From: "Greg Miller via Change.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Jun 30, 2012 9:53 AM
Subject: Mass. won't ban electric shocks
Yesterday's Supreme Court ruling on health care proved it's possible for the good guys to win. Even a right-wing Court agreed that the federal government has wide authority to improve people's lives -- handing a major defeat to the Tea Party.
It was also a big step forward for health care reform. Millions of people with pre-existing conditions can now get health insurance. Many lives will be saved.
It's important to celebrate victories. It's also important to be honest when there's more work to be done.
The truth is that the "mandate" to buy private health insurance is an idea conceived by the right-wing Heritage Foundation. It puts millions of people at the mercy of corporations that profit by denying people care.
Few Democratic politicians were willing to acknowledge that yesterday, but Senator Bernie Sanders and a handful of progressive congressional candidates did.
They celebrated our victory, but also made clear that progressives are fighting for a better (and more popular) health care solution: Medicare For All.
If we want to pass bold progressive change in the future, we won't do it by being silent. We need leaders who are willing to make the case to the public -- and then win.
Tomorrow is a big fundraising deadline, so they'll especially appreciate your donation now. Thanks for being a bold progressive.
-- Adam Green, Stephanie Taylor, Forrest Brown, Amanda Johnson, James Ploeser, and the PCCC Team
SEN. BERNIE SANDERS:
Today is a good day for millions of Americans who have pre-existing conditions who can no longer be rejected by insurance companies. It is a good day for families with children under 26...
In my view, while the Affordable Care Act is an important step in the right direction and I am glad that the Supreme Court upheld it, we ultimately need to do better. If we are serious about providing high-quality, affordable healthcare as a right, not a privilege, the real solution to America's health care crisis is a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system...
I am proud that Vermont is making steady progress toward implementing a single-payer system. I hope our state will be a model to show the rest of the nation.
ROB ZERBAN (REP. PAUL RYAN'S OPPONENT, WISCONSIN 1)
I am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act...While I still support stronger healthcare plans, like 'Medicare for All', President Obama's health care reform was a bold move in the right direction toward providing affordable healthcare for all Americans.
It is a shame that Paul Ryan did not, and continues not to support providing health care for people in his district. From voting against the Affordable Care Act to working to end Medicare as we know it, Paul Ryan would gladly put American families at risk simply to ensure profits for his campaign contributors in the insurance and pharmaceutical industries.
DR. DAVID GILL (CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE, ILLINOIS 13)
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling this morning upholding The Affordable Care Act ensures that important gains will be preserved.
[But] I believe it was a mistake to design a plan that forces Americans to buy coverage from high-profit insurance companies. The plan gave too much control, and too much of our money, to the insurance and pharmaceutical industries...
There is a better, more affordable option: Medicare for All. As an ER physician and family practice doctor, I've seen how well Medicare works...Medicare is more cost-efficient than private insurance and doesn't profit by denying care.
This election offers voters a clear choice. I support expanding Medicare. My Republican opponent Rodney Davis supports Paul Ryan's plan to end Medicare.
TARRYL CLARK (CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE, MINNESOTA 8)
Now that we are sure the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, it's time to move on and get to work containing healthcare costs.
If elected to Congress, I promise to fight for Medicare for All. Medicare has by far the lowest overhead of any insurance out there, and...Medicare is overwhelmingly popular. A July 2011 Pew Research poll found that 88% of Americans support Medicare -- including 85% of Republicans, 85% of Independents, and 93% of Democrats.
This election gives voters a clear choice. I support Medicare for All while my Republican opponent Congressman Chip Cravaack supports Paul Ryan's plan to end Medicare.
CONNECTICUT HOUSE SPEAKER CHRIS DONOVAN (CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE CT-5)
I am happy that the students and other young people able to stay on their parent's health care plan can remain on those plans...and perhaps most importantly, I am delighted that insurance companies can no longer deny care based on pre-existing conditions, or drop coverage because of expensive illnesses...
The health care reform law, and this ruling, are ultimately just a step on the path to making quality, affordable health care available to every American family. That's why I will fight to guarantee implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and to protect, strengthen, and expand Medicare by opening it up to all American families.
Republicans are pushing the Ryan plan to destroy Medicare, but we have a unique opportunity as a country to build on the success of the Affordable Care Act by protecting and strengthening Medicare and opening up access for every family...
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Their story at noon today on WBEZ will be about outsourcing.
This blows my mind. I would love to see the local folk put out of work band together and start their own independent news corporation - one that has in its charter bylaws that ban huge wage spreads between entry-level and CEO/Executive pay, outsourcing/offshoring, and all the things these big corporations do that suck. Then get loud about the evil crap they don't do, and be online and print.
Do stories on the companies that advertise with you - the small local businesses like you.
Bypass this corporate evil they call an economy with a fair, sustainable, progressive and separate economy.
I think we should have a lityle brainstorming session...
All the best, if you work and vote for it,
Is there any job that can't be outsourced?
Millions of American workers have been put out of work as employers move operations overseas. It's true in manufacturing, data processing and customer service.
Now it's true for local news. That's right, media giants including Sam Zell's Tribune Company have begun to send local reporting jobs overseas. To the Philippines.
According to a major story by This American Life, dozens of papers around the country have outsourced local news production to Journatic, a company that hires underpaid workers in the Phillippines to create local news for communities in the United States.1
Journatic's employees attach fake bylines to their stories to obscure its outsourcing scheme. Zell's Tribune Company has bought into this deception, hoping people won't notice the journalistic sleight of hand. A whistleblower at Journatic who figured it out had this to say:
"It's sort of a tattered product that's being written overseas, halfheartedly edited, and just kind of slopped on the page."
Most readers of the Tribune Company's many print and broadcast news outlets would be outraged to know that local reporting was produced in news sweatshops abroad, where writers make 35 - 40 cents per story.
Local news organizations must be accountable to the communities in which they operate. That means hiring reporters who work among us and walk the same streets, who have direct ties to the people and issues that affect our lives.
That's not what Zell thinks. He's using Journatic's assembly line; writers in the Philippines, editors in far-flung corners of the US, and even paragraphs that are auto-generated by computers, to repackage local press releases and public information as real reporting. It's not.
Zell, who has a notorious disregard for journalism,2 hopes that you won't notice — that he can save money by fooling Americans and faking local news. His Tribune Company stretches from New York to Los Angeles, from Chicago to New Orleans, and includes dozens of daily newspapers and local TV stations.
Since he took the helm at the Tribune Company, Zell has slashed more than 200 newsroom jobs. Now, with this Journatic deal, it's clear that Zell's assault on journalism isn't over.
Sign our letter to Zell so that the Tribune Company chairman and media executives across the country know that you can't fake local news. With your help we can return local reporters to local beats.
Libby, Tim, Misty and the rest of the Free Press team
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We just got an email from one of our members telling us, "I must say that your email was about the scariest thing I ever read, and I'm 74 and enjoy science fiction movies."
Like her, you're one of nearly 75,000 people who have sent a message calling on world leaders and trade representatives to come clean about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
In fact, we've sent so many messages to world leaders negotiating this top-secret agreement, that we've literally filled their inboxes to capacity letting them know we won't be left in the dark about this agreement. Due the huge volume of emails we sent, some of your messages may have bounced, and we apologize if there was any confusion, but this means that we're making a huge impact.
Our partners at Public Citizen, who helped kick-start it all by leaking proposed chapters of the agreement, are going to deliver your petitions in San Diego next week.
The biggest problem with this treaty is that, due to the extreme secrecy surrounding it, only a few people have heard of it. But that is starting to change.
We can and are helping push the TPP further into the public eye by sharing the news and starting the opposition now, before the next round of talks begin. We hope that this growing awareness is just the tip of the iceberg.
--Emma, Kaytee, and the Rest of Us
P.S. In case The Nation article wasn't enough for you, we wanted to leave you with a few more to read over the weekend:
House Democrats want more open Pacific trade Talks. The Seattle Times, June 27, 2012
What's Behind Canada's Entry into the Trans-Pacific Parternship Talks? Toronto Star, June 24, 2012.
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This is a good day for millions of Americans who can continue to benefit from the protections and economic security provided by the Affordable Care Act.
While the Supreme Court's decision should put to rest the debate over health care, Mitt Romney and the Republicans in Congress just can't take yes for an answer.
My opponent said a short while ago that the first thing he would try to do as president is repeal the health care law. We can't allow that to happen. So we have to win this election.
Say you're with me on the Affordable Care Act:
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BREAKING NEWS: The Supreme Court just voted to uphold President Obama's Health Care law.