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June 28 2017

It’s Time for Medicare for All

Mitch McConnell is delaying a vote on the Senate Republican version of Trumpcare because he doesn’t yet have a majority.

Some Senate Republicans think the bill doesn’t go get rid of enough of the Affordable Care Act. Others worry that it goes too far – especially in light of the Congressional Budget Office’s finding that it would eliminate coverage for 22 million Americans.  

What should be the Democrats’ response? Over the next weeks or months, Democrats must continue to defend the Affordable Care Act. It’s not perfect, but it’s a major step in the right direction. Over 20 million Americans have gained coverage because of it.

But Democrats also need to go further and offer Americans a positive vision of where the nation should be headed over the long term. That’s toward Medicare for all.

Some background: American spending on healthcare per person is more than twice the average in the world’s thirty-five advanced economies. Yet Americans are sicker, our lives are shorter, and we have more chronic illnesses than in any other advanced nation.

That’s because medical care is so expensive for the typical American that many put off seeing a doctor until their health has seriously deteriorated.

Why is healthcare so much cheaper in other nations? Partly because their governments negotiate lower rates with health providers. In France, the average cost of a magnetic resonance imagining exam is $363. In the United States, it’s $1,121. There, an appendectomy costs $4,463. Here, $13,851.

They can get lower rates because they cover everyone – which gives them lots of bargaining power.

Other nations also don’t have to pay the costs of private insurers shelling out billions of dollars a year on advertising and marketing – much of it intended to attract healthier and younger people and avoid the sicker and older.

Nor do other nations have to pay boatloads of money to the shareholders and executives of big for-profit insurance companies.  

Finally, they don’t have to bear the high administrative costs of private insurers – requiring endless paperwork to keep track of every procedure by every provider.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Medicare’s administrative costs are only about 2 percent of its operating expenses. That’s less than one-sixth the administrative costs of America’s private insurers

To make matters even worse for Americans, the nation’s private health insurers are merging like mad in order to suck in even more money from consumers and taxpayers by reducing competition.

At the same time, their focus on attracting healthy people and avoiding sick people is creating a vicious cycle. Insurers that take in sicker and costlier patients lose money, which forces them to raise premiums, co-payments, and deductibles. This, in turn, makes it harder for people most in need of health insurance to afford it.

This phenomenon has even plagued health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.  

Medicare for all would avoid all these problems, and get lower prices and better care.

It would be financed the same way Medicare and Social Security are financed, through the payroll tax. Wealthy Americans would pay a higher payroll tax rate and contribute more than lower-income people. But everyone would win because total healthcare costs would be far lower, and outcomes far better.

If Republicans succeed in gutting the Affordable Care Act or subverting it, the American public will be presented with a particularly stark choice: Expensive health care for the few, or affordable health care for the many.

This political reality is already playing out in Congress, as many Democrats move toward Medicare for All. Most House Democrats are co-sponsoring a Medicare for All bill there. Senator Bernie Sanders is preparing to introduce it in the Senate. New York and California are moving toward statewide versions.

A Gallup poll conducted in May found that a majority of Americans would support such a system. Another poll by the Pew Research Center shows that such support is growing, with 60 percent of Americans now saying government should be responsible for ensuring health care coverage for all Americans – up from 51 percent last year.

Democrats would be wise to seize the moment. They shouldn’t merely defend the Affordable Care Act. They should also go on the offensive – with Medicare for all.

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Erster Transport von Atommüll auf einem Fluss in Deutschland begonnen

Auf dem Neckar schippert nun ein Transportschiff mit insgesamt 342 ausgedienten Brennelementen. Laut Energieversorger EnBW habe man verschiedene Transportarten genau gegeneinander abgewogen. Die Fahrt auf dem Neckar sei "sicher durchführbar".
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Mit einem neuen Verfahren wird aus Wüstensand ein Baumaterial

In ihrem Unternehmen Polycare Research Technology fertigen Gerhard Dust und Gunther Plötner stapelbare Steine aus Wüstensand. Menschen in Slums sollen sich daraus nach dem Lego-Prinzip ein Zuhause bauen können.
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1984 bookcover by Patrick Pichler & Wolfgang Warzilek
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Datenschutzgrundverordnung: Böses Erwachen der Domainverwaltung ICANN

Über Jahre hat die ICANN illegale Datensammlungen veranlasst, warnen Experten. Mit den saftigen Bußgeldandrohungen der EU scheint die private Namensverwaltung jetzt aus ihrem datenschutzrechtlichen Dornröschenschlaf zu erwachen.
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Throwback Thursday: Montana’s historic places recognized

In May 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed into law the Homestead Act, which encouraged Western migration by entitling settlers to 160 acres of public land after they reside on and cultivate the land for five years. For much of the West, including Montana, homesteading gave rural communities their roots. Some of these homesteads took root on huge, isolated stretches of land while others blossomed into bustling towns that acted as the gateway to the West. 

Two Montana locations from the homestead era recently landed on the National Register of Historic Places thanks to Bureau of Land Management archaeologist Zane Fulbright.

Keep reading

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Bronze statuette of Zeus or Poseidon (via The Met)

early 5th century BCE

Archaic Greek

“This mature bearded figure must represent either Zeus, the god of the sky and ruler of the Olympian deities, or his brother Poseidon, who controlled the seas. The identity would have been clear from the attribute that was originally held in the right hand. Zeus’s weapon was the thunderbolt, and a sanctuary to him was established wherever lightening struck. Poseidon wielded a trident, the three-pronged spear that fishermen used to catch huge tuna.”

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Georges Rouault (French, 1871-1958).

Nous Sommes Fous [We are mad].

Oil over aquatint, laid down on canvas. Executed in 1948.

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Shavous - The Making of a Nation | True Torah Jews

“A nation, following the modern definition, is a group of people bound together by a common land, culture and language. At Har [Mt.] Sinai, those conditions were met only because of proximity, they were never mentioned as prerequisites for carrying the title ‘Jew’. The only precondition was acceptance of the Torah. Period. Cultures, languages and territories are all things that can be violently wrenched from a people. Faith, however, is a far more tenacious entity.

On [the holiday of] Shavous [the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai], it’s traditional to read the Biblical book of Rus (Ruth), which recounts how a Moabite princess converted to Judaism, later to become one of the illustrious ancestors of King David.

If I were to go to a Scot and say that I wanted to ‘convert’ to Scottish-ism, they would probably, and rightly, laugh in my face. The Scottish are an ethnic/tribal group were belonging is based solely on ancestral heritage. I could no more become a Scot than an Inuit could become a Xhosa. It is solely a matter of birthright. There is no conversion to a race or ethnicity. The Scot or Inuit or Xhosa could very feasibly become a Jew, however. Exactly like me. Their race or heritage has absolutely nothing to do with whether they could be accepted for the conversion process. There is one absolute condition and only one. Wholehearted acceptance of the Torah and the One who gave it. German Orthodox thinker Rav Shamshon Rafael Hirsch stated unequivocally, ‘Land and soil were never Israel's bond of union...’

The Zionist Enterprise has created a secular, nationalist identity that exists in and of itself. It has no normative content. In the process, they’ve robbed generations of Jews of the only thing that historically characterized them, exchanging an eternal mission for a cheap, bellicose nationalism.”

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Is There a Multidimensional Mathematical World Hidden in the Brain's Computation ?

Is There a Multidimensional Mathematical World Hidden in the Brain’s Computation?

In their paper, the researchers attempted to mathematically map the brain’s neuronal networks. The image on the left is a digital copy of the neocortex. Next to it is a simplified image of the brain’s multi-dimensional structures and spaces.


#cerveau #neurone #réseau #visualisation #dimensions #topologie_algébrique

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Finale Version des NetzDG-Gesetzestextes für die Abstimmung im Bundestag ist da

Die Große Koalition im Bundestag hat heute dem Rechtsausschuss eine finale Version des Entwurfes des Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetzes vorgelegt. Der Gesetzesvorschlag soll am kommenden Freitag im Deutschen Bundestag abgestimmt werden. Derzeit steht die Plenardebatte für 8 Uhr am Freitag Morgen auf der Tagesordnung des Bundestages. 45 Minuten sind für die Debatte eingeplant.

Das Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz wurde in einigen Punkten entschärft. Trotz dieser Nachbesserungen bleibt das Gesetz eine Gefahr für die Meinungsfreiheit, vor allem weil große Plattformen mit Bußgeldandrohung verpflichtet werden, „offensichtlich rechtswidrige Inhalte“ innerhalb einer kurzen Frist zu löschen. Damit besteht weiterhin die Befürchtung, dass zuviel gelöscht wird und damit die Meinungsfreiheit gefährdet ist.

Nach allem, was wir bislang im Vergleich sehen hat sich der Entwurf zwischen gestern und heute nicht mehr verändert.


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Vietnamese Blogger Phạm Minh Hoàng Detained, Stripped of Citizenship, and Exiled to France

"I wrote blogs and continued to express my views on issues like democracy, corruption, territorial sovereignty. This is something that anybody could do, and to be honest, everybody should do."

June 27 2017

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P a u l - K l e e
Small Dune Picture (Kl. Dünenbild)
Oil on black casein ground, mounted on cardboard

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by the artist Nakazawa Hiromitsu

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U.N. blames warring sides for Yemen's 'man-made' cholera 'catastrophe' | Reuters

U.N. blames warring sides for Yemen’s ’man-made’ cholera ’catastrophe’ | Reuters

U.N. humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien described the cholera outbreak in Yemen, which is fast approaching 300,000 cases, as a “man-made catastrophe” caused by the warring sides in the country’s civil war and their international backers.

The number of suspected cases of the disease, which is caused by ingesting bacteria from water or food contaminated with faeces, reached 179,548 by 20 June, with 1,205 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

“This is because of conflict, it’s man-made, it’s very severe, the numbers are absolutely staggering, it’s getting worse, and the cholera element in addition to the lack of food, the lack of medical supplies, primarily one has to put that at the door of all the parties to the conflict,” O’Brien said.

#guerre #yémen #choléra

(et si tout le monde est coupable personne ne l’est)

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Roms Bürgermeisterin will keine Migranten mehr aufnehmen

Die ewige Stadt erlebt eine gravierende Krisensituation, es herrscht EU-Verdruss
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Trumps Anti-Einwanderungspolitik

Die Zahl der anerkannten Flüchtlinge wurde halbiert, die der Verhaftungen und Abschiebungen von undokumentierten Flüchtlingen ist gestiegen
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