July 2017 Archives

Trumpcare Is a Death Plan

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The Plan to deny medical care to millions of Affordable Care Act subscribers (17 million would become uninsured next year alone) and reinstitute barriers to the hard-to-insure has collapsed, for now, but the congress behind the genocide of expendable constituents promises to reassemble.

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"The disastrous Trumpcare bill passed last week [May 4, 2017] by the House of Representatives was a vanity project for the billionaire president whose social agenda was no more than a campaign ploy to secure the vote of the Anglo-Saxon poor with populist tribal distractions," charges Fabiola Santiago at el Nuevo Herald.

"Their vote makes pregnancy a pre-existing condition, eliminates funding for birth control and makes access to health care more difficult for women. Their vote makes people suffering from serious conditions such as heart disease, cancer and HIV and AIDS unable to have insurance."

Access to health care is a human right. "Here, in the richest country on earth, this social contract is broken. The right to health is enshrined in international treaties and the constitutions of a large number of countries around the world," says Dr. Joia Mukherjee, Chief Medical Officer, Partners in Health, "but in the United States, basic rights like health care, education, and even the right to vote are under increasingly grave threats. Even as we speak, the federal government is selling each pillar of our social contract and our human rights to the highest bidder. . .

"Enough is enough. Health is a right -- not a commodity, not a privilege."
Climate scientist Ben Santer fights 'alternative facts'. He's not alone. The consequences of global warming denial affect every person on the planet. Santer advises that human actions must be part of the solution:

"You jump through hoops. You do due diligence. You go down every blind alley, every rabbit hole. Over time, the evidence for a discernible human influence on global climate becomes overwhelming. The evidence is internally and physically consistent. It's in climate measurements made from the ground, from weather balloons and from space -- measurements of dozens of different climate variables made by hundreds of different research groups around the world. You write more papers, examine more uncertainties and participate in more scientific assessments. You tell others what you've done, what you've learned and what the climatic "shape of things to come" might look like if we do nothing to reduce emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. You speak not only to your scientific peers but also to a wide variety of audiences, some of which are skeptical about you and everything you do. You enter the public arena and make yourself accountable.

Donald Trump is more hostile to modern science than any previous president, says history of science professor Robert N. Proctor. "We now live in a world where ignorance of a very dangerous sort is being deliberately manufactured, to protect certain kinds of unfettered corporate enterprise." 

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We can't afford to wait years for a change in management. We must create a political situation where the Trump administration's program is repudiated, where Trump and Pence are driven from office.

"The Trump administration has promised vast changes to U.S. science and environmental policy," headlines the National Geographic. "The stakes are enormous." Writers Michael Greshko, Laura Parker, and Brian Clark Howard are tracking them as they happen. Their list is pretty damn comprehensive, and well worth a read.

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