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.

Union Leaders and Activists Descend on Sacramento to Support Labor’s Legislative Agenda

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Rebecca Brand: From corporate tax breaks to immigration reform to environmental protections and health care, we’re working with hundreds unions across the state to move one of our most aggressive legislative campaigns in California history.

Why Jerry Brown Bucks Prison Realignment

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Gov. Brown’s recent actions show that it is not just the most visible partisans of the “prison industrial complex,” who we must persuade or overcome, but unfortunately the political establishment of the State.

How Shadow Drug Industry Avoids Regulation

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Peter Dreier and Donald Cohen: It is time for Congress to put the cop on this pharmaceutical beat before more Americans die from the profits-over-safety priorities of this rogue industry.

GMO Myths and Truths

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Download this free report, GMO Myths and Truths. It presents evidence that effective and sustainable solutions to food production already exist without the need for genetically engineered technology.

Alzheimer’s: The Approaching Gray Asteroid

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Charles Hayes: Alzheimer’s is off the charts for both victims and caregivers. Both are wounded. Caregivers live shorter lives because of the emotional toll. My grandmother took care of my grandfather at home, and the cost to her own health was enormous.

The Politics Behind the Killing of Americans

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Walt Brasch: Fifteen states, dominated by Republican governorships and legislatures, by declaring they won’t allow Medicaid expansion, are on record as placing political interests before the health of their citizens.

Fixing California’s Mass Incarceration Mess

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Dick Price: As California grapples with a prison system so broken that the U.S. Supreme Court has mandated reductions in the number of prisoners it holds, the three-part “Smart Justice: Rethinking Public Safety in California” discussion begun this past week is examining both consequences and possible solutions to the state’s mass incarceration mess.

Alzheimers Specialist Shortage

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Jan Tucker: With the coming of age of the baby-boomer generation, Alzheimer’s Disease numbers are expected to increase dramatically, yet the number of geriatric certified physicians in America is dramatically declining.

Universal Neglect: A Failure to Protect Americans’ Health

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Walter Brasch: The new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which goes into effect next year, moved the United States closer to universal health care, already enjoyed by the citizens of 28 industrialized countries. But, it doesn’t cover dental care.

The Dudes Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks

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Tina Dupuy: What’s really disingenuous about this “cause” is the claim that men are the victims of what they call mutilation. They equate male circumcision with female circumcision, which is false. They also have the gall to compare themselves to the Jews during WWII.

In Healthcare, We’re # Last

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Claude Fischer: Whereas Americans used to live longer and stronger lives than our European counterparts, we have been lapped by the Old World. Maybe we need to think again about our “complex of traditions, principles and institutions.”

Obama Care vs. Don’t Care

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John MacMurrary: Tens of thousands of American families are forced into bankruptcy each year by medical bills, only to find that the Bush Administration has made it more difficult to file for bankruptcy.

Health Insurance Is Not Healthcare

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JP Sottile: Instead of retiring the health insurance industry and its actuarial tables and profit margins and wagers, Obama “saved” the health insurance industry and enshrined it in perpetuity as the “Health Insurance-Industrial Complex.”

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