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A one term president but a lifetime promoter of kindness and good deeds. And as American President should do, he walked ...
12/05/2018

A one term president but a lifetime promoter of kindness and good deeds. And as American President should do, he walked the road of compassion long after he left the White House.

12/04/2018
LADbible

Honestly. how could anyone be upset with anyone watching these animals. What a treat!

This might be the best thing I've ever seen... 🙌🙌

Think about what would happen if only 10% of the world citizens followed a similar plan or made up something even better...
11/02/2018
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch covers a million square miles. A 24-year-old dropout is trying to clean it up

Think about what would happen if only 10% of the world citizens followed a similar plan or made up something even better.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/the-great-pacific-garbage-patch-covers-a-million-square-miles-a-24-year-old-dropout-is-trying-to-clean-it-up/ar-BBPfcwX?li=BBnb7Kz

After three weeks of testing and travel, the Ocean Cleanup system has arrived at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to pick up plastic pollution.

Wisconsin makes changed to Medicaid.https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/payer/cms-approves-work-requirements-for-wisconsin-...
10/31/2018
CMS approves Medicaid work requirements in Wisconsin | FierceHealthcare

Wisconsin makes changed to Medicaid.
https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/payer/cms-approves-work-requirements-for-wisconsin-medicaid-program?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTVdGaU5XTTNZamxrT1dWaiIsInQiOiJcL1pFRDhaUGRvRUZQcVBhM291MTh4bVFCWlcwWmVnVjdaeEVpcHdqQWJ1UUpiYXhQdFpRUmxVb2lCQng2V3RIZm9yQnBtWVdWREMrUWJBemVYS21HTzZWdER4SnJ2YjlUM3FmYWxVck1xVHN3VmxudEtDRHZtSDZLY0sxN0lhNmwifQ%3D%3D&mrkid=820051

CMS has approved a waiver to implement work requirements in Wisconsin's Medicaid program, making it the fourth state to enact such an approach. Administrator Seema Verma acknowledged that some disagree with the approach but called it "a thoughtful and reasonable policy, and one that is rooted in com...

10/29/2018

A potential change in providing transportation for Medicaid patients to medical appointments.
Agree on Not Agree?
fil:///C:/Users/jmandel/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/7B7UIETR/Health%20Services%20Insights%20essay.pdf

Medicare for all does not mean that healthcare is free.  Anyone on Medicare currently pays a certain % of their SSI chec...
10/26/2018
Politicians Hop Aboard ‘Medicare-For-All’ Train, Destination Unknown

Medicare for all does not mean that healthcare is free.
Anyone on Medicare currently pays a certain % of their SSI check (automatically removed from SSI check before it goes to the recipient) each month. If interested, read the article for more information.
https://khn.org/news/2018-midterms-medicare-for-all-slogan-health-care-policy/?utm_campaign=KHN%20-%20Weekly%20Edition&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=67012913&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--siT9FJotdkV1tCMLHObI3HiHfjVPGrCuK20B4IG8-mk6sQqipifvHwN8TsM0qakYkGibc9NH0vZgdSAbAXcjz3ZY3Zw&_hsmi=67012913

Candidates are charging toward midterm elections on a platform of single-payer and universal coverage rhetoric. Yet “Medicare-for-all” and single-payer mean different things to different people.…

What are these bombings and assassination attempts about?  No matter where one stands on issues, murderous attempts clea...
10/25/2018
Rep. Steve Scalise: 'This isn’t what America’s all about'

What are these bombings and assassination attempts about? No matter where one stands on issues, murderous attempts clearly define the hostility that is common today. Opinions please.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/rep-steve-scalise-this-isn%E2%80%99t-what-america%E2%80%99s-all-about/ar-BBOTc72

HOUSTON – Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot during a Congressional baseball game last summer, weighed in on the recent bombing attempts of several prominent Democrats. The Majority Whip narrowly survived a politically motivated assassination attempt in Virginia last year. He says he’s ex...

Perhaps consumers will actually be blessed with a reduction in medication costs. Let's hope so.https://www.hhs.gov/about...
10/25/2018
HHS Advances Payment Model to Lower Drug Costs for Patients

Perhaps consumers will actually be blessed with a reduction in medication costs. Let's hope so.
https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2018/10/25/hhs-advances-payment-model-to-lower-drug-costs-for-patients.html

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced and sought input on a new “International Pricing Index” (IPI) payment model to reduce what Americans pay for prescription drugs.

10/23/2018
Kaiser Family Foundation

Information from a non-political group on healthcare.

Join us today at 11:30 a.m. PT (2:30 p.m. ET) as KFF hosts a conversation on the latest health policy developments and their potential impact on the 2018 midterm elections. The event will be broadcast live from our new conference center in San Francisco. Please submit your questions for the panelists by commenting on this post.

Interesting.  Apparently what voters want to hear is not what they are hearing from politicians.
10/19/2018

Interesting. Apparently what voters want to hear is not what they are hearing from politicians.

NPR
10/17/2018
NPR

NPR

Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, fostered a close relationship with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as part of a bid to help broker a Middle East peace deal.

The mid-term elections are coming soon.  To all who are registered, please vote.  Many need identification cards or IDs....
10/17/2018

The mid-term elections are coming soon. To all who are registered, please vote. Many need identification cards or IDs. Please get them now. Voting is a right and a responsibility. But then you already know that.

12/07/2017
Former U.S. Senator Al Franken

Others are leaving the Congress because of bad behavior that was once accepted. It has been said that voting more women into political positions might help balance the equation. what are your thoughts?

A couple of months ago, I felt that we had entered an important moment in the history of this country. We were finally beginning to listen to women about the ways in which men’s actions affect them. That moment was long overdue. I was excited for that conversation, and hopeful that it would result in real change that made life better for women all across the country and in every part of our society.

Then, the conversation turned to me. Over the last few weeks, a number of women have come forward to talk about how they felt my actions had affected them. I was shocked. I was upset. But in responding to their claims, I also wanted to be respectful of that broader conversation, because all women deserve to be heard, and their experiences taken seriously.

I think that was the right thing to do. I also think it gave some people the false impression that I was admitting to doing things that, in fact, I haven’t done. Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others, I remember very differently.

I said at the outset that the Ethics Committee was the right venue for these allegations to be heard, and investigated, and evaluated on their merits. That I was prepared to cooperate fully. And that I was confident in the outcome.

You know, an important part of the conversation we’ve been having the last few months has been about how men abuse their power and privilege to hurt women.

I am proud that, during my time in the Senate, I have used my power to be a champion for women – and that I have earned a reputation as someone who respects the women I work alongside every day. I know there’s been a very different picture of me painted over the last few weeks. But I know who I really am.

Serving in the United States Senate has been the great honor of my life. I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a Senator – nothing – has brought dishonor on this institution. And I am confident that the Ethics Committee would agree.

Nevertheless, today I am announcing that, in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate.

I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party.

But this decision is not about me. It’s about the people of Minnesota. And it’s become clear that I can’t both pursue the Ethics Committee process and, at the same time, remain an effective Senator for them.

Let me be clear. I may be resigning my seat, but I am not giving up my voice. I will continue to stand up for the things I believe in as a citizen, and as an activist.

But Minnesotans deserve a Senator who can focus with all her energy on addressing the challenges they face every day.

There is a big part of me that will always regret having to walk away from this job with so much work left to be done. But I have faith that the work will continue, because I have faith in the people who have helped me do it.

I have faith in the dedicated, funny, selfless young men and women on my staff. They have so much more to contribute to our country. And I hope that, as disappointed as they may feel today, everyone who has ever worked for me knows how much I admire and respect them.

I have faith in my colleagues, especially my senior Senator, Amy Klobuchar. I would not have been able to do this job without her guidance and wisdom. And I have faith – or, at least, hope – that members of this Senate will find the political courage necessary to keep asking the tough questions, hold this administration accountable, and stand up for the truth.

I have faith in the activists who organized to help me win my first campaign and who have kept on organizing to help fight for the people who needed us: kids facing bullying, seniors worried about the price of prescription drugs, Native Americans who have been overlooked for far too long, working people who have been taking it on the chin for a generation – everyone in the middle class and everyone aspiring to join it.

I have faith in the proud legacy of progressive advocacy that I have had the privilege to be a part of. I think I’ve probably repeated these words ten thousand times over the years, Paul Wellstone’s famous quote: “The future belongs to those who are passionate and work hard.” It is still true. It will always be true.

And, most of all, I have faith in Minnesota. A big part of this job is going around the state and listening to what people need from Washington. But, more often than not, when I’m home, I’m blown away by how much Minnesota has to offer the entire country and the entire world. The people I have had the honor of representing are brilliant, and creative, and hard-working. And whoever holds this seat next will inherit the challenge I’ve enjoyed for the last eight and a half years: being as good as the people you serve.

This has been a tough few weeks for me. But I am a very, very lucky man. I have a beautiful, healthy family that I love, and that loves me very much. I am going to be just fine.

I’d just like to end with one last thing.

I did not grow up wanting to be a politician. I came to this relatively late in life. I had to learn a lot on the fly. It wasn’t easy. And it wasn’t always fun.

I’m not just talking about today. This is a hard thing to do with your life. There are a lot of long hours and late nights and hard lessons, and there is no guarantee that all your work and sacrifice will ever pay off. I won my first election by 312 votes – it could have easily gone the other way. And even when you win, progress is far from inevitable. Paul Wellstone spent his whole life working for mental health parity, and it didn’t pass into law until six years after he died.

This year, a lot of people who didn’t grow up imagining they’d ever get involved in politics have done just that. They’ve gone to their first protest march, or made their first call to a member of Congress, or maybe even taken the leap and put their name on a ballot for the first time.

It can be such a rush, to look around at a room full of people ready to fight alongside you, to feel that energy, to imagine that better things are possible. But you, too, will experience setbacks and defeats and disappointments. There will be days when you will wonder whether it’s worth it.

What I want you to know is that, even today, even on the worst day of my political life, I feel like it’s all been worth it. “Politics,” Paul Wellstone told us, “is about the improvement of people’s lives.” I know that the work I’ve been able to do has improved people’s lives. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

For a decade now, every time I would get tired, or discouraged, or frustrated, I would think about the people I was doing this for, and it would get me back up on my feet. I know the same will be true for everyone who decides to pursue a politics that is about improving people’s lives. And I hope you know that I will be right there fighting alongside you, every step of the way.

With that, M. President, I yield the floor.

11/30/2017
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

This has been shared 61,000 times so some people have an interest in the subject. What is yours?

We took some American doctors to Canada to see a universal health care system up close. Here's what they learned:

Here is one side of the story.  Stay posted for other opinions.
11/27/2017
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

Here is one side of the story. Stay posted for other opinions.

If we don’t reform the Democratic Party and we don’t bring energy to the party and if we don’t have grassroots support in the party, I worry about the future. My view, very strongly, is that we need to open the doors, get working people in, make it a 50-state party.

Millions Against Monsanto by OrganicConsumers.org
11/24/2017

Millions Against Monsanto by OrganicConsumers.org

The EPA just gave biotech company MosquitoMate the green light to release lab-grown, bacteria-infected mosquitos in several U.S. states. http://orgcns.org/2AGLbJs

11/24/2017
Goalcast

Goalcast

How did this boy rise from the slums to change the world with his music?

11/22/2017
Houston Food Bank

Support The Houston Food Bank with your money and volunteer hours. They help a lot of people and this recipe looks yummy.

Looking for a healthy take on a Thanksgiving favorite? Our Nutrition Education department has some "sage" advice on how you can enjoy delicious stuffing this Thursday.

11/22/2017
Mic

Mic

We finally learned the FCC's plans to roll back net neutrality regulations on Tuesday, a decision that will end your open access to the internet — and your wallet.

If you're not pissed yet, let reddit's Alexis Ohanian explain why you should be.

11/22/2017
PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour

While families across America prepare for Thanksgiving Day feasts, around 1 in 6 kids in the U.S. face the reality of living in “food-insecure” homes. (via FRONTLINE)

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Notorious liar Adam Schiff says: "No one is above the law" . . . er, except Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, James Comey, Clapper, Brannan, Holder, Lynch, Strzok, Page, Ohr, Weisman, Mueller, Samantha Powers, CherylMills, Obama . . . .