Republicans Not Budging

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Robert Reich: At a closed-door meeting this morning after deciding they’ll stick to their plan to alter the Affordable Care Act and risk a government default.

The Tea Party Experi(ence)ment

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Mario Rivas: If the grandest thing the “Grand Old Party” seems to do is speak of nonsense and shutting everything down while insulting everyone along the way, what’s so grand about that?

Some Kentucky Politicians Make Sense

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Berry Craig: If nothing else, Gov. Steve Beshear has shown the country that not all Kentucky politicians are “wacko birds” and partisan obstructionists who think the Affordable Care Act is the spawn of Satan.

Heritage Foundation: The Group Who Cried Individual Mandate

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Tina Dupuy: The tea party/Heritage Foundation/Koch brothers trinity have co-opted the Revolutionary War’s Gasden Flag, the yellow flag with a rattle snake warning “don’t tread on me.” A more apt illustration would be a snake eating its own tail while accusing Obama of cannibalism.

What To Say When They’re Ready to Talk

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John Peeler: Suppose that employers could get rid of their healthcare paperwork obligation, offloading it onto the federal government: we could back into single payer as a way to respond to employers.

Obamacare and My Family

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Tina Dupuy: Beltway prattle within the paradigm of who’s winning and who’s losing doesn’t register the impact of affordable health care on the struggling working class. They’re not an abstract—they’re my family.

Why Obamacare Is Essential for America’s Future

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Michael Haas: The United States faces formidable challenges that cannot be met with old-fashioned rugged individualism.

The Petty Politics of “Messing With” Obama(Care)

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Anthony Samad: The Republicans have spent the past three years licking their wounds while trying to distort the reality of what universal health care means to the nation.

Obamacare’s Steep Climb

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The administration will have to rely on the current offensive initiatives to undue a lot of the bad feelings and misinformation that were established early on – but as the saying goes, better late than never.

Forever 21: Another Big Bucks Company Weasling Out of Employee Health Insurance

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Julie Driscoll: Forever 21 has joined the list of companies chorusing, “Of course it’s not about Obamacare, we’re just reassessing our employee needs,” while slashing employees’ hours, benefits and pay.

All the Stupid People, Where Do They All Come From?

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Sheria Reid: There is no imprisonment for not buying health insurance under Obamacare. Don’t believe every stupid bit of information that you read on the Internet.

Interpreter Bill Would Help Save Lives Lost in Translation

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Gary Cohn: Day after day, non-English speaking patients are seeing doctors and nurses throughout California without the aid of medical interpreters, sometimes with tragic results

Poor Mouthing As A Strategy: The May “Revise”

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Sheila Kuehl: Over the course of 2012-13 and 2013-14, the Governor, even with the low revenue projection, allocated $1046 more per K-12 student than before.

Montana Sets Up Single Payer: Guess What Happens

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Sylvia Moore: Since it’s unlikely California will get another single payer bill introduced at the state level anytime soon, perhaps what Schweitzer did in Montana can be replicated at the local level.

Opposition Grows to AT&T’s Attack on LifeLine Program

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Randy Shaw: AT&T’s proposed hijacking of the LifeLine program is particularly surprising in light of Democratic Party control of the California Legislature and the Governor Brown-appointed California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC’s) strong opposition to AB 1407.

Passing the Buck on Health Care

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Allison Mannos: The next wave of organizing in this industry among non-unionized retailers will have to address issues of worker hourly requirements under Obamacare.

San Diego Prevailing Wage

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San Diego Prevailing Wage: San Diego City Council moved to boost the local economy and increase middle class jobs by expanding the number of local public works projects that pay prevailing wages.

Health Risked While Drug Prices Soar

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Julie Warner: The reason why there is a market for unregulated enhancement drugs and why people are turning to foreign or online drug dispensaries is drug prices which continue to grow beyond inflation.

Practicing Un-Medicine

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Walter Brasch: A study by the Centers for Disease Control showed that of 35 million people hospitalized last year, almost two million got worse because of exposure to unsanitary hospital procedures.

Can Hillary Champion True Healthcare Reform?

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Brent Budowsky: Democrats should not be trapped into defending the healthcare status quo. They should champion the most effective and popular aspects of the law, and champion more aggressively than ever the more progressive (and popular) reforms that should have been included.

Single-Payer Healthcare for California: Tantalizingly Possible

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Julie Warner: The most fascinating aspect of the single-payer healthcare debate in California, and as such LA, is that during the governorship of Arnold Schwarzenegger, a bill which provided for single-payer healthcare actually passed through both houses of the legislature.

Just Try Living on Food Stamps

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Julie Driscoll: If it were up to Republicans, poor children would be eating thin gruel three times a day in the “please sir, may I have some more” tradition.

Now Republicans Defend Masturbation

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Tina Dupuy: But just think, 20 years ago, providing Burgess were black, female and liberal, saying something so pro-masturbation would have meant he’d have to resign.

“Don’t Tread On Me!” Unless You’re the NSA

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Joseph Palermo: Our political leaders and courts are clearly incapable of providing the needed “check” on the inevitable abuses that will occur when the government chooses to keep a domestic spying behemoth behind a veil of state secrecy.

Ron Paul, Russ Feingold Nailed Surveillance State

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Brent Budowsky: Ironic that when the final legacy of President Obama is written, it will include his championing of a surveillance state of a kind that that his predecessor, President George W. Bush, established over the objection at that time of Barack Obama.

Smart Patient Credits Key to Lowering Healthcare Costs

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Munir Moon: The SPC program would empower and incentivize patients to shop, evaluate and decide on what is best for them, just as any consumer would in any market.

Obama, Union Buster?

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Wendy McElroy: Unions are dropping their enthusiasm for Obamacare. Some push for the new subsidies. Others bristle over the excise tax. Many protest the impact of health care cutbacks by employers who cannot afford to fully implement Obamacare.

Gov. Brown Can Release Prisoners Early Without Compromising Public Safety

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Lizzie Buchen: Keeping low-risk inmates behind bars does not enhance public safety; in fact, doing so may endanger the public, as excessive prison terms hamper reentry, damage families, and weaken communities.

California Democratic Party Disses Fracking, Still Loves Money

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Wendy Block: It’s heartbreakingly clear that the Democrats won’t act courageously. But a number of non-partisan outside groups will. The MOVI coalition and Common Cause are sponsoring Prop C on the Los Angeles ballot next month, to let voters tell electeds to fight Citizens United. They need you.

The State of the State (Song) of the Golden State

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Michael Sigman: My next-door neighbor flagged me down recently to enthuse that the California State Song brought back memories of childhood hikes in the Alps. I wondered what in the world she was talking about.

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