Daily Archives: October 3, 2019

2019-10-03: News Headlines

Mark Gruenberg (2019-10-03). Nurses' Medicare For All campaign picks up key lawmakers. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—National Nurses United's long-running campaign to garner congressional support for Medicare For All has won several key lawmakers — Reps. Adam Smith, D-Wash., Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, and Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y. — to the cause. Signing up Doggett is important. He chairs the House Ways and Means Health subcommittee, which co-writes medical care legislation on that …

The Canary (2019-10-03). Three pharma firms accused of collusion over NHS drug supply. thecanary.co Three drug firms have been found provisionally guilty by the competition watchdog of colluding over the supply of a life-saving treatment for thousands of patients on the NHS. | The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it believes pharmaceutical firm Aspen paid two rivals — Amilco and Tiofarma — to stay out of the market for fludrocortisone acetate tablets — a treatment for Addison's disease. | Aspen's actions protected its UK monopoly over the supply of the drug to the NHS and gave the firm the opportunity to increase prices by up to 1,800%, the CMA said. | In exchange, it is alleged th…

Amanda Mills (2019-10-03). Trump administration disbanded marine life and health advisory boards. nationofchange.org The White House is currently making moves to eliminate three federal advisory boards that deal with the protection of marine life. This week the government has defunded the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee, the Interior Department's Invasive Species Advisory Committee, and the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. All have been around for …

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-10-03). Out of Surgery, Dying Activist Ady Barkan Still Waiting to Talk With Joe Biden About Medicare for All. commondreams.org "We may disagree, but if you want to be president, you'll have to have some hard conversations." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ady_barkan_biden.jpg

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-03). As Impeachment Looms, Trump Heads to Florida to Smear Medicare for All and Boost For-Profit Healthcare Industry. commondreams.org "Trump will give a big, bloviating speech claiming to be a champion of seniors. But his record—including yearly budget proposals that cut Social Security and Medicare—tells a very different story." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/donald_trump_medicare.jpg

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-03). 'On Message as Always': Sanders Works His Heart Procedure Into Case for Medicare for All as #GetWellBernie Trends. commondreams.org "None of us know when a medical emergency might affect us. And no one should fear going bankrupt if it occurs. Medicare for All!" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_25.jpg

Robert C. Koehler (2019-10-03). Impeaching the Symptom, Not the Disease. commondreams.org This is a force that has seldom made an appearance in presidential debates or campaigns. Certainly it's one of the forces behind gerrymandering and voter suppression. As far as I can tell, it's not a force within the reach of democracy. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/donald_trump_0.png

Julie Hollar (2019-10-02). Corporate Journalists Push Tax Attack on Medicare for All. fair.org Election Focus 2020: Centrist think tank Third Way commissioned an August poll on how to turn people off of Medicare for All, and one of the strongest tactics turned out to be emphasizing what the plan would cost taxpayers. Lo and behold, the tax line has become a central focus of media coverage of Medicare for All.

United Nations (2019-10-02). WHO chief underscores need to address climate change following visit to Bahamas. un.org The top UN health official has called for the world to rally around The Bahamas as the country continues to emerge from the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian one month ago.

United Nations (2019-10-01). WHO and UNICEF in campaign to protect 1.6 million in Sudan from cholera. un.org UN agencies are working with the authorities in Sudan to protect more than one million people from cholera, an infectious disease which can kill within hours if left untreated.

United Nations (2019-10-01). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Greek island shelter crisis, only 8 per cent of UNGA speakers women, Russian alcohol laws extending lives, Older Persons Day. un.org Tuesday's top stories: Greece urged to fast-track asylum-seekers as 1,000 die on the Mediterranean; just 16 women addressed UN General Assembly; less alcohol means longer lives in Russia; cholera campaign in Sudan; standing up for older people on international day.

United Nations (2019-10-01). Strict alcohol laws which cut intake more than 40 per cent in Russia, linked to historically high life expectancy. un.org Strict laws put in place by the Russian authorities since 2003 have resulted in a significant drop in alcohol-related deaths nationwide, a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed on Tuesday.

Staff (2019-10-01). Newark Water Crisis: Mayor Ras Baraka Responds to Critics & Promises City Is Working on Solution. democracynow.org Newark, New Jersey, city officials recently announced thousands of water filters handed out to residents have significantly reduced lead in drinking water to safe levels. Lead contamination has plagued the city for years, spiking even higher in 2019. Over the summer, the Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit against Newark, accusing it of violating federal safe drinking water laws. The crisis came to a head last month following revelations that water filters distributed to residents may not have been effective. Meanwhile, New Jersey officials have signed off on a $120 million bond with Essex County to…

Staff (2019-10-01). Headlines for October 1, 2019. democracynow.org House Democrats Subpoena Giuliani over Ukraine Work, Report: Trump Pressured Australia, Italy & U.K. to Help with Political Probes, Trump Renews Threats Against Schiff and Intelligence Whistleblower, Hong Kong Protests Escalate as Beijing Marks 70th Anniversary of People's Republic of China, Four Die in Ongoing Anti-Government Protests in Haiti, Somali Militants Attack U.S. Drone Base & Italian Military Convoy, Nigerian Journalist Omoyele Sowore Pleads Not Guilty, Remains Locked Up, U.S. Blocks Cuban Health Minister from Attending Regional WHO Meeting in D.C., GOP Congressmember Chris Collins Resigns over Insider…

Ryan Gebhardt (2019-09-30). Lancaster, PA march demands right to healthcare in the face of hospital closure, corporate profiteering. liberationnews.org Community members in Lancaster, Pennsylvania came into the streets on September 21 to march in the heat for the right to quality healthcare.

Staff (2019-09-30). Stateless in Malaysia. therealnews.com The stateless people in Sabah, Malaysia are denied access to schools, jobs, and healthcare, and their village is facing demolition. They have found advocates in the youth movement Borneo Komrad.

Shaun King (2019-09-29). If You Are Black and in a Mental Health Crisis, 911 Can Be a Death Sentence. theintercept.com There's a pattern of black families calling the police for a relative in a mental health crisis — and the police then kill that person.

Consortium News (2019-09-29). The Untold Story of the Trump-Ukraine Scandal. theantimedia.com The impeachment offensive against Donald Trump is another symptom of a partisan disease that ignores an even greater malignancy.

pip.hinman (2019-09-27). Time to stand up for public healthcare. greenleft.org.au civil rights Mischa FrankIssue 1239 Australia Medicare private health insurance funding cutsSeptember 27, 2019The federal Coali…

ACLU (2019-09-26). Kentucky's Abortion Law Forces Me to Humiliate My Patients. aclu.org H.B. 2 is cruel, offensive, and the Supreme Court should strike it down. | I'm a doctor at the only abortion clinic in Kentucky. Providing safe, compassionate medical care has been my life's calling, and my patients' well-being is always my first priority. But Kentucky politicians — determined as usual to interfere with access to reproductive healthcare — are trying to force me to harm and humili…

Fight Back (2019-09-26). "Suicide by cop" is murder by cop. fightbacknews.org Fight Back! is circulating statement by the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar | Minneapolis, MN – Keaton James Larson, Travis Jordan, Billy Hughes, Archer Amorosi and Phil Quinn are a few of the many Minnesotans who were dealing with a mental health crisis when killed by those who are paid to "protect and serve," leading some to ask the question "Were the victims suicidal?" | The question should not be "Was the victim suicidal?" but "Would the victim be alive if the police had handled the situation more appropriately?" In the case of Brian Quinones, killed on September 9 by police in Richfield, the answer…

ACLU (2019-09-23). We're in Court to Protect Family Planning Care for Millions of Low-Income Patients. aclu.org The Trump Administration is dismantling the Title X family planning program and compromising crucial health care for millions of people. | Title X is a federally funded family planning program that guarantees low-income people can receive critical health care services for free or at a reduced cost. For decades it's been one of the most effective federal health care programs, providing a wide range of vital reproductive and other services for millions of people across the country who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford them. | However, the Trump administration wants to undermine that success as part of an overall…

Hatewatch Staff (2019-09-05). Three Percent Security Force's Split Highlights Plague of Infighting. splcenter.org The incessant power struggles that plague militia groups prompted defections in the Three Percent Security Force, robbed its leader of control and delivered the well-known antigovernment militia to the man who defied his commander.

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-06-19). House Casts Historic Vote to Repeal Authorization for Endless War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 19, 2019 — In response to the House of Representatives passing H.R. 2740 (Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Legislative Branch, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020), which includes language to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) eight months after …

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Three pharma firms accused of collusion over NHS drug supply
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-03
Three drug firms have been found provisionally guilty by the competition watchdog of colluding over the supply of a life-saving treatment for thousands of patients on the NHS. | The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it believes pharmaceutical firm Aspen paid two rivals — Amilco and Tiofarma — to stay out of the market for fludrocortisone acetate tablets — a treatment for Addison's disease. | Aspen's actions protected its UK monopoly over the supply of the drug to the NHS and gave the firm the opportunity to increase prices by up to 1,800%, the CMA said. | In exchange, it is alleged th…
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/2019/10/03/three-pharma-firms-accused-of-collusion-over-nhs-drug-supply/

Impeaching the Symptom, Not the Disease
Robert C. Koehler | commondreams.org | 2019-10-03
This is a force that has seldom made an appearance in presidential debates or campaigns. Certainly it's one of the forces behind gerrymandering and voter suppression. As far as I can tell, it's not a force within the reach of democracy. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/donald_trump_0.png
commondreams.org/views/2019/10/03/impeaching-symptom-not-disease?cd-origin=rss

Nurses' Medicare For All campaign picks up key lawmakers
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-03
WASHINGTON–National Nurses United's long-running campaign to garner congressional support for Medicare For All has won several key lawmakers — Reps. Adam Smith, D-Wash., Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, and Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y. — to the cause. Signing up Doggett is important. He chairs the House Ways and Means Health subcommittee, which co-writes medical care legislation on that …
peoplesworld.org/article/nurses-medicare-for-all-campaign-picks-up-key-lawmakers/

Trump administration disbanded marine life and health advisory boards
Amanda Mills | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-03
The White House is currently making moves to eliminate three federal advisory boards that deal with the protection of marine life. This week the government has defunded the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee, the Interior Department's Invasive Species Advisory Committee, and the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. All have been around for …
nationofchange.org/2019/10/03/trump-administration-disbanded-marine-life-and-health-advisory-boards/

Out of Surgery, Dying Activist Ady Barkan Still Waiting to Talk With Joe Biden About Medicare for All
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-03
"We may disagree, but if you want to be president, you'll have to have some hard conversations." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ady_barkan_biden.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/03/out-surgery-dying-activist-ady-barkan-still-waiting-talk-joe-biden-about-medicare?cd-origin=rss

As Impeachment Looms, Trump Heads to Florida to Smear Medicare for All and Boost For-Profit Healthcare Industry
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-03
"Trump will give a big, bloviating speech claiming to be a champion of seniors. But his record—including yearly budget proposals that cut Social Security and Medicare—tells a very different story." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/donald_trump_medicare.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/03/impeachment-looms-trump-heads-florida-smear-medicare-all-and-boost-profit-healthcare?cd-origin=rss

'On Message as Always': Sanders Works His Heart Procedure Into Case for Medicare for All as #GetWellBernie Trends
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-03
"None of us know when a medical emergency might affect us. And no one should fear going bankrupt if it occurs. Medicare for All!" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_25.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/03/message-always-sanders-works-his-heart-procedure-case-medicare-all-getwellbernie?cd-origin=rss

WHO chief underscores need to address climate change following visit to Bahamas
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-02
The top UN health official has called for the world to rally around The Bahamas as the country continues to emerge from the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian one month ago.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1048402

Corporate Journalists Push Tax Attack on Medicare for All
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2019-10-02
Election Focus 2020: Centrist think tank Third Way commissioned an August poll on how to turn people off of Medicare for All, and one of the strongest tactics turned out to be emphasizing what the plan would cost taxpayers. Lo and behold, the tax line has become a central focus of media coverage of Medicare for All.
fair.org/home/corporate-journalists-push-tax-attack-on-medicare-for-all/

WHO and UNICEF in campaign to protect 1.6 million in Sudan from cholera
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-01
UN agencies are working with the authorities in Sudan to protect more than one million people from cholera, an infectious disease which can kill within hours if left untreated.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1048322

Tuesday's Daily Brief: Greek island shelter crisis, only 8 per cent of UNGA speakers women, Russian alcohol laws extending lives, Older Persons Day
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-01
Tuesday's top stories: Greece urged to fast-track asylum-seekers as 1,000 die on the Mediterranean; just 16 women addressed UN General Assembly; less alcohol means longer lives in Russia; cholera campaign in Sudan; standing up for older people on international day.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1048342

Strict alcohol laws which cut intake more than 40 per cent in Russia, linked to historically high life expectancy
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-01
Strict laws put in place by the Russian authorities since 2003 have resulted in a significant drop in alcohol-related deaths nationwide, a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed on Tuesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1048282

Newark Water Crisis: Mayor Ras Baraka Responds to Critics & Promises City Is Working on Solution
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-01
Newark, New Jersey, city officials recently announced thousands of water filters handed out to residents have significantly reduced lead in drinking water to safe levels. Lead contamination has plagued the city for years, spiking even higher in 2019. Over the summer, the Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit against Newark, accusing it of violating federal safe drinking water laws. The crisis came to a head last month following revelations that water filters distributed to residents may not have been effective. Meanwhile, New Jersey officials have signed off on a $120 million bond with Essex County to…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/1/newark_water_crisis_mayor_baraka

Lancaster, PA march demands right to healthcare in the face of hospital closure, corporate profiteering
Ryan Gebhardt | liberationnews.org | 2019-09-30
Community members in Lancaster, Pennsylvania came into the streets on September 21 to march in the heat for the right to quality healthcare.
liberationnews.org/lancaster-pa-march-demands-right-to-healthcare-in-the-face-of-hospital-closure-corporate-profiteering/

Capitalism's doctor shortage is about to get even worse
Roger Kulp | liberationnews.org | 2019-09-30
In capitalist society, healthcare is not guaranteed as a constitutionally protected right.
liberationnews.org/capitalisms-doctor-shortage-is-about-to-get-even-worse/

Stateless in Malaysia
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-30
The stateless people in Sabah, Malaysia are denied access to schools, jobs, and healthcare, and their village is facing demolition. They have found advocates in the youth movement Borneo Komrad.
therealnews.com/stories/stateless-in-malaysia

The Untold Story of the Trump-Ukraine Scandal
Consortium News | theantimedia.com | 2019-09-29
The impeachment offensive against Donald Trump is another symptom of a partisan disease that ignores an even greater malignancy.

The Untold Story of the Trump-Ukraine Scandal

If You Are Black and in a Mental Health Crisis, 911 Can Be a Death Sentence
Shaun King | theintercept.com | 2019-09-29
There's a pattern of black families calling the police for a relative in a mental health crisis — and the police then kill that person.
theintercept.com/2019/09/29/police-shootings-mental-health/

Time to stand up for public healthcare
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-09-27
civil rights Mischa FrankIssue 1239 Australia Medicare private health insurance funding cutsSeptember 27, 2019The federal Coali…
greenleft.org.au/content/time-stand-public-healthcare

Kentucky's Abortion Law Forces Me to Humiliate My Patients
aclu.org | 2019-09-26
H.B. 2 is cruel, offensive, and the Supreme Court should strike it down. | I'm a doctor at the only abortion clinic in Kentucky. Providing safe, compassionate medical care has been my life's calling, and my patients' well-being is always my first priority. But Kentucky politicians — determined as usual to interfere with access to reproductive healthcare — are trying to force me to harm and humili…
aclu.org/blog/reproductive-freedom/abortion/kentuckys-abortion-law-forces-me-humiliate-my-patients

"Suicide by cop" is murder by cop
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-26
Fight Back! is circulating statement by the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar | Minneapolis, MN – Keaton James Larson, Travis Jordan, Billy Hughes, Archer Amorosi and Phil Quinn are a few of the many Minnesotans who were dealing with a mental health crisis when killed by those who are paid to "protect and serve," leading some to ask the question "Were the victims suicidal?" | The question should not be "Was the victim suicidal?" but "Would the victim be alive if the police had handled the situation more appropriately?" In the case of Brian Quinones, killed on September 9 by police in Richfield, the answer…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/25/suicide-cop-murder-cop

We're in Court to Protect Family Planning Care for Millions of Low-Income Patients
aclu.org | 2019-09-23
The Trump Administration is dismantling the Title X family planning program and compromising crucial health care for millions of people. | Title X is a federally funded family planning program that guarantees low-income people can receive critical health care services for free or at a reduced cost. For decades it's been one of the most effective federal health care programs, providing a wide range of vital reproductive and other services for millions of people across the country who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford them. | However, the Trump administration wants to undermine that success as part of an overall…
aclu.org/blog/reproductive-freedom/were-court-protect-family-planning-care-millions-low-income-patients

Three Percent Security Force's Split Highlights Plague of Infighting
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-09-05
The incessant power struggles that plague militia groups prompted defections in the Three Percent Security Force, robbed its leader of control and delivered the well-known antigovernment militia to the man who defied his commander.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/09/06/three-percent-security-forces-split-highlights-plague-infighting