2020-01-09: News Headlines

John Ranson (2020-01-09). Winter has hardly started but already A&E figures have hit an all time low. thecanary.co Ten years into the Conservative Party's watch, the latest A&E stats paint a picture of an NHS on its knees.December 2019 was the NHS's busiest ever month with record numbers of A&E attendances and ambulance call-outs. And the number of patients waiting over four hours, or even over twelve hours, was at its highest yet.Record waiting times: James Illman of the Health Service Journal laid out the stark reality: | BREAKING: For major A&Es performance versus the 4 hour target has slumped to 68.6% in December. IE Type 1 performance dips into the 60s for the first time. That is AWFUL. Context: last Dec (2018) th…

commondreams (2020-01-09). Trump Administration Puts Public Health, Community Participation at Risk. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Ashley Curtin (2020-01-09). Science-advisory board says Trump administration's policies run counter to established science. nationofchange.org "EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler must immediately withdraw these unlawful proposals that threaten the health and well-being of all Americans."

John Raphling (2020-01-09). High-Tech Police Weapons Do More Harm than Good. thenation.com High-Tech Police Weapons Do More Harm than Good…

Assemblymember Ash Kalra (2020-01-09). Medicare for All Town Hall with Congressman Khanna and Assembyman Kalra. indybay.org

The Canary (2020-01-08). Nurses warn of burn-out in new strike over pay and recruitment. thecanary.co Thousands of "burned out" nurses have taken to picket lines in the north of Ireland as one-day strike action brings some health services to a standstill.An escalating row over pay and conditions in the under-pressure hospital system emptied treatment waiting rooms across the country.Politicians are trying to reach an agreement which would produce a funding boost for an NHS beset by long waiting lists for treatment and rancour over employee pay levels while struggling to fill some vacant posts.The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) protest follows a similar walkout last month over salary rates that lag behind colleagu…

RT (2020-01-08). Netflix roasted for leading viewers astray with 'health misinformation' in Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop show. rt.com Gwyneth Paltrow's wellness brand Goop has secured its own show on Netflix and anti-pseudoscience crusaders are demanding its cancellation, insisting the doyenne of jade vaginal eggs is hurting people with health misinformation. | Paltrow's medical faddism "does real harm" by contributing to the "erosion of critical thinking," University of Alberta researcher Tim Caulfield tweeted on Monday after Netflix posted a teaser for the premiere of "The Goop Lab" later this month, setting off a firestorm of panic among a certain stripe of science enthusiast. The idea of an entire show devoted to whatever bizarre health…

CP Editor (2020-01-08). $71 Million for More Cops; Not A Dime for Jobs and Healthcare. counterpunch.org

news.un (2020-01-07). More international support needed to curb deadly measles outbreak in DR Congo. news.un.org Countries are being asked to step up assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which is facing the world's worst measles epidemic, with more than 6,000 deaths since the start of last year.

news.un (2020-01-07). Spread of polio still an international public health concern. news.un.org The spread of polio internationally remains a global public health concern, experts meeting in Geneva have concluded.

news.un (2020-01-07). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Syria, polio, DR Congo, Sudan updates, and, the art of stealing. news.un.org Tuesday's top stories include: A "daily nightmare" in Syria's Idlib; polio remains an international health emergency; Guterres extends condolences as Australia bushfires continue; measles in DR Congo; clashes in Darfur displace thousands; and a celebration of stolen art.

news.un (2020-01-06). Monday's Daily Brief: Geopolitical strife, Australia bushfires, Burkina Faso, Cambodia updates. news.un.org Monday's top stories include: UN chief's call for de-escalation in global tensions; UNICEF offers help as Australia bushfires continue to rage; condolences following Burkina Faso bus explosion; new shipping regulation to boost health of people and planet; and ILO responds to deadly Cambodia building collapse.

San Diego PSL (2019-12-29). NUHW workers strike for better mental health care for their patients. liberationnews.org On Dec. 16, the National Union for Healthcare Workers began a week-long strike at Kaiser Permanente's Clairemont Mesa Blvd facility in San Diego, California.

Melissa Grant (2019-12-18). A Tennessee City Banned Surgical Abortion Within the City Limits. We're Taking Them to Court. aclu.org For 30 years, I have | worked in reproductive health care. In my current role as Chief Operating | Officer of carafem, a nonprofit with a national network of health centers, I | know the difference compassionate and comprehensive reproductive health care | makes in the lives of our clients. I have witnessed the personal impact when | people who have the legal right to have a child or to have an abortion are denied | those rights due to outrageous societal barriers. Abortion providers are used | to opposition, but we've never experienced the kind of explicit targeting we | received from politicians in the city…

Matt Bruenig (2019-11-17). Warren's Head Tax Is Not More Popular Than A Payroll Tax. peoplespolicyproject.org As we know by now, Elizabeth Warren's Medicare head tax proposal is a regressive mess ( I, II, III, IV). Warren's team knows this. The goal of the proposal i…

Matt Bruenig (2019-11-17). CAP's Topher Spiro Is Trying to Deceive Journalists By Lying. peoplespolicyproject.org It's been fun to see how the Center for American Progress (CAP) navigates this year's presidential election. For insider political reasons, they can't support Biden or Sanders. But for a long time, it was unclear who the alternative candidate they could support would be. | When Kamala Harris was rising, CAP's staff was doing overtime boosting her on Twitter and in the press, including boosting Harris's absurd health care proposal. But Harris's collapse put an end to that strategy. Recently Warren has risen as the alternative and so CAP has been working to promote her campaign, which puts CAP in the comical positi…

Matt Bruenig (2019-11-03). Warren's Medicare Head Tax Would Be About $9,500. peoplespolicyproject.org On Friday, I wrote a piece arguing that Elizabeth Warren's use of an employer head tax was not a good way to fund Medicare for All and that instead the more conventional choices of income and payroll taxes would be better. The reason they are better is because income and payroll taxes are based on how much income you receive while a head tax charges the same dollar amount for every worker regardless of their income, making it much more onerous on the lower and middle classes. | This point holds…

Matt Bruenig (2019-11-02). What Is a Middle Class Tax Hike? Am I Losing My Mind? peoplespolicyproject.org I have been swimming in the Medicare for All waters for over a decade now, going back to when I worked on the Ralph Nader presidential campaign that made Medicare for All its number one issue. And during this time, I developed a specific understanding of what we might call the M4A Financing Problem. | The Problem: | The M4A Financing Problem, in simple terms, is that even if you bring in existing federal spending on health care, existing state spending on health care, and a bunch of new rich-people taxes, you still fall short of financing the program. Thus to actually complete the financing, you have to u…

Matt Bruenig (2019-11-01). Warren's Perpetual Medicare Head Tax Is Unworkable and Bad. peoplespolicyproject.org Elizabeth Warren released her Medicare for All financing plan today. The main purpose of the proposal appears to be to find a plan that you can message as "not increasing middle class taxes," which is of course a nonsensical goal insofar, as Warren herself has said, what matters is middle class health care costs, not whether you categorize those costs as premiums, taxes, or out-of-pocket expenses. | Nonetheless, bowing to the stupid media discourse on this, Warren put forward a financing pro…

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