists met in Atlanta at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists. One of the hottest topics among attendees was exhaustion — a consequence of having to serve more students who are experiencing more trauma and other mental health problems without more help in carrying the load. | It's not just school psychologists who are concerned about being short-staffed. I know of far too ma…
aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/race-and-in…

Venezuela builds health sovereignty, in defiance of the U.S. government
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-22
Chicago, IL – On March 20, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro visited Jipana, a large automated warehouse in the state of Miranda. Built with the cooperation of Chinese experts, Jipana – made up of five warehouses across Venezuela – has the capacity to store and distribute 100% of the antibiotic, hypoglycemic, hypertensive and analgesic needs for the tens of thousands of free community clinics that make up Mission Barrio Adentro, as well as all of the anti-malarial, anti-retroviral, anti-parasitic and contraceptive needs of the Mission's nationwide ambulance service. | While at…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/3/22/venezuel…

Hunger, displacement and disease: 4.3 million people remain in dire need of aid in Chad
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-22
With Chad at a crossroads of life-threatening challenges ranging from violence to drought, the United Nations and its humanitarian partners appealed on Thursday for $476 million to support the most vulnerable of 4.3 million people relying on aid in the African country.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/03/1…

New Mexico prisons: less than 1% of inmates with hepatitis C treated
Roger Kulp | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-21
Universal healthcare demands should extend to the millions of working class people trapped in the prison-camps-for-the-unemployed known as the U.S. prison system.
liberationnews.org/new-mexico-prisons-le…

WaPo's 'Hard-Line' Stance Against Medicare for All
Michael Corcoran | fair.org | 2019-03-20
A Washington Post news piece ( 3/11/19) claims Rep. Pramila Jayapal's Medicare for All bill "reflects the influence of hard-line liberal groups and unions," as well as "advocates on the far left," who would "upend health coverage for tens of millions of Americans." | The phrase "hard-line," as commonly used in the Washington Post, is almost always a pejorative. Often it refere…
fair.org/home/wapos-hard-line-stance-aga…

'We Already Spend More Than Medicare for All Would Cost Us' – CounterSpin interview with Diane Archer on Medicare for All
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-03-19
Janine Jackson interviewed Diane Archer about Medicare for All for the March 15, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
fair.org/home/we-already-spend-more-than…

The Donald Trump Bible
Mark Fiore | progressive.org | 2019-03-15
Do you really want your Bible signed by the guy who separates mothers from babies, had an affair while his wife was home with a baby and is currently doing his best to take food and healthcare away from poor people?
progressive.org/dispatches/the-donald-tr…

Diane Archer on Medicare for All
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-03-15
Media…
fair.org/home/diane-archer-on-medicare-f…

The Medicaid for None Movement
Mike Ervin | progressive.org | 2019-03-12
The Medicare for All movement may be gaining steam, but so is its evil counterpoint.
progressive.org/dispatches/the-medicaid-…

Neil deMause on Amazon's Retreat, Nina Besser Doorley on Women's Healthcare Restrictions
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-02-22
Media…
fair.org/home/neil-demause-on-amazons-re…