Kill the Fourth Grade Mission Report

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Joe Mathews: Instead of assigning each fourth grader a mission for his or her report, assign each a different public university campus. The university report would fill kids’ heads with history and facts worth remembering.

The Grim Repo: Medi-Cal Estate Recovery Act

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Tina Dupuy: During the last five years of the national debate around health care reform, it’s been an all-or-nothing proposition. Either you hate Obamacare and cite it in your requiem for the republic. Or you defend it whole cloth with no caveats.

Key Juvenile Justice Legislation for California

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Brian Goldstein: Public safety issues are especially challenging given the state’s ongoing prison overcrowding crisis and the ever-evolving juvenile justice system. The state passed a number of successful reforms in 2013. Yet, 2014 already brings some exceptional juvenile justice legislation that is worthy of recognition and support.

Florida Refuses to Expand Medicaid: 32-Year-Old Woman Dies

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Tara Culp-Ressler: A recent study conducted by Harvard researchers estimated that as many as 17,000 people will die directly as a result of their states refusing to expand Medicaid.

Fracking Causes Earthquakes?

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John MacMurray: What concerns those of us who were sitting on or near the recent 5.1 quake of March 28, 2014, or any of the 47 bazillion (by my unofficial count) pre-and-after shocks, is how big a part fracking might be playing in beating up our dwellings and frazzling our nerves, and what we might expect in the future.

States That Expanded Medicaid See Huge Jump In Enrollments

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Tara Culp-Ressler: Obamacare has had a “woodwork effect” — essentially, helping to raise awareness about people’s health insurance options, and therefore encouraging uninsured Americans to come out of the woodwork to sign up for Medicaid.

Why Does California Hate Marriage?

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Joe Mathews: In California, the trend runs even deeper: The state’s marriage rate has reached almost European lows. There are fewer than six marriages a year now for every 1,000 Californians, putting the state at or near the bottom of the nation.

70 Million Would Sign Up for Public Option

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Brent Budowsky: Liberals should now escalate the offensive and battle to bring back the public option, which was highly popular but shamefully sold out during the healthcare debate.

Why Americans Resist Universal Healthcare

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Claude Fischer: Two radical notions in the early 1970s, having a black president and permitting homosexual marriage, have pretty much come to pass – in terms of public opinion and public policy.

Finally, a Scandal Worthy of This Great State

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Joe Mathews: Just when I’d given up all hope of seeing major league corruption in a California public official, along comes Leland Yee to save the day.

At Least 9.5 Million Uninsured Americans Have Gained Coverage Under Obamacare

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Tara Culp-Ressler: RAND estimates that about two million previously uninsured people have enrolled in private coverage on Obamacare’s new marketplaces; about 4.5 million previously uninsured people have gained public coverage through Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion; and about three million previously uninsured young people are now covered on their parents’ insurance plans.

Where Will Progressive Democrats Stand?

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Tom Hayden: Let’s at least agree that “Happy Days Are Here Again” cannot be the Democratic theme song between now and 2016. We are beyond the brink, in the danger zone, in many ways.

Why I Am a Conscientious Objector to the ACA

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Margaret Flowers: It pains me to see that the Affordable Care Act siphons billions of public dollars to create more bureaucracy and transfers hundreds of billions of public dollars directly to the private insurance industry when I know that those dollars should be paying for the health care that so many in our country desperately need.

Dems Can Win Obamacare War

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Brent Budowsky: If the president extends the enrollment deadline and the all-out war against ObamaCare is answered by the full force and power of the Democratic world, the battle of ideas will be won, the Democratic base will be roused and the elections of 2014 will be saved for Democrats.

We Would Not Ordinarily Share This But. . .

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We would not ordinarily share this but a tragedy has struck our family. One that is causing us to step back and look at our priorities. #SupportNews

Recession Recovery Lessons From Past Presidents

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Works Progress Administration: California should use its unexpected multi-billion dollar surplus to establish a California State Bank (CSB).

After Failing To Pass Anti-Gay Bill, Arizona Turns Its Attention To Attacking Abortion Rights

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Attacking Abortion Rights: After Brewer’s widely publicized veto, lawmakers in Arizona advanced new legislation to attack abortion rights.

John Pérez Unqualified and Unfit for Statewide Office?

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John Perez Unqualified: One glaring reason for roundly rejecting Speaker Gifty: handing the state over to health insurers and providers.

Obamacare and the Right-Wing Fight for Indentured Servitude

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Promoting Indentured Servitude: It’s as if a movement which proclaims its devotion to freedom is actually promoting indentured servitude.

GOP ObamaCare Delusions

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ObamaCare Delusions: Republicans believe it is good politics to demand that Americans who want to retire should not be allowed to retire.

Why Roy Choi Is California’s New Steve Jobs

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Joe Mathews: Choi probably comes closer than any living Californian to embodying the skills needed by our state today.

Why Racism Is A Public Health Issue

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Racism Public Health Issue — Structures of racism and privilege continue to put a serious toll on the African American community’s health.

Latino and Local Pressure Prompts Shift by Senators De Leon and Lara on Statewide Bag Ban

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Ban the Bag Legislation — Last week’s about-face on SB 270 came in part because Latinos led local communities’ demand for the passage.

Is Obamacare Success Being Overlooked?

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Obamacare Success — The GOP had a vested interest in the failure of the President’s ambitious initiative.

Can Discrimination Make You Sick?

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Racism Illness — The anxiety people experience when they fear that they will be discriminated against impacts health.

Governor Brown Promotes Twin Tunnels and Fracking During Record Drought

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Fracking During Record Drought — Poor water management of rivers and reservoirs has exacerbated the impact of the drought.

Could Latino Voters Pick Next San Diego Mayor?

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Matt Barreto: A new poll challenges previous polls, showing David Alvarez with a commanding lead over Kevin Faulconer among Latino voters who represent 1 in 5 San Diego voters.

The California GOP’s Fake Health Care Website

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Fake Health Care Website — If the lawmakers’ blatantly political ploy convinces some people to forgo the ACA’s benefits, who does that hurt?

Obamacare Sales Surge

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Obamacare Sales : Reports of ObamaCare’s demise have been greatly exaggerated; sales will be on an upward curve.

Don’t Give Up on Obamacare

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Supporting Obamacare — What distinguishes America is our pragmatism, resilience, and optimism. We invent, experiment, and fix.

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