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          Vice President and Chief, Zone Operations      Cache   Translate Page      
Nova Scotia Health Authority

With a deep commitment to fostering healthy people and healthy communities for generations, the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is made up of over 23,400 employees, 2,600 physicians, 5,500 learners, and 7,000 volunteers who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres, and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia. The Authority’s services are divided across four management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient and outpatient services, including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions. NSHA has an annual operating budget of over $2 billion and a mission to provide people-centered, high-quality, safe, and sustainable health and wellness for Nova Scotians and to engage Nova Scotians to create a healthier future for all.

The NSHA Vice President and Chief, Zone Operations reports to the President and CEO of the Authority and provides strategic and operational leadership to site and zone operations. The Vice President and Chief is responsible for improving operational effectiveness and efficiency and enhancing integration of programs and services with sites and communities across the four management zones. Leading a team of four Zone Executive Directors, the Vice President and Chief oversees the development, implementation, evaluation, and monitoring of province-wide and local strategies that allow the organization to deliver safe, high-quality medical care while utilizing resources in an efficient, effective, and sustainable manner. The Vice President and Chief also establishes the policies and procedures necessary to improve operational effectiveness and enhance decision-making at the local level, empowering zone and site leadership to identify and manage emergent issues and risks while operating within the Authority’s overall strategic objectives and patient-centric mandate.

As the ideal candidate, you are an experienced senior executive with an extensive background of operational leadership in a complex, multi-site organization, and you bring a deep understanding of strategic health system transformation and administration. You possess strong project management and operational acumen, with demonstrated skills related to problem-solving, project execution, and achieving results. You have exceptional communication skills, the ability to build rapport and buy-in among a wide variety of stakeholders, and a keen understanding of the bigger picture that allows you to identify opportunities for efficiency and quality improvements that others overlook. You can quickly understand complex systems and identify creative solutions to multivariate problems. The ideal candidate has demonstrated experience and a record of success in leading and executing large scale operational initiatives and strategies.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are: Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, contact Robert Fleming, Andrea Forbes-Hurley, or Jeff Forbes at 1-866-822-6022, or submit your application online at: www.kbrs.ca/Careers/12577


          Specialty Training Registered Nurse, Operating Room (OR)      Cache   Translate Page      
Provincial Health Services Authority

BC Children's Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province's most acutely ill or injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and offers a broad range of health services. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (SHHC), a leading provincial facility offering specialized services to children and youth with developmental disabilities from birth to age 19, works collaboratively with BCCH. SHHC focuses on the child and their family while supporting health care professionals in their community. BCCH also operates a wide number of specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the Child and Family Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia. 

BCCH is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages, and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include:  Respect People • Be Compassionate • Dare to Innovate • Cultivate Partnerships • Serve with Purpose

Experienced and New Graduate Registered nurses are invited to showcase their passion for Pediatric Nursing.

**Apply now to start January 2019**

BC Children’s Hospital is offering a unique Specialty Training opportunity in OR Nursing

Experience the benefits of:

  • Participating in a 5 month employer paid AORN Perioperative Training Program
    • This program is complete with 7 weeks of instructor-led education with OR simulation, OR preceptor days + 3 months of consolidation period + examination for certification
  • Working in BC Children’s Teck Acute Care Centre, a state of the art facility
  • Being part of a team that is committed to best care for children and their families

Regular Full-Time

BC Children's Hospital, Vancouver, BC

Qualifications:

  • Graduate from an approved program of Nursing Education
  • Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP)

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to relate effectively to children and their families and others.
  • Ability to function as an active member of a multidisciplinary team, and function as a nursing resource.
  • Ability to demonstrate effective CPR techniques.
  • Ability to organize work.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the job.
  • Ability to operate related equipment including applicable computer software.

ATTN: PHSA Employees:

To be considered as a PHSA employee (internal applicant) for this position, you must apply online via your internal profile at internaljobs.phsa.ca. If the internal job posting has expired, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk 604-875-7264 or 1-855-875-7264 or via email internaljobshelpu@phsa.ca and advise that you would like to be considered as a late internal applicant for this position. Please do not apply for the external job posting.

For more information on nursing opportunities, contact Veronica Wong, Talent Acquisition Advisor at veronica.wong@phsa.ca /604-875-7291.

For more information about BC Children's Hospital, please visit: www.bcchildrens.ca

For more information on all nursing careers that PHSA has to offer, please visit: https://jobs.phsa.ca/nursing

PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.


          Registered Nurse / Registered Psychiatric Nurse      Cache   Translate Page      
Alberta Health Services

Requisition #: ALB00062200 & ALB00003724

Location: Vegreville, Alberta

Posting End Date: November 16, 2018

Job Type: Regular Part Time and Temporary Full Time

Salary: $36.86 - $48.37

 

Your Opportunity:

 

Vegreville, located 102 km east of Edmonton has a population of 6,000 and offers a complete range of services, has a friendly small-town atmosphere and is an attractive place to raise a family. Vegreville is an active community with excellent amenities for all ages and lifestyles. The Alberta Health Service facility in Vegreville is the Vegreville Care Centre, a seniors housing facility which allows for 60 Long Term Care residents. The newly designated facility has cottages built within, allowing for a more homelike atmosphere for both residents and their families. Reporting to the Care Manager, the Registered Nurse provides resident care services as a member of a long term care team. RN’s/RPN’s assess, co-ordinate and participate in total nursing care for residents, supervise in accordance with CARNA/CRPNA nursing practice standards and provides leadership, direction and encouragement to staff. Additionally this position requires the successful incumbent to be available for all shifts within a 24 hour period.

 

Job Description:

 

As a Registered Nurse (RN), you will provide a wide variety of nursing services to patients, families, communities and populations, while taking necessary steps to ensure their safety and well-being. In your role, you will utilize nursing processes, through critical thinking, problem solving and decision making, as well as teach, counsel and advocate on behalf of patients and their families. You will play a leadership role in supporting an integrated and holistic approach to patient care, health promotion and maintenance. You will provide safe, quality patient and family centered care while reflecting the shared vision and values of AHS.

Required Qualifications:

  • Completion of an accredited nursing education program.
  • Active or eligible for registration and practice permit with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA).
  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support - Health Care Provider (BCLS-HCP).
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of one year Charge Nurse experience in the past 5 years.
  • Minimum of one year Registered Nursing experience in the past 5 years.

          Director, Redevelopment, Facilities & Bio Medical Engineering - Joseph Brant Hospital      Cache   Translate Page      
Promeus

Director, Redevelopment, Facilities & Bio Medical Engineering

Joseph Brant Hospital (JBH) is a full-service community teaching hospital serving the communities of Halton and Hamilton, including Burlington, Waterdown, Flamborough, Milton and Stoney Creek, with a skilled staff of 175 physicians, 1,500 full-and part-time staff and more than 600 volunteers. In conjunction with McMaster University, JBH is a Clinical Education Campus, and designated as an Academic Community Teaching Hospital.

As part of a $450M redevelopment project, JBH recently opened its new seven storey state-of-art Michael Lee-Chin & Family Patient Tower which features a new Emergency Department; 172 acute inpatient beds; 9 new Operating Rooms and a new post-anaesthetic care unit; an expanded Diagnostic Imaging Department; expanded medical, surgical and outpatient services; expanded Cancer Clinic; expanded Intensive Care Unit; renovated Special Care Nursery, level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; an expanded and modernized laboratory; and 70 per cent single-patient rooms. As JBH continues this journey, there are several other planned milestones that will continue through 2018/2019 and include additional renovations and upgrades.

The Position

Reporting to the Executive Vice President, Administration and CFO (EVP), the Director, Redevelopment, Facilities & Bio Medical Engineering (Director) will lead and coordinate all stages for capital projects under the Ministry of Health Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) Capital Planning Process, and provide operational and strategic direction to the Hospital, as it relates to capital planning, redevelopment and physical plant operations. The Director will lead a portfolio that includes: Capital Projects, Redevelopment and Bio Medical Engineering. Working in partnership with the EVP and with key partners, the Director will be instrumental in creating the strategy and mapping out the approach for the Hospital’s ongoing and future redevelopment projects and leading the execution of this plan in becoming a reality.  

Inherent in the role will be the ability of the Director to lead JBH’s continued agenda of growth and modernization as well as to support innovation and enable a culture of learning. In partnership with the EVP, the Director will play a key role in developing and fostering successful strategic partnerships with the Hospital Foundation, the Ministry, the community, and broader hospital operations.

Key leadership initiatives for the new Director will be to:

  • Oversee current capital redevelopment initiatives that include projects related to facility upgrades, unit/program renovations and modernization initiatives, including the acquisition of an MRI, and renovations of the Labour and Delivery, and Mental Health units.
  • Advance JBH’s growth agenda by contributing to plans for early stage Phase 2 redevelopment and an ambitious Master Plan targeting future expansion of the existing hospital site.
  • Liaise with the MOHLTC officials and Infrastructure Ontario relative to all facets of major capital redevelopment projects and lead the selection process to engage consultants and prequalification of contractors.
  • Facilitate, organize and manage all relevant issues and coordinating all relevant deliverables associated with securing approvals from the MOHLTC.
  • Work with key partners to set a clear direction, create a vision, and establish effective project teams.

Experience

The successful candidate will have at least 5-7 years of progressive leadership experience, preferably in a similarly complex health care environment. He/she will have capital planning and project execution experience, and have demonstrated their ability to manage large projects, keep stakeholders effectively involved in the process, and meet key milestones and deadlines. In addition to large-scale capital redevelopment experience, the candidate will be an exceptional communicator and relationship builder, effective at promoting collaboration and managing change.

To confidentially explore this opportunity, please email your resume, quoting the appropriate position title, to Judy Mandelman, at resumes@promeus.ca.


          Manager, Public Relations and Digital Media      Cache   Translate Page      
William Osler Health System

 

CLASSIFICATION:            Manager, Public Relations and Digital Media

CATEGORY:                       Permanent Full-time

DEPARTMENT:                  Strategic Communications

RESPONSIBLE TO:            Director, Public Relations

SHEDULING:                      Days

 

OVERVIEW:

William Osler Health System (Osler) is one of Canada’s largest community hospitals serving the diverse and growing communities of Etobicoke, Brampton and surrounding regions of the Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).  As a regional referral centre, Osler provides programs and services to over 1.3 million residents across the LHIN. Osler has three unique sites, each providing a wide range of services:

Brampton Civic Hospital provides care to Osler's most complex and seriously ill or injured patients through a mix of inpatient and outpatient services.

Etobicoke General Hospital is a traditional community hospital that provides all aspects of care from emergency medicine to surgery and specialist visits.

Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness is an outpatient hospital (opened February 2017), providing urgent care, day surgery and specialty clinics, and focuses on helping individuals with chronic conditions manage their disease better.

POSITION OUTLINE:

This role is a part of Osler’s Strategic Communications team, which is viewed as a critical enabler of Osler’s priorities.

Reporting directly to the Director, Public Relations, the Manager of Public Relations and Digital Media will be responsible for positioning the hospital as a health system leader through effective media, public relations, and digital media strategies. Leveraging a strong background in media relations and issues management, a successful candidate will develop and implement robust, strategic external communications plans to facilitate greater public awareness of the hospital, its programs and services, and the innovation of its people – within the community, province and beyond. The candidate will serve as a primary media contact for Osler, pitching proactive, positive media stories and responding to a variety of local and national media requests including television, radio and print.

To help the organization achieve even greater engagement with its community, this role will also lead the development, execution and measurement of effective digital media strategies in support of strategic imperatives and annual business priorities of Osler (primarily) and Osler’s Foundation (secondarily). In addition, this candidate must possess a strong grasp of current marketing tools and strategies, keen interest in and awareness of emerging web trends, and be able to lead digital strategies from concept to execution. The role involves supervision of Osler’s digital media team by providing coaching, feedback, and opportunities for career development.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, marketing or related discipline.
  • 10+ years progressive experience in hospital public relations, media relations, crisis communications and issues management, with leadership experience a definite asset
  • Excellent written communications skills, with superior abilities to tell compelling stories through writing, and comprehend/translate medical and technical terminology into appropriate grade level language suitable for lay audiences
  • Strong media relations background, with exemplary understanding of and experience with various media (local and national)
  • Ability to motivate, engage and lead a team
  • Highly creative with experience in identifying target audiences and devising digital campaigns that engage, inform and motivate
  • Knowledge of digital analytics tools (e.g., Google Analytics, Hootsuite, native social analytics)
  • Strong understanding of social channels, how they differ, and how they can complement each other
  • Highly-developed critical thinking skills, strategic planning research, project management, and special events planning and coordination – as well as time management and problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to manage multiple and complex demands simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated high-level of customer service and interpersonal skills needed, including ability to work with diverse individuals and groups (i.e. front-line staff, physicians, Senior Leadership team, volunteers, Foundation, Board of Directors, community residents)
  • Demonstrates commitment to the organization’s vision, mission and values
  • Ability to travel between hospital sites as required. Vehicle is necessary

KEY RESPONSIBILITES:

  • Develop, implement and execute external communications plans, marketing plans and programs to educate the public about the organization and its future directions, raise awareness of hospital programs and services, and promote Osler's reputation and brand
  • Serve as primary media contact for the organization, identifying and pitching positive stories, responding to calls and inquiries from local and national media outlets, and developing key messages and briefing materials for Osler spokespeople
  • Manage, organize and coordinate key corporate events targeted at the media, external audiences and health care stakeholders, and support the delivery of specific clinical and non-clinical events, forums and education sessions for the public, media and external audiences
  • Develop materials to support execution of external communications and event plans including speeches and remarks, key messages, news releases, backgrounders, newsletters and feature articles as required
  • Identify opportunities and develop strategies to connect with the community at multiple levels
  • Manage and oversee Osler’s website, intranet, blogs, email marketing, mobile apps and social media channels
  • Working with a Digital Media Specialist, conceptualize, create, edit and produce content (including print, graphic design, photos, and videos) targeted to optimize strengths of digital media channels, including social media, websites, and newsletters
  • Working with a Digital Media Specialist, develop, implement and evaluate digital media strategies for a large, complex organization
  • With support from the Digital Media team, come up with creative ideas for digital campaigns, and constantly test, measure, and tweak ideas
  • Enforce social media guidelines and policies as defined by Osler's digital media strategy

          Registered Nurse - Veterans' Unit - Yarmouth      Cache   Translate Page      
Nova Scotia Health Authority

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Unit Manager; the Registered Nurse (RN) works to full scope of practice as an independent practitioner within an inter-professional collaborative team.  He/she provides holistic, comprehensive care to meet the needs of residents, families and groups. The RN provides leadership and in-depth nursing knowledge, skills and judgment in the care of the Veterans.  The Nurse will demonstrate expertise and leadership in nursing practice, maintain appropriate clinical competencies, participate on committees and inter-professional teams while contributing to a healthy workplace.

 

Qualifications

  • Graduate from an approved School of Nursing • Currently registered with the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) • CPR certification •One year recent (within last 2 years) med/surg experience or experience relevant to Veterans Place •Demonstrated leadership, organizational and time management skills •Ability to promote and maintain good interpersonal relationships when dealing with residents, families, visitors and other health care providers •Relevant Med/Surg shared competencies •Demonstrated commitment to a resident-centered approach in service delivery and proven ability to work in partnership to meet resident’s needs •Excellent oral and written communication skills •Demonstrated commitment to continued professional development •Must be able to perform duties that involve lifting, bending and stretching •Supports a respectful workplace and ability to work within a team environment •Capable of maintaining regular attendance •Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred. •Successful Applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to People Services before starting employment and assume any additional costs as a condition of employment.

PLEASE NOTE:  Applicants will be screened on the above qualifications.  Applicants must clearly demonstrate how they meet the knowledge and competencies in their cover letter and resume.  Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.  Applicants will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or missing information.

 

Hours of Work

* Regular, part-time (30%) position; 22.5 hours biweekly

* Shifts include days, nights, weekends & holidays

* Beginning November 26, 2018

* Date is approximate and subject to change

 

Salary Information

$34.3461 - $40.4660 hourly ($41.8822 hourly with 25 years' RN experience)

Requisition/Reference No. 26363


          Registered Practical Nurse (TAPMI) Regular Full-Time Competition #287.18      Cache   Translate Page      
Women's College Hospital

Women’s College Hospital is the first and only independent, academic, ambulatory care hospital in Ontario with a primary focus on the health of women. If you’re ready to be part of the future of healthcare, then you will want to join an institution in which the possibilities for creative innovation, breakthroughs in new thinking and groundbreaking work in academic ambulatory medicine are limitless. Women’s College Hospital is committed to patient safety as a key professional value and an essential component of daily practice.

 

An exciting Regular Full-Time (2 positions) opportunity as a Registered Practical Nurse (Competition 287.18) exists in TAPMI (Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute)  reporting to the Administrative Director of TAPMI.

 

Summary of Duties, but not limited to:

 

  • Responsible for providing direct nursing care, collaborating with other health professionals and participate in the organization of activities in the provision of patient care,
  • Provide health education, teaching and support to patients & their families, including group education for pain management.
  • Review TAPMI referrals and assign them to the most appropriate TAPMI clinic
  • Assesses patient phone calls, gives advice, and responds to patient problems in accordance to the standards established be the Ontario College of Nurses
  • Organized necessary follow-up arrangements/referrals to community-based services for patients
  • Assists patients with access appropriate health care
  • Records patient health care information in a precise, concise and organized manner
  • The Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) will practice within his/her full scope of practice as outlined in the Standards of Practice by the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • As a role model and champion you will work to identify and integrate safe, best practices into daily activities to foster the delivery of safe and exemplary care

 

The responsibilities described above are representative and are not to be construed as all-inclusive.

 

Qualifications/Skills:

 

  • Registered Practical Nurse Diploma
  • Current Certificate of Competence (RPN) from the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • A minimum of 3-5 years’ of relevant experience in chronic disease management (chronic pain experience an asset)
  • Excellent computer skills and a minimum of 2 years’ experience with an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) or equivalent experience required.
  • Demonstrated ability to make autonomous nursing decisions regarding patient care.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment.
  • Excellent patient assessment skills through pattern recognition and the ability to coordinate next steps.
  • Demonstrated leadership and effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to organize time and set priorities effectively.
  • Ability to work within a care team
  • Professional behavior and communication that meets the standards of the professional regulatory college or association, as applicable, and the standards of Women’s College Hospital.
  • This position plays a critical role in acting as an advocate for safety and will demonstrate principles, practices and processes that will optimize a safe environment for all

 

 

POSTING DATE: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Please forward resumes via email to HR@wchospital.ca with your name and the competition number                        in the subject line. (Example: Jane Smith, 1.16)

 

We thank you for your interest, however, only qualified applicants who are selected to be interviewed will be contacted.  

 

Women’s College Hospital is a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto and is committed to fairness and equity in employment and our recruitment and selection practices. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, members of racialized groups, women and any others who may contribute to the further diversification of our Hospital community. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under our Access for People with Disabilities policy. Applicants need to make their requirements known in advance.

Women’s College Hospital is the first and only independent, academic, ambulatory care hospital in Ontario with a primary focus on the health of women. If you’re ready to be part of the future of healthcare, then you will want to join an institution in which the possibilities for creative innovation, breakthroughs in new thinking and groundbreaking work in academic ambulatory medicine are limitless. Women’s College Hospital is committed to patient safety as a key professional value and an essential component of daily practice.

An exciting Regular Full-Time (2 positions) opportunity as a Registered Practical Nurse (Competition 287.18) exists in TAPMI (Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute) reporting to the Administrative Director of TAPMI.

Summary of Duties, but not limited to:

• Responsible for providing direct nursing care, collaborating with other health professionals and participate in the organization of activities in the provision of patient care,
• Provide health education, teaching and support to patients & their families, including group education for pain management.
• Review TAPMI referrals and assign them to the most appropriate TAPMI clinic
• Assesses patient phone calls, gives advice, and responds to patient problems in accordance to the standards established be the Ontario College of Nurses
• Organized necessary follow-up arrangements/referrals to community-based services for patients
• Assists patients with access appropriate health care
• Records patient health care information in a precise, concise and organized manner
• The Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) will practice within his/her full scope of practice as outlined in the Standards of Practice by the College of Nurses of Ontario.
• As a role model and champion you will work to identify and integrate safe, best practices into daily activities to foster the delivery of safe and exemplary care

The responsibilities described above are representative and are not to be construed as all-inclusive.

Qualifications/Skills:

• Registered Practical Nurse Diploma
• Current Certificate of Competence (RPN) from the College of Nurses of Ontario
• A minimum of 3-5 years’ of relevant experience in chronic disease management (chronic pain experience an asset)
• Excellent computer skills and a minimum of 2 years’ experience with an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) or equivalent experience required.
• Demonstrated ability to make autonomous nursing decisions regarding patient care.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment.
• Excellent patient assessment skills through pattern recognition and the ability to coordinate next steps.
• Demonstrated leadership and effective interpersonal skills
• Ability to organize time and set priorities effectively.
• Ability to work within a care team
• Professional behavior and communication that meets the standards of the professional regulatory college or association, as applicable, and the standards of Women’s College Hospital.
• This position plays a critical role in acting as an advocate for safety and will demonstrate principles, practices and processes that will optimize a safe environment for all


POSTING DATE: Monday November 5, 2018

Please forward resumes via email to HR@wchospital.ca with your name and the competition number in the subject line. (Example: Jane Smith, 1.16)

We thank you for your interest, however, only qualified applicants who are selected to be interviewed will be contacted.

Women’s College Hospital is a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto and is committed to fairness and equity in employment and our recruitment and selection practices. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, members of racialized groups, women and any others who may contribute to the further diversification of our Hospital community. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under our Access for People with Disabilities policy. Applicants need to make their requirements known in advance.


          Registered Nurse - Breast Centre (Competition #212.17)      Cache   Translate Page      
Women's College Hospital

Women’s College Hospital is the first and only independent, academic, ambulatory care hospital in Ontario with a primary focus on the health of women. If you’re ready to be part of the future of healthcare, then you will want to join an institution in which the possibilities for creative innovation, breakthroughs in new thinking and groundbreaking work in academic ambulatory medicine are limitless. Women’s College Hospital is committed to patient safety as a key professional value and an essential component of daily practice.

An exciting Regular Part-Time (0.4 FTE) opportunity as a Registered Nurse (Competition #212.17) exists in the Breast Centre reporting to the Clinical Manager.

Summary of Duties, but not limited to:

  • Responsible for the assessment of patients’ physical, social, psychological needs, counseling, and patient education of patients at high risk for developing breast cancer, diagnostic or breast cancer patients
  • Navigates newly diagnosed breast cancer patients through the surgical portion of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment; completes and reviews OR booking packages
  • Offers support and education to patients and their family from time of initial consultation to referral to medical/radiation oncology and metastatic work up
  • Empower patients and their families by providing information and education to facilitate decision making in order to enhance the patient’s choice of the best alternatives of care
  • Aids patient along the entire screening and diagnostic journey which includes helping educate and prepare patient fore genetic counselling and testing, imaging
  • Provide educational and emotional support to patients who receive cancer diagnosis or genetic carrier diagnosis
  • Interviews patients on initial consult and updates concerns/biopsies/imaging on chart on follow up visits
  • Clinical liaison between patient and surgeons/High Risk/GPO MDs and other health care team members to provide continuity of care through the health care system
  • Triages new referrals and determines priority following established guidelines
  • Navigates high risk OBSP patients through the high risk OBSP program
  • Ensures all tests, imaging and biopsies are ordered and booked as needed
  • Initiates referrals to Social Work, Physiotherapy or other supportive agencies
  • Ensures clinics run smoothly and in a timely manner
  • Attends Breast Rounds with multidisciplinary team to discuss patient imaging and plan surgery options
  • Provides telephone nursing practice as part of role; ensures patients have nurse’s contact information and encourages patients to call with questions or concerns regarding breast disease
  • Provides dressing, drain and wound care as ordered and assists physician with breast biopsy/needle aspiration
  • Performs tissue expander inflation for Breast Reconstruction/plastics patients as per surgeon’s orders
  • Liaison with CCAC and other community agencies to ensure patients in community are receiving appropriate care and follow up
  • Develops patient teaching guides and information sheets
  • Develops and conducts patient workshops for Breast Reconstruction

As a role model and champion you will work to identify and integrate safe, best practices into daily activities to foster the delivery of safe and exemplary care. 

The responsibilities described above are representative and are not to be construed as all-inclusive.

Qualifications/Skills:

  • Current registration with the College of Nurses, Baccalaureate in Nursing preferred 
  • Current BLS certification
  • Must have a minimum of three (3) years recent experience providing care for patients at high risk for breast cancer and with patients diagnosed and in treatment (medically and surgical) for breast cancer in an ambulatory setting
  • Proven competency to perform breast exams and tissue expander inflations
  • Must have a solid knowledge base regarding breast health and promotion, genetic counselling,  diagnostic testing and treatment, breast surgical/reconstructive surgery treatment/options, wound care, J.P removal, assisting physician’s with breast biopsy/needle aspiration
  • Experience providing telephone nursing practice
  • Excellent computer skills, specifically with Electronic Medical Records and the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must have excellent organizational, assessment, communication, counseling, and teaching skills
  • Works effectively as a strong team player and able to work independently
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy while remaining professional and respectful
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuing education, professional growth and maintenance of clinical competency is required
  • Professional behavior and communication that meets the standards of the professional regulatory college or association, as applicable, and the standards of Women’s College Hospital
  • This position plays a critical role in acting as an advocate for safety and will demonstrate principles, practices and processes that will optimize a safe environment for all

POSTING DATE: October 9, 2018

Please forward resumes via email to HR@wchospital.ca with your name and the competition number in the subject line. (Example: Jane Smith, 1.16)

We thank you for your interest, however, only qualified applicants who are selected to be interviewed will be contacted.  

Women’s College Hospital is a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto and is committed to fairness and equity in employment and our recruitment and selection practices. We encourage applications from Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, members of racialized groups, women and any others who may contribute to the further diversification of our Hospital community. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under our Access for People with Disabilities policy. Applicants need to make their requirements known in advance.


          Pharmacy Technician      Cache   Translate Page      
PA-ERIE, SUMMARY Under the direction of a licensed Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician fills medication orders and other health care products for Community Health Net (CHN) patients. Performs routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication, such as counting tablets and labeling bottles. Also performs administrative duties, such as answering phones, stocking shelves, and operating cash registers. Refers any
          US voters head to midterm polls to render judgment on turbulent Trump era       Cache   Translate Page      

A turbulent election season that tested President Donald Trump’s slash-and-burn political style against the strength of the Democratic resistance comes to a close as Americans cast ballots in the first national election of the Trump era on Tuesday.

US voters will decide whether Trump will keep his Republican majority in Congress or face a hostile Democratic majority after a bitter campaign for midterm elections described by both sides as a battle for America's soul.

For almost two years, Trump's rule-breaking, sometimes chaotic administration has enjoyed a largely free hand from the twin Republican-controlled chambers, but the midterms could finally see his wings clipped.

The entire 435-member House of Representatives and a third of the 100-seat Senate are up for grabs.

US midterm elections
US midterm elections

Anxious Republicans privately expressed confidence in their narrow Senate majority but feared the House was slipping away. Trump, the GOP’s chief messenger, warned that significant Democratic victories would trigger devastating consequences.

“If the radical Democrats take power they will take a wrecking ball to our economy and our future,” Trump declared in Cleveland, using the same heated rhetoric that has defined much of his presidency. He added: “The Democrat agenda is a socialist nightmare.”

Tuesday’s results will be colored by the dramatically different landscapes in the fight for the House and Senate.

Most top House races are set in America’s suburbs where more educated and affluent voters in both parties have soured on Trump’s presidency, despite the strength of the national economy. Democrats were buoyed by a wave of Republican retirements and an overwhelming fundraising advantage.

They need to pick up two dozen seats to claim the House majority.

Democrats face a far more difficult challenge in the Senate, where they are almost exclusively on defense in rural states where Trump remains popular. Democratic Senate incumbents are up for re-election, for example, in North Dakota, West Virginia, and Montana — states Trump carried by 30 percentage points on average two years ago.

Democrats need to win two seats to claim the Senate majority.

Given Trump’s stunning victory in 2016, few were confident in their predictions.

“I feel less comfortable making a prediction today than I have in two decades,” Republican pollster Frank Luntz said.

'Awakening of the Democratic Party'

Democrats, whose very relevance in the Trump era depended on winning at least one chamber of Congress, were laser-focused on health care as they predicted victories that would break up the GOP’s monopoly in Washington and state governments.

Voters cast their ballots for Early Voting at the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office in Norwalk, California. ─ AFP
Voters cast their ballots for Early Voting at the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office in Norwalk, California. ─ AFP

“They’ve had two years to find out what it’s like to have an unhinged person in the White House,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who leads the Democratic Governors Association. “It’s an awakening of the Democratic Party.”

Democrats could derail Trump’s legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House or the Senate. Perhaps more important, they would claim subpoena power to investigate Trump’s personal and professional shortcomings.

Some Democrats have already vowed to force the release of his tax returns. Others have pledged to pursue impeachment, although removal from office is unlikely so long as the GOP controls the Senate or even maintains a healthy minority.

Democrats’ fate depends upon a delicate coalition of infrequent voters — particularly young people and minorities — who traditionally shun midterm elections.

If ever there was an off-year election for younger voters to break tradition, this is it. Young voters promised to vote in record numbers as they waged mass protests in the wake of the February mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school that left 17 students and staff dead.

Democrats are drawing strength from women and college-educated voters in general, who swung decidedly against Trump since his election. Polling suggests the Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree.

Diversity in national elections

Democrats boast record diversity on the ballot.

Three states could elect their first African-American governors, while several others are running LGBT candidates and Muslims. A record number of women are also running for Senate, House, governorships and state legislative seats.

“The vast majority of women voters are angry, frustrated and they are really done with seeing where the Republican Party is taking them, particularly as it related to heath care and civility,” said Stephanie Schriock, who leads EMILY’s List, a group that help elect Democratic women. “You’re going to see the largest gender gap we’ve ever seen.”

The political realignment, defined by race, gender and education, could re-shape US politics for a generation. The demographic shifts also reflect each party’s closing argument.

While the economy continues to thrive, Trump has spent much of the campaign’s final days railing against a caravan of Latin American immigrants seeking asylum at the US border. He dispatched more than 5,000 troops to the region, suggesting soldiers would use lethal force against migrants who throw rocks, before later reversing himself.

Republicans have privately encouraged the president to back off, to no avail.

Democrats, meanwhile, have beat their drum on health care.

“Health care is on the ballot,” former President Barack Obama told Democratic volunteers in Virginia. “Health care for millions of people. You vote, you might save a life.”

Bernie Sanders, the leftist populist who some feel would have had a better chance than Clinton to take on Trump in 2016, lashed out Monday at the president, calling him a "pathological liar".

"He is a sexist, a racist, a homophobe, a xenophobe and a religious bigot. He is trying to do what we have never seen in the modern history of this country, to do what he is doing right now, to gain votes by trying to divide the American people up based on where we came from," Sanders said on SiriusXM Progress radio.


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This is a long read but it's important information. Antibiotic resistant pathogens are a huge problem in Afghanistan. This was a huge problem for the military, with troops frequently acquiring drug resistant infections in blast wounds. The military has largely overcome it, but the civilian population is severely affected. This article also notes that Afghanistan has among the worst health care and public health systems in the world:

One woman dies every two hours from pregnancy-related causes, according to conservative estimates by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), and one in 25 newborn babies dies, the third highest neonatal death rate in the world, UNICEF figures show.
Life expectancy at birth is 64, compared with 79 in the US and a global average of 72. There is a shortage of doctors, especially in rural areas, and infection control is poor.
Drug resistance has become one of the world's greatest public health crises, estimated to cause 700,000 deaths worldwide and expected to kill 10 million by 2050 if no action is taken.
Fueling the superbug problem in Afghanistan is the unregulated sale of antibiotics in human medicine and in agriculture. Drugs are advertised on television and available to buy over the counter from pharmacies without a prescription or diagnosis from a doctor.
Fighting between Taliban and a local militia kills 40 civilians in Uruzgan and Ghazni.

I don't normally link to PressTV but this story has corroboration and the PressTV version is the most accessible I could find. Taliban attack a border post in Farah and kill at least 20 border police, capturing the post. This is on the border with Iran.

UN says 56 civilians killed and 379 injured in violence associated with the recent elections.

In Iraqtalks are underway between the PUK and KDP to form a new Kurdish regional government.

UN reports more than 200 mass graves found in areas formerly controlled by IS. The process of exhumation is just beginning.

Multiple bombings in Baghdad kill 6 civilians. These targeted predominantly Shiite districts.

Newly elected Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi says that the Shiite militias known as Popular Mobilization Forces will not be disbanded. Most of these are linked to Iran.

Abdul-Mahdi is apparently ready to announce his slate of ministers.  Minor posts have been filled but the major appointments have been held up in political disputes.

Hundreds of tons of farmed carp have died in the Euphrates, as water pollution grows worse.
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Sweden, an amazing economy to many utopians or to the naive about capitalism, is experiencing pains capitalist economies feel. The capitalist crisis has already torn down that façade of the utopia. Ordinary citizens in Sweden are seeing the dream demolished. It is being manifested into politics, into electoral processes in Sweden. At the same time, ordinary citizens are trying to stand against deceptions that all varieties of bourgeoisie politics practice. 

The Occupy Movement, in many forms, illuminates areas in regions far away from the heart it originated. The Occupy Movement also shows that people initiate actions in areas and at times, the mainstream abandons them. 

Farooque Showdhury: There is a movement going on. Please, tell us about it and its background.

Bosse Kramsjo: Sweden is organised in three levels: government with ministries taking care of national issues, regional level (20 landsting or regions) taking care of, among other issues, health, and municipality level (290 municipalities) responsible for compulsory education, care of the elderly and many local level issues. The three levels have democratic elections at the same time every fourth years. In the election held in September 2014, the Social Democratic Party, together with the minor Green Party, formed a majority leading the Region of Västernorrland (comprising the municipalities of Sundsvall, Ånge, Timrå, Härnösand, Kramfors, Sollefteå and Örnskoldsvik, about 500 km north of the capital). 

The Social Democratic Party was having a stronghold in this part of Sweden (around 40-50 percent in most of these municipalities). There are three hospitals within the region; distances from each other are quite vast. The regional main hospital is in Sundsvall while smaller units are in Örnsköldsvik and Sollefteå. Before the 2014 election, the Social Democrats promised to keep all the three hospitals with their full capacity. 

However, after the election, it was decided to shut down the maternity ward and the emergency surgery in Sollefteå. Without an emergency surgery facility, you cannot have a maternity ward. This was a betrayal to all the voters around the Sollefteå hospital, mainly voters from the municipalities of Sollefteå and Kramfors as they had cast their votes to safeguard the future of the nearby safe health care facility. Delivery cases were directed to the maternity ward in Sundsvall, 130-200 km away for the inhabitants of Sollefteå municipality. This deceit was the main cause of the process, leading to a movement by organising rallies, campaigning and a 24/7 occupation of the entrance of the hospital in Sollefteå since 30 January 2017.

The uninterrupted Occupation Movement plans to continue until the emergency and maternity wards are re-opened. There are four shifts of the Occupation Movement: 07.00-12.00, 12.00-16.00, 16.00-20.00 and the over-night shift 20.00-07.00. At least five participants join every shift at daytime; during the nightshifts, it is sometimes five participants, and sometimes it comes down to three to four participants. 

During daytime, participants talk over cups of coffee while some female members carry with needlework, crocheting or knitting. Quite often friends or workmates join, and sit together. Sometimes it is colleagues having a meeting while occupying. Sometimes, people from clubs or societies join the occupy protesters. At times, a family brings their children; and if it is during the nightshifts, it turns out like a camping experience for the children. 

During the nightshifts, it is some talks to start with, then, watching TV news, and then preparing the inflatable beds for the night. When a shift follows another, there is some talks/gossip among the participants of the two shifts.

According to Swedish law, every citizen irrespective of income level or place of residence has the right to equal health care. Those who defend the decision to close down the hospital in Sollefteå opine that the treatment in Sundsvall is superior and that distance is a minor problem. Those against the shutdown decision claim that three full-fledged hospitals were promised during the election campaign. Moreover, the long distance is a vital problem for childbirth; and it is against the law.

Another important part of the background is the on-going process of centralisation in the Swedish economy, which is going on for decades. Marginalised municipalities in the north are with meagre employment opportunities due to heavy mechanisation in forestry and mining. These municipalities have an ever-increasing elderly population pyramid, high costs for municipalities and low inflow of tax (around 27-34 percent of an ordinary employee’s income goes to municipality tax to cover the municipality service costs; the richer municipality has the lower tax, and the poorer municipality has the higher tax). 

Big companies within hydropower, forestry and mining sectors do not pay taxes in the municipality although these companies in the area exploit the rivers, timber or ore. These companies pay tax in Stockholm or overseas. Therefore, it is natural resources being exploited in the marginalised parts of the country, but very little return from these companies to the local societies. The same goes for big scale investment in wind-power over the last few years. All these are in the marginalised parts of the country while income generated from the marginalised parts goes to the centre.

The same is the government presence in the marginalised parts as well. The centralisation of government presence has been going on for long; some municipalities have no government presence at all. That has been cut off. No Employment Service Office, no Social Insurance Office, no Tax Office. The feeling of being left behind by the government policies is prevalent in the marginalised parts, no matter which political party you sympathise with.  

There is a government distribution system between rich municipalities and poor municipalities. A minor part of income of the rich municipalities is forwarded to marginalised ones. This had led to an urban view declaring the marginalised municipalities as dependent and draining, being looked down upon by the big city citizens. However, the marginalised parts would like to have their fair share of all that is produced in their localities, instead of small subsidies from the rich cousins. They ask the stiff-lipped urbanites: Where do you get electricity from (hydropower and wind power)? Your steel? Your paper and stationary? Your construction timber?

It is also very provoking, from a marginalised point of view, when the maternity ward in Sollefteå is closed due to budget cuts, some per mille of the total regional health budget (15.8 million SEK [US $ 1,7 million] a year as total cost for the Sollefteå maternity ward) although enormous investment are being made in the new Karolinska Institutet, a mega-hospital in Stockholm. There, through that hospital-investment, billions of SEK have been flowing into pockets of domestic and foreign construction firms; golden and extremely costly consultant contracts have been signed; and a flow of over-priced equipment have been supplied by entrepreneurs. All these were praised by new-liberal leaders in the Stockholm region, as they are serving their profit hunting supporters rather than the health needs of the citizens.

FS: How was the 24/7 Occupy Movement organised?

BK: It was organised not by any political party, but by concerned and deceived citizens. Leadership of the movement came often with vast professional experience from the health sector. Over time, national as well as regional level party leaders have visited the movement. The Leftist and feminist ones were promising to re-open the closed down parts of the hospital, and the neo-liberal ones were going for privatisation with the scope of the same kind of re-opening.

FS: Why this sort of movement?

BK: As the majority of the region, Social Democrats and Green Party, deceived their voters, ordinary people did this to safeguard their legal right to health care.

FS: What achievement has this movement made so far?

BK: As mentioned above, many party professionals have visited and made promises in favour of Sollefteå hospital. The Social Democratic Party in the nearby municipalities of Sollefeå and Kramfors is supporting the movement, against the will of the regional and national levels of the party. We had an election on 9 September 2018. In the regional election, the Social Democrats and the Green Party were heavily punished by the voters; decreasing their mandate a lot. The parties promising to re-open the Sollefteå hospital full-fledged increased their mandate. However, it will take time, before the new setting of the political leadership of the region is in action. It is visible that the movement definitely had an important influence.

FS: What is the strength of this movement?

BK: The engagement of ordinary people, which is not a traditional party-driven affair, is one of the strengths of the movement. The leadership of the movement is versed in health related economy and administration. The Occupy Movement is continuing; it will be two years by this January2019. This persistence is very important. There was lots of support from individuals, organisations, etc. from all over the country. The Occupy Movement, many identify it as sit-in, is well known. Television teams from a number of European countries including the British Broadcasting Corporation have visited the Occupy Movement. Their purpose was mainly to report about a Swedish welfare programme cracking as many praised the Swedish welfare system for decades. A Russian media team was there to report; their conclusion was that the welfare crumbled due to the immigration. Depending on ideology, you can find any kind of cause.

FS: And, weakness?

BK: Many of the occupants are senior (a majority of citizens in the northern inland municipalities). So far, some 2,800 different individuals have occupied the position. Many are doing it on regular basis (like Maria and myself, one night 20.00-07.00 every fortnight), some are occupying several times a week. Many supporting a full-fledged hospital do not take part in the Occupy Movement/sit-in. They might find it too “political”; they have never taken part in action-oriented stands. They probably feel shy and think that you have to be skilled at arguing, if you take active part. Thousands of cars in the region have stickers saying, “I support Sollefteå hospital”; in shops and in companies you see posters expressing the same support.

Another weakness is, of course, that none of the big political parties (neither at national nor at regional level) is supporting the re-opening of the full-fledged hospital. However, that itself is the main reason for the creation of the movement.

FS: How are you trying to overcome the weaknesses?

BK: Before the 9 September election this year, the movement had a number of seminars asking the political parties about their stands on this issue. Every party had to make their position on Sollefteå hospital clear. The outcome was up for those supporting the hospital issue, very much down for those sticking to the need of saving money and keep Sollefteå hospital capacity down.

FS: What is the movement’s implication in society, politics, culture and organisation?

BK: There is a lot of support at national level. The Occupy Movement/sit-in is known all over the country although many big city dwellers cannot put Sollefteå on a Sweden map. Local companies are supporting with fruit-baskets, coffee-machine, television-set, etc. An exhibition about giving birth in cars on way to far away maternity wards was held. Many radio and television programmes and debates about the issue have been broadcast/telecast.

I would like to present a perspective to the scene: 

A lot of regional, as well as national and local (municipality), level politics is how to restrict tax-financed activities, how to save money, and how to stick to budget. It is widely propagated. To be “responsible” is to be very strictly sticking to budget. A “successful” leadership is managing to use less money than budgeted, all this in tax-financed activities. Tax income for all three administration-levels has decreased heavily after the eight years of neo-liberal rule. They “reformed” the taxation system five times, “more money in your purse”, leading to vast holes in the tax-financed sector. This is the main reason behind the lack of resources for the public sector.

The new-liberal era has introduced private actors in the health, elderly care and education sectors. It is called “freedom of choice”. This means that the big city can offer dozens of alternatives within each of the sectors while the only health clinic in rural centres is wiped out. Market has taken over from need and legal right.

The Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left try to minimise the profit level of private education companies (called Free Schools in Sweden, another example of new-liberal word washing, as a more accurate term would be profit-seeking schools) in the parliament. A maximum of annual 7 percent profit was their proposal. This was called communism in one of the big dailies (perhaps we have to find out what communism is actually about). They were voted down in the parliament.

Nowadays, private companies are well established within the health sector. Modern capitalism has very successfully entered the scene of tax-financed sectors, a fresh area to make profits. Private recruiting companies are buying doctors and nurses. When regional hospitals cannot recruit (as the doctors and nurses have already listed themselves with the private recruiting companies), they are forced to turn to the recruiting companies. It becomes expensive. There are examples of doctors cutting gold as rented professionals, rented nurses earning two-three times more than the regular staff with long experience. The main reason for the region having enormous budget deficit is their bills for rented professionals. It is part of the new-liberal success-story. However, it is expensive for the taxpayers.

Thank you for the interview.

 

* Bosse Kramsjo was a faculty member in a development studies related institute run by the Swedish government. 

*Farooque Chowdhury is a freelancer from Dhaka, Bangladesh, who recently interviewed Bosse. 

Notes: 

1) The distance between Sollefteå and Stockholm is some 500 km, the distance between Sollefteå municipality and the regional main hospital in Sundsvall is about 150 km. Maria, and Bosse live 30 km east of Sollefteå town.

2) www.adalen2017.seand similar searches carry information and photos of the Occupy Movement.

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Wait, what did he just say?

At one of his final pre-midterm rallies in Missouri, President Donald Trump made an utterly bizarre claim: Democrats are coming for your ... Obamacare.

"One of their very first projects will be a socialist takeover of American health care, you know what's happening, and your taxes are going to triple, maybe quadruple," he said. "You're not going to be happy, I know you well. The Democrat plan would obliterate Obamacare, it will also — which is good, but will leave the bad parts behind."

Even Trump seemed to realize halfway into that rant the absurdity of claiming Democrats will "obliterate Obamacare" — the party's landmark accomplishment that he and Republicans have spent years sabotaging and trying to repeal.

And in no time, social media exploded with mockery and disbelief at the president:

 

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Race, class and justice: After the midterms, a new way forward for Democrats

This week's midterm elections are likely the most important in recent American history, a referendum on the present and future of the country’s multiracial democracy. On one side there is Donald Trump and a Republican Party which has fully embraced white backlash politics and the lie that white Americans are under siege in “their own country.” Trump and his movement represent an emerging American form of fascism and a full-on assault on democracy. On the other side is the Democratic Party and its multiracial coalition of mostly younger, more educated and cosmopolitan voters who correctly see in Donald Trump and his movement an existential threat to their human rights, safety, dignity and prosperity.

Running through both sides of this fractious political divide – what feels like a domestic cold war about to turn hot — are old and unresolved questions about the relationship between race and class in America.

Donald Trump bellows about the “forgotten” (white) American and taking the “country back” for the (white) “working class.” This is fake populism and classic Herrenvolk right-wing "producerism." Or to put things more simply, white identity politics repackaged as something else.

In response, the Democratic Party have struggled to create a unifying narrative. Too many of its most vocal spokespeople – especially on the left – have suggested that “identity” politics and too much focus on issues of race and gender allowed Donald Trump to steal the presidency from Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in 2016.

López’s new research project suggests that Democrats need to embrace a more sophisticated way of talking about race, class and human rights as being inseparable from one another. Ultimately, it is plutocrats like Donald Trump, Republican donors and funders, and other members of the 1 percent who are using racism -- as they have done throughout American history -- to divide and conquer, leaving the large majority of people less prosperous, less secure and less free.

How do racial “dog-whistle” politics play into this right-wing strategy? What does white racial identity mean for white Americans at present? In what ways has Trump-style white identity politics actually hurt white people? How can a smarter and more nuanced discussion of race and class unite voters in support of the Democratic Party specifically, and liberal and progressive policies more broadly? How have right-wing libertarians and other conservatives combined racism with a narrative about “big government” to destroy the social safety net, make the rich even richer and more powerful, and hurt the American people as a whole?

My conversation with Ian Haney López has been edited for clarity and length.

How was Donald Trump able to win the White House? What do we know about that now that we didn't know two years ago?

I would say that Trump’s path was eased by a half-century-long process in which the Republican Party purposefully remade itself as the white men’s party. They did this by harnessing racial demagoguery as a weapon. But the fact of the matter is that racial demagoguery is not a weapon which can be controlled. Every Republican politician who gets elected as a racial demagogue is vulnerable to being bested on the right by someone who’s even more extreme in terms of racial demagoguery.

The big advantage Donald Trump had was that he didn’t actually believe he was going to become president. Therefore he didn’t care about the fate of the Republican Party. This meant Trump had few if any constraints – beyond what worked strategically to his advantage – on his use of racial demagoguery. Because Trump was willing to go much further in terms of his racist innuendo, he ran the field on the Republicans. He took them all out.

You look at these folks: Mitt Romney had his own track record with racial demagoguery, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush started talking about deporting people. All of them were racial demagogues themselves, but they were constrained by the sense of what it might take to actually get elected, by the sense that Republicans needed a bigger base and a concern with their own integrity and public reputation. Trump was unburdened by any of that. Essentially what Donald Trump did was walk into a game that the Republicans had set up, one which had a few nominal constraints. He broke the rules and won the game.

There is a more or less straight line from John McCain and Sarah Palin to this moment with Donald Trump.

There is this deeper fear of actually naming what’s been happening in our country over the last 50 years. You have a lot of people who want to treat Trump like an anomaly and say, “Wow! That guy is out of control. If only we could back to 2016.” Here are the facts. In 2016 we were in a deep crisis as a country, a slow-moving crisis which has been on the march since the civil rights movement. Which direction are we going to go as a society? Will we proceed in the direction of multiracial democracy, or will we instead proceed away from democracy and towards rule by the rich? That question has been front and center in this country for the last 50 years. Trump didn’t raise that question. He only drew the dynamics into view.

Similarly, McCain brought Sarah Palin in and also engaged in significant racial demagoguery himself. He understood it was immoral. He understood it was racist. When McCain felt that his own election was jeopardized, he started talking about building a wall on the Mexico-U.S. border. McCain was more than happy to campaign with Donald Trump and with [former Phoenix sheriff] Joe Arpaio, and this is somebody that we know understood that those were racial demagogues. Shame on him! I think it’s a mistake to say, “Well, McCain was this wonderful centrist. If only we had more people like him.” No, McCain was very much a part of the problem.

Frankly, the people who refused to see McCain as part of the problem are part of the problem too, because they’re blinding themselves to the actual challenges we face as a country. Do we move self-confidently and purposefully towards multiracial democracy, or do we follow a set of leaders who are intentionally and strategically dividing us by race, moving us away from democracy and toward rule by the rich?

I have a standard warning I give when writing about Trump and this moment, or giving talks about it. I point out that America’s multiracial democracy is contingent and in many ways an outlier in the country’s history. White backlash under Trump and the Republican Party is a threat to post-civil rights America, a country too many people – especially younger Americans – have taken to be a norm and a given for all time. Are my worries and cautions misplaced? 

Not at all. If I were to push back at all, I’d say it’s not clear to me that we have yet achieved a multiracial democracy that we might be in the process of losing. We moved dramatically in that direction in the 1960s, but then, very quickly, progress was cut off. Definitions are important. When I use the term “multiracial democracy,” I mean a democracy in which all people are fully enfranchised and people are not disenfranchised in a way that significantly parallels the country’s racial hierarchy. When have we had that in the United States?

Since the mid-1970s, we’ve been moving back quite aggressively from that ideal. If you look at what’s been happening with the Republican Party, essentially from 1980 onward, they came to understand that their election depended upon disenfranchising people of color. They have been aggressively pursuing the disenfranchisement of people of color through such policies as felony disenfranchisement laws, gerrymandering and now this whole narrative about almost nonexistent “voter fraud.”

Meanwhile, of course, these are the same Republicans who will not lift a finger to ensure that our voting systems are protected against hacking by Russia. There is a profoundly antidemocratic impulse at work on the American right wing, and it’s embodied institutionally in the Republican Party. It has forestalled any actual move towards multiracial democracy.

This hostility towards multiracial democracy is part of a hostility by Republicans and conservatives to democracy more generally. For example, the rule of law, freedom of the press and what is happening with America’s courts from the appellate to the federal system also show how the conservative movement is hostile to democracy. Trump is just more obvious about it.

The right-wing assault on the judicial branch is also a clear example of how conservatism and racism are one and the same thing in America at present.

Yes, although I would not go that far. I would say that the Federalist Society for example takes a view of race relations which they claim is “anti-racist.” Yet it’s a view that tends to ensure the continuation of white dominance. But this is not just Trump. Conservatives have been engaged in a purposeful remaking of the courts that has two complementary parts. This is pure “dog-whistle” politics.

One part is to attack the courts for their recent role in promoting racial integration and gender equality and to say, “Well, the courts are full of activist judges.” In this logic, the courts do not deserve legitimacy because they are promoting this illegitimate liberal agenda of integration and gender equality: “We have to get rid of activist judges.” What that means in practice is that we have to install court justices who are hostile to the basic idea that human rights should exist for everybody in society.

The other half of this logic and strategy is that conservatives are going to take the opportunity to put on the court justices and judges who are friendly to the business community. This is part of one big strategy.

The more we shut down human rights as a society, the more we create space to open up for a pro-business orientation. What we have in the Supreme Court as it exists now – and where Brett Kavanaugh will only make this worse – is an institution that is historically one of the most hostile to civil rights and one of the friendliest to big business. That is a product of dog-whistle politics.

How does this work? Right-wing politicians say to voters, “Hey! People of color are a threat. You know who else is a threat? Government and in particular, the courts, because the courts keep forcing you to have to deal with these people. Let’s remake the courts so that you’re protected from these activist judges.”

In the process of remaking the courts, they install business-friendly judges who are busy making life difficult for unions, making life difficult for people who want to sue corporations, making life wonderful for big money in politics, making life wonderful for polluters.

These are the wages of dog-whistle politics: The promise that you’re going to be protected from people of color and activist judges and government that protects them, when in reality what you’re really going to get is a judicial system and a government that helps rig the rules for the new plutocrats.

Here is an obvious and common objection by conservatives – especially College Republican types who still have Ayn Rand in their back pocket – to your observation. “We have to free business and get rid of regulations because capitalism and the market are antithetical to racism. Those are market inefficiencies. If we just free business, then racism will go away.” 

Anybody who says that is not paying attention to what’s actually happening in the economy. The whole idea of unfettered competition, that’s just theoretical libertarian nonsense. One would have to be crazy to believe that stuff.

What you really have is not deregulation, but re-regulation on the part of the corporations and the family dynasties and the lobbyists themselves. This is the rich writing the rules for themselves, and they write the rules in ways that protect them from market competition and liability when in the course of making billions they do damage to regular people.

The whole sort of college libertarian thinking is so much self-induced blindness about what’s lurking behind these arguments. It wouldn’t take but 15 or 20 minutes of serious reading to discover that very few people are actually serious about a deregulated marketplace. It wouldn’t take that much more to discover that many of the big libertarians, including Rand Paul and his father, are people who came to libertarianism as a way of opposing civil rights.

It doesn’t take that much reflection to recognize that libertarianism as a political ideology is most attractive to young (white) men of great means who can, because of their age and gender, imagine themselves as dominant and heroic and self-sufficient. And also because of their privilege and means, these same libertarians don’t worry about how they are going to pay for education, how they are going to pay for health care, how they are going to pay for shelter, how they are going to pay for food. They have not experienced the hardships of life or its sudden reversals.

Ultimately, there is a type of political and psychological immaturity to libertarianism. There is also a disregard for human rights, through libertarianism, for many different people in our society.

What are some examples of how racism actually hurts white people? Of course, there is what the historian and sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois famously described as the “psychological wages of whiteness.” But there is a huge material component to whiteness as well.

I think you’ve hit on a really critical point. What is the relationship between most white people today, in 2018, and whiteness as an identity? Being considered “white” is a type of social identity. But in this moment with Trump we have an opportunity to show white folks that seeking meaning in being white is actually very dangerous to their welfare and the welfare of their children. In a remarkable way, given the politics of this crisis, we’re in a different position in 2018 than we were in 1968 -- let alone than we were in the 1600s -- to make this point.

For centuries the radical idea has been cross-racial solidarity between working people. But the reality has also been that the psychological and material benefits of whiteness have been enormous and thus sufficient to win over the loyalty of many whites. Whiteness has granted certainty about one’s place in society, one’s own inherent goodness, one’s own rationality, one’s human capacity, one’s ability to engage in self-governance.

Whiteness also provided jobs, neighborhoods, houses, the clubs, the churches, etc. These are tremendous benefits. How do they compare to the one percent, or the one-tenth of one percent, in terms of class and money? Relatively speaking, they're crumbs. But these wages of whiteness are still significant.

What has happened in 2018, by comparison? Two different things. On the one hand, if we think about the psychological wages of whiteness, for many whites those wages have been going down because of the civil rights movement, and going down in a way that I think many whites would actually describe as positive. That is, many whites have internalized the idea that foregrounding your sense of self in race pride is racist, immoral and ugly.

That has diminished the value of thinking of yourself as white. I can’t really be proud of being white: That’s morally wrong. That reduces the psychological wages of whiteness. Now, to be absolutely clear, many whites are fighting to reaffirm the wages of whiteness. This is the real meaning of Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

On the other hand, what’s happened to the material wages of whiteness? Those have been going down as American society racially integrated. But even more profoundly, white racial fear has been weaponized by the rich over the last 50 years through dog-whistle politics. This is the basis upon which many whites have been convinced to support a siphoning of wealth from themselves and their families skywards, up into the economic stratosphere for the plutocrats.

With Donald Trump, progressives have a chance to make two critical points to whites. Critical point No. 1: Think about the psychological wages of whiteness in terms of Trump. Trump exemplifies what it means to build your identity around being proud of being white. It means to be a liar. It means to be cruel. It means to dehumanize others. It means to steal from others. It means to be a bully and a cheat. That’s what it means if you want to build your identity around white pride.

Second, look at Trump and ask yourself: Is whiteness helping regular white folks, or is whiteness just a weapon that billionaires can use against everybody? Trump gives us the opportunity to say to many whites that the biggest financial threat in your life comes from other whites voting their racial fears and handing the country over to greedy billionaires who only really care about themselves.

These two dynamics, I think, put us in a remarkable place in 2018 where we can say this old dream of cross-racial solidarity that has always foundered on the shoals of the value of whiteness to whites might finally be possible now -- if we can convince enough whites that seeking to be white as a source of identity is a moral disaster and a financial disaster as well.

How would you explain “dog-whistle” politics – the term is increasingly common in American political discourse but rarely properly defined? What examples would you offer of how dog-whistle politics hurt Americans on both sides of the color line?

Donald Trump went to the American people and said, “You need to worry about illegal aliens. You need to worry about Mexico sending rapists. You need to worry about Muslim terrorists.” He also said, “Crime in the black communities is awful. People can’t go outside without getting shot. We can fix that. We can ban Muslims. We can get tougher on crime in black neighborhoods. We can build a wall on the border.”

How are these examples of dog-whistle politics? On their surface, they do not mention race. They do not use a racial epithet. They do not come across as white supremacy, and yet just below the surface, that’s the narrative. It’s a narrative of racial fear.

Yes, Trump says “Muslims.” Yes, he says “Mexicans.” But his defense is that “Mexican” is a nationality or “Mexico” is a country. “Muslims” are a religion. That’s today’s dog-whistle. You have people engaging in a classic form of race-baiting that understands race as both ancestry and culture, but who then turn around and say, “These Mexicans are rapists.” That has nothing to do with race, right? That’s the dog-whistle: To use a racial provocation and to know that you’re doing such a thing. That’s the political speech.

What outcomes has this all enabled? The reality of what people are getting with Donald Trump and his Republican Party is a cabinet full of billionaires, rampant corruption, a $1.5 trillion tax cut for the very rich, a Department of Education that wants to make it easier for predatory companies to rip off people who are taking loans for a chance at a better life, an EPA that only cares about making sure polluters can make more money. This is all dog-whistle politics personified. One could not have a more powerful example of the way in which racially charged language is consistently used and where race is combined with rule by the rich.

What do we know empirically about white racial identity and public opinion in this moment of Trumpism?

The data is really compelling and very disturbing. We know that racial resentment, measured under what social scientists call the “modern racism” scale, is the No. 1 driver of support for Donald Trump. But there is an even better and more powerful means of measuring white antipathy towards people of color and government.

Since the early 1970s, what the American right-wing has been doing is conjoining race and government in the economy. Their basic message has been to fear and dislike people of color. There is another component to this as well:  Hate “big government” because it coddles “those people” with welfare and refuses to control them through criminal law. Turn away from government, trust the marketplace.

These three ideas, race, government and economy, are all linked. If you really want to understand how race is working in the United States, you really need to think about new racial frames that combine not only dislike for people of color, but also distrust in government and support for individual efforts in the marketplace.  When you look at that combination we see the correlation between those three values and support for Trump. The relationship is even more powerful than racial resentment.

There is a second component: What does race mean to whites? Race is a social construction. How is it evolving? How is it shifting? How is it responding to politics?

New research asked self-identified white people: "How important is being 'white' to you?" About 60 percent said anywhere from moderately to extremely important, and right around half said they felt that it was important for them to work together with other whites to protect the interests of whites as a group. Those are remarkable findings because what they’re telling us is there is a public etiquette of colorblindness. Whites routinely assert this set of rules when they’re trying to get people of color to stop talking about race.

Post-civil rights era racial colorblindness demands, “Hey, it’s wrong to foreground race. It’s wrong to notice it. It’s wrong to talk about it. It’s wrong to think about yourself and racial identity.” That might be the public rhetoric, but it’s not the reality, because at present somewhere upwards of half of whites are self-consciously thinking of themselves as white.

You are involved in an exciting new project which explores how we can think more strategically about the relationship between race and class in America.   

In this new research we asked a set of questions about race, class and government. We used the answers to sort the American public into three groups. We call them “base,” “persuadables” in the middle and “opposition.”

The “base” are people who basically said, “People of color are beset by structural problems. People are poor for structural reasons. Government has an important role to play.”

People who are the “opposition” took the opposite points of view. They said consistently that people of color are poor because there’s something wrong with them. Poor people are poor because there’s something wrong with them, and government is the problem. Base, we’re looking at about one-quarter of the population, 23 percent. Opposition, you’re looking at 18 percent. Let’s be crystal clear about that 18 percent. We will never get them. Their views are consistently hostile to progressive views on race, on what it means to be poor and the economy and the role of government.

But, that leaves about 60 percent of the people in the middle. This “persuadable” category constitutes three out of five Americans. With such a large group, it includes a lot of people of color. It includes a lot of Democrats. It includes a lot of union members. It also includes some Republicans, and maybe a few Trump voters, It’s a very broad group. When we look at this group, especially on race and the economy, what we found was that they held reactionary views. They would say things such as “Poverty among people of color is explained by a lack of effort.”

At the same time, they also held racially progressive views. They would toggle between the two perspectives. This was tremendously important because I think a lot of us have thought, “Wow! There’s a lot of racism out there, how are we going to overcome that?” Yes, there is a lot of racism out there, but it turns out there’s also a lot of racially progressive views. That creates the possibility of actually connecting with and activating those racially progressive views.

A common criticism of Hillary Clinton in the last campaign was that she talked too much about race and that this type of “identity politics" made her vulnerable to Trump’s right-wing “populist” message about class. How would you respond?

I think Hillary Clinton talked too much race in the wrong way. It was not the amount of time she dedicated to talking about race, but rather the way she talked about it. If we talk about race as white racism against people of color, that’s a frame which has negative effects both for whites and for people of color. What we found is that if we talk about racism that way, then white audiences feel implicated and they’re turned off. This is not at all surprising.

More surprising, we found that when we talked to communities of color and we offered a political analysis which said, “The main problem is politicians who are racists and racist voters who vote for them,” people of color were demobilized by that narrative. That story seemed to invoke 300 years of history. It made things seem insurmountable. People went very quickly from a sense of what’s politically possible to a narrative of what they could control as individuals. Whenever you see people shifting to stories of individual responsibility and what they can control, this reaffirms the right-wing framework that says, “You’re on your own. Take care of yourself. If you fail, it’s your own fault.”

Now let’s try a different frame: “Racism is a weapon of the rich that’s being used against all of us.” In our focus groups  we talked about racism as a weapon of the rich and explained that this is a "divide and distract" tactic that they are using against whites, against blacks, against brown folks, against Native Americans and Asian-Americans and immigrants. This is a weapon of the rich. This allowed whites to see how they are also targeted by the racial manipulation by the rich.

This narrative framework also allowed people of color to say, “We know that we need to fight racism, but now there’s a chance that white people might be in this fight with us too --maybe not with the same stakes, but still in this fight.”

There’s power to creating a sense of cross-racial solidarity, not alone on a moral ground because fighting racism is the right thing to do, but centered more firmly in the idea that fighting racism is the only way that white and black and brown folks are going to be able to thrive in this society. Cross-racial solidarity can defeat racism as a “divide and distract” weapon. It can get the government back on the side of people and have it create economic prosperity and racial justice for all people.

What are some narratives that you would suggest the Democrats use to defeat the Republican Party and Donald Trump?

Our research shows that there is a core narrative which progressives need to adopt.

Part one: Defeat, “divide and distract” as a tactic by insisting on cross-racial solidarity that includes whites and other communities of color.

Part two: Identify cross-racial solidarity as the way to take government back for working people and away from big business and the very rich.

Part three: Through government, build shared prosperity and promote racial justice.

Those are the three steps and it is applicable to many issues. Welfare reform, education, mass incarceration, mass deportation -- whatever policy you want to start with. The basic story is, “You know why we have mass deportation? Because politicians are running around trying to scare white people by saying that people of color are threatening. Well, they’re not. The real agenda is to distract us because we’re not paying attention to the way the rich and plutocrats are picking our collective pockets."

It doesn’t matter what issue you focus on. You can focus on the ones that are highly race-identified, like mass deportation or mass incarceration, public education and welfare. Or you can focus on issues like the environment, Wall Street regulation, and what’s happening in terms of higher education, free college, things that don’t seem directly connected to race. They’re all connected through the way in which government has been demonized.

Let’s reject distraction based on race or based on what we look like or where we come from or the gods we worship or the foods we eat, our gender, our sexual preference. Reject all of those distractions. Come together as working people to take this country back to elect the types of leaders we need -- and through these leaders demand human rights for all and a shared prosperity for all. That’s the basic narrative.

Good government, shared prosperity, human rights and shared prosperity creates a greater possibility of cross-racial solidarity. That is the message the Democrats really need to carry. If you think about 2016, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton both eventually came to the position that we need to do economic justice and racial justice. Unfortunately, neither of them had a story about how they were connected.

We need to start focusing on the way in which the rich are ripping off all the rest of us while trying to distract us with fear-mongering about undocumented immigrants or Muslims. If we can recognize and defeat that ploy then we can come together across racial lines and take this country back.

 

 

I would say that Trump’s path was eased by a half-century-long process in which the Republican Party purposefully remade itself as the white men’s party. They did this by harnessing racial demagoguery as a weapon. But the fact of the matter is that racial demagoguery is not a weapon which can be controlled. Every Republican politician who gets elected as a racial demagogue is vulnerable to being bested on the right by someone who’s even more extreme in terms of racial demagoguery.

The big advantage Donald Trump had was that he didn’t actually believe he was going to become president. Therefore he didn’t care about the fate of the Republican Party. This meant Trump had few if any constraints – beyond what worked strategically to his advantage – on his use of racial demagoguery. Because Trump was willing to go much further in terms of his racist innuendo, he ran the field on the Republicans. He took them all out.

You look at these folks: Mitt Romney had his own track record with racial demagoguery, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush started talking about deporting people. All of them were racial demagogues themselves, but they were constrained by the sense of what it might take to actually get elected, by the sense that Republicans needed a bigger base and a concern with their own integrity and public reputation. Trump was unburdened by any of that. Essentially what Donald Trump did was walk into a game that the Republicans had set up, one which had a few nominal constraints. He broke the rules and won the game.

There is a more or less straight line from John McCain and Sarah Palin to this moment with Donald Trump.

There is this deeper fear of actually naming what’s been happening in our country over the last 50 years. You have a lot of people who want to treat Trump like an anomaly and say, “Wow! That guy is out of control. If only we could back to 2016.” Here are the facts. In 2016 we were in a deep crisis as a country, a slow-moving crisis which has been on the march since the civil rights movement. Which direction are we going to go as a society? Will we proceed in the direction of multiracial democracy, or will we instead proceed away from democracy and towards rule by the rich? That question has been front and center in this country for the last 50 years. Trump didn’t raise that question. He only drew the dynamics into view.

Similarly, McCain brought Sarah Palin in and also engaged in significant racial demagoguery himself. He understood it was immoral. He understood it was racist. When McCain felt that his own election was jeopardized, he started talking about building a wall on the Mexico-U.S. border. McCain was more than happy to campaign with Donald Trump and with [former Phoenix sheriff] Joe Arpaio, and this is somebody that we know understood that those were racial demagogues. Shame on him! I think it’s a mistake to say, “Well, McCain was this wonderful centrist. If only we had more people like him.” No, McCain was very much a part of the problem.

Frankly, the people who refused to see McCain as part of the problem are part of the problem too, because they’re blinding themselves to the actual challenges we face as a country. Do we move self-confidently and purposefully towards multiracial democracy, or do we follow a set of leaders who are intentionally and strategically dividing us by race, moving us away from democracy and toward rule by the rich?

I have a standard warning I give when writing about Trump and this moment, or giving talks about it. I point out that America’s multiracial democracy is contingent and in many ways an outlier in the country’s history. White backlash under Trump and the Republican Party is a threat to post-civil rights America, a country too many people – especially younger Americans – have taken to be a norm and a given for all time. Are my worries and cautions misplaced? 

Not at all. If I were to push back at all, I’d say it’s not clear to me that we have yet achieved a multiracial democracy that we might be in the process of losing. We moved dramatically in that direction in the 1960s, but then, very quickly, progress was cut off. Definitions are important. When I use the term “multiracial democracy,” I mean a democracy in which all people are fully enfranchised and people are not disenfranchised in a way that significantly parallels the country’s racial hierarchy. When have we had that in the United States?

Since the mid-1970s, we’ve been moving back quite aggressively from that ideal. If you look at what’s been happening with the Republican Party, essentially from 1980 onward, they came to understand that their election depended upon disenfranchising people of color. They have been aggressively pursuing the disenfranchisement of people of color through such policies as felony disenfranchisement laws, gerrymandering and now this whole narrative about almost nonexistent “voter fraud.”

Meanwhile, of course, these are the same Republicans who will not lift a finger to ensure that our voting systems are protected against hacking by Russia. There is a profoundly antidemocratic impulse at work on the American right wing, and it’s embodied institutionally in the Republican Party. It has forestalled any actual move towards multiracial democracy.

This hostility towards multiracial democracy is part of a hostility by Republicans and conservatives to democracy more generally. For example, the rule of law, freedom of the press and what is happening with America’s courts from the appellate to the federal system also show how the conservative movement is hostile to democracy. Trump is just more obvious about it.

The right-wing assault on the judicial branch is also a clear example of how conservatism and racism are one and the same thing in America at present.

Yes, although I would not go that far. I would say that the Federalist Society for example takes a view of race relations which they claim is “anti-racist.” Yet it’s a view that tends to ensure the continuation of white dominance. But this is not just Trump. Conservatives have been engaged in a purposeful remaking of the courts that has two complementary parts. This is pure “dog-whistle” politics.

One part is to attack the courts for their recent role in promoting racial integration and gender equality and to say, “Well, the courts are full of activist judges.” In this logic, the courts do not deserve legitimacy because they are promoting this illegitimate liberal agenda of integration and gender equality: “We have to get rid of activist judges.” What that means in practice is that we have to install court justices who are hostile to the basic idea that human rights should exist for everybody in society.

The other half of this logic and strategy is that conservatives are going to take the opportunity to put on the court justices and judges who are friendly to the business community. This is part of one big strategy.

The more we shut down human rights as a society, the more we create space to open up for a pro-business orientation. What we have in the Supreme Court as it exists now – and where Brett Kavanaugh will only make this worse – is an institution that is historically one of the most hostile to civil rights and one of the friendliest to big business. That is a product of dog-whistle politics.

How does this work? Right-wing politicians say to voters, “Hey! People of color are a threat. You know who else is a threat? Government and in particular, the courts, because the courts keep forcing you to have to deal with these people. Let’s remake the courts so that you’re protected from these activist judges.”

In the process of remaking the courts, they install business-friendly judges who are busy making life difficult for unions, making life difficult for people who want to sue corporations, making life wonderful for big money in politics, making life wonderful for polluters.

These are the wages of dog-whistle politics: The promise that you’re going to be protected from people of color and activist judges and government that protects them, when in reality what you’re really going to get is a judicial system and a government that helps rig the rules for the new plutocrats.

Here is an obvious and common objection by conservatives – especially College Republican types who still have Ayn Rand in their back pocket – to your observation. “We have to free business and get rid of regulations because capitalism and the market are antithetical to racism. Those are market inefficiencies. If we just free business, then racism will go away.” 

Anybody who says that is not paying attention to what’s actually happening in the economy. The whole idea of unfettered competition, that’s just theoretical libertarian nonsense. One would have to be crazy to believe that stuff.

What you really have is not deregulation, but re-regulation on the part of the corporations and the family dynasties and the lobbyists themselves. This is the rich writing the rules for themselves, and they write the rules in ways that protect them from market competition and liability when in the course of making billions they do damage to regular people.

The whole sort of college libertarian thinking is so much self-induced blindness about what’s lurking behind these arguments. It wouldn’t take but 15 or 20 minutes of serious reading to discover that very few people are actually serious about a deregulated marketplace. It wouldn’t take that much more to discover that many of the big libertarians, including Rand Paul and his father, are people who came to libertarianism as a way of opposing civil rights.

It doesn’t take that much reflection to recognize that libertarianism as a political ideology is most attractive to young (white) men of great means who can, because of their age and gender, imagine themselves as dominant and heroic and self-sufficient. And also because of their privilege and means, these same libertarians don’t worry about how they are going to pay for education, how they are going to pay for health care, how they are going to pay for shelter, how they are going to pay for food. They have not experienced the hardships of life or its sudden reversals.

Ultimately, there is a type of political and psychological immaturity to libertarianism. There is also a disregard for human rights, through libertarianism, for many different people in our society.

What are some examples of how racism actually hurts white people? Of course, there is what the historian and sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois famously described as the “psychological wages of whiteness.” But there is a huge material component to whiteness as well.

I think you’ve hit on a really critical point. What is the relationship between most white people today, in 2018, and whiteness as an identity? Being considered “white” is a type of social identity. But in this moment with Trump we have an opportunity to show white folks that seeking meaning in being white is actually very dangerous to their welfare and the welfare of their children. In a remarkable way, given the politics of this crisis, we’re in a different position in 2018 than we were in 1968 -- let alone than we were in the 1600s -- to make this point.

For centuries the radical idea has been cross-racial solidarity between working people. But the reality has also been that the psychological and material benefits of whiteness have been enormous and thus sufficient to win over the loyalty of many whites. Whiteness has granted certainty about one’s place in society, one’s own inherent goodness, one’s own rationality, one’s human capacity, one’s ability to engage in self-governance.

Whiteness also provided jobs, neighborhoods, houses, the clubs, the churches, etc. These are tremendous benefits. How do they compare to the one percent, or the one-tenth of one percent, in terms of class and money? Relatively speaking, they're crumbs. But these wages of whiteness are still significant.

What has happened in 2018, by comparison? Two different things. On the one hand, if we think about the psychological wages of whiteness, for many whites those wages have been going down because of the civil rights movement, and going down in a way that I think many whites would actually describe as positive. That is, many whites have internalized the idea that foregrounding your sense of self in race pride is racist, immoral and ugly.

That has diminished the value of thinking of yourself as white. I can’t really be proud of being white: That’s morally wrong. That reduces the psychological wages of whiteness. Now, to be absolutely clear, many whites are fighting to reaffirm the wages of whiteness. This is the real meaning of Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

On the other hand, what’s happened to the material wages of whiteness? Those have been going down as American society racially integrated. But even more profoundly, white racial fear has been weaponized by the rich over the last 50 years through dog-whistle politics. This is the basis upon which many whites have been convinced to support a siphoning of wealth from themselves and their families skywards, up into the economic stratosphere for the plutocrats.

With Donald Trump, progressives have a chance to make two critical points to whites. Critical point No. 1: Think about the psychological wages of whiteness in terms of Trump. Trump exemplifies what it means to build your identity around being proud of being white. It means to be a liar. It means to be cruel. It means to dehumanize others. It means to steal from others. It means to be a bully and a cheat. That’s what it means if you want to build your identity around white pride.

Second, look at Trump and ask yourself: Is whiteness helping regular white folks, or is whiteness just a weapon that billionaires can use against everybody? Trump gives us the opportunity to say to many whites that the biggest financial threat in your life comes from other whites voting their racial fears and handing the country over to greedy billionaires who only really care about themselves.

These two dynamics, I think, put us in a remarkable place in 2018 where we can say this old dream of cross-racial solidarity that has always foundered on the shoals of the value of whiteness to whites might finally be possible now -- if we can convince enough whites that seeking to be white as a source of identity is a moral disaster and a financial disaster as well.

How would you explain “dog-whistle” politics – the term is increasingly common in American political discourse but rarely properly defined? What examples would you offer of how dog-whistle politics hurt Americans on both sides of the color line?

Donald Trump went to the American people and said, “You need to worry about illegal aliens. You need to worry about Mexico sending rapists. You need to worry about Muslim terrorists.” He also said, “Crime in the black communities is awful. People can’t go outside without getting shot. We can fix that. We can ban Muslims. We can get tougher on crime in black neighborhoods. We can build a wall on the border.”

How are these examples of dog-whistle politics? On their surface, they do not mention race. They do not use a racial epithet. They do not come across as white supremacy, and yet just below the surface, that’s the narrative. It’s a narrative of racial fear.

Yes, Trump says “Muslims.” Yes, he says “Mexicans.” But his defense is that “Mexican” is a nationality or “Mexico” is a country. “Muslims” are a religion. That’s today’s dog-whistle. You have people engaging in a classic form of race-baiting that understands race as both ancestry and culture, but who then turn around and say, “These Mexicans are rapists.” That has nothing to do with race, right? That’s the dog-whistle: To use a racial provocation and to know that you’re doing such a thing. That’s the political speech.

What outcomes has this all enabled? The reality of what people are getting with Donald Trump and his Republican Party is a cabinet full of billionaires, rampant corruption, a $1.5 trillion tax cut for the very rich, a Department of Education that wants to make it easier for predatory companies to rip off people who are taking loans for a chance at a better life, an EPA that only cares about making sure polluters can make more money. This is all dog-whistle politics personified. One could not have a more powerful example of the way in which racially charged language is consistently used and where race is combined with rule by the rich.

What do we know empirically about white racial identity and public opinion in this moment of Trumpism?

The data is really compelling and very disturbing. We know that racial resentment, measured under what social scientists call the “modern racism” scale, is the No. 1 driver of support for Donald Trump. But there is an even better and more powerful means of measuring white antipathy towards people of color and government.

Since the early 1970s, what the American right-wing has been doing is conjoining race and government in the economy. Their basic message has been to fear and dislike people of color. There is another component to this as well:  Hate “big government” because it coddles “those people” with welfare and refuses to control them through criminal law. Turn away from government, trust the marketplace.

These three ideas, race, government and economy, are all linked. If you really want to understand how race is working in the United States, you really need to think about new racial frames that combine not only dislike for people of color, but also distrust in government and support for individual efforts in the marketplace.  When you look at that combination we see the correlation between those three values and support for Trump. The relationship is even more powerful than racial resentment.

There is a second component: What does race mean to whites? Race is a social construction. How is it evolving? How is it shifting? How is it responding to politics?

New research asked self-identified white people: "How important is being 'white' to you?" About 60 percent said anywhere from moderately to extremely important, and right around half said they felt that it was important for them to work together with other whites to protect the interests of whites as a group. Those are remarkable findings because what they’re telling us is there is a public etiquette of colorblindness. Whites routinely assert this set of rules when they’re trying to get people of color to stop talking about race.

Post-civil rights era racial colorblindness demands, “Hey, it’s wrong to foreground race. It’s wrong to notice it. It’s wrong to talk about it. It’s wrong to think about yourself and racial identity.” That might be the public rhetoric, but it’s not the reality, because at present somewhere upwards of half of whites are self-consciously thinking of themselves as white.

You are involved in an exciting new project which explores how we can think more strategically about the relationship between race and class in America.   

In this new research we asked a set of questions about race, class and government. We used the answers to sort the American public into three groups. We call them “base,” “persuadables” in the middle and “opposition.”

The “base” are people who basically said, “People of color are beset by structural problems. People are poor for structural reasons. Government has an important role to play.”

People who are the “opposition” took the opposite points of view. They said consistently that people of color are poor because there’s something wrong with them. Poor people are poor because there’s something wrong with them, and government is the problem. Base, we’re looking at about one-quarter of the population, 23 percent. Opposition, you’re looking at 18 percent. Let’s be crystal clear about that 18 percent. We will never get them. Their views are consistently hostile to progressive views on race, on what it means to be poor and the economy and the role of government.

But, that leaves about 60 percent of the people in the middle. This “persuadable” category constitutes three out of five Americans. With such a large group, it includes a lot of people of color. It includes a lot of Democrats. It includes a lot of union members. It also includes some Republicans, and maybe a few Trump voters, It’s a very broad group. When we look at this group, especially on race and the economy, what we found was that they held reactionary views. They would say things such as “Poverty among people of color is explained by a lack of effort.”

At the same time, they also held racially progressive views. They would toggle between the two perspectives. This was tremendously important because I think a lot of us have thought, “Wow! There’s a lot of racism out there, how are we going to overcome that?” Yes, there is a lot of racism out there, but it turns out there’s also a lot of racially progressive views. That creates the possibility of actually connecting with and activating those racially progressive views.

A common criticism of Hillary Clinton in the last campaign was that she talked too much about race and that this type of “identity politics" made her vulnerable to Trump’s right-wing “populist” message about class. How would you respond?

I think Hillary Clinton talked too much race in the wrong way. It was not the amount of time she dedicated to talking about race, but rather the way she talked about it. If we talk about race as white racism against people of color, that’s a frame which has negative effects both for whites and for people of color. What we found is that if we talk about racism that way, then white audiences feel implicated and they’re turned off. This is not at all surprising.

More surprising, we found that when we talked to communities of color and we offered a political analysis which said, “The main problem is politicians who are racists and racist voters who vote for them,” people of color were demobilized by that narrative. That story seemed to invoke 300 years of history. It made things seem insurmountable. People went very quickly from a sense of what’s politically possible to a narrative of what they could control as individuals. Whenever you see people shifting to stories of individual responsibility and what they can control, this reaffirms the right-wing framework that says, “You’re on your own. Take care of yourself. If you fail, it’s your own fault.”

Now let’s try a different frame: “Racism is a weapon of the rich that’s being used against all of us.” In our focus groups  we talked about racism as a weapon of the rich and explained that this is a "divide and distract" tactic that they are using against whites, against blacks, against brown folks, against Native Americans and Asian-Americans and immigrants. This is a weapon of the rich. This allowed whites to see how they are also targeted by the racial manipulation by the rich.

This narrative framework also allowed people of color to say, “We know that we need to fight racism, but now there’s a chance that white people might be in this fight with us too --maybe not with the same stakes, but still in this fight.”

There’s power to creating a sense of cross-racial solidarity, not alone on a moral ground because fighting racism is the right thing to do, but centered more firmly in the idea that fighting racism is the only way that white and black and brown folks are going to be able to thrive in this society. Cross-racial solidarity can defeat racism as a “divide and distract” weapon. It can get the government back on the side of people and have it create economic prosperity and racial justice for all people.

What are some narratives that you would suggest the Democrats use to defeat the Republican Party and Donald Trump?

Our research shows that there is a core narrative which progressives need to adopt.

Part one: Defeat, “divide and distract” as a tactic by insisting on cross-racial solidarity that includes whites and other communities of color.

Part two: Identify cross-racial solidarity as the way to take government back for working people and away from big business and the very rich.

Part three: Through government, build shared prosperity and promote racial justice.

Those are the three steps and it is applicable to many issues. Welfare reform, education, mass incarceration, mass deportation -- whatever policy you want to start with. The basic story is, “You know why we have mass deportation? Because politicians are running around trying to scare white people by saying that people of color are threatening. Well, they’re not. The real agenda is to distract us because we’re not paying attention to the way the rich and plutocrats are picking our collective pockets."

It doesn’t matter what issue you focus on. You can focus on the ones that are highly race-identified, like mass deportation or mass incarceration, public education and welfare. Or you can focus on issues like the environment, Wall Street regulation, and what’s happening in terms of higher education, free college, things that don’t seem directly connected to race. They’re all connected through the way in which government has been demonized.

Let’s reject distraction based on race or based on what we look like or where we come from or the gods we worship or the foods we eat, our gender, our sexual preference. Reject all of those distractions. Come together as working people to take this country back to elect the types of leaders we need -- and through these leaders demand human rights for all and a shared prosperity for all. That’s the basic narrative.

Good government, shared prosperity, human rights and shared prosperity creates a greater possibility of cross-racial solidarity. That is the message the Democrats really need to carry. If you think about 2016, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton both eventually came to the position that we need to do economic justice and racial justice. Unfortunately, neither of them had a story about how they were connected.

We need to start focusing on the way in which the rich are ripping off all the rest of us while trying to distract us with fear-mongering about undocumented immigrants or Muslims. If we can recognize and defeat that ploy then we can come together across racial lines and take this country back.

 


          Here Are 5 Deceptive Republican Candidates Who Have Been Campaigning on Protections for Pre-existing Conditions While Fighting Relentlessly to Take Them Away      Cache   Translate Page      
Make no mistake: Health care protections are on the ballot today.

 

In the 2010 midterms—when President Barack Obama was serving his first term and Republicans retook the House of Representatives with a 63-seat landslide—health care was not a winning issue for Democrats. The GOP had successfully vilified the Affordable Care Act of 2010, a.k.a. Obamacare, and Fox News viewers actually believed the buffoonish Sarah Palin when she claimed that “death panels” for older Americans were a feature of the ACA. But in 2018, millions of Americans realize that the only “death panels” are insurance companies and Republicans, and the ACA has increased in popularity: according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released earlier this year, 54% of Americans now approve of the ACA.

 

Health care has become a winning issue for Democrats, many of whom have been lambasting the GOP relentlessly for its efforts to overturn the ACA and deprive millions of Americans of health insurance—especially if they have pre-existing health conditions, which could be anything from diabetes to asthma to heart disease to back problems. In the 2018 midterms, many Republican candidates have been addressing health care as well, insisting that protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions is a high priority for them. But it’s important to look at what Republican candidates do rather than what they say, and as Obama has been stressing in his recent speeches, many of them are flat-out lying when it comes to health care.

 

Here are five deceitful Republican candidates in key races who been campaigning on protecting Americans’ health coverage while fighting relentlessly to take it away.

 

 

1. Arizona Senate Candidate Martha McSally

 

In the Arizona Senate race, Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema has been attacking her GOP opponent, fellow congresswoman Martha McSally, nonstop over health care—stressing that McSally would gladly throw Americans with pre-existing conditions to the wolves. And McSally has responded by insisting that protecting them is a high priority for her. But McSally showed her true colors when, in late October, she snapped at a reporter and asked, “Can we please talk about the things that matter to most voters, instead of repeating the Arizona Democrat Party press releases? Do you have anything to talk about, like the caravan or job opportunities?” And McSally also showed her true colors when, in 2017, she voted for the GOP’s American Health Care Act, which would have repealed the ACA and allowed insurance companies to charge much higher premiums for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

 

2. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

 

In Wisconsin, Republican Gov. Scott Walker has been running ads insisting that he will protect Americans with pre-existing conditions if reelected. But when Obama was in Milwaukee recently stumping for Walker’s Democratic opponent Tony Evers, he pointed out that Walker has signed on to a GOP lawsuit that seeks to end those protections (Texas v. Azar). Evers has been calling for Walker to drop Wisconsin from the lawsuit—which, of course, he hasn’t done. When Walker insists that he is looking out for cancer patients or diabetics who are worried about keeping their health coverage, he is—as Obama asserted in Milwaukee—flat out lying.

 

3. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz

 

In 2018, incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz has received a surprisingly strong challenge from Democrat Beto O’Rourke in the Texas Senate race—and health care is one of the issues that O’Rourke has been campaigning on aggressively. Cruz has maintained that protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions is a priority for him, but his record says otherwise. Cruz once helped shut down the federal government over his demand that the ACA be reversed, and he happily voted for the American Health Care Act in 2017.

 

4. California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

 

In 2017, incumbent Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher voted for the American Health Care Act. But in 2018, the California congressman has had the audacity to campaign on protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions—and his Democratic challenger, Harley Rouda, has been calling him out. While Rouda has described the ACA as a “great program,” Rohrabacher has called it “disastrous.” In other words, Rohrabacher is much more interested in playing partisan politics than protecting Americans who have had the misfortune of suffering from cancer, heart disease and other illnesses that insurance companies consider pre-existing conditions.

 

5. Florida Gov. and U.S. Senate Candidate Rick Scott

 

Florida’s two-term Republican governor, Rick Scott, is term-limited in the Sunshine State and has been trying to capture Democrat Bill Nelson’s seat in the U.S. Senate. It’s been a tight race, with some polls showing Scott slightly ahead and others showing Nelson slightly ahead—and Scott has been running ads asserting that if he is elected to the U.S. Senate, he will help protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. But Scott’s record shows that he is lying.

 

Scott has repeatedly called for a full repeal of the ACA, and he is among the 20 GOP governors who has signed on to the Texas v. Azar lawsuit. In contrast, Nelson voted for the ACA in 2010. And Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Andrew Gillum, is a strong opponent of Texas v. Azar.

 

 


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          AP survey: Health care, immigration high on voters’ minds      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health care and immigration were high on voters’ minds as they cast ballots in the midterm elections, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate conducted by The Associated Press. AP VoteCast also shows a majority of voters considered President Donald Trump a factor in their votes. A majority of voters […]
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          The 2018 Midterms Matter. Don?t Let Others Determine the Outcome for You      Cache   Translate Page      
On 11.05.18 02:15 PM posted by Kay Coles James Listening to the pundits and prognosticators, you’d think control of Congress has already been decided. But the fight for our nation’s future is far from finished. It’s happening this week when millions will take part in their civic responsibility on Election Day. Regardless of who wins and who loses, there are certain issues the next Congress will be forced to address. The cost of health care is not sustainable for many Americans. Most polls show this is the top issue for voters—and for good reason. Eight years after President Barack Obama signed it into law, the Affordable Care Act has proved to be anything but affordable. It’s time for Congress to enact reforms that help reduce health care costs while increasing coverage choices for everyone. The debate over immigration has once again been pushed into the public square, as a caravan of several thousand people makes its way through Mexico toward the United States. The...
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On 11.04.18 01:41 PM posted by Nina Owcharenko Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has not let up in his push for single-payer health care—and some state legislators are matching his proposal. Earlier this year, Sanders introduced a big and comprehensive “Medicare for All” proposal that would create a government-controlled health care system at the national level. The plan has gained momentum among Senate Democrats, but has also slammed into a fiscal reality check. Three independent estimates from a diverse range of health care economists and policy analysts have highlighted the enormous additional cost of Sanders’ proposal. The liberal Urban Institute estimated that the 10-year costs would amount to a stunning $32 trillion (https://www.urban.org/research/publication/sanders-single-payer-health-care-plan-effect-national-health-expenditures-and-federal-and-private-spending), while the conservative Mercatus Center at George Mason University put the cost at $32.6 trillion...
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          Pulmonary Drug Delivery Market Size to Witness a CAGR Growth of 3.0% Through 2026      Cache   Translate Page      

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- Global Pulmonary Drug Delivery Devices Market - Snapshot

Pulmonary drug delivery devices are devices that hold medicine, which is taken by inhaling (breathing). These devices can provide the drug/ medicine in the form of mist or powder, which is effective to treat pulmonary indications such as asthma, COPD, and cystic fibrosis.

The global pulmonary drug delivery devices market was valued at approximately US$ 35,000 Mn in 2017. It is anticipated to reach a value of nearly US$ 46,000 Mn by 2026, expanding at a CAGR of about 3.0% from 2018 to 2026. Increase in prevalence and incidence of respiratory diseases, increasing population of smokers, rise in prescription of combination therapies, digitalization of respiratory inhaler devices, increase in geriatric population, high unmet needs, high R&D in asthma and COPD treatment, and rise in number of awareness programs are likely to drive the global pulmonary drug delivery devices market during the forecast period.

However, patent expiry of blockbuster brands, regulatory hurdles, low cost generic competition, and lack of skilled professionals are anticipated to restrain the global pulmonary drug delivery devices market in the near future. However, emerging economies such as India, China, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, and South Africa offer immense opportunities to the pulmonary drug market. Major reasons include large number of underserved patients, rise in proportion of urban population, and insurance policies. Moreover, governments of countries mentioned above have taken initiatives to educate the people regarding awareness about pulmonary (respiratory) diseases such as asthma, PAH, COPD, and management of the diseases.

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The global pulmonary drug delivery devices market has witnessed various technological advancements. Examples of recent developments in the field are introduction of QVAR RediHaler inhalation aerosol in the U.S. for treatment of asthma in patients who are 4 years older or above by Teva Pharmaceuticals, in February 2018, and introduction of inhalation powder (AirDuo RespiClick) and its generic product for the treatment of asthma patients (older than 12 years) by Teva Pharmaceuticals, in April 2017. Apart from Teva, Roche launched Xolair for treatment of asthma for children in the U.S, in August 2017. This has helped the company improve its overall work efficiency.

The global pulmonary drug delivery devices market has been segmented in terms of product, distribution channel, application, and region. In terms of product, the global pulmonary drug delivery devices market has been classified into dry powder inhalers, metered dose inhalers, and nebulizers. Furthermore, the dry powder inhalers segment has been sub-segmented into single dose inhalers and multi-dose inhalers, while the metered dose inhalers segment has been split into manually-actuated pressurized inhaler and breath-actuated pressurized inhaler.

Additionally, the nebulizers segment has been further sub-segmented into jet nebulizers, ultrasonic wave nebulizers, and vibrating mesh nebulizers. The dry powder inhaler segment is likely to maintain its dominance of the market during the forecast period due to uniform distribution of the drug, small dose variation, good flow ability, adequate physical stability in the device before usage, and good performance in terms of emitted dose and fine particle fraction.

In terms of application, the global pulmonary drug delivery devices market has been segregated into asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, and others. However, the robust pipeline for asthma and COPD drugs by key players is expected to boost the asthma segment during the forecast period.

In terms of distribution channel, the global pulmonary drug delivery devices market has been bifurcated into retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, and e-commerce. Increasing home health care services and patients who are unable to visit hospitals regularly are likely to drive the retail pharmacies segment in the near future.

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North America and Europe are anticipated to be dominant markets for pulmonary drug delivery devices. High prevalence of diseases and well-established health care infrastructure that enables proper diagnosis of diseases such as cystic fibrosis and COPD contribute to the high market share held by these regions.

Prevalence of diseases such as cystic fibrosis, which is particularly common among Caucasians of Northern European descent and among Hispanics and American Indians, propels the pulmonary drug delivery devices market Europe. Asia Pacific is expected to be the highly attractive market, particularly for generics as compared to branded pulmonary drugs and delivery devices. Unmet medical needs and inadequate health care facilities in rural areas and high percent of low and middle income groups restrain the market in Asia Pacific

Key companies operating in the global pulmonary drug delivery devices market and profiled in the report include GlaxoSmithKline plc, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, AstraZeneca plc, Koninklijke Philips N.V., 3M Healthcare, Omron Corporation, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Novartis AG, Merck & Co., Inc., Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., MannKind Corporation, Mylan N.V., Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., PARI GmbH, and Nypro Healthcare Inc. (Jabil Circuit Inc.)

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          Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors Market Size to Expand Lucratively During the Forecast Period      Cache   Translate Page      

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors Market - Snapshot

The global tyrosine kinase inhibitors market is expanding owing to high prevalence and increase in incidence of cancer across the globe. The global tyrosine kinase inhibitors market was valued at more than US$ 18.0 Bn in 2017 and is projected to surpass US$ 19.0 Bn by 2026, expanding at a negative compound annual growth rate (CAGR) during the forecast period. The global market is witnessing expansion at a relatively higher growth rate owing to increasing expenditure on health care and high prevalence and increase in incidence of cancer across the globe.

Cancer is the unregulated growth of body cells due to genetic mutations in its differentiation regulatory genes. Tyrosine kinases are enzymes that signal the cell differentiation cycle, mutation in their expression genes leads to their over expression, which results in uncontrolled proliferation of cells to form tumors. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors are small molecules that bind to the receptor site of the kinase enzyme available at cell surface. This binding blocks the phosphorylation by blocking adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP) biding to the receptor. Based on type of kinase receptors being targeted, tyrosine kinase inhibitors can be classified into BCR-ABL TKIs, EGFR TKIs, VEGFR TKIs, Janus Kinase Inhibitors, BTK inhibitors.

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Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) aid patients suffering from different cancer diseases. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors were accepted largely due to specificity and efficacy and the benefits these offer over chemotherapy and radiotherapy. High prevalence and incidence rates of cancer diseases such as chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), lung cancer, breast cancer, and renal cell cancer, and expanding indications of existing and pipeline on TKIs have expanded the indication areas of existing and pipeline on tyrosine kinase inhibitors in order to address various unmet needs and extend the product lifecycle.

These factors, collectively, are projected to drive the global tyrosine kinase inhibitors market in the near future. Furthermore, rise in awareness about cancer diagnosis and treatment and surge in adoption in underdeveloped and developing markets are key factors that are estimated to fuel the tyrosine kinase inhibitors market in the near future.

The global tyrosine kinase inhibitors market has been broadly segmented based on product, application, distribution channel, and region. In terms of product, the global market has been classified into BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase inhibitor, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors, and other tyrosine kinase inhibitors. BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase inhibitors were one of the first approved TKIs for cancer treatment. Their wide acceptance and indications have contributed to their significant share in the global market.

VEGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors are projected to be a highly promising class of TKIs. Several companies have developed their VEGFR TKIs drugs with features of multi kinase receptor inhibition. These factors are likely to augment the segment by the end of 2026. In terms of application, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the world. TKIs such as EGFR, ALK, and HGFR have been in use for treating lung cancers. Increase in incidence of lung cancer is likely to propel the segment.

In terms of distribution channel, the global tyrosine kinase inhibitors market has been segregated into hospital pharmacies, independent pharmacies, and online pharmacies. The hospital pharmacies segment is projected to account for a prominent share of the market. International and regional pharmacy service providers are expanding their operations across the regions, this is attributed to strong infrastructure network for distribution, thereby contributing to the dominant share held by the independent pharmacies segment of the global tyrosine kinase inhibitors market.

Consolidation among independent pharmacies and their expanding operations across regions are likely to propel the independent pharmacies segment in the global market. Increase in adoption of e-commerce and convenience offered by online pharmacies are expected to drive the adoption of online pharmacies in developed markets.

In terms of region, the global tyrosine kinase inhibitors market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America dominated the global market; however, it is projected to gain market share by the end of 2026. The market in North America is primarily driven by the high cost of TKIs and high health care expenditure, which have contributed to the leading share held by North America. Furthermore, demand for advanced treatment options such as targeted therapies has contributed to the leading share held by the region.

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Recent patent expiry of several blockbuster TKIs has negatively impacted the market in North America. However, the introduction of new TKIs, such as JAK TKIs, multi-targeted TKIs, ALT TKIs, and others has compensated for the impact, which is projected to fuel the TKIs market in North America during the forecast period. The tyrosine kinase inhibitors market in Asia Pacific is projected to expand at a rapid pace during the forecast period. Rest of Asia Pacific countries dominated the tyrosine kinase inhibitors market in Asia Pacific, while the market in China and India is estimated to expand at a significant CAGR during the forecast period.

Companies such as Novartis AG, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Pfizer Inc., and Johnson & Johnson accounted for a major share of the global tyrosine kinase inhibitors market in 2017. In May 2018, Pfizer's XALKORI (crizotinib) received FDA breakthrough therapy designation in two new indications. This is expected to increase the company's therapy segment research in the near future. Other global players operating in the market include AstraZeneca Plc, Bayer AG, Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., , Eisai Co., Ltd., and Eurofarma Laboratorios S/A, who are focused on strategic acquisitions and collaborations with parallel companies in order to improve and strengthen their geographic presence in the international market.

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          3D Printing Ceramics Market Global Market Opportunity Assessment Study: 2026      Cache   Translate Page      

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- Ceramic used for 3D printing can withstand temperature up to 1700° Celsius or 3092° Fahrenheit. 3D printing ceramics possess superior qualities compared to the standard 3D printing. 3D printing ceramics offers a wide variety of colors such as turquoise and subtle shades of anise green and oyster blue. 3D printing ceramics can be used to print tableware and home decor to serve food or beverages.

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Global 3D Printing Ceramics Market: Overview

Based on type, the global 3D printing ceramics market can be segmented into glass, fused silica, quartz, and others. Fused silica and quartz segments are expected to account for major share of the market during the forecast period. In terms of form, the 3D printing ceramics market can be classified into filament, liquid, and powder. Powder is estimated to be a dominant segment of the market in the near future. The powder segment has been expanding due to the rise in demand for laser sintering technology in commercial applications. Liquid 3D printing ceramics in the form of pastes and gels are employed in the production of several products through stereo lithography techniques, which are widely utilized in prototyping applications. In terms of end-user, the 3D printing ceramics market can be divided into aerospace & defense, health care, automotive, consumer goods & electronics, manufacturing & construction, and others. The aerospace & defense segment held prominent share of the 3D printing ceramics market in 2017 primarily owing to the latest technological advancements and invention of new materials for prototyping as well as production in the aerospace & defense sector. Ceramics are used in several medical products in the health care sector such as dentures, surgical equipment, prosthetics & implants, and tissue engineering products. This is boosting the 3D printing ceramics market. Increase in demand for high-quality 3D printing ceramics certified by various governing bodies for medical applications is further driving the 3D printing ceramics market.

Global 3D Printing Ceramics Market: Trends & Developments

Increase in demand for product modification and development, and rise in demand for 3D printing in the dental industry ate major drivers of the 3D printing ceramics market. Lesser developments in ceramics in comparison to metals and plastics with low application base, high cost of 3D printing ceramics due to low consumption volume, and poor acceptance rate of new technologies in emerging economies are factors restraining the 3D printing ceramics market. Increase in R&D investments by various end-use industries to sustain in the market is creating opportunities for the 3D printing ceramics market.

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Global 3D Printing Ceramics Market: Regional Outlook

Based on region, the global 3D printing ceramics market can be split into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America is expected to lead the global 3D printing ceramics market during the forecast period, led by the increase in usage of ceramics in varied end-use industries in the region. The 3D printing ceramics market in Asia Pacific is expected to expand at a rapid pace primarily due to the increase in production activities in automotive and consumer goods & electronics sectors.

Global 3D Printing Ceramics Market: Key Players

Key players operating in the global 3D printing ceramics market include 3D Systems, Inc., Stratasys Ltd., EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems, CRP Group, Materialise, ExOne, Renishaw plc., Lithoz, and Tethon3D.

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          Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling Market Will Reflect Significant Growth Prospects During 2018-2026      Cache   Translate Page      

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- Data centers have become pivotal in nearly all businesses and industries due to continuously developing technological environment. A data center can be defined as a facility comprising a network of computers and storage devices that stores, organizes, processes, and disseminates data used by various businesses and other organization for everyday operations. Data center centralizes the company's IT infrastructure and operational requirements, thereby becoming a crucial asset for every company's day-to-day operations. However, these data centers face an imminent threat of heating of equipment and other components; therefore, cooling in data centers plays an important role. Liquid immersion cooling is one such technology which is gaining popularity for cooling purposes in data centers.

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Data center liquid immersion cooling involves immersing of IT hardware such as memory, drives, and CPUs directly into non-conductive dielectric liquids which act as coolants for cooling the system. Heat generated from these systems is directly, effectively, and efficiently transferred to coolants, thereby reducing the need for active cooling components such as heat sinks, fans, and interface materials which are commonly used for air cooling. Liquid immersion cooling is more effective and efficient than traditional air or water cooling, as liquid immersion cooling has high heat transfer, which reduces the chip's temperature rise above the coolant temperature.

Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling Market: Key Segments

Based on coolant type, the data center liquid immersion cooling market can be segmented into synthetic coolants, natural ester coolants, hydrocarbon coolants, and fluorinated coolants. The choice of coolant depends upon several factors such as non-conductivity, flammability, thermal density, worker's health and safety, environmental impact, and cost.

In terms of cooling method, the data center liquid immersion cooling market can be bifurcated into direct cooling and indirect cooling. In the direct cooling technology, server components are in direct contact with coolant liquid. The direct cooling segment can be further segregated into single-phase and two-phase closed or semi-open immersion liquid cooling. In indirect cooling, the coolant does not come in contact with the equipment; therefore, this method is less efficient as compared to direct cooling.

Based on application, the data center liquid immersion cooling market can be classified into small & medium-sized data centers, enterprise data centers, and large data centers. The enterprise data centers segment is likely to hold a significant share of the global data center liquid immersion cooling market due to high efficiency and cost-effectiveness of this technology. In terms of end-user industry, the data center liquid immersion cooling market can be divided into banking & finance, IT & telecom, health care, academics, government, energy, and others.

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Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling Market: Regional Outlook

In terms of region, the global data center liquid immersion cooling market can be segregated into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America is estimated to dominate the global data center liquid immersion cooling market during the forecast period owing to the presence of a large number of data centers in the region along with the rise in popularity of this technology, especially in the U.S. However, the global data center liquid immersion cooling market in Asia Pacific is likely to expand at a considerable growth rate during the forecast period, primarily due to the ongoing technological developments in the region and increase in the number of data centers in the region, especially in China and India. Companies in these countries are investing in IT infrastructure setups and data centers to maintain their competitive edge.

Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling Market: Key Players

Key players operating in the global data center liquid immersion cooling market include Green Revolution Cooling, Inc, FUJITSU, Submer Technologies, QCooling, Engineered Fluids, Midas Green Technologies, LLC, Allied-Control, LiquidCool Solutions, CoolIT Systems, and 3M.

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          Microscope Accessories Market to Witness Exponential Growth by 2025      Cache   Translate Page      

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- Microscope is an instrument used to visualize objects which cannot be seen through the naked eye. The science of investigating such small objects using microscope is known as microscopy. Optical microscope is one of the common types of microscope. Other microscopes include fluorescence microscope, electron microscopes, and scanning probe microscopes and its types.

A typical microscope includes accessories such as eye piece, objective lenses, condenser lenses, diaphragms, and nosepiece. Advanced microscopy includes an image analysis software, which analyses the image and presents it on a screen. Microscopy is used primarily in research applications such as to study cell biology, pathology, nanotechnology, understand the pathogenesis of disease, and virology.

The global microscope accessories market is expected to grow at a moderate rate during the forecast period. Surge in biopharmaceutical funding for manufacturing and development of drugs, high research activities in the fields of cell biology and electron microscopy, and development of various antiviral products are the major factors expected to drive the global microscope accessories market.

Furthermore, growing popularity of nanotechnology, technologically advanced products such as digital image processing which leads to high resolution and defined imaging, spur in adoption of microscopes etc. are factors attributed to drive the global market. High cost of the equipment, lack of knowledge, and ignorance regarding microscope accessories in some regions are factors likely to restrain the global market.

The global microscope accessories market can be segmented based on type, instrument, end-user, and region. In terms of type, the global market can be categorized into objectives and nosepieces, microscope condensers, microscope cameras, image analysis software, and others. Based on instrument, the global microscope accessories market can be divided into optical, scanning probe, electron, and others. The electron microscope segment is anticipated to hold a significant share of the global market owing to high adoption in research because of better image resolution.

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In terms of end-user, the global market can be classified into health care & pharmaceutical, academic & research institutes, and others. The health care & pharmaceutical industry segment is expected to hold a significant share of the global market during the forecast period due to increase in pharmaceutical industries and growing research in nanotechnology, virology, and other sectors.

Geographically, the global microscope accessories market can be segmented into North America, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, Europe, and Asia Pacific. North America dominates the global microscope accessories market in terms of revenue. Europe is anticipated to hold a significant share of the global market. Advanced technology, presence of large number of prominent players, high research activities, and surge in manufacturing of cell based products such as vaccines propel the microscope accessories market in the region.

Asia Pacific is anticipated to register the fastest growth due to rise in health care expenditure, increase in government initiatives and funding for research in academics, surge in adoption of microscopes in the health care industry, and increase in investments by market players in the emerging economies.

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Key players operating in the global microscope accessories market have adopted various strategies such as cost effectiveness and efficiency, and geographical expansion. Major players operating in the global microscope accessories market are Bruker, Carl Zeiss AG, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., PerkinElmer Inc., Leica Microsystems, and Thomas Scientific, among others.

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          Toxoid Vaccines Market to Witness Steady Expansion During 2017-2025      Cache   Translate Page      

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- When the immune system is attacked by bacteria-generated toxins, the patient may suffer from severe, harmful reactions. For example, tetanus is a serious bacterial infection that attacks the human nervous system and makes the muscles tightened. Other symptoms may include fever, sweating, and headache. In order to inactivate these toxins in the human and animal bodies, toxoid vaccines are used. A toxoid vaccine is basically made of formalin (solution of formaldehyde and sterilized water). It is adsorbed onto calcium and aluminum salts to improve the immune response.

Toxoid vaccines are safe to use and less vulnerable to changes in the atmosphere. Currently, toxoid vaccines are manufactured by culturing the highly toxigenic strain of Clostridium tetani. It is followed by ultrafiltration. Components of toxoid vaccines include antigens, stabilizers, adjuvants, antibiotics, and preservatives. Most toxoid vaccines are administered through the parenteral (intramuscular) route.

The global toxoid vaccines market is driven by several factors such as rising prevalence of tetanus and diphtheria (Bibersteinia trehalosi infection, Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infection, enterotoxemia, pox, etc. in animals); increasing awareness about the severity of tetanus; high rate of diagnosis and treatment of tetanus and diphtheria and recommended number of doses of toxoid vaccines In the next few years, the toxoid vaccines market is likely to face challenges such as pain at the site of injection, side-effects, high prices of vaccines, weak supply chain network in developing countries, and stringent regulatory policies.

On the other hand, new treatment options, government initiatives to implement vaccination programs in developing countries, investments in the development of toxoid vaccines, and technological breakthroughs are anticipated to open new avenues for growth of the market in the near future.

Based on vaccine type, the global toxoid vaccines market has been categorized into tetanus vaccines, diphtheria vaccines, pertussis vaccines, and others (botulism). Currently, toxoid vaccines are used in humans as well as animals to counter the bacterial toxins. Hence, in terms of application, the global toxoid vaccines market can be segmented into human vaccines and veterinary vaccines. The veterinary vaccines segment has been sub-classified into companion animals and livestock animals. Based on end-user, the global toxoid vaccines market has been categorized into hospitals, independent clinics, households, and others (including government camps and health centers).

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Geographically, the global toxoid vaccines market has been classified into five regions such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the number of reported tetanus cases worldwide declined by more than 95% between 1974 and 2014 and the current incidence rate is around 0.1 per 1 million people per year.

The European Center for Disease Prevention & Control reported 117 cases of tetanus in human population in Europe in 2017, of which Italy accounted for 41% of cases. The average notification rate was 0.3 cases per 1 million human population in Europe in 2015. In the Asia Pacific region, neonatal and maternal tetanus is considered one of the major health concerns by health care practitioners. In the Asia Pacific region, the number of deaths have been going down since last five years.

According to a study published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2017, the number of neonatal tetanus cases declined significantly from 80,000 in 1980 to 500 in 2013. The same trend is also observed in China and countries in South Asia including Pakistan in 2016, owing to the rise in awareness about hygiene and increase in vaccinations. North America and Europe are estimated to hold a significant market share of the global toxoid vaccines market during the forecast period.

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Prominent players that have commercialized toxoid vaccines for human application are MassBiologics, Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKliene Biologics, Grifols, Panacea Biotec, Halfkin Bio-Pharmaceuticals Corporation Ltd., Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Serum Institute of India, Bharat Pharmaceuticals, and Henry Schein Medical. On the other hand, Colorado Serum Company, Zoetis, and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp have commercialized toxoid vaccines for veterinary application across the world.

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          Friends and strangers gang up to get germ-infested New Yorkers to CityMD      Cache   Translate Page      

If a bunch of friends and family, and a few near-strangers, made a video that they were all concerned about your health, would you finally head to the doctor? That kind of peer pressure is behind a campaign for CityMD, the New York metro area’s largest urgent care provider.

Inspired by statistics showing that a majority of millennials aren’t going to the doctor, but rather, are walking around sick trying to self-diagnose, CityMD has launched ‘You Need Some CityMD.’ The campaign, created by indie agency Terri & Sandy, features pleas to sick individuals from their family, friends, and loved ones to go to CityMD so they can feel better and stop spreading whatever it is they have. The campaign touts CityMD as the antidote to the broken medical system, offering fast access to high-quality medical professionals, fast referrals to excellent specialists, and kinder treatment along the way. 

The campaign kicks off during the heart of flu season with a spot called ‘People Who Know Meredith Carlson.’ It showcases the unseen woman’s extended family and friends, complete with her roommate, ride-share driver, and last online date, urging her to go CityMD to care for her deep cough, which they fear could be contagious.

The pleas continue in a series of 15-second spots running on TV, social, and paid digital video.

In addition, a series of transit posters will hit NYC subways and the Long Island Railroad — two breeding grounds for germs — on December 1, showcasing pleas, in the form of bold, graphic letters, to a multitude of sick or injured individuals, directing them to the nearest CityMD to tend to their ailments. Consumers are also invited to submit their own sick-person pleas via the brand’s Twitter account.

A recent Morning Consult study showed that over 56% of Americans feel the health care system does not work for them. In addition, nine out of 10 millennials are avoiding going to the doctor because they think it’s easier to self-diagnose and treat rather than wait to gain access to a doctor, according to a study from Zocdoc.

“At CityMD, we believe that everyone should have access to quality, convenient medical care," said Julie Kang, the company's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "CityMD works for the patient to serve them kinder, faster, and with the most affordable options that meet the changing needs of today's busy consumers.

Sandy Greenberg, cofounder and co-chief executive of Terri & Sandy, added: “We decided to put a humorous twist on a serious situation. People aren’t getting the medical attention they need because the system is broken. And that’s affecting not just sick individuals but everyone who cares about them.” 

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          Great apps are made from customer point!       Cache   Translate Page      

Mobile applications became everything these days. If you use a smartphone you will come to know the value of a mobile app. Mobile apps are there for almost every necessity you need from groceries to health care. Many people are coming with new ideas to develop a mobile app and everyone should know that the best mobile app development comes from the customer point of view but not the businessman point of view. Of course, every mobile app developers work for the requirements of their clients but Read More..
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Health care and immigration were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots in the midterm elections, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate conducted by The Associated Press.
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          Childhood obesity linked to poor school performance and coping skills       Cache   Translate Page      
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IMAGE: These are demographics based on Body Mass Index (BMI) for US children aged 10-17 years: National Survey of Children's Health, 2016 (N=22,914). view more 
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A new study suggests that childhood obesity, now at epidemic levels in the United States, may affect school performance and coping skills for challenging situations. The study abstract, "Childhood Flourishing is Negatively Associated with Obesity," will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 3, during the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2018 National Conference & Exhibition.
Researchers analyzed responses from 22,914 parents and caregivers of children aged 10-17 years who participated in the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health. The goal was to determine the
independent association between body mass index (BMI) and five markers of "flourishing," or overall well-being as it relates to the development of positive psychosocial and coping skills.

"Childhood obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges we face today," said Natasha Gill, MD, FAAP, a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Hasbro Children's Hospital. "We know that children with obesity are at a greater risk for long-term health conditions that can last into adulthood, and we wanted to see whether obesity affects a child's immediate well-being as it relates to development of psychosocial skills and other signs of flourishing."

Adjusting for several confounding variables, including gender, child depression status, average sleep hours per night, average digital media exposure per day, highest parental education level, and household poverty status, Dr. Gill and her colleagues analyzed parents' responses to questions about whether their child:
  • "Shows interest and curiosity in learning new things"
  • "Works to finish tasks he or she starts"
  • "Stays calm and in control when faced with a challenge"
  • "Cares about doing well in school"
  • "Does all required homework"
Researchers found that only 27.5 percent of children with obesity, defined as a BMI at or above the 95th percentile for children and teens of the same age and sex, were reported to have all five flourishing markers. This compares with 36.5 percent of those in the overweight range, with BMI at or above the 85th percentile, and 39 percent of children with normal BMI.

"The negative relationship between obesity and flourishing markers suggests that when compared to children with a normal BMI, obese youth may be less likely to develop healthy relationships, positive attitudes, a sense of purpose and responsibility, and interest in learning," Dr. Gill said. "Individual markers of flourishing have been shown to stay the same over time like a person's personality," she said, "so it may be important to monitor these markers in childhood to ensure optimal development into adulthood."

"We want all children to reach their maximum potential," she said. "If we can intervene early enough, we can promote positive physical, mental, and social development for these at-risk children and help them become responsible, hard-working members of society." She said her study's findings support the need for focused and coordinated efforts and resources from schools and health care providers that target obesity to improve overall well-being.
 
 

          The Democratic Party doesn’t deserve your vote      Cache   Translate Page      

The record of the Democrats proves that voting for the “lesser evil” doesn’t stop evil.

NO ONE reading this article needed one, but the last weeks were a reminder anyway: that there is no low point of hate and fearmongering that Donald Trump can’t sink below.

Trump and his “brain” trust decided that the Republicans’ best bet for the midterm elections would be to slander a caravan of refugees from violence and oppression in Central America — and to send who knows how many U.S. soldiers to the border to meet this grave threat.

They succeeded in whipping up their right-wing base. But they also sharpened the outrage and anger of millions of people who already oppose Trump — and who will vote in today’s elections with a sense of alarm about stopping the fanatic in the White House.

In almost every case, those millions who want to vote against Trump will have no real choice but to vote for the Democratic Party, which has also been determined — but not about stopping Trump’s crimes.

During the same weeks when Trump piled one anti-immigrant atrocity on top of another, the leaders of the “party of the people” were determined not to say anything about it.

The Democratic Party doesn't deserve your vote

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had the same infuriating message of evasion last weekend that she’s repeated for months. Rather than let voters “think the Democrats are all about impeachment, investigation, caravans, ‘scaravans,’” Pelosi recommended: “Don’t take the bait, just stick with health care, good-paying jobs and clean government.”

The Democrats are likely to make gains at all levels of government in today’s elections, probably enough to win a majority in the House, if not in the Senate. It will be a pleasure to watch some of the most monstrous Republicans go down to defeat.

If the Democrats win big, it will be because millions of people use this election to register their opposition to Trump, the Republican Party and the right wing agenda.

It won’t, however, be because the Democratic Party is providing an alternative to the Trumpian status quo, much less a lead to the popular resistance that has confronted the Trump administration from its first day in office.

This election has been a departure in one respect: The media spotlight has fallen on a number of left-wing candidates running as Democrats in this election, including members of the Democratic Socialists of America. The left needs to absorb the lessons of this development.

But we do know that those candidates won’t be calling the shots come January. As an institution, and under the leadership of those who will call the shots, the Democrats aren’t committed to the kind of change that most of their voters would like to see.

Whatever they say — or don’t say — on the campaign trail, the Democrats’ dismal record in office shows that they will disappoint their liberal base with compromises and capitulations to the Republicans.

Unless, that is, both Democrats and Republicans face pressure from outside the two-party system.

This is the key to building an actual resistance to Trump and the Republicans: Not voting for Democrats in the hope that they will change anything for us, but relying on the strength of our co-workers, our fellow students and our community to educate, agitate and organize struggles that put forward a left-wing alternative.


THE MISERY of living under Trump has produced some of the largest protests in U.S. history, starting with the Women’s March on the day after his inauguration.

These demonstrations have been an ongoing reminder of both the rejection of Trump and his politics by a majority of people in the country and the desire of millions of people to start doing something about it.

Democratic Party leaders have a use for the first part — but not so much for the second.

Thus, throughout the upsurge of anger over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, Democrats expressed their opposition — most of them, anyway — while trying to channel people’s outrage toward the voting booth and warning that protests could go too far and “alienate” potential supporters.

The unions and large liberal organizations, including organizers of the Women’s Marches, didn’t make the call to mobilize another massive show of anti-Trump strength, so the protests against Kavanaugh that did take place were angry and powerful, but scattered.

The dynamic is even more telling when it comes to immigrant rights.

The most recent of the truly massive anti-Trump demonstrations was the Families Belong Together mobilizations in late June that brought out hundreds of thousands of people for protests and marches in 750 cities and every state to vent their anger at the administration’s cruel family separation policy.

But this fall, the Democrats were mostly silent on the issue. They were advised — by the progressive think tank, the Center for American Progress, among others — to “spend as little time as possible” talking about immigration during election season, so as not to emphasize an issue where it’s taken for granted that the Republicans have an advantage.

Actually, the mass protests and even more massive public revulsion at Trump’s policies showed the potential for putting Republicans on the defensive — and on an issue they depend on to rev up their right-wing base.

But the Democrats followed the same election-year strategy they always do: chase every last “swing voter” in the political middle of the road, and that means avoiding anything controversial.


THE PROBLEM goes beyond timid campaign tactics. The Democrats’ strategy is the logical outcome for a party that says it stands for immigrant justice to satisfy its more liberal base at election time, but that stands in practice for a status quo where implementing justice would be a social and political threat.

It is no coincidence that the Democratic Party’s actual agenda on immigration issues mirrors that of Corporate America: support for a system that allows immigration to supplement the U.S. workforce at various levels, but that disciplines that workforce by keeping most immigrants in a second-class status.

Thus, the hopes in 2008 that Barack Obama would pass real immigration reform during his first months in office were fated to be dashed.

Not only did Obama fail to achieve any initiative, even a compromised one, to legalize the status of any undocumented workers, but he followed through on Corporate America’s other priority of using enforcement to maintain control over workers — and deportations went up, not down.

This experience illustrates the problems with voting for the Democrats as the lesser of two evils. On immigration, the “lesser evil” candidate in 2008 ended up presiding over more actual evil than his “greater evil” predecessor, George W. Bush.

In the era of Trump, it usually isn’t hard to figure out who the greater evil is in any one election. But as the American socialist Hal Draper wrote, the problem isn’t the answer, but the question itself — because it accepts the limits of the two-party system and distorts the political outlook of people who need to be a part of changing the world.

Let’s go back to Obama and the issue of immigration. In 2008, the immigrant rights movement was only two years away from an amazing high point that really did achieve a victory. The mega-marches and “day without an immigrant” strikes of 2006 stopped reactionary Republican legislation that would have criminalized all of the undocumented in the U.S.

But under Obama, the same liberal forces that helped organize the 2006 upsurge were far quieter, hoping that they could work with their supposed ally in the White House. Calls to protest Obama’s lack of action were met with warnings that being too radical would hand the Republicans an issue to hammer the Democrats with.

And so Barack Obama became the deporter-in-chief without facing mass opposition on the scale of 2006 — and the promise of any reform, even with the twisted compromises that the Democrats insisted on, went unfulfilled.

Malcolm X once said that “you put the Democrats first and the Democrats put you last.” When Nancy Pelosi and the leaders of the Democratic Party know they can count on the party’s liberal base to vote for their candidates, no matter what, they can move in the direction that inevitably feels more comfortable: to the right.


THOUGH YOU’D never know it to listen to Pelosi, there are more Democratic candidates this year who progressives might want to vote for, rather than only voting against the Republicans.

The anti-Trump upsurge of the past two years has helped the Democrats field a more diverse group of candidates than ever before, and more Democrats are willing to say they stand for progressive proposals like Medicare for All.

This is also the result of a surge of candidates who, following the lead of Sen. Bernie Sanders, explicitly identify themselves as democratic socialists. Their successes are a direct result of the hard organizing work of members of DSA and other left forces, and those successes have, in turn, raised the prominence of DSA and socialism in general.

Among DSA members in particular, there is sharp opposition to the neoliberal, pro-corporate program championed by the likes of Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Though many DSAers will likely choose to vote for establishment-sanctioned Democrats in 2018 and 2020, others will make the principled decision to refuse to support those Democratic candidates who don’t support them.

This is an important development for anyone who looks forward, as we do at SW, to the establishment of a left-wing political force independent of the two-party system.

But our analysis would be inadequate if we didn’t point out the dangers for socialists trying to build their forces within a capitalist party that is hostile to their aims. The very success of left-wing candidates within the party makes it harder to resist the pressure that draws them further in.

Thus, DSA member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won a primary election upset for a seat in Congress from New York City over powerful party boss Joe Crowley. Her victory was a blow to the party leadership — but her new prominence led to requests, to which she agreed, to endorse and campaign for Democrats who are well to her right.

Historically, the Democrats have been willing to tolerate a left within the party and a certain amount of criticism as a price worth paying for having well-known figures who can build enthusiasm among the party’s liberal base.

The great danger for the left has been to be drawn in — and to, as a consequence, tailor and limit its message and strategy based on the needs of the Democrats, rather than the Democrats changing the party’s aims and actions in any significant way.

Socialist Worker has maintained since its founding that we look forward to the creation of an independent left alternative to the two-party system, and we put this into practice in every election by supporting only independent left-wing candidates. We say that the Democratic Party doesn’t deserve your votes — and you shouldn’t give it something it doesn’t deserve.

There are only a few such independent left candidates around the country in 2018 offering an opportunity to cast a protest vote against the limitations of the two-party system.

More numerous are the very important referendums where socialists should take a stand: Issue 1 (drug law reform) in Ohio; Question 1 (safe staffing) and Question 3 (transgender rights) in Massachusetts; and Proposition 10 (rent control) and Proposition 11 (paramedics’ rights on the job) in California, to name a few that SW has written about recently.

Ultimately, organizing a socialist resistance in the Trump era depends much more on the struggles of every day other than Election Day. That was our task every day leading up to November 6 — and every day after, when we look forward to uniting to fight the Trumpian right, as well as its Democratic Party enablers.


          A united fight against Cal      Cache   Translate Page      

Frank Jones reports on a three-day strike in October by University of California workers, who are winning increasing support from UC students.

“They want service workers to be even lower, allthough it’s already the lowest level of employment. But we are the most important workers in the university. If there’s nobody cleaning the surgery rooms, patients are at risk. If we don’t cook meals, students cannot live here nor can they have classes. We maintain the medical centers, the therapy places, we are the spine (the center pillar) of this university. We demand respect.”
— Maricruz Manzanarez, UC Berkeley lead custodian and AFSCME 3299

SOME 24,000 members of AFSCME Local 3299 and 11,000 workers represented by University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE) Local 9119 launched a second three-day strike against the University of California (UC) system last month, following a similar job action in May.

As a show of solidarity, many graduate student workers in UAW Local 2865 canceled or moved classes off-campus. Some UC librarians and members of the University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT), who held their own protest a week earlier, also refused to cross pickets.

The strike started at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23. At UC Berkeley (UCB), 200 pickets gathered at the corner of Bancroft and Telegraph. AFSCME and UPTE picketers and supporters marched through the student gym and rec center, the Tang health center and on to a dining hall where excited picketers turned back two scab food deliveries.

University of California staff strike against outsourcing and exploitation
University of California staff strike against outsourcing and exploitation (AFSCME 3299 | Facebook)

Student solidarity pickets went up at Sather Gate. On Wednesday, 150 UPTE workers kept the Bancroft and Telegraph university picket going while most workers attended an inspiring 1,000-person rally at the UC San Francisco (UCSF) picket line, where they were joined by striking Marriott hotel workers. Jovanka Beckles, a DSA-endorsed candidate running as a Democrat for California State Assembly, visited the picket line Thursday.

Local 3299 is demanding annual cost of living increases of 5.5 percent to deal with California’s rapidly rising cost of living, as well as a freeze on health care premiums and copays. UC is only offering 2 percent raises and no limits on premium increases and co-pays.

The union is also looking to stop the contracting out of union jobs, to guarantee overtime pay for daily overtime work, and to limit parking cost increases to under 2 percent, while the university wants to remove combined severance and recall rights for laid-off employees, pay overtime only when workers exceed 40 hours in a week, and retain the right to jack up parking costs.

“There is more than enough money in California that can pay for their contract and improve education,” said Wendell, a lead janitor at UC Berkeley. “It’s ridiculous that the chancellors and regents make more than several workers’ salaries combined.”

Manzanarez made the case for why the strike was necessary:

Now we don’t have a contract and the university proposal conveys benefits cuts and a meager salary. They also want to change our pensions, convert them to 401k, which means it’s a lottery. It’s betting our retirements to the well-being of companies, and if there is bad luck, as in 2009 to lose it assuming the losses of capitalism... The premiums for health care are increased...They want to give us a 3 percent raise, but parking increases 10 percent and health care increases between $25 and $30.


THIS PAST strike saw an increase in student solidarity compared to the strike in May. A week before the strike began, students formed a solidarity committee, which publicized the strike through leaflets and held down pickets.

The UC Berkeley chapter of the International Socialist Organization (ISO), the Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) and independent solidarity activists provided the initial impetus for the committee, which started out by flyering the campus about the strike.

On the first day of the strike, the committee picketed Sather Gate, the main gateway to campus. The next day on Wednesday, a couple dozen students formed a solidarity picket that shut down the Golden Bear Café.

“Golden Bear Café is a very popular cafe on campus where people can get food and coffee and even buy books,” explained KT, a UCB undergrad and ISO member, “and so by picketing them today we are preventing them from making a lot of money. AFSCME workers work here and they’ve walked off the job and so we’re trying to show solidarity by strengthening their strike and trying to bring down the university.”

“The closest thing that I’ve done to this was last weekend with the Marriott strike, which was essentially the same thing, being out and showing solidarity so that people can actually get living wages and be able to live their lives,” said Nedra, an undergraduate at nearby Mills College.

“It’s important because we need to make sure that more people know that this is going on, and so the more people that come out the more attention this is going to get and it’s going to be in people’s faces.”

Importantly, the Cal Black Student Union (BSU) decided not to hold an event at the café after being contacted by the student solidarity committee.

The structural racism at the UC is an argument for ongoing solidarity: just 3 percent of UCB students are African Americans, who make up 7 percent of California’s total population. Latinx/Chicanx folks make up just 14 percent of undergraduates but are 38 percent of the state.

These numbers mirror the racist pay practices at UC, where Black and Latinx AFSCME workers make 20 percent less starting wage than white workers. Outsourced workers make even less, and while there is not official data on the demographics of these employees, 96 percent of respondents to AFSCME’s contractor survey were people of color.

During the first three-day strike in May, it seemed that job actions between Local 3299 and graduate student workers in UAW Local 2865 might coincide. The graduate workers ratified their contract in August, however, and the administration sent out letters in October warning Local 2865 members to continue classes as normal.

UAW leadership informed their members that they have a legal right to respect picket lines as “individuals” but said that the union couldn’t legally organize its members to do so. The strength of the rank-and-file graduate student network needed to collectively organize “individual” acts of solidarity is uneven, and therefore so was strike support.

Some departments like Sociology showed almost complete solidarity, with members canceling classes or teaching off campus, but that wasn’t the case for many other departments.

With more advance planning, the solidarity committee could be a part of organizing more class cancellations, basic strike education, strike fund and picket support. The student solidarity committee plans to keep meeting in case the administration refuses to negotiate fairly.


THE UNIVERSITY hasn’t moved on the union’s major demands since May, and if management continues to hold out after the October strike, it will raise important questions for UC workers about next steps. Some are already feeling frustrated.

“Co-workers are not feeling too good about the strike,” said Sylvia Heredeia. “They feel like they are just management’s toy, given that this is the second strike and there are still no contracts in place. The strike should be longer until they actually get the contract...People are also beholden to other obligations (bills, family, etc.) so it is a tough call as to what is possible.”

Most picketers who spoke to Socialist Worker wanted to disrupt the university for longer than three days if necessary. Like Heredeia, however, all were concerned with the hardship this would mean for their co-workers.

Local 3299 President Kathryn Lybarger explained to Socialist Worker last week that short strikes in the hospital sector can be very disruptive, but not all the bargaining units are striking medical facilities.

As UC workers figure out their next steps, students should continue to organize labor solidarity, not only to help win social and economic justice for AFSCME and UPTE workers, but also to give their fellow students lessons in how the university is run according to the logic of capitalism, and how we can come together to fight for different priorities. UCB undergrad and YDSA member Aleah put it well on the Golden Bear Café picket line:

When the university is simultaneously trying to increase class sizes and increase tuition, while they are decreasing wages and cutting benefits, those are two sides of the same coin — the greed and corruption of the leaders of our universities. So the regents and the chancellors have demonstrated their absolute unwillingness to recognize the value of putting people over profit.

When we fight for workers’ rights, we are pushing back against that in a way that supports us fighting for our own issues, decreasing tuition, eliminating tuition, getting the educations that we deserve. I want to be at a university where I’m getting the education that I deserve and the people who work here are getting the wages, the conditions and the livelihoods that they deserve.

Xavier Durham, A. Robertson, Alex Schmaus and Alessandro Tinonga contributed to this article.

          Fear and loathing and more fear      Cache   Translate Page      

Elizabeth Schulte documents the new low points that Trump and the Republicans are reaching — and the dismal failure of Democrats to stand up for justice.

YOUR PRESIDENT wants you to hate and fear immigrants.

That was the message of a new attack ad that Donald Trump himself tweeted a little over a week before the midterm elections. The ad featured an undocumented immigrant jailed for killing two California sheriff’s deputies and then scenes of the refugee caravan currently making its way through Mexico to seek asylum from poverty and violence in Central America.

Lettering above the man on trial reads: “He killed our people.”

The last-minute campaign ad aimed to create an indelible image of immigrants as murderers who are “invading” the U.S. with the Democrats’ blessing — and an equally indelible conclusion that only Trump and the Republicans will protect you from violence.

Numerous Republicans running for office embraced and echoed Trump’s ramped-up campaign of racist scapegoating against immigrants.

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Rep. Duncan Hunter of California issued an ad claiming that his Democratic opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar, a former Labor Department official, is trying to “infiltrate Congress” on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood and is a “security risk.”

In upstate New York, the National Republican Congressional Committee aired several commercials attacking a Democratic candidate for Congress, Antonio Delgado, who is Black, for having been a rap musician. In one ad, several white upstate New Yorkers speak to the camera: “Antonio Delgado would be fine in Los Angeles, maybe New York City,” but “nobody talks like that around here.”

These vile ads leading up to the midterm elections have a history. Politicians of both main political parties have created similar ones using racism and xenophobia to whip up fear and reinforce the most backward and divisive ideas in U.S. society.

In 1988, the presidential campaign of George H.W. Bush ran a commercial featuring “Willie” Horton — his name was William Horton, but “Willie” fit the stereotype the ad makers were after — a Black man accused of a killing a white woman while free on a prison work-release program in Massachusetts under then-Gov. Michael Dukakis.

The ad aimed to whip up fear about crime — and the fear of Black people committing crimes in particular.

But Republicans aren’t the only ones to pander to racism during their campaigns.

During the 1992 presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Bill Clinton thought he could score points by attacking anti-racist activist and recording artist Sister Souljah for her comments about the Los Angeles rebellion that year. For that matter, Clinton’s running mate Al Gore was the first candidate of either party to use Horton against Dukakis — during the 1988 Democratic primaries.

It says a lot about the cynicism of the politicians of the “world’s greatest democracy” that they’ve used coded and not-so-coded racism so freely during elections over the decades.


IN THAT sense, Trump’s ads are very much a part of the U.S. political system. But under the current circumstances, there’s a twist: Trump’s racist anti-immigrant ad is advising his supporters to do more than fear and hate immigrants. It encourages them to take action.

The message came through loud and clear to far-right militia groups, who stated that they are traveling south to “protect” the border for when the caravan arrives.

Militia units told the Associated Press that they were planning on gathering with guns and bulletproof vests. Immigrants are “just laughing in our face,” fumed Shannon McGauley, president of the Texas Minutemen. “It’s a free-for-all in America.”

The vigilantes won’t be alone, of course. Hundreds of U.S. troops have already arrived at the border near Hidalgo, Texas, with more to come. Their stated mission is to help U.S. Customs and the Border Patrol, and there were plenty of photo ops of soldiers setting up barbed-wire fence along the Rio Grande.

“I saw that beautiful barbed wire going up,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Montana. “Beautiful sight.”

All of this is part of Trump’s “Operation Faithful Patriot,” which grows larger by the day, depending on the whims of the president — from 5,000 active-duty troops last Wednesday to 15,000 a few days later. This is in addition to thousands of National Guard troops who are also gathering at the border.

Asked by reporters whether the troops planned to fire on immigrants trying to cross the border, Trump responded that if caravan members threw rocks, the military “would consider that a firearm because there’s not much difference.

The Trump administration is preparing for a confrontation — not just at the ballot box with the midterm elections, but literally a confrontation at the border, led by racists inspired by Trump’s America First rhetoric that demonizes immigrants seeking relief from poverty and violence.


THIS IS an important moment for those who oppose anti-immigrant racism to stand up and be counted. And yet at exactly that moment — as the elections have provided a spotlight for political leaders to step forward and oppose Trump’s anti-immigrant racism — the Democrats are...silent.

Instead of meeting Trump’s racist campaign message with the alarm it deserves, the Democrats are doing the opposite.

For example, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi responded to Trump’s threat to revoke birthright citizenship with the statement: “Clearly, Republicans will do absolutely anything to divert attention away from their votes to take away Americans’ health care.”

It isn’t just the party leadership, either. Down the line, that’s how Democrats are responding: stay on message, because the winning campaign message isn’t about protecting the caravan, it’s about health care.

Yes, health care is an important issue — and one that affects millions of Americans. But championing health doesn’t mean not challenging anti-immigrant racism.

Not that the Democrats are even addressing health care in any effective way. The most that the Democrats are putting forward on health care is a defense of Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act — which many people support against Republican efforts to dismantle it, but which is deeply flawed and ineffective at its supposed goal of universal coverage.

Democrats are drawing the line at stopping Republicans from letting insurers use pre-existing conditions as an excuse not to cover people. The GOP should be stopped, of course — but it’s not exactly a bold stand in defense of health care justice.

But this is the perennial logic of the Democratic Party under the constraints of the two-party system in the U.S.: Don’t make the message too radical, because the party’s base of support that would agree with a more radical message is going to vote for you anyway, since they have nowhere else to go.


IN MANY ways, immigration is the perfect message for Trump. Not just because racism plays to the Republicans’ right-wing base, but because the Democrats have so little to say in response.

The Democratic Party has no long-term solution to the suffering of refugees who are part of the caravan to the border.

Even the most liberal Democrats agree that while reforms are needed and programs like DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) should be protected, there’s also a need for strict immigration standards and heavily militarized border security enforcement.

This summer, U.S. immigration policies took center stage when it was revealed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was separating undocumented children from their families and detaining them in cages.

The inhumane conditions endured by undocumented children sparked protests around the country, many organized by liberal organization like MoveOn and Indivisible, which ordinarily don’t stray too far left of the Democratic Party line.

Outrage at what the U.S. government was doing led to calls to “Abolish ICE” — and in short order, some Democratic Party figures were adopting a slogan that weeks earlier would have only been heard from the left.

The demand to do away with a hated government enforcement agency that terrorizes millions of undocumented immigrants fit the moment like a glove. The unbelievable cruelty of the Trump administration had come together with the explosive nature of the struggles of ordinary people against him.

But that was then. For the past months leading up to the midterm elections, the Democrats have been running away from the issue of immigration in any form. The Center for American Progress, a well-known liberal think tank, advised Democratic candidates to avoid the discussion of immigration and pivot to...you guessed it: health care.

Even democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — whose primary victory last spring over a machine Democrat helped popularize the Abolish ICE slogan — had softened her message by late August, when she said in a tweet, “#AbolishICE means not having an agency that incarcerates children and sexually assaults women with impunity. It does not mean abolish deportation.”

Trump is sowing fear to whip up his conservative base. But the Democrats are sowing fear of a different kind among their base — fear of Trump and fear of talking too radical and “alienating” moderate voters.

The resistance to Trump’s atrocities on immigration will need to ignore the Democrats’ cynical political calculations and organize opposition that stands proudly under the banner of “Abolish ICE.”

We need a socialist alternative that understands that the real “immigration problem” in the U.S. is the billions wasted militarizing a border and persecuting the vulnerable that could be used to welcome people across it if they want to come.


          UFT leaders rushed ahead with a backward deal      Cache   Translate Page      

Educators Peter Lamphere, Bill Linville and Will Russell report from New York City on the ratification of a contract for teachers that contains unnecessary concessions.

EDUCATION WORKERS in the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) voted to approve the latest contract with the New York City Department of Education, with 80 to 85 percent of teachers supporting ratification and with slightly higher percentages among other titles.

But occupational and physical therapists rejected their contract out of anger at long-standing unmet demands for pay parity with pedagogues who have similar education levels. The maximum salary for speech therapists, for example, is over $27,000 more than for occupational and physical therapists.

Now it will be up to these members, along with their brothers and sisters in other titles, to press the union to mobilize as they go back to the table for a better deal.

However, for the rest of the membership, this contract — with below-inflation raises, massive givebacks in health care and an inadequate plan for rescuing struggling schools in the Bronx — falls far short of meeting the needs of the educators and students in New York City public schools.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew speaks to reporters
UFT President Michael Mulgrew speaks to reporters (flickr)

While the approval margin seems overwhelming at first glance, it was only achieved by the anti-democratic practices of the UFT leadership.

Led by the autocratic Unity Caucus, the union leadership negotiated the contract during the summer when teachers were away, with a negotiating committee forbidden to discuss the contract with the rank and file. Then the ratification was rammed through over two and a half weeks, months before the current contract expires in February 2019.

In taking this approach, UFT leaders deprived the membership of time to study the details of the contract — and time for a “vote no, stay union” opposition to form. They also deceptively insisted to members that the contract contained no givebacks, that raises kept pace with the rate of inflation, and that the contract was “member made” with input from rank-and-filers.

In reality, among other worrisome concessions, the contract contains over $1 billion in health care givebacks and the implementation of a two-tiered system of health care benefits for the first time. Furthermore, the agreement doesn’t meet the growing needs of students and vulnerable communities in a city with record levels of segregation and student homelessness.

There are a few standout gains in the contract: the reduction of the required minimum number of yearly observations for each teacher from four to two and increased job security for paraprofessionals, the least protected members of the union.

The UFT leadership has brought worse contracts to the membership to be voted on in the past. Nevertheless, this is a concessionary contract at a time when the city is sitting on a large budget surplus and when teachers are making significant gains both for themselves and their students across the country, through radical actions including strikes.

A major shift in strategy is needed in order to both ensure fair conditions for both public school educators and students — one that looks away from alliances with politicians and toward the radical tactics that were on display in the teacher strikes and rebellions this year in states like West Virginia, Arizona and Washington.

Such a strategy will also need to rely on a key lesson of the successful 2012 Chicago teachers’ strike — by creating an alliance between the teachers’ union movement and students and parents.


AT A moment when unions should be looking to involve more members, the leadership’s rush to vote sent the message to members that their voices aren’t important.

On October 11, a deal was announced in a press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza and UFT President Michael Mulgrew — in which Carranza spoke of Mulgrew as his, “Brother from another mother.”

Many members wondered why the leadership called a special Delegate Assembly for the next day, given that the upcoming monthly DA was already scheduled to take place within the week, on October 17.

Delegates only received short statements from Mulgrew and the chancellor. They didn’t receive the entire 63-page Memorandum of Agreement until just over an hour before the meeting.

At the meeting, the vast majority of the time was spent by Mulgrew making a PowerPoint presentation selling the contract.

The limited period for discussion — in which no member of the UFT’s opposition caucuses were called on — nevertheless included several speakers who had contrary views on the contract. One member called for a delay in the vote so that chapter leaders and delegates could have time to read the proposal for themselves.

The meeting voted to send the contract to members for ratification, but DOE educators were only given until October 31 to complete the voting process.

The contract itself is the result of a long-standing negotiating process for New York City public-sector union contracts called “pattern bargaining” — in which the first city union that negotiates a contract sets the “pattern” on issues such as health care and wages for the rest of the unions on the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC). In this round, AFSCME Local DC 37 ratified its contract at the end of June, which set the pattern.

The UFT leadership argued that aspects of the contract that were part of the original pattern bargaining agreed to by AFSCME were therefore off the table during subsequent UFT negotiations and impossible to reopen.

However, there have been times when unions have attempted to buck this trend — or when the city has. For example, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg held out in granting the UFT the same pattern of raises that other city unions got for the entirety of his 12 years in office.

Astonishingly, in their attempts to sell the contract to the rank and file, UFT leaders even made the deceptive argument to members that the billion-plus dollars in health care givebacks weren’t contained in the contract because they were part of the original pattern bargaining.


IN TERMS of wages and health care, the contract represents a significant step back for New York City educators.

Kit Wainer, a social studies teacher and UFT chapter leader at Leon M. Goldstein High School in Brooklyn, says he voted “no” for two main reasons: “First, the fact that the raises don’t keep pace with inflation. Second, voting to force first-year teachers into an inferior health plan, even if for only a year, violates my sense of basic union solidarity.”

Annual raises for the 43-month life of the contract will be 2 percent, 2.5 percent and 3 percent — which, despite claims to the contrary by the UFT leadership, won’t meet projected rates of inflation.

We also aren’t keeping up with wage increases for workers throughout the New York City area. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on average, wages had increased for New York City-area workers by 3.0 percent in the year preceding June 2018.

This contract marks the second agreement in a row with significant concessions on health care. In the last round, the MLC agreed to find a total of $3.4 billion in savings, which resulted in steep increases in co-pays — including $150 for ER visits and $50 for urgent care visits, among other cuts.

In this round, the MLC has agreed to $1.1 billion in cuts over the course of the contract, while also agreeing to a second tier in our health care for the first time. New hires will be required join a significantly more restricted HIP-HMO network for one year, after which they will be able to choose the health plan they prefer.

A new program for high-needs schools, especially in the Bronx, will have a pay differential for teachers in those schools. Unfortunately, the differential will be different for different license areas, creating divisions inside the workforce.

Plus, the additional support appears to be a school-based committee that will primarily look at school data to set goals for improvement, and would require the agreement of the school’s UFT chapter leader and principal, though the details are sketchy.

Mulgrew touted this plan as visionary in his DA presentation. But these are clearly retread market-based solutions. A visionary plan would have included drastically reduced class sizes, expansion of sometimes limited academic opportunities, and additional resources to provide extracurricular activities and further academic support.

There are several additional concessions that will leave most members unsatisfied about the key challenges that they face day to day in the schools:

The union agreed to allow a new “psychological evaluation” for incoming teachers — the details of which are completely unclear at this time.

The creation of additional out-of-classroom positions that come with higher pay will create more divisions between teachers and make it harder to lower class sizes.

Pay differentials for additional education will become more difficult to get, as newer teachers will be required to get new “A+” credits for the differentials. Ironically, the UFT itself will be one of the providers of these credits, and so will end up profiting from the change.

The union agreed to allow an additional dean in schools, weakening the power of school chapters that previously had to vote to create the position.


AMONG THE notable gains in the contract, unpaid suspensions of paraprofessionals will now be subject to review by an arbitrator review and will be limited in duration.

Observation minimums have been reduced, bringing New York City more in line with the rest of the state. However, educators with lower ratings still face more observations, so the change brings no relief to those targeted by abusive administrators.

Grievances for oversized classes will be subject to an expedited calendar for informal resolution at a district and citywide level.

But as Kit Wainer points out, in a mid-October settlement of a grievance regarding nine oversized classes, “an arbitrator issued an order requiring the principal to equalize all classes. Under the new procedure, we would not have been able to request an arbitration hearing until at least October 10, which means we would not have gotten a ruling until sometime in November.”

Similarly, safety and consultation issues will have an informal resolution process, which can be eventually taken to arbitration. There is also a strengthening of the anti-retaliation language in the contract to bring harassment under binding arbitration.

Overall, however, with the exception of the drastic concessions on health care, both the gains and givebacks in this contract are relatively minor compared to what is not included.

Class size limits remain at levels that are unacceptably high for education, unchanged for more than 50 years. Also unchanged is a funding system that penalizes more senior employees and has consigned many veteran members from closed schools to circulating without a permanent position.


THE MEAGER salary increases come at a time when educators elsewhere are demanding more — and winning.

For example, educators in Washington state were able to force the state to release funds to increase teacher salaries — and they followed up with a wave of strikes and actions that led to annual salary increases ranging from 10.5 percent in Seattle to 20 percent and more elsewhere in the state.

Meanwhile, New York City is projecting a budget surplus of $4.6 billion for fiscal year 2018, the largest in 10 years. If this is the best that we can do while the economy is doing relatively well and the city’s coffers are flush, what should we expect when the economy takes a downturn?

A “progressive” mayor who campaigned on the slogan of “a tale of two cities” should be forced to do better than making the working class pay for health care concessions.

A great place to start looking for an alternative vision would be the example of educators in the “red state rebellions” — who mobilized rank-and-file members in a series of escalating actions that culminated in walkouts and dragged union leaders behind them.

The entire political landscape around education has changed since last spring’s teachers strikes. Walkouts in red states have spilled over into liberal strongholds like Washington — with strikes in Los Angeles and Oakland possible in the coming months.

One result of the educator rebellion has been that public opinion about teachers and striking has shifted drastically. There is broad public support for these kind of actions: A recent poll found that “78 percent of public school parents (and 73 percent of the public) say they would support teachers in the own communities if they went on strike for higher pay.”

The UFT rank and file can be activated and organized in this way as well — as shown by the successful campaign for paid family leave last spring. It will be up to rank-and-file organizations like the Movement of Rank and File Educators and Teachers Unite to develop and continue this and other campaigns, such as the fight for lower class sizes, ending segregation and building the Black Live Matter in our schools movement.

The votes for ratification of this concessionary deal represent resignation, rather than enthusiasm. Rank-and-file groups can build off existing anger and frustration among the minority that voted “no” by organizing grassroots campaigns around the issues that matter to teachers and families — like lowering class size, opposition to school closings, and improving health care access for union members and all New Yorkers.

Tens of thousands of teachers, therapists and other education workers voted against this contract — and showed there is a base for future organizing.


          Vote no against ambulance company greed      Cache   Translate Page      

The largest for-profit ambulance company in the U.S., American Medical Response (AMR), is bankrolling a state ballot measure in California that will strip safety protections from its workers, endanger patients and enhance corporate profits for AMR. The measure would allow ambulance companies to require workers to stay on call during rest and meal breaks, allowing the companies to keep fewer ambulances in service.

Last year, AMR made enormous profits off transporting sick and injured patients. Profiting off the pain, suffering and distress caused by illness and accidents may seem macabre, but under capitalism, caring for patients can be highly profitable. AMR gets its profits from the dedication and hard work of its employees, the low wages paid to those workers, and understaffing, which causes delays in the time it takes an ambulance to reach a patient. Yet AMR wants more, and so it has shamelessly promoted Proposition 11, spending more than $21 million on passing the measure in November 2018.

An AMR paramedic spoke to fellow paramedics Lorrie Beth Slonsky and Larry Bradshaw about conditions at the ambulance company, the disturbing ballot measure and more.

LET’S START with what are working conditions like for paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) at AMR.

EMTs and paramedics face grueling 12-hour shifts, with the prospect of being held over for two additional hours every day, depending on how busy the EMS system is.

I wake up at 5 a.m. to be ready for my shift at 7 a.m. I get to headquarters early to make sure my ambulance has all the necessary supplies and that everything is in working condition. We aren’t expected to do this, but I’ve been unable to sleep at night because an essential piece of equipment malfunctioned during a critical call. That’s why I check every piece of equipment before logging in.

This has also happened to my co-workers. We log in, knowing that night crews have been waiting for us to go into service so that they can, in turn, go home. Usually, we get a call right out of the gate — and it turns out the call has been holding for a while because there wasn’t another available unit in the county who could run it.

EMTs and paramedics campaign against Proposition 11 in California
EMTs and paramedics campaign against Proposition 11 in California (International Association of EMTs and Paramedics)

After transporting our patient to the hospital, we need time to complete paperwork and return the ambulance into working condition. At that point, our field supervisors pressure us to get it done faster because there aren’t enough units available to run calls.

Our paperwork requires precision and has to capture every detail of our call, because these are legal documents that are part of the permanent medical record for our patients. They are an extension of patient care, and mistakes have dire consequences. Paramedics risk their licenses every time we document something. Private ambulance companies easily throw us, as well as our patients, under the bus rather than have our backs by giving us proper breaks.

After being confronted by our supervisors, we clear the hospital and catch another call before leaving the parking lot.

We’re always on call for the entire duration of the shift. Often, medics are rushing to and from places, with back-to-back calls. In metropolitan areas, this workload is the norm. When it gets really busy, patients experience long wait times for ambulances to arrive. We, as workers, can’t do anything about these response times. As soon as we get a call, we respond immediately and always have.

The common thread here is: not enough ambulances. Private corporations like AMR don’t staff enough units. They create brutal work conditions for us, and, more importantly, they make it harder for our patients to receive the best care.

WHAT IS the effect on the body to work long hours on an ambulance in a busy system with a high call volume, a high workload and too few ambulances?

WE HAVE a lot of pride around being our patients’ safety net. Because we want people to receive the best possible care, we must stay alert at all times. We have to stay ready to respond to a medical emergency at all times. There’s no way to know what the next emergency request or call will be.

There is such variance in our calls, from shootings, to stabbings, to motor vehicle accidents, to delivering a baby. And we must be prepared for all of them. We must be ready to treat our patients the minute we step out of the ambulance, and there’s no way to know exactly what condition they’ll be in.

Even small decisions in our field carry tremendous consequences. This creates a mode of hypervigilance. The sympathetic nervous system — the body’s fight-or-flight response — gets put on overdrive.

For the first year, maybe even the first few years, this is fine. But the longer you do this work, the more fatigued you become. It’s absolutely exhilarating to have an adrenaline rush and save someone’s life, but the reality is that this wears down our bodies. Even if we’re hungry or tired or sleep deprived or need to use the bathroom, we must learn to repress our needs. We have to do that so we can respond to calls with as much mindfulness as possible.

These are the conditions of capitalism crystallized. We’re taught as workers that our needs, even basic ones, aren’t important. And now, AMR is trying to take away our rest and meal breaks.

MEAL BREAKS are one of the issues in Proposition 11. Can you talk about the proposition — what’s in it and what it would do if it passes?

UNDER EXISTING California labor law, AMR employees are supposed to have guaranteed rest and meal breaks. The nature of our job makes it difficult if not downright impossible for us to get a break that isn’t interrupted. AMR is supposed to compensate us when our breaks are interrupted. AMR chose not to do that and instead pocketed the money.

A number of EMTs and paramedics have filed civil suits seeking back pay for their interrupted or missed breaks. Recent case law suggests AMR may lose these lawsuits. AMR’s solution has been to drop more than $21 million into sponsoring Prop 11.

WHAT’S MOTIVATING AMR to spend so much money fighting over whether and how you get meal and rest breaks?

THERE ARE two parts to that answer. First, the state’s independent Legislature Analyst’s Office estimates it would cost private ambulance companies in California more than $100 million a year to adequately staff up enough ambulances to give paramedics and EMTs their legally required breaks.

Second, AMR’s Prop 11 reaches back in time and retroactively defines AMR’s illegal past practice as legal, effectively exempting the corporation from any liability for past violations of existing labor laws. So placed in this larger framework, AMR’s investment of $21 million in its own private ballot measure and rewriting labor law is really a smart, but unethical investment.

WE’VE WORKED on both public and private ambulances, and we don’t ever recall getting a guaranteed meal or rest break while on duty.

THE REALITY is that medics and EMTs routinely already have our rest and meal breaks interrupted. Prop 11 wouldn’t change that. We all drop whatever we’re doing to respond to a call, mid-meal or otherwise. That’s part of our duty and has always been part of our practice.

What would change is AMR being able to walk away from paying workers what they deserve for having had their meals interrupted. Naturally, AMR’s campaign literature says nothing about the lawsuits, retroactive exemptions from breaking the law, and not staffing enough ambulances to give workers a break.

AMR is taking heat from the public for the long ambulance response times. Prop 11 functions as its attempt to appease the public and scapegoat the employees who actually do the work — suggesting the problem is paramedics and EMTs taking breaks, not that AMR is too tightfisted to put more ambulances in service.

And as I said, if Proposition 11 passes, AMR will be relieved of the millions of dollars of back pay to workers who have had their meal breaks interrupted. That’s more money for AMR’s coffers.

The root of the issue is that there are simply not enough ambulances being staffed. These glaring issues around public health and safety don’t stem from EMS crews being late to 911 calls because we’re on meal breaks, like AMR suggests. Corporations like AMR put profits ahead of community needs.

Understaffing ambulances and the high volume of 911 calls create impossible conditions, and EMS crews are unable to respond in the way EMS workers and the public want us to.

WHAT IMPACT do these long and busy shifts with minimal breaks have on the ability of you and your co-workers to perform and do a good job?

AS YOU can imagine, the health of an emergency medical worker can affect our ability to provide the kind of care we would like for our patients. Because we don’t have a guaranteed meal break without interruptions, let alone a meal break at all, many workers I know resort to fast food. It’s no surprise that EMS workers are increasingly overweight and at risk for cardiovascular disease.

We are our patients’ first point of contact with any type of medical help. As first responders, our split-second decision-making and our interventions play a huge role in patient outcomes. This can’t be overstated. If we don’t have real breaks to recharge, we won’t be mentally or physically as sharp.

THERE’S a lot of scientific research on the problems associated with sleep deprivation. In particular, multiple studies have shown that driving sleepy is very similar to driving drunk. Is this a problem you experience with long shifts, few breaks and back-to-back ambulance runs?

YES. FOR one thing, there is little turnover time between shifts.

Let’s say we get off shift on time — that gives us 12 hours until we have to be back at work. Subtract eight hours for sleep, minus another hour for commuting, and we’re are left with only three hours of downtime. During those three hours, we have to find the time to decompress, eat well, hopefully spend time with loved ones and exercise: all the things workers need to do to socially reproduce themselves for the next day.

Like all other workers, we make sacrifices. We have to choose what to sacrifice and what basic needs we can meet. Sleep often takes a hit. A caricature of EMS workers is probably one of us always drinking a caffeinated beverage. That’s because we’re perpetually sleep deprived.

It’s difficult to get off work on time, and even when we do, it requires a robotic type of discipline to get prepared for the next day. Like all workers, we want to be able to enjoy our off time. The small window of downtime between shifts allows for only meeting some of our most basic needs.

THERE’S A lot of stress associated with being a paramedic and an EMT. Does your present working conditions help or hinder your ability to deal that that chronic stress?

WITHOUT TRUE downtime during our 12-hour shifts, our work conditions create burnout. Many of my co-workers experience depression and anxiety. Often, we try to cope in secret and suffer in silence. In general, there is a stigmatization of mental health. Emergency medical service providers especially are expected to “solider on” despite immense challenges.

This has been built into our field since its conception. By the nature of the job, we’re continuously exposed to a multitude of critical events. We’re witness to traumatic events, serious injuries and death. The job carries high risk for post- and continuous traumatic stress disorders.

When we arrive at a hospital and transfer our patients to the ER staff, we are expected to brush off life-altering traumatic events, prepare ourselves and our ambulance for a quick turnaround, and get back in service to run another call.

The next call may be even worse than the previous one. One of the most stressful calls we can run involve cardiac arrests, because the patient appears to have died. It is our duty, of course, to resuscitate this person. The families of our patients go through intense emotions while we do our work.

With training, we learn to control our emotions so that we don’t freeze up on scene. But when patients can’t pull through, and we don’t revive them, it’s a heavy emotional load to carry. The details never leave you: the cries from the family, the smells, the ghastly pale skin, the sheer lifelessness and the internal pleading on our part to get a pulse back. In the little space and time at the hospital, we don’t have time to process these things.

One day, I remember running a call like I described, and the very next call was a pediatric cardiac arrest of a 3-month-old. No amount of training or practice can ever prepare you for something like that.

I’ll carry that with me, I’m sure, for the rest of my life. I’ll remember the gaunt look of desperation that the patient’s mother had and the eerie silence on scene. I’ll always carry with me the sensation of wrapping my hands around a limp infant as I gave compressions with my thumbs.

These are the things that keep us up at night as we obsessively go through the details. What could have been done differently? Could I have been faster here or there? Could I have been more prepared?

We develop a fortitude that allows us to stay healthy. But there are those of us who don’t. We’re at high risk for suicide. EMS workers are 10 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population.

I hope you can understand why we need more breaks, not fewer.

PRO-PROP 11 mailers say that the ballot measure will mandate more training and better mental health benefits for workers. What do you say to those claims?

A CAREFUL reading of Proposition 11 shows it will not require AMR to provide any new or additional training or mental health benefits above and beyond what the corporation already provides.

When we first start out working in an EMS system, we undergo training academies that cover the medical protocols of the county and the nuts and bolts of ambulance operations. There is a small “self-health” component built into training. Out of the month-long training, I remember spending merely a couple hours on the importance of self-care.

Of course, private companies don’t support us in self-care. They tell us to take care of ourselves without providing material support to allow us to do that on shift. The burden falls upon us.

DOES THE ballot measure impact anyone outside of EMTs and paramedics who work on ambulances?

IF THIS proposition passes, it will usher in even more austere and challenging work conditions. Not just for us, but for all workers. This sets a dangerous precedent. Allowing private companies to circumvent existing labor laws in our industry sets a bad legal precedent and would allow the removal of legal and safety protections from other groups of workers and patients.

IT SEEMS like the labor movement dropped the ball on organizing opposition to Proposition 11.

UNIONS HAVE failed to submit opposition arguments to the California Official Voter Guide on time. So for many voters, there appears to be nothing negative about the proposition.

BUT THERE has been some opposition organized by workers at AMR. What have you and your co-workers done?

“NO ON Prop 11” has become a grassroots worker- and labor-led campaign against a major corporation, a corporation which itself is merely a division of the multibillion-dollar conglomerate KKR. Dozens of workers have demonstrated in Sacramento, including members from three unions. One of the slogans was “people over profits.”

There is also activity in other states, as AMR’s true colors are coming out. EMTs in Seattle have organized against AMR for higher wages because they start at close to minimum wage.

WHAT CAN readers do to help defeat this horrible piece of anti-worker and anti-patient legislation?

DEFINITELY VOTE no on Proposition 11 and encourage everyone you know to do the same. Also, organize and support workplace actions. If they’re coming for us, they’re coming for all of us. It’s clear that Prop 11 is not a solution for patients, It’s not a solution for EMS workers, and it won’t put extra ambulances on the streets to reduce ambulance response times.

WHAT CAN do those things?

MEDICARE FOR All! It’s comprehensive, universal and cost-effective health care. Medicare for All focuses on patients and prioritizes the health of working-class families over profits for corporations like AMR. We need a health care system that works for all us, not just the millionaires and billionaires.

AS FRONT-line emergency and health care providers, your working conditions are also the conditions in which your patients receive their care. If you had one wish, what one thing would you change immediately and why?

HUMANIZE THE field. We aren’t robots, and patients aren’t numbers that generate profit. We can’t function like mechanical beings for 12 straight hours. It’s simple: workers perform better when they’re supported.

Corporations like AMR absolutely have enough money to ensure there is ample coverage by ambulances, yet they strive to provide the bare minimum. This is nothing new and goes across the entire chain of providers.

The profit-driven corporations that provide care for human beings at their worst and most intimate moments have created an ugly behemoth of an industry. They don’t care whether their workers are well-fed or whether patients are getting the best possible treatment. They only care that we’re all making money for them.

When we get told by management to be better, to be faster, to be more efficient, while they consistently understaff ambulances, that isn’t support. Now they’re trying to take away guaranteed meal breaks and get out of paying us what they owe, and it’s a slap in the face.

We deserve better. Our patients deserve better. We have to fight for better work conditions moving forward so we can best serve our communities. In the meantime, we must stop this proposition from passing.

THANKS FOR talking with us, keep up the good work, and thanks for doing the job you and co-workers do every day.


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David Wood and Ben Taylor assess the final stretch of the Massachusetts Nurses Association’s campaign to make hospitals stop putting patients’ lives at risk in order to cut costs.

AS THE 2018 midterms began heating up in Massachusetts, lawn signs for the three initiatives on the ballot popped up in front of houses and along roadways across the state. “Nurses say yes on 1” and “Nurses say no on 1” have been among the most common signs displayed this election season.

Question 1 would establish a safe-staffing ratio for nurses in all Massachusetts hospitals. This initiative is modeled on a similar safe staffing law passed in California in 1999.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), the union that organizes 23,000 bedside nurses across the state, spearheaded the effort to get the measure on the ballot. The MNA has been lobbying state legislators to implement safe-staffing legislation since at least 1995 — and even gone on strike over the issue.

Nurses have been pushing for safe staffing for one major reason: the systematic understaffing by hospital management in order to cut costs and increase profitability. As a result, nurses report working extended shifts, in some cases as long as 16 or 17 hours, and coming in on their days off to cover holes in the schedule.

Nurses rally in Boston for a safe-staffing ballot measure
Nurses rally in Boston for a safe-staffing ballot measure (Massachusetts Nurses Association | Facebook)

Nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield documented hundreds of text messages from hospital administrators asking nurses to come in on their day off to patch these holes in the schedule. After a multiyear struggle involving several strikes, the MNA won safe-staffing language in the contract at BFMC. Statewide, however, the struggle continues.

It should go without saying that asking someone responsible for keeping sick people alive should not be asked to work long past the point of exhaustion. It’s dangerous for nurses and patients — and it should be considered bad for business. Too few nurses means too many patients per nurse. According to the MNA:

For every patient added to a nurse’s workload, the likelihood of a patient surviving cardiac arrest decreases by 5 percent per patient.

For children recovering from basic surgeries, each additional patient assigned to a nurse increased the risk of readmission by a shocking 48 percent.

There is a 20 percent higher risk that a patient will die within 30 days of having general surgery at hospitals that don’t have patient limits.

Every additional patient assigned to an RN is associated with a 7 percent increase in the risk of hospital-acquired pneumonia, a 53 percent increase in respiratory failure, and a 17 percent increase in medical complications.

Short staffing is therefore quite dangerous. And a recent survey of Massachusetts nurses shows that it is getting worse:

Two-thirds, or 65 percent of nurses, said that not having enough time is a major challenge, which was up from 52 percent in last year’s study. Likewise, 61 percent of surveyed nurses said that having to care for too many patients at once is a major challenge, which was up from 54 percent in the previous year. Additionally, 77 percent of the surveyed nurses said Massachusetts RNs are assigned too many patients to care for at one time. Only 18 percent thought RNs are assigned the appropriate number of patients. Zero nurses said RNs could safely be assigned more patients, according to the survey.


THE SOLUTION is obviously to hire more nurses — a remedy that hospital executives strenuously oppose.

Polls show a substantial (and perhaps growing) layer of voters are undecided on Question 1. The apparent split between nurses and the resulting confusing advertisements is often cited as the reason for this dwindling support. This confusion is by design — and reflects the duplicity of the No on Question 1 forces.

The No on 1 campaign has deliberately mimicked the MNA’s Yes on 1 campaign — with similar signage, twitter handles and television ads, knowing full well that deception is their only hope. After all, nurses are the most trusted profession in the U.S. and hospital executives among the least.

Roughly 30 percent of Massachusetts hospitals are non-union. In those workplaces, management has intensified its disinformation campaign in mandatory meetings, in hospital newsletters, and with countless “No on 1” signs and banners adorning their parking lots and buildings.

Harassment by hospital management of vocal Yes on 1 health-care workers, in union and nonunion hospitals alike, has become so intense that the MNA has created an anti-intimidation hotline (413-475-0895) — which according to MNA state board member Donna Stern has been receiving hundreds of calls per week.

No on 1 is outspending Yes on 1 by roughly 80 percent — about $19 million compared to the nurses’ $10.5 million.

While the No team frequently describes itself as a coalition of nurses and community members, about 94 percent of the No team’s funds are coming from the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, the trade group representing the interests of the corporate hospital industry, which in Massachusetts generates $28 billion in revenue each year, according to the IRS.

Many of the nurses featured in the No on 1 ads are actually nurse managers — that is, they are not bedside nurses who actually perform the labor impacted by Question 1. Instead, they are administrators, bureaucrats and executives. Their material interests are directly tied to the hospital’s bottom line, and they are not directly subjected to the working conditions that bedside nurses must endure.


THE AMERICAN Nurses Association (ANA) is also part of the No on 1 coalition. They’ve staked out a truly bizarre position: “ANA Massachusetts believes that strict staffing ratios undermines a nurse’s critical thinking and involvement in patient care.”

This is, of course, astoundingly manipulative. It is precisely nurses’ “critical thinking and involvement in patient care” that has produced Question 1, because they know that otherwise, the hospitals will continue to try to save money through understaffing while telling nurses to “do the best you can.”

The MNA was at one time affiliated organizationally with the ANA, but voted to disaffiliate in 2001. Why? Here’s the MNA’s press release explaining its decision back in 2001:

While the MNA is pushing for legislation to regulate nurse-to-patient ratios, the ANA has proposed weak regulations that call upon the industry to develop a patient classification system, with no requirement that the industry adhere to that system. They have also promoted legislation granting the industry the ability to experiment with staffing models that replace nurses with unlicensed personnel, something the nursing community has opposed for years.

But the real kicker that precipitated the split was that the ANA had set up a boss’s union, the United American Nurses, where the “ANA Board of Directors, which is comprised of nurse managers, as well as the ANA executive director, have decision-making power related to the UAN [which] makes those who belong to the national union subject to legal changes by anti-union management attorneys.” The ANA had just enacted policy aimed at forcing affiliates like the MNA to join this union and abide by its decisions. The MNA membership wasn’t having any of it.

So don’t believe the hype: Actual nurses say “vote yes on 1,” and hospital administrators say “vote no on 1.”


IF WE are to believe the alarmist reports from the hospital industry, Question 1 will require hiring an additional 5,911 nurses statewide and cost more than $1 billion annually.

While this is a startling admission from the bosses about just how much they’ve been structurally understaffing our hospitals, it’s also an egregious distortion designed to frighten voters. A Boston College study pegged the cost of implementing Question 1 at $47 million, a mere fraction of what the Chicken Littles of the hospital board room would have us believe.

The reason hospital administrators are opposed to Question 1 is obvious, and it has absolutely nothing to do with “a nurse’s critical thinking and involvement in patient care” and everything to do with maximizing profits.

The MNA has been filing safe staffing bills with the Democratic Party-dominated state legislature since 1995, where the bill sat and died each year.

It’s no surprise why. The majority of hospitals in Massachusetts, which receive at least 60 percent of their funding from public sources, spend huge sums to defeat such bills. For example, Partners HealthCare, the largest employer in Massachusetts, last year became the state’s largest corporate spender on lobbying firms.

The dynamic of bipartisan opposition to safe staffing largely continues in the current fight around Question 1. While politicians like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have endorsed Yes on 1, the industry-funded opposition campaign, rallying under the Orwellian slogan “The Coalition to Protect Patient Safety,” is being led by the Dewey Square Group, a powerhouse Democratic Party consulting firm.

So after years of coming up short at the state legislature, the MNA shifted its strategy to a ballot initiative, a stark admission of how effective corporations are at blocking progressive legislation.


TWENTY-FOUR STATES allow the direct participation of the electorate in the making of their own laws through ballot initiatives. Twenty-four states in the U.S. allow citizens this power, and an additional two permit citizens to veto existing laws through the ballot.

The experience in struggling directly for a reform is qualitatively different than passively hoping that elected officials will “do what’s right.” Ballot initiatives force people to think politically about what kind of world they want to live in — and force politicians to actually engage with the popular will.

And in the case of Question 1, despite the hospitals’ attempts to monopolize the debate (especially inside the workplace), nurses across the state have been able to engage in the process of deciding how their floors should be organized, a right normally reserved as the sacred realm of hospital management.

The recent history of marijuana legalization in Massachusetts demonstrates the potential of ballot measures. Despite decades of Democratic Party dominance on Beacon Hill, medical and recreational marijuana languished in the state house. It was only through ballot initiatives — decriminalization in 2008, legalization of medical marijuana in 2012, and legalization of recreational use in 2016 — that legalization was finally won.

Voters forced the hand of reluctant lawmakers and in the process transformed the political terrain. A key pillar of the racist “war on drugs” has been shattered in Massachusetts, laying the basis for struggles that push farther.

Approaching politicians to request reforms has historically proven to be an ineffective way to win change. However, by appealing to the broad public and involving nurses in a campaign to directly demand reforms, the MNA has shown how it’s possible to shift the terrain around reform struggles in our favor — and in the process advance the battle for democracy.

The nurses, understanding the power of solidarity and seeing the fight of the oppressed as a health care issue, have also endorsed Yes on Question 3, which asks voters whether they oppose repealing a law prohibiting discrimination of transgender people in public spaces.

Other labor leaders who support Yes on 1 — such as former Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni and former national deputy director of SEIU’s health care division Jane McAlevey — have connected the fight for Yes on 1 to the women’s movement, writing:

In the past 12 months, a movement originally concerned with sexual abuse has become a broader movement for gender equity. The #MeToo movement calls for women to be heard and taken seriously not only when they speak out on sexual abuse but also when they speak out on other issues.

On Question 1, women who do the hands-on work in hospitals have amassed a formidable body of real-world experience, of longitudinal studies, of extensively researched data on the benefits of safe patent limits. The opinions of the organization representing 70 percent of all registered nurses in this state are strong, but the evidence that backs them is stronger still. The Massachusetts Nurses Association, like the Massachusetts Teachers Association, is one of the largest organizations of women in the state. They have spent years coming together in meetings all across Massachusetts to write this ballot question. They know what they are doing, day in and day out, in the hospitals, and they know what they are talking about in this crucial policy debate. Are we going to listen to them?”

Make no mistake: getting Question 1 passed is only the next of several steps in this struggle. Hospital administrators have threatened layoffs of auxiliary personnel and closures of community hospitals if this ballot initiative is approved, and they will blame their economic violence on the nurses. This will have to be fought with subsequent mobilizations.

Organizing solidarity with the nurses — at the polls, on picket lines and with co-workers and friends — will be essential, whatever the outcome of the November 6 vote.

Every time administrators complain about hiring enough nurses to safely staff their hospitals, we should counter with the idea that health care is a right and that the profit motive should not endanger patients’ lives. After all, we are all of us eventually patients, too.


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Another 23 percent named immigration as their No. 1 issue, which Trump aggressively pushed into the national conversation.
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From skyrocketing costs to lack of transparency, it’s easy to identify the problems plaguing today’s health care system. With all the negative news out there, it’s important to celebrate the positive. Here in New York, the Essential Plan has become a shining star and proven its ability to provide high-quality, affordable health care coverage to […]

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Health care and immigration were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots in the midterm elections, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American
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So the new watch is here. 
In all its glory. 
Apple Watch 4. 
It’s a work of art. For sure. 


I was am so inspired 
I got up early to make a stew. 
More meat and broth in the day. 


Always cover the Instant Pot 
And turn it on a Lazy Susan base
Away from cabinets etc 
When you manually release the steam. 


I’m learning Baby Sign Language. 
The doctor was most impressed. 
I thought she was going to grab me 
up and hug me when I told her
I had already started with signing. 


Still going to make this. 


Still making this every day. 
I know I’ll kick that watch’s ass! 

Oh .. and since I have not seen 
one single bumper sticker
And only one yard sign
For Rafael Ted Cruz ...



Today we usher in a return to civility. 
People will still fight even if they get 
free health care. And improved infrastructure. 
Some people reached their peak in 1990
And can’t get past the glory of 
Stormin’ Norman
And the First Gulf War. 
The promise of the Regean era
And the Christmas Story
And everything good about America. 
In a land of Home Improvement 
And so-called Family Values. 

Well... many of those Boomers 
Have grown up to be so alt-right
They wouldn’t know themselves 
If they looked in a mirror. 
The mirror the world is holding up right now.
It’s time for a changing of the guard. 

It will be good to not be in hate and fear 
And constant angst. 
That’s not normal. We’re so used to it
We think it’s normal. 


          Kitchen Assistant - Health Care - Volunteers of America Northern Rockies - Sheridan, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
Ensure kitchen and dining room are clean and meet health standard requirements. VOA is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals,...
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          Whatever Happens This Election Proves Me Right About Everything      Cache   Translate Page      
Third Way and David Brooks will explain it one way (a victory for the common sense center if Democrats win, proof that Democrats are out of touch with Real America if Republicans win) and they'll be the ones who have the microphones because that's how it works.

They'll also provide a caricature of the supposed lefty view of things, which is that lefties want every candidate everywhere to get their orders from some Brooklyn Marxist Collective or something.

And there are enough people running for office that you'll basically be able to tell any story you want to! Lefty candidate X lost, proof that the lefties are wrong! Corporate Dem Y lost, proof that the lefties are right!

I don't speak for the Online Left. I never did and now I am old and The Kids Today have taken over with their Snapchats or whatever, but the real Online Left critique of the Democrats was never that they need to run commies in every district. It went something more like this:

Policy and rhetoric aren't entirely separable, but...

On policy: A lot of what DC thinks is "centrist" had no relationship to what the median voter actually likes and polls prove that some very lefty things are actually popular! Not all very lefty things! It is true that politicians who run on certain very lefty things can cause problems for themselves even when those things are very popular because not pissing off the money people makes them less likely to spend massive amounts of money to oppose you. Most people like minimum wage increases but the people who will run $10 million in ads against you about other things do not. Pundits do not explain this wrinkle.

On rhetoric: Everybody "knows" Democrats are going to raise your taxes, force you into a gay marriage, mandate that you have an abortion, take away your car, give all your money to black people, bus in caravans of doom from Central America, surrender to ISIS, etc. Mushy middle types also like "A politician who knows what he believes and knows what he stands for." You can't really run from the caricature of Democrats, and if you do you sound like someone who won't stand up for his own side in argument. Not a good look. Better to embrace it and make it sound good. Maybe not the take away your car one! That'll really make people mad. Explain that, yes, you're going to give rich people's money to black people but also white people! Free health care for the poors and the not so poors! Also, running against your party ("I'm a different kind of Democrat!") works for one politician, it doesn't work if half your candidates are doing it.

tl;dr: some, not all, lefty policies are actually quite popular! Sound like you believe what you're saying and that everybody can have nice things instead of hoping "not quite as evil as the other guys" works. If people want evil they're gonna vote for the evil party. It isn't a secret which one it is.


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I bet Alito and Gorsuch and Kavanaugh will do everything to run interference for top people, especially Trump, and they can afford lawyers, but the little people should run out the door now.

Working for President Donald Trump has never been easy, but his staffers can expect a whole new level of mayhem if Democrats win control of the House on Tuesday.

Democratic control of even one chamber of Congress would unleash an onslaught of hearings, subpoenas and document demands as lawmakers investigate everything from the president’s personal tax returns to his controversial policies on immigration, health care and the environment.

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Which mistake was Obama’s worst? Was it causing people to lose their doctors? Was it raising their health care premiums by thousands? Doubling the national debt from 10 to 20 trillion dollars? Those mistakes can all be reversed. But what about Iran, the largest sponsor of terrorism in the world? Obama ended sanctions on Iran, … Continue reading Trump re-imposes sanctions on Iran, leading sponsor of Islamic terrorism
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You will provide podiatric care in a variety of settings as an autonomous practitioner whilst remaining part of a wider team. You will also give a high level of care both palliative and corrective as part of an agreed care plan whilst liaising with or referring to other Health Care Professionals Councils (HCPCs) or Agencies as appropriate. You will be required to plan and organise your own workload to ensure effective caseload management of a diverse range of patients. It is essential you have a Degree or Diploma in Podiatry with current HCPC registration and hold a Local Analgesia Certificate and have post graduate experience in this specialist area. The hours of this post are worked Monday, Thursday and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. This post requires membership of Disclosure Scotland's PVG Scheme. PLEASE READ AND SAVE THE CANDIDATE APPLICATION PACK BEFORE SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION. This post closes on the 9th November 2018.
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NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde is responsible for the health care needs of all children, young people and their families within the Board area. The Continence Service provides highly specialist assessment and treatment for a total child population. You will provide a nurse led service in assisting children / young people with bladder / bowel problems. You will achieve and maintain optimal continence through provision and facilitation of investigation and assessment, development of care packages and ongoing support and management throughout treatment programmes. You will be required to support, education and training in all aspects of bladder / bowel problems to children, carers and other health care professionals in both acute and community settings. It is essential you are a Registered Paediatric or Adult Nurse with current NMC registration. You should also be educated to Degree Level or equivalent with relevant experience in this area and have knowledge of Community Nursing and Resources. The hours of this post are worked Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm day to be agreed. This post requires membership of Disclosure Scotland's PVG Scheme. PLEASE READ AND SAVE THE CANDIDATE APPLICATION PACK BEFORE SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION. This post closes on the 16th November 2018. As you may be aware, West Glasgow ACH is due to close within the next 12 months. With this in mind, please note that positions based within the West Glasgow ACH will change location and move to other Sites within NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. These changes mean your base will change after joining us and you will be informed as soon as possible prior to any change of base.
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Identifies needs affecting discharge planning and potential services required at home. Collaborates with the patient and health care team to formulate... $31.23 - $39.57 an hour
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First look at Fox News Voter Analysis

Midterm voters indicate preferences on the border wall, health care.


          Comment on EIA’s Electric Power Monthly – October 2018 Edition with data for August by Caelan MacIntyre      Cache   Translate Page      
What is the concept and/or potential of 'health care' in your mind... such as if our places have been stripped of true community and medical knowledge and injected with industrial poisons? We can have it both ways; more needless diseases <em>and</em> health care (until maybe the health care part slowly disappears, along with, for example, Big Pharma). I seem to recall reading one of your comments about something of a background in agro. Is it any good? Was its mention merely some sort of status-signalling? Well, what about 'magic' mushrooms, marijuana, poppies and/or local/home-made anaesthetics? Anything to share there in terms of personal/local knowledge/empowerment such as as/if the system sufficiently declines/degrades? Sharing is caring.
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Assists the other members of the health care team in providing quality patient care. Assists with designated activities directly related to patient care and...
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          Alphabet kicks off a private two-day conference dedicated to health, featuring AI chief Jeff Dean      Cache   Translate Page      
The conference is a rare opportunity for Alphabet employees to come together from the various teams dabbling in health care, including Google Fit, Nest, Google Brain, Verily and Calico. It's billed as an academic conference.
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John Wood Community College Foundation recently held its annual scholarship reception to honor 2018-2019 donors and recipients.  Scholarships totaling more than $55,000 were awarded to 130 JWCC students. The Foundation was established in 1985 to provide support to advance the mission of JWCC. 

Barb Holthaus, executive director of the JWCC Foundation, served as master of ceremonies. The following scholarships were presented during the event:

 

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarship presented by AAUW members Vicki Dempsey and Nancy Weede to Kaylee Smith of Pittsfield.

 

  • Adams County Beef Producers Ag Scholarships presented by Kenny Schaffnit, treasurer of the Adams County Beef Producers, to Dane Gordley of Ursa and Dalton Lentz of Quincy.

 

  • Adams County Farm Bureau Foundation Ag Scholarships presented by Rick Edwards, Adams County Farm Bureau board president, to Levi Simon of Liberty.

 

  • Roger Akers Memorial Ag Scholarship presented by Larry Fischer, JWCC Board of Trustees chair, to Dillon White of Jacksonville.

 

  • aNH3 Scholarship presented by Dave Hetzler, JWCC interim dean of career and technical education, to Gavin Ideus of Golden.

 

  • Archer Daniels Midland Scholarships presented by Josh Welker, JWCC dean of business services and institutional effectiveness and a member of the JWCC Foundation Board, to Dalton Hildebrand of Camp Point, Lauren Markey of Tennessee, Ill., and Kailyn Mast of Fowler.

 

  • Frederick Ball Scholarship presented by former JWCC Trustee Jeanetta Green, who helped establish the scholarship, to Dejia Hankins of Quincy.

 

  • Bank of Bluffs and Meredosia Community Bank Ag Scholarship presented by Jerry Hagmeier, JWCC Board of Trustees member and JWCC Foundation board member, to Mazi Walker of Winchester.

 

  • BASF Corporation Ag Scholarship presented by Jerry Hagmeier, JWCC Board of Trustees member and JWCC Foundation board member, to Alexandria Post of Golden.

 

  • Brorstrom Scholarship for Nursing presented by Hal Oakley, great nephew of Grace Brorstrom Oakley who established this award, to Brooke Ebbing and Paige Maddox, both of Quincy.

 

  • Brown County Farm Bureau Ag Scholarship presented by Bert Dougherty, assistant at the JWCC Agricultural Center, to Landon Moore of Camp Point.

 

  • Brown County State Bank Ag Scholarship presented by Philip Krupps, Brown County State Bank president and CEO, to Kourtney Harris of Perry.

 

  • River Bugh Scholarship presented by River’s parents Larry and Tracy Bugh to Connor Saul of Davenport, Iowa.

 

  • Bunte Truck Service and Hull Fertilizer Inc. Ag Scholarship presented by Bob Rhea, JWCC Board of Trustees member, to Chaney Parker of Winchester.

 

  • Calhoun County Farm Bureau Ag Scholarship presented by Robert Reed, Calhoun County Farm Bureau board president, to Elizabeth Reis of Barry.

 

  • Cargill Incorporated Ag Scholarships presented by Mike Tenhouse, co-chair JWCC Agriculture Sciences Department and professor of agriculture, to Cole Duesterhaus of Fowler, Dane Gordley of Ursa, Dalton Hildebrand of Camp Point, Emma Mann and Kaylee Smith, both of Pittsfield, Gabrielle Tupper of Roodhouse, and Mazi Walker of Winchester.

 

  • Cass-Morgan Farm Bureau Foundation Ag Scholarships presented by Gary Shupe, co-chair JWCC Agriculture Sciences Department to Hanah Pullon and Dillon White, both of Jacksonville.

 

  • Central State Bank-Kinderhook Ag Scholarship presented by Jacob Walch to Maxwell Stinebaker of Griggsville.

 

  • Chapin State Bank Ag Scholarship presented by Gary Shupe, co-chair JWCC Agriculture Sciences Department to Hanah Pullon of Jacksonville.

 

  • College for Life Scholarships presented by Michele Westmaas, College for Life coordinator, to Mercedez Farmer and Gena Mann, both of Pittsfield, Cheyenne Gayton of Lewistown, Mo., and Tom Geise of Quincy.

 

 

  • Compeer Financial Ag Scholarship presented by Brock Willard, insurance officer, to Mary Perry of Camp Point.

 

  • Computer Information Systems Scholarship presented by Eric Foster, Coordinator of Student Life, to Lonita Ash of Barry.

 

  • Country Financial Agents - Jon Fesler, Rick Rodhouse, Mick Webel, Michael Bellovich-Ag Scholarship and the Country Financial Matching gift-Ag Scholarship presented by Mike Tenhouse, co-chair of the JWCC Agricultural Sciences Department, to Gabrielle Tupper of Roodhouseand Hanah Pullon of Jacksonville.

 

  • Harry L. Crisp II Community College Scholarships presented by Cody Baggett, dean of student services and registrar, to Kaylin Jones of Edina, Mo., and Grace Zanger of Mendon.

 

  • Matthew Crow Memorial Ag Scholarship presented by Michael Crow, Matthew’s brother, to Dalton Hildebrand of Camp Point.

 

  • Dearwester Grain Services, Inc. – Golden Ag Scholarship presented by Adam Mowen, Dearwester Grain Services sales representative, to Dalton Hildebrand of Camp Point.

 

  • Deege Family Scholarship presented by Dr. Susan Deege to Giovanny Garcia of Okeechobee, Fl.

 

  • Rino DeLuca Engineering Scholarship presented by Stephanie Phillips, dean of arts and sciences, to Brenden Massner of Quincy.

 

  • Del and Ruth Dougherty Memorial Scholarship presented by Kimberly Straube, JWCC health science instructor, to Rebekah Kindhart of Clayton.

 

  • Derrick Wayne Douglas Scholarship presented by JWCC alum and Derrick’s son Brett Douglas, to Drew Plowman of Hamilton.

 

  • The Donald and Eva Donhardt Memorial Scholarship for Nursing presented by Laura Routh, chair and instructor of health sciences, to Jessica Huber of Plainville.

 

  • Harry Elbe Memorial Scholarships presented by Harry’s son and daughter JWCC President Michael Elbe and Angie Chalabiani, to Brianna Hildebrand of Camp Point and Reed Jibben of Coatsburg.

 

 

  • Farm & Home Supply Ag Scholarships presented by Leon Obert, store manager of Quincy Farm & Home Supply, to Emma Mann of Pittsfield and Mary Perry of Camp Point.

 

  • Farmer Family Scholarship presented by Janell Farmer, former chair of the JWCC Board of Trustees and current member of the JWCC Foundation Board, to Dillon Selleck of Palmyra, Mo.

 

  • Farmers National Bank of Griggsville Ag Scholarships presented by Haylee Priest, ag loan officer, to Kourtney Harris of Perry and Maxwell Stinebaker of Griggsville.

 

  • Farmers State Bank of Pittsfield Ag Scholarship presented by Gina Sheurman, marketing manager, and JWCC Foundation Board vice president, to Reagan Hoskin of Pittsfield.

 

  • First Bankers Trust Company - Quincy Ag Scholarship presented by Josh Chaplin, vice president of ag lending for First Bankers Trust Company of Quincy, to Kailyn Mast of Fowler.

 

  • Fortress Bank Ag Scholarship presented by Andy Bastert, president of Fortress Bank, to Lauren Markey of Tennessee, Ill.

 

  • Dr. Ron Ghrist Memorial Ag Scholarship, given by Ghrist Veterinary Clinic presented by Mike Tenhouse, co-chair JWCC Agriculture Sciences Department, to Gabrielle Tupper of Roodhouse.

 

  • Mark Lloyd Goehl Memorial Scholarship presented by Mark’s sister, Amy Goehl, and mother, Arlene Goehl, to Grady Kurfman of Liberty.

 

  • Griggsville/Pittsfield Veterinary Clinic Ag Scholarship presented by Haylee Priest, ag loan officer with Farmers National Bank, to Kourtney Harris of Perry.

 

  • Walter Hansen-Quincy Noon Kiwanis Scholarships presented by Kristen Ritterbusch, JWCC director of admissions, to Lexi Goehl of Quincy and Abigail Gregg of Payson.

 

  • Paul R. Heath Scholarship presented by Emily Dozier, adult education transfer coordinator, to Devin Weiske of Quincy.

 

  • Helena Chemical Company Ag Scholarship presented by Bert Dougherty, assistant at the JWCC Agricultural Center, to Landon Moore of Camp Point.

 

  • Mark Higley Memorial Scholarship presented by Barb Higley, Mark’s mother, and JWCC President Michael Elbe, to Garret Gadeke of Fowler.

 

  • David O. Hill Memorial Ag Scholarship, given by Mt. Sterling Implement Company, presented by Mark Hill, vice president of Mt. Sterling Implement Company, to Dillon White of Jacksonville.

 

  • Clinton E. Hill Memorial Scholarship presented by Clinton’s son, Dennis, and his wife, Sarah, to Cole Reeder of Quincy.

 

  • Homebank Scholarships presented by Amy Goehl, Homebank vice president for loan servicing, to Dennis Haverfield of Bluffs and Justin Rossmiller of Coatsburg.

 

  • Dr. J. Victor Hopper/JWCC Retirees Scholarship presented by JWCC retirees Ron and Joan Larner to Adrianne Kewney of Quincy.

 

  • Illinois Community College System Foundation Health Care Scholarship presented by Laura Routh, chair and instructor of JWCC health sciences, to Carl Herman of Colchester, Ill., and Paige Syrcle of Griggsville.

 

  • Illinois Community College System Foundation Health Trust Scholarship presented by Laura Routh, chair and instructor of JWCC health sciences, to Megan Barry of Liberty and Elizabeth Freeman of Mendon.

 

  • Illinois State Scholar Awards presented by Gina Sheurman, JWCC Foundation president, to Breanna Bordewick of Quincy, Reagan Hoskin of Pittsfield, and Emma Raftery of Barry.

 

  • JWCC Ag Alumni Association Scholarship presented by Amanda Obert, president of the JWCC Ag Alumni Association, to Cody Bowen of Rockport, Kaylee Harrison of Pittsfield, Adrian Miller of New London, Mo., and Maxwell Stinebaker of Griggsville.

 

  • JWCC Entering Agriculture Student Scholarships presented by Amanda Obert, president of the JWCC Ag Alumni Association, to Lauren Markey of Tennessee, Ill., and Kailyn Mast of Fowler.

 

  • JWCC Foundation Achievement Scholarships presented by Dave Rakers, west region president with First Bankers Trust Company and a member of the JWCC Foundation Board, to Jadon Huddleston of New Salem, Bridgette Maxey of Sheridan, Wyo., Abby Reno of Quincy, and Valeriia Shamshyna of Kyiv, Ukraine.

 

  • KHQA Scholarship presented by Linsey Whittaker, KHQA multi-media journalist, to Caleb Hart of Barry.

 

  • Mary Larner Memorial Scholarships presented by Mary’s parents, Ron and Joan Larner, to Madeline Davis of Camp Point and Emma Raftery of Barry.

 

  • Larsson Agriculture Scholarship presented by Hal Oakley to Gabrielle Tupper of Roodhouse, Ill.

 

  • Leffman Healthcare Scholarship presented by Shirley Murphy, a good friend of Dr. Peter and Mary Leffman, who established the scholarship, to Kyle Roberts of Quincy.

 

  • Lemon Family Memorial Scholarship presented by Dr. Jack Lemon and Lynda Flesner to Easton Billings of Barry.

 

  • Logan Agri-Service, Inc. Ag Scholarship presented by Dave Bryant, crop specialist for Logan Agri-Service, Inc., to Sheldon Martin of Perry.

 

  • Longhorn Cattle & Swine Confinements Inc. Ag Scholarship presented by Kenny Schaffnit, treasurer of the Adams County Beef Producers, to Dalton Lentz of Quincy.

 

  • Leslie Manley Memorial Scholarship presented by Kimberly Straube, health science instructor, to Sheila Thomas of Monroe City, Mo.

 

  • Matt McElfresh Memorial Scholarship presented by Chief Deputy Rich Wagner with the Adams County Sheriff’s Department to Devin Cassens of Lorraine, Ill.

 

  • Mercantile Bank Scholarships presented by Mercantile President Mark Tyrpin to Erika Eaton and Harrison Fey, both of Quincy.

 

  • Ronald Moore Memorial Ag Scholarships presented by Marilyn and David Moore to Alexandria Post of Golden and Hanah Pullon of Jacksonville.

 

  • Mt. Sterling/Rushville Veterinary Clinic Ag Scholarship presented by Dr. Dallas Duncan, veterinarian and JWCC instructor, to Kelsey Post of Golden.

 

  • Dr. Steve Nash Memorial Ag Scholarship, given by Ghrist Veterinary Clinic, presented by Bob Rhea, JWCC Board of Trustees member, to Chaney Parker of Winchester.

 

  • Nutrien Ag Solutions-Ferris Ag Scholarship presented by Amanda Obert, president of the JWCC Ag Alumni Association, to Lauren Markey of Tennessee, Ill.

 

  • Nutrien Ag Solutions-Mt. Sterling Scholarship presented by Jason Sellman, manager of Nutrien Ag Solutions-Mt. Sterling, to Mary Perry of Camp Point.

 

  • Nutrien Ag Solutions-Palmyra Ag Scholarship presented by David Nix, manager of Nutrien Ag Solution-Palmyra, to Kailyn Mast of Fowler.

 

  • Burks Oakley Pre-Engineering Scholarship presented by Hal Oakley to Emanuel Hun of Quincy.

 

  • Grace Brostrom Oakley Scholarship presented by Hal Oakley to Allison Hollenstine of Quincy.

 

  • Oakley-Lindsay Foundation of Quincy Media, Inc. Scholarship presented by Carlos Fernandez, WGEM general manager, and Ron Wallace, vice president of newspapers with Quincy Newspapers, Inc., to Mary Perry of Camp Point.

 

  • Joanna Orr Memorial Scholarship presented by Joanna’s nieces Brenda DeSpain and Cindy Moore to Destiny Phillips of Pittsfield.

 

  • Ralph J. and Mary Ellen Orr Ag Scholarship presented by Brenda DeSpain and Cindy Moore, granddaughters of Ralph J. and Mary Ellen Orr, to Landon Moore of Camp Point.

 

  • Phi Theta Kappa Officer Scholarship presented by Jennifer Grindstaff, Phi Theta Kappa adviser and English instructor, to Monica Taft of Quincy.

 

  • Pike County Beef Association Ag Scholarships presented by Jim Gay, member of the JWCC Board of Trustees, to Caleb Hart of Barry and Reagan Hoskin of Pittsfield.

 

  • Pike-Scott Farm Bureau Ag Scholarship presented by Jim Gay, member of the JWCC Board of Trustees, to Reagan Hoskin of Pittsfield.

 

  • Pike Feeds, Inc. Ag Scholarship presented by Jim Gay, member of the JWCC Board of Trustees, to Kaylee Harrison of Pittsfield.

 

  • Pioneer, Inc. Ag Scholarship presented by Adam Wagner to Kelsey Post of Golden.

 

  • Prairieland FS, Inc. Ag Scholarships presented by Rich Archer, agronomy marketing manager, to Lauren Markey of Tennessee, Ill., Alexandria Post of Golden and Dillon White of Jacksonville.

 

  • Amy Nicole Reichert RN Scholarship presented by Amy’s husband, Chris, and son, Thomas, to Lauren Mueller of Quincy.

 

  • Southeast Advisory Council Scholarship presented by Diane Vose, manager of regional centers and community based outreach, to Caitlyn McIntire of Pittsfield.

 

  • The Maschhoffs, Inc. Ag Scholarship presented by Aurely Sanchez and Allison Fitzgerald, with the Maschhoffs, to Sheldan Martin of Perry.

 

  • The RJR Nabisco Livestock Evaluation Scholarships presented by Gary Shupe, co-chair JWCC Agriculture Science Department, to Hanah Pullon and Dillon White, both of Jacksonville, and Kaylee Harrison of Pittsfield.

 

  • TRiO Scholarships presented by Alisa Cameron, supervisor of TRiO student support services, to Shelbie Hubbard of Barry, Michaela Pence of Payson, Kyle Roberts of Quincy, and Paige Syrcle of Griggsville.

 

  • Judith L. Tucker Memorial Scholarship presented by Mike Jansen to Pyper Wettstein of Mt. Sterling.

 

  • Ursa Farmers Cooperative Ag Scholarship presented by Mike Jansen, feed counter sales at Ursa Farmers Cooperative, to Dane Gordley of Ursa.

 

  • Damian Vogel Memorial Ag Scholarship presented by Dave and Debbie Vogel, Damian’s father and mother, to Caleb Hart of Barry.

 

  • Mark Voss Memorial Agriculture Scholarship presented by Adam Wagner to Kelsey Post of Golden.

 

  • Western Illinois Pork Producers Scholarship presented by Mike Tenhouse, co-chair JWCC Agriculture Sciences Department and professor of agriculture, to Cole Duesterhaus of Fowler.

 

  • Western Illinois Veterinary Clinic LLC Ag Scholarship presented by Dr. Michelle Duncan and Dr. Bridgette Roskamp to Elizabeth Reis of Barry.

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          Exit polls show healthcare is the biggest issue for voters — and that could be a good sign for Democrats      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Early exit polls show that a plurality of voters identified healthcare as the most important issue in the 2018 midterm elections.
  • The polls could be a good sign for Democrats, who made healthcare their top issue during the campaign.
  • Preelection polls also showed voters trusted Democrats over Republicans on healthcare.
  • But exit polls can be unreliable and it's unclear how the focus influenced individual races.

Healthcare was the driving issue for many Americans in Tuesday's midterm elections, according to early exit polls, and the focus could be a good sign for Democrats.

According to early exit polls, healthcare was the most important issue for a plurality of voters in the midterms. An exit poll conducted by CNN, NBC, and other major outlets found 40% of Americans picking healthcare as their most important issue. Immigration came in second with roughly 20% of people selecting it as the top issue.

An exit poll conducted by the Associated Press' Votecast system also found that healthcare was the most important issue, but by a slimmer margin. 26% of Americans selected healthcare as the top issue with immigration nabbing a 23% share and 19% of people picking the economy.

Read more: Midterms 2018 LIVE: Follow along for live results and coverage of a wild election night

Healthcare was a dominant theme for Democrats throughout the election season with both House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer imploring candidates to focus on the issue during the waning days of the campaign.

"I write to acknowledge the vital role Congressional Democrats played in protecting the Affordable Care Act and exposing the GOP’s monstrous health care agenda – and I urge all of us to continue to push this message in the next 24 hours," Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues on Monday.

Read more: The 2018 midterms will have a big impact on healthcare, from Medicaid to nurses to abortion — here are the key issues

The focus on healthcare may also be a good, though incredibly early, sign for Democrats' hopes of retaking the House of Representatives. According to polling done before the election, Americans generally trusted the party more on healthcare and Democrats poured money into advertising on the issue.

Additionally, support for Obamacare and the law's preexisting conditions protections are at relative high points — both are issues that the Democrats harped on in the lead up to Election Day.

On the flip side, Trump and the GOP largely played defense on healthcare and attempted to turn the focus onto the strong economy or immigration issues like the migrant caravan. But that fight seems to have been blunted.

The results do come with a few caveats. Exit polls are prone to unreliability and just because voters were focused on healthcare doesn't mean that they voted for Democrats.

But Democrats largely wanted the midterm elections to be a referendum on the GOP's handling of healthcare and it appears the party got its wish.

SEE ALSO: A fight over the most popular piece of Obamacare could define the 2018 midterm elections

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          Maquet/Datascope Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps Might Fail on Battery Power      Cache   Translate Page      
he U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is evaluating recent reports of Getinge's Maquet/Datascope intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) devices shutting down while running on battery power.

November 5, 2018 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is evaluating recent reports of Getinge's Maquet/Datascope intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) devices shutting down while running on battery power. The company issued a letter to providers warning them about this issue Nov. 1, 2018. 

IABPs are used on critically-ill patients in health care facilities, including during transport. The vendor said an interruption in treatment can result in serious patient injury or death.

The Maquet/Datascope IABP is a cardiac assist device placed in the descending aorta, just distal to the left subclavian artery. The device is an electromechanical system used to inflate and deflate intra-aortic balloons, which provides temporary support to the heart's left ventricle by increasing coronary perfusion and reducing left ventricular work. Getinge manufactures the following Maquet/Datascope IABP devices: Cardiosave (Hybrid and Rescue), CS300 and CS100/CS100i.

Since 2017, the FDA has received more than 75 medical device reports of Maquet/Datascope IABP devices shutting down while running on battery, leading to pump stop and loss of hemodynamic support. Five of these reports described three patient deaths, although the deaths cannot be definitively attributed to the device shutting down. Other reports describe serious patient injury such as a sudden drop in blood pressure or the need for resuscitation. At least six reports indicated that there was no alarm warning before the device shutdown.

The company said the onset of the shutdown as described in the reports ranges from immediately following disconnection of the IABP from AC power (electricity) to within the expected battery run time.

In addition to device shutdown, there are reports describing several battery issues that could lead to patient harm, such as the device not charging the battery, the battery charge indicator not working properly or not showing the correct status of the battery charge, or the battery depleting sooner than expected.

"At this time, the root cause or incidence rate of these IABP devices shutting down while on batteries is not known. Although we are concerned about the device shutdown events associated with Maquet/Datascope IABPs, we recognize that these systems may be the best option for circulatory support for some patients. The FDA wants to ensure you are aware of these device failures that have been observed in patients treated with Maquet/Datascope IABPs and reported to the FDA," the company stated it is letter.

 

Recommendations for Providers

The FDA recommends that healthcare providers should follow each device's operating instructions manual for recommendations on usage, charging, maintenance and storage of the system batteries, since battery run times and discharge cycles vary between IABP models. 

In addition, the FDA recommends that users and servicers of Maquet/Datascope IABP devices should:
   • Ensure the IABP system is plugged into an AC outlet whenever possible during patient use to prevent the battery from depleting.
   • Ensure the IABP system is plugged into an AC outlet when the system is not in use. The batteries should be kept at a full charge even when the IABP is not in use.

When transporting patients within or between facilities, please refer to the system's Operating Instructions Manual for recommendations for portable/battery operation. For example:
   • Prior to portable operation, the battery should be fully charged.
   • Additional charged batteries should be on hand during transport, if applicable for the system. 
   • Ensure the batteries are properly seated in the battery compartment/charger. 
   • Periodically check battery run time and replace batteries as required, as recommended in each system's Operating Instructions Manual. A reduction in run time can occur over a battery's life for reasons such as age, storage temperature and discharge depth. 

Batteries should be replaced:
   • After reaching the maximum number of charge-discharge cycles. 
   • When the battery provides less than the minimum expected run time.
   • When the labeled lifetime of the battery is reached.
   • If the battery is broken, cracked, leaking or damaged. 

The vendor encourages providers to report to the FDA events of IABP devices shutting down while running on batteries, as well as any other battery issues that occur. Voluntary reports can be submitted through MedWatch, the FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting program. Healthcare personnel employed by facilities subject to FDA's user facility reporting requirements should follow the reporting procedures established by their facilities. Prompt reporting of adverse events can help the FDA identify and better understand the risks associated with medical devices.

When possible, return devices associated with, or suspected to be associated with, any adverse events or device malfunction to the manufacturer for evaluation to help them and the FDA better understand the issue.

The FDA is working with the device manufacturer to better understand these device shutdown events while running on battery for Maquet/Datascope IABPs, and any contributing factors. The FDA will keep the public informed if significant new information becomes available.

Links to Related Maquet IABP FDA Recalls:

Getinge Issues Worldwide Voluntary Correction of Maquet/Getinge Cardiosave Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump

Maquet Datascope Corp./Getinge Group Recalls the Cardiosave Hybrid and Cardiosave Rescue Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABPs) Due to Possible Malfunction and Failure at High AltitudesGetinge Issues Worldwide Voluntary

Correction of Maquet/Getinge Cardiosave Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) For Interruption and/or Inability to Start Therapy at Altitudes above 3,200 Feet/975 Meters (September 20, 2018)


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          Why Vote? Bernie Sanders Offers Simple Last-Minute Reminder: The GOP Agenda Is Horrific      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Primary Health Care Nurse In Charge - Yukon Government - Old Crow, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Valid Driver’s Licence; Planning, developing, implementing and evaluating public health programs, education and activities;... $90,418 - $104,593 a year
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          Primary Health Care Nurse In Charge - Yukon Government - Old Crow, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
For more information about this position please contact Melanie Clarke at melanie.clarke@gov.yk.ca. This is an until-filled position.... $90,418 - $104,593 a year
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          Somalia: Humanitarian Bulletin Somalia, 4 October – 5 November 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Somalia

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Aid agencies step up livelihood, resilience support
  • Conflict related displacement spikes in Lower Shabelle
  • Evictions continue in Mogadishu
  • Major disease outbreaks contained
  • Polio immunization continues
  • Mental health care must be prioritized
  • Sustained funding needed to support the aid operation

Aid agencies step up livelihood, resilience support

Thanks to the above-average 2018 Gu rains (April to June) and a sustained humanitarian response, harvests across the country were the best in nearly a decade. The number of food insecure people dropped from 6.7 million at the peak of the crisis in 2017 to 4.6 million by September this year. According to the FAO-led Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM), rainfall in October 2018 has been below average across most parts of Somalia. Rainfall performance in November and December will determine the impact of the Deyr season on food production. While there are considerable improvements in food security, the long-term impact of the 2017 drought on livelihoods has been substantial and will take several consecutive good rainy seasons for the affected communities to recover.


          [TobagoJack] Per imperatives => solutions Danger = opportunity The sort of equations some fi...      Cache   Translate Page      
Per imperatives => solutions
Danger = opportunity
The sort of equations some find challenging to take on board or even to understand, due to arms and legs mentality and beans counting

... let us see if brave-new-world protocol goes right, and if so, exports ala free-trades

Am wondering if Africans should say “no” to bot-doctors as part of turning head away from hospitals and railroads :0)

Am also wondering whether the bots would be practicing wholistic eastern medicine or specific-toxic western healing, and

What happens when bots prescribe in accordance w/ traditional Napalese healing but skip licensing fee.

Also, would such medicine improve UK healthcare system

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China’s Doctor Shortage Can Be Solved by AI
Andy HoNovember 6, 2018

A surgeon performs an operation at a clinic in the southwest Chinese city of Chongqing. AI might be able to solve China's doctor shortage problem.

Photo: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

If there is one country that has invested heavily in health care reform over the last few years, it is China. But as its population grows older, with already 300 million people suffering from chronic diseases, it seems almost impossible to keep up with the soaring demand for health care. According to the latest data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, China has 1.8 practicing doctors per 1,000 citizens, compared to 2.6 for the U.S. and 4.3 for Sweden. Can artificial intelligence relieve China’s overworked doctors of some of their burdens?

China’s Ailing Health Care SystemThe hard-working medical professionals who keep China’s ailing health care system running could certainly use a helping hand. Overcrowding is the order of the day in the country’s urban hospitals, with a typical outpatient department in Beijing seeing about 10,000 people every day. The problem is exacerbated by the scarcity of medical facilities in rural areas, which causes people to flock to hospitals in nearby cities.

As the Future Health Index 2018 by Philips shows, the relatively low number of skilled health care professionals in relation to the size of the population is one of the main reasons why access to care in China lags behind most of the other fifteen countries surveyed.

Demographic projections give further reason for concern. The demand for care will only continue to grow as China is aging more rapidly than almost any country in the world. The United Nations estimates that by 2040, the country’s population over 65 will reach about 303 million, which is almost equal to the current total population of the U.S.

However, there is also reason for optimism.

In its commitment to offer accessible and affordable care for all, the Chinese government is spearheading the development of health care technologies. And perhaps the most promising is AI.



The Rise of AIAI can help make sense of large amounts of data, fueled by computing power that has risen dramatically over the last few years. That’s why China offers particularly fertile ground for AI development: With its 1.4 billion population, the country sits on massive troves of data.

Recognizing the country’s AI potential, the government has set out an ambitious plan to turn China into the world’s leading AI innovation center. Health care is one of the industries that are set to benefit from multibillion-dollar investments in startups, academic research, and moonshot projects. This is not merely a vision, but a reality already in the making. According to Yiou Intelligence, a Beijing-based consultancy firm, some 131 Chinese companies are currently working on applying AI in health care.



A Smart Personal Assistant for PhysiciansSpeeding up the screening of medical images is just one of the ways in which AI could relieve China’s overburdened health care system.

As one Chinese radiologist said in an interview with The New York Times: “We have to deal with a vast amount of medical images every day. So we welcome technology if it can relieve the pressure while boosting efficiency and accuracy.”

We should take these needs to heart and focus on developing intelligent applications that ease the workload for physicians while improving outcomes for patients. Crucially, the goal should not be to replace physicians, but to augment their impact in their daily work, strengthening their role in the delivery of efficient and high-quality care.

For some, AI conjures up images of autonomous robots replacing human workers. But I believe that in health care, AI is best thought of as a smart personal assistant for physicians that adapts to their needs and ways of working—“adaptive intelligence,” as we call it at Philips. Viewed through that lens, AI will make health care more—not less—human.

Today, AI is already helping physicians with the analysis of medical images. As AI becomes increasingly sophisticated and is integrated with medical knowledge, it could support ever more precise diagnoses and personalized treatment plans. But in the short term, arguably the greatest gains are to be made in solving operational bottlenecks in hospitals—for example, by helping physicians get a quick overview of all clinically relevant information on a patient.

Patient data are usually stored in many disparate systems and formats. At Zhongshan Hospital in Shanghai, it can take a physician up to 20 days to manually extract all relevant information from 200 unstructured medical reports into one structured format.

By combining AI methods like natural language processing and machine learning with clinical knowledge, it is possible to collate all clinically relevant information in one dashboard. Physicians could spend less time capturing information from unstructured reports and less time sitting in front of a screen to get a complete picture of the patient.

Improving Care Close to People’s HomesAI could also enable patients with chronic conditions to become more informed about their health and to stay connected with professional caregivers.

According to the Future Health Index 2018, adoption of telehealth in China is currently much lower than the 16-country average, but the Chinese population is open to the use of technologies that can supplement the care they currently receive.

For example, home health monitoring technology powered by AI could help the frail and elderly stay connected with professional caregivers to ensure they receive timely care when needed. People with diabetes or hypertension could benefit from similar technology that allows them to track their condition via clinically validated sensors and devices.

Such initiatives would fit perfectly with the Chinese government’s ambition to improve care at the grassroots level to counter congestion in city hospitals. More widespread adoption of AI technologies should go hand in hand with investments in primary care facilities and Internet connectivity in rural areas—making health care more equally accessible and affordable and allowing people to enjoy a better quality of life close to their communities.

Looking further ahead, AI could also become pivotal in addressing lifestyle-related diseases such as obesity—a major health concern that affects about one in eight people in China. Imagine people with high risk of obesity getting bespoke lifestyle tips via their smartphone. On a population level, data analyses could inform public interventions targeted at specific age groups or geographic areas. As the Chinese government has outlined in its plans for a “Healthy China 2030,” the focus of the health care system will increasingly shift from treatment to prevention.

A Call for CollaborationHow to accelerate this journey toward more efficient, accessible and preventative care?

First, building a more robust data ecosystem should be top priority. The quality of AI is only as good as the quality of the data fed into it. China’s health care system would benefit from shared data standards, interoperability of systems, and improved data exchange protected by top-notch security measures. The establishment of three national digital databases with health information by 2020 is an important step in this direction.

Second, data-driven approaches such as AI will only have the desired impact when combined with proven medical expertise. AI is only part of any solution; it is never a solution by itself. A deep understanding of the clinical context is indispensable. Any form of AI-assisted care must be centered on the physician and the patient, taking their needs as a starting point and building on the wealth of human knowledge that is already available.

Third, AI-enabled tools must be rigorously tested against the highest regulatory standards. In health care, where lives are at stake, we need to deploy new technologies wisely and carefully. Only with proper clinical validation can we ensure responsible, safe and effective use of AI. Physicians as well as patients also require education on a tool’s strengths and limitations.

Fourth, collaboration between academia, startups, and established companies is of paramount importance. The challenges in China’s health care system are simply too big for any player to address it alone. In this light, it is encouraging that the Chinese government has recently founded a collaborative platform to promote the exchange of ideas and kick-start new projects in intelligent medicine.

Finally, to ensure we are creating a future-ready health care system in China, we must address the shortage of talent at the intersection of medicine and data science. We should nurture and invest in developing people who combine medical know-how with a firm understanding of AI and other technologies. Ultimately, the sustainability of China’s health care system may lie in their hands.

This piece first appeared on the World Economic Forum Agenda.

          Daily Kos Elections has all the resources you need for election night 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

At long last, Election Day is here! Daily Kos Elections has been tracking the ins and outs of the 2018 midterms every day all cycle long, and we’re very excited to finally liveblog the results, beginning when the first polls start closing at 6 PM ET tonight. To help you get ready to track the returns—and make sense of them as they come in—we’ve put together a broad array of resources you’ll want to bookmark, print out, and share with your friends:

  • Our poll closing times map shows you when each state’s polls close, with version for every U.S. time zone and a special version to aid the color-blind
  • Our hour-by-hour guide to election night summarizes every key race for Senate, House, and governor, including those that will determine control of Congress
  • Our guide to key ballot measures will fill you in on all the important initiatives and constitutional amendments that many states will be voting on, on a broad range of topics that include voting rights, redistricting, the environment, health care, the minimum wage, and more
  • Our guide to key legislative chambers will walk you through all the state Senates and state Houses that could change hands on election night
  • Our final forecast for the Senate, House, and governorships uses the Daily Kos Elections polling averages to project how many seats we think each party might win
  • Our final race ratings for Senate, House, and governor show how competitive we think each individual contest is, as well as the final average of all publicly available polls
  • Our "county benchmarks" will help you make sense of returns as they come in by showing what percentage of the vote in key counties Democratic candidates for statewide office (and one House race in Kentucky, where polls close early) likely need to hit to win their races
  • And finally, our key race tracker will keep you updated on who’s won each of the important races in real time on election night

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          Medical student interest group focuses on health care in rural areas       Cache   Translate Page      
McKenzie Nelson is among the two dozen medical students who are part of the Rural Health Student Interest Group formed to assist the medically underserved in the Tristate.
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McVEIGH, ROBERT G. Peacefully at Headwaters Health Care Centre, Orangeville, on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, Robert G. McVeigh, beloved husband of...
          Lauren Underwood defeats Randy Hultgren in 14th Congressional District race      Cache   Translate Page      
Lauren Underwood, a 32-year-old nurse and health policy expert from Naperville, has unseated incumbent Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren in the 14th Congressional District, according to reports from the Associated Press.

With 94 percent of McHenry County precincts reporting, Hultgren received 24,172 votes, or roughly 54 percent of the total vote, to Underwood's 20,347, according to unofficial results. However, this was the only county that Hultgren, who has been in office since 2010 was able to win.

“As a registered nurse and lifelong health care advocate, Lauren Underwood has a tremendous record of service to her community and a deep understanding of the challenges they face," House Majority PAC Executive Director Charlie Kelly said in a news release. "She’ll bring that needed perspective and experience to Congress."

Underwood – who has received a number of high-profile endorsements, including from former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden – has said she would fight to keep the Affordable Care Act intact after having worked on it in her role as a senior advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Her stances on health care were also her basis for running for office after she felt Hultgren broke a promise not to back legislation that didn't provide coverage options for patients with pre-existing conditions by voting for the American Health Care Act.

Hultgren, meanwhile, has said the American Health Care Act stated that insurance companies cannot ask about pre-existing conditions so long as individuals are continuing coverage and not starting anew.

During his campaign, he also voiced concerns over the Affordable Care Act's premium and deductible increases and lack of coverage choices. In certain parts of the 14th district, Hultgren said residents may be limited to one insurance provider: Blue Cross Blue Shield.

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon that Hultgren is doing a great job and has his "total endorsement."


          Live: Updates from McHenry County election night 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
For a look at the live McHenry County election results, click here:

10:01 p.m. - Democrat Lauren Underwood wins election to U.S. House in Illinois's 14th congressional district, per the Associated Press. As of this time, Randy Hultgren was winning the McHenry County portion of the race with 51.67 percent (25,582) of the vote to Underwood's 48.33 percent (23,931) with 94 percent of precincts reporting.

“As a registered nurse and lifelong health care advocate, Lauren Underwood has a tremendous record of service to her community and a deep understanding of the challenges they face. She’ll bring that needed perspective and experience to Congress,” said House Majority PAC Executive Director Charlie Kelly. “The voters of IL-14 saw Randy Hultgren for what he was – an out-of-touch career politician – and chose to elect a new generation of leadership and a champion for hardworking families in Lauren Underwood.”

9:49 p.m. – With 100 percent of precincts reporting in the McHenry County Board’s District 6, unofficial results showed Republican incumbents holding on to their seats. Michele Aavang grabbed 32.6 percent of the vote (7,862 votes) while Larry Smith tallied 30 percent (7,422 votes). Democratic challengers Buffy Brasile and Larry Spaeth fell short with 17.9 percent and 18.7 percent of the vote respectively. 

– Ed Komenda

9:33 p.m. – It appears Joe Tirio will be the next McHenry County Clerk. As of 9:30 p.m., with 93 percent of McHenry County precincts reporting, the sitting recorder had 56.6 percent of the vote, or 39,856 votes. Democratic challenger Andrew Georgi has 43.4 percent of the vote, or 30,536 votes.

– Ed Komenda

9:31 p.m. - Democrat Sean Casten has defeated six-term Republican Rep. Peter Roskam to flip a suburban Chicago district the GOP has held for more than four decades. Democrats targeted the seat in Chicago's west and northwest suburbs in an effort to win control of the House. It was Roskam's toughest challenge since the Wheaton lawmaker was first elected to Congress in 2006. Casten, a scientist and businessman from Downers Grove, argued Roskam was too conservative for a district that supported Hillary Clinton over President Donald Trump in 2016. He pointed to Roskam's record of opposing abortion and his record of voting along with Trump. Roskam insisted he's a moderate who opposed Trump when necessary. He criticized Casten as wanting to raise taxes and for name-calling and "embracing the politics of ridicule."

- Associated Press

9:02 p.m. - McHenry County voters have spoken and the referenda on the ballot have clear winners. The heavily debated McHenry Township Road District abolishment was voted down, the McHenry Rec Center was too but the McHenry District 156 referendum passed.

Also, both McHenry County Board term limits passed with more than 91 percent of the vote.

- Jon Styf

8:49 p.m. - McHenry County results certainly don’t mirror the statewide results. By 8:45 p.m., Republicans Erika Harold (attorney general) and Bruce Rauner had conceded their races despite winning McHenry County. Harold was up with 56.6 percent of the McHenry County vote while Rauner took 55.5 percent of it with 93 percent of precincts reporting.

Jesse White (secretary of state) is the only Democrat in a statewide race who will win the McHenry County vote. White took 58 percent of the vote in the county.

- Jon Styf

8:40 p.m. - Republican Erika Harold has conceded to Democrat Kwame Raoul in their battle for Illinois attorney general.

- Associated Press

8:17 p.m. – On behalf of the Democratic Governors Association, Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) issued a statement on Democrat JB Pritzker’s victory in the Illinois’ governor race:

“Congratulations to Governor-Elect JB Pritzker for his commanding victory in Illinois. JB ran a model campaign, focused on the issues that matter to Illinois voters: strengthening health care, investing in education, and fixing the budget mess that Governor Bruce Rauner left. JB also built a strong campaign infrastructure to help up-and-down the ticket.

“Illinois voters spoke loudly today by overwhelmingly supporting JB’s plans to bring much needed change to the Land of Lincoln. JB will turn the page from the last four years in Illinois, and get the state moving in the right direction again.

“JB Pritzker has served his community as a national advocate for early childhood education and started a non-profit business incubator to bring tech jobs to Illinois. Now, as governor he will continue his record of service for Illinois families, focusing on creating jobs, expanding quality health care and investing in education. This is a much-welcomed turn around for Illinois. I’m honored to have worked with JB to add Illinois back to the Democratic column.”

Rauner posted this Tweet shortly before 8:30 p.m.: "It’s been an honor to serve. Thank you, Illinois."

– Ed Komenda

8:12 p.m. – Early results show voters favor McHenry District 156’s proposed $44 million referendum. The district has received 3,792 in favor of the proposal and 2,948 votes against. McHenry County has 93 percent of its precincts reported on this question.

– Brittany Keeperman

8:09 p.m. – With nearly 16 percent reporting in McHenry County, in Illinois’ 32nd Senate District, State. Sen. Craig Wilcox, R-McHenry, is ahead of Mary Mahady, D-McHenry.

McHenry County shows Wilcox has a total of 10,811 votes with Mahady trailing with 7,778.

In Lake County with 27 percent reporting, Wilcox is leading with 6,957 votes compared to Mahady’s 5,365.

– Daniel Gaitan

8:06 p.m. – Early results have shown Illinois District 6 Congressional Candidate Sean Casten has taken a lead over opponent Peter Roskam. Current totals across DuPage, Kane, McHenry and Lake counties show Casten has received 40,400 votes to Roskam's 33,172 votes. Cook County has not reported.

– Brittany Keeperman

7:57 p.m. – Less than an hour after polls closed, Gov. Bruce Rauner conceded the Illinois governor election to Democrat J.B. Pritzker. With 698 of 10,114 precincts reporting, Pritzker had 64 percent of the vote to Rauner's 31 percent.

– Ed Komenda

7:48 p.m. – A possible midterm story line is a “blue wave” narrative that includes Democrats taking multiple seats on the McHenry County Board. In the March primary, District 2 Democrat Suzanne Ness turned heads when she received more votes than any of the Republicans in the race. 

At the close of the polls Tuesday, District 2 candidate Josh Howell had 98 roadside signs and 300 yard signs planted around town. What did Ness’ campaign look like? The Woodstock Democrat gave a glimpse in a day-before-the-election note to her supporters: 

“[We] put out close to 300 signs, 12,000 mailers, 2500 postcards to targeted households, and knocked on close to 8000 doors. We held a dozen meet and greets, marched in the Crystal Lake parade and by all accounts over 250 people participated in my campaign between yard signs, donations, canvassers, and attendees at fundraising events.”

– Ed Komenda

7:41 p.m. – Early reports show State Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, has taken a lead over Tom Georges, D-Mundelein, in Lake County. Lake County shows McConchie has a total of 16,079 votes with Georges trailing with 10,433 votes.

Lake County voted for McConchie with current vote totals at 24.95 percent.

McHenry and Cook counties have not posted results.

– Daniel Gaitan

7:36 p.m. – Early reports show Illinois District 6 Congressional Candidate Sean Casten has taken a slight lead over opponent Peter Roskam. Lake and Kane counties show Casten has a total of 16,180 votes with Roskam trailing behind with 14,972 votes.

Lake County voted for Roskam with current vote totals at 56.22 percent, or 5,064 votes against Casten's 3,944 votes.

In Kane County, early result totals show Casten took 54.56 percent of votes, with 12,236 votes for him and 9,908 votes for Roskam.

Lake County totals don't include early votes, votes by mail, provisional or late votes by mail, according to the website.

Not all counties in the 6th District have posted early results yet.

– Brittany Keeperman

7:08 p.m. – As part of one of the closest Congressional races in the country, Democrat Lauren Underwood made one last push in the 14th District to unseat Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, after casting her vote in her hometown of Naperville Tuesday morning.

Underwood and Hultgren have both made appearances in McHenry County the week leading up to the election. Hultgren visited a Spring Grove manufacturer on Friday with U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan to rally voters while Underwood urged supporters to vote at her Woodstock office in Monday.

– Drew Zimmerman

7:06 p.m. – McHenry County Recorder Joe Tirio and a large group of local Republicans will be watching election results at the Bulldog Ale House in McHenry. Before the polls closed Tuesday, Tirio spent his day visiting polling places. "At least 50," he said.

– Ed Komenda

6:45 p.m. – 110,402 people or 45.8 percent of registered voters in McHenry County have voted so far, with about 15 minutes left before the polls close, according to the county clerk's website.

– Katie Smith

6:24 p.m. – McHenry County Board District 2 candidate Josh Howell plans to hit the road when the polls close at 7 p.m. to pick up the 98 4x4 political signs his campaign planted before the election.

After the signs are packed away, he plans to visit polling places such as Main Beach and West Main Beach to get an idea how the race turned out long before McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan posts results. Polling places post their results on the outside of the building on "white receipt paper," Howell said.

– Ed Komenda

1:32 p.m. – 36 percent of registered voters in McHenry County have cast ballots. Election judges are attributing the turnout to increased campaign advertising and the overall sentiment that individual votes count. Lots of places also reported seeing more young voters than usual

– Katie Smith


          Illinois District 6 Congressional Candidate Sean Casten wins seat over incumbent Peter Roskam      Cache   Translate Page      
The Associated Press has called the 6th Congressional District U.S. House race for Sean Casten over incumbent Peter Roskam.

Casten, a former CEO and entrepreneur from Downers Grove, has voiced strong opinions on the need to address climate change and implement gun control reform. Casten has also expressed strong support for a universal health care system.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Roskam, R-Wheaton faced off against Casten, D-Downers Grove in the midterm race. The district stretches from Crystal Lake to Darien and covers portions of DuPage, Lake, McHenry and Cook counties.

In McHenry County, about 52 percent, or 11,853 voters, voted for Casten while about 48 percent, or 11,013 voters, picked Roskam, early totals show.

The highly competitive race has sparked national interest, as Roskam holds one of the 23 seats Democrats hope to flip in November with a so-called blue wave and retake the U.S. House of Representatives.

Roskam served in the office for six terms, since 2006. Roskam also served as the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Chairman and sat on the Tax Policy sub-committee.

Recently he has been vocal in his support for the controversial Tax Cuts and Job Act plan.


          VoteCast: Illinois voters say nation headed wrong way      Cache   Translate Page      
A majority of voters casting midterm election ballots in Illinois said the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.

As voters cast ballots for governor and members of Congress in Tuesday's elections, AP VoteCast found that 33 percent of Illinois voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 67 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Here's a snapshot of who voted and why in Illinois, based on preliminary results from AP VoteCast, an innovative nationwide survey of about 138,000 voters and nonvoters _ including 786 voters and 227 nonvoters in the state of Illinois _ conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.

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RACE FOR GOVERNOR

Democrat J.B. Pritzker appeared to lead Republican Bruce Rauner among voters under 45 in the race for governor. Voters ages 45 and older were divided.

Voters without a college degree appeared to prefer Pritzker. By contrast, college graduates were divided.

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TOP ISSUE: HEALTH CARE

Health care was at the forefront of voters' minds: 30 percent named it as the most important issue facing the nation in this year's midterm elections. Others considered the economy (16 percent), immigration (16 percent), gun policy (11 percent) and the environment (7 percent) to be the top issue.

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STATE OF THE ECONOMY

Views of economic conditions in the country are mixed – 45 percent of voters said the nation's economy is not good, compared with 55 percent who said it's good.

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TRUMP FACTOR

For 40 percent of Illinois voters, President Donald Trump was not a factor they considered while casting their votes. By comparison, 20 percent said a reason for their vote was to express support for Trump, and 40 percent said they voted to express opposition to Trump.

A majority of voters in Illinois had negative views of Trump: 62 percent said they disapprove of how he is handling his job as president, while 38 percent said they approve of Trump.

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AP VoteCast is a survey of the American electorate in all 50 states conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago for The Associated Press and Fox News. The survey of 786 voters and 227 nonvoters in Illinois was conducted Oct. 29 to Nov. 6, concluding as polls close on Election Day. Interviews in English and Spanish with self-identified registered voters selected from opt-in online panels are calibrated with interviews of randomly sampled registered voters nationwide. The margin of sampling error for voters is estimated to be plus or minus 9.8 percentage points. Although there is no statistically agreed upon approach for calculating margins of error for non-probability samples, the margin of error is estimated using a calculation called the root mean squared error and other statistical adjustments. All surveys are subject to multiple sources of error, including from sampling, question wording and order, and nonresponse. Find more details about AP VoteCast's methodology at http://www.ap.org/votecast.


          AP survey: Health care, immigration high on voters' minds      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON – Health care and immigration were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots in the midterm elections, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate conducted by The Associated Press.

AP VoteCast also shows a majority of voters considered President Donald Trump a factor in their votes.

Control of the Senate and the House of Representatives is at stake in the first nationwide election of Trump's presidency. Democrats are hoping to take over one or both chambers to put a check on the president. At the same time, Trump is encouraging voters to view the election as a referendum on his leadership.

The VoteCast survey debuted Tuesday, replacing the in-person exit poll as a source of detailed information about the American electorate. In all, the survey included interviews with more than 113,000 voters nationwide.

Some early takeaways from VoteCast:

TOP ISSUES: HEALTH CARE AND IMMIGRATION

Health care was at the forefront of voters' minds: 26 percent named it as the most important issue facing the country in this year's midterm elections, followed by immigration (23 percent). Smaller shares considered the economy (19 percent), gun policy (8 percent) and the environment (7 percent) to be the top issue.

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IS IT ALL ABOUT TRUMP?

Nearly two-thirds of voters said Trump was a reason for their vote, while about a third said he was not.

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THE ECONOMY

Voters have a positive view of the state of the national economy — 65 percent said the condition of the economy is excellent or good, compared with 34 percent who said it's not good or poor.

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WRONG DIRECTION

A majority of voters overall said the country is headed in the wrong direction. About 6 in 10 voters said it is headed in the wrong direction, while around 4 in 10 said it's on the right track.

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AP VoteCast is a survey of the American electorate conducted in all 50 states by NORC at the University of Chicago for The Associated Press and Fox News. The survey of 113,677 voters and 21,599 nonvoters was conducted Oct. 29 to Nov. 6, concluding as polls close on Election Day. It combines interviews in English and Spanish with a random sample of registered voters drawn from state voter files; with self-identified registered voters conducted using NORC's probability-based AmeriSpeak panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population; and with self-identified registered voters selected from nonprobability online panels. Participants selected from state voter files were contacted by phone and mail, and had the opportunity to take the survey by phone or online. The margin of sampling error for voters is estimated to be plus or minus 0.5 percentage points. All surveys are subject to multiple sources of error, including sampling, question wording and order, and nonresponse. Find more details about AP VoteCast's methodology at http://www.ap.org/votecast.


          Midterms 2018: Here are the races to watch in McHenry County      Cache   Translate Page      
The midterm elections are here, and McHenry County residents have many races of great interest to them on the ballot.

The Northwest Herald will be updating readers with election results on Election Central throughout the night, but here are some of the races readers will want to keep an eye on:

14th Congressional District

Naperville Democrat and nurse Lauren Underwood has made health care a cornerstone of her campaign to dethrone incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren.

Hultgren has been representing the 14th Congressional District – which covers parts of DeKalb, McHenry, Kendall, Lake, DuPage and Will counties – since 2011. Underwood shifted to politics after former President Barack Obama appointed her a senior adviser in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Underwood has criticized Hultgren for voting to repeal Obamacare and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but the Plano incumbent has defended himself, claiming he would vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act if a replacement that included protections for people facing pre-existing conditions is brought forward.

Hultgren holds one of the seats Democrats hope to turn Tuesday with a so-called blue wave to retake the U.S. House of Representatives.

6th Congressional District

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, has his work cut out for him against challenging Downers Grove Democrat Sean Casten.

The highly competitive race has sparked national interest, as Roskam holds one of the 23 seats Democrats hope to flip to retake the U.S. House.

Roskam has accused Casten of mudslinging and unfairly tying him to President Donald Trump. Casten has painted Roskam as a flip-flopper and Trump enabler.

McHenry County Board

County Board Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 all have seats up for grabs.

The night's storyline could involve the incumbents holding their ground or challenging Democrats putting down stakes in a historically Republican county.

All candidates for Districts 1, 2 and 3 said they support reducing the size of the County Board. McHenry County’s existing board members voted earlier this year to reduce the number of members from 24 to 18. Those changes are expected to take effect with the 2022 election.

McHenry County clerk

The two men hoping to become McHenry County clerk both have promised to safeguard elections and smoothly fold the recorder’s office into the clerk’s office.

And one of those men already is working as the county's recorder: Joe Tirio, a Woodstock Republican who says he would hold both offices if elected.

Drew Georgi, a Democrat from Hebron, said he’s worried voter equipment is not kept in a secure location and would work to improve the election process.

In March, McHenry County residents overwhelmingly voted to eliminate the recorder’s office and fold it into the clerk’s office. The office will cease to exist Dec. 1, 2020.

The county clerk’s office now is held by Mary McClellan.

Last year, McClellan announced that she would not seek a second term so she could run to fill the seat of former Judge Maureen McIntyre. She lost the race for that seat in the March primary election.

As the chief election authority, the county clerk is mandated to provide voter and candidate services, and to administer elections in an unbiased and efficient manner.

Referendums

Voters will have much power to wield during this election.

In McHenry Township, the ballots will include a referendum question asking whether the road district should be abolished. If voters decide to abolish the road district, no changes would take place until the end of McHenry Township Highway Commissioner James Condon’s term in 2020.

In the city of McHenry, residents have two decisions to make: whether the city should build an addition to the McHenry Recreation Center and whether McHenry High School District 156 should make significant changes to the McHenry West and East high school campuses.


          History, Trump and partisan bitterness collide in Georgia      Cache   Translate Page      
ATLANTA – Voters in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races cast ballots Tuesday amid an ongoing dispute about one of the candidates' management of Georgia's elections system, leaving open the possibility that the loser may not accept the outcome.

Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams are meeting in one of the signature contests of the 2018 midterm elections, with potential outcomes ranging from the election of America's first black woman governor to another four weeks of bitter, race-laden campaigning.

Adding to the Election Day drama, widespread reports of technical malfunctions and long lines at polling stations came in from across the state, with some voters reporting waits of up to three hours to cast ballots.

In Cobb County, just outside Atlanta, Nicole Whatley planned to vote for Abrams, partly because "of this whole social divisiveness that's been going on," she said, as she stood in line to vote outside a library in a cold rain Tuesday morning.

Whatley, 33, said she didn't appreciate how Kemp has adopted Trump's rhetoric on immigration.

"Kemp tried to play that Trump card to get where he's at," she said, adding that Abrams, by contrast, highlighted unity. "Her campaign spoke about partisanship and bringing people back together," Whatley said.

Her husband Lance Whatley, a 29-year-old software engineer, was leaning toward voting for Kemp as he waited. "It might be a game-time decision for me when I get in the voting booth," he said.

Abrams, a 44-year-old Atlanta attorney, former lawmaker and moonlighting romance novelist would be the first black woman in American history elected governor in any state and the first woman or nonwhite governor in Georgia history. She's already made history as the first black woman to be a major party gubernatorial nominee.

Kemp, a 54-year-old businessman and veteran secretary of state is vying to maintain the GOP's hold on a state that is nearing presidential battleground status courtesy of its growth and diversity. Republicans have won every Georgia governor's race since 2002.

Ballot access and election integrity flared up in the final weekend after a private citizen alerted the Georgia Democratic Party and a private attorney of potential vulnerability in the online voter database Kemp that oversees in his current job as secretary of state. Those private communications ended up with Kemp announcing, without providing any evidence, that he was launching an investigation into Georgia Democrats for "possible cybercrimes."

Kemp pushed back Monday against concerns that his call for an investigation is politically motivated.

But Abrams would have none of that, declaring Kemp a "bald-faced liar" intent on deflecting attention from security problems with his system.

Both nominees frame it as no less than a battle for Georgia's soul, a contest so intense that early voting has approached the overall number of ballots cast in the governor's race four years ago. Georgia law requires a majority to win, so the presence of a Libertarian on the ballot could yield a Dec. 4 runoff.

"I've never seen a time where the state of Georgia had more at stake than we do in this contest," Kemp told supporters at one of his final campaign stops.

In the closing days, Kemp basked in President Donald Trump's glow, after a Sunday rally that drew thousands of boisterous Republicans to central Georgia to see Trump deplane from Air Force One.

Abrams, meanwhile, continued as she has throughout her campaign noting the potential historical significance but arguing the contest should be about more.

"I don't want anyone to vote for me because I'm black," she told supporters in Savannah on Monday. "And no one on the ballot needs a vote because we're women. And I don't even want you to vote for us just because we're Democrats. You need to vote for us because we're better."

On policy, the principal dividing lines are health care (Abrams wants to expand Medicaid insurance; Kemp wants to maintain Georgia's refusal and boost rural hospitals); education (Kemp supports private school vouchers; Abrams opposes them); and criminal justice (Kemp is a law-and-order Republican; Abrams focuses on rehabilitating non-violent offenders and criticizes cash bail as unfair to poorer defendants).

But even the policy debates have played out as much as cultural identity battles as they have nuanced debates over policy details.

Abrams blasts Kemp as "an architect of voter suppression" for the way he's opted to enforce federal and state election laws. Kemp and other Republican groups have blasted Abrams as an extremist with backing from "socialists" who, in Kemp's estimation, "want to turn Georgia into California."

The Georgia outcome is among the most closely watched of any midterm contest for reasons beyond Abrams' race and gender. Democrats are expected to pick up several governor's seats across the country, particularly in the Midwest region that helped propel Trump to the White House in 2016. But flipping what has been a GOP stronghold like Georgia would signal a potential meaningful shift in the electorate and open up a new battleground ahead of 2020.

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Associated Press writer Jeff Martin in Atlanta contributed to this report.

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Follow Barrow and Nadler on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BillBarrowAP and https://twitter.com/benjaminrnadler .

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For AP's complete coverage of the U.S. midterm elections: http://apne.ws/APPolitics


          Health Care Aide - Prairie Mountain Health - Sandy Lake, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Health Care Aide Certificate from a recognized program. Demonstrated flexibility to facilitate changes in techniques and procedures....
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          Judith E. Gurland, MD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who      Cache   Translate Page      
Dr. Gurland has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of health care and higher education
          Licensed Practical Nurse - Harbour Landing Village - Regina, SK      Cache   Translate Page      
The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) under the direction of the Director of Care at Harbour Landing Village (HLV), is a functioning member of the health care...
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          VoteCast: Health care, gun issues helped Manchin      Cache   Translate Page      
Democrat Joe Manchin's successful re-election to the U.S. Senate was aided by overwhelming support from West Virginia voters who ranked health care, gun policy or the environment among top issues, … Click to Continue »
          Marketing Liaison - Home Health Austin, TX | Cook Children's Health Care System      Cache   Translate Page      
Austin, Texas, Summary:  Act as a liaison between CCHH and its referral sources in areas defined in Home Health's strategic plans. With minimal supervision, be responsible for growing business through existing
          Primary Health Care Nurse In Charge - Yukon Government - Old Crow, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
This work occurs in a very dynamic and evolving environment that constantly strives to improve health services to the community.... $90,418 - $104,593 a year
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          How To Interpret The Early Exit Poll Results      Cache   Translate Page      
As the first wave of early exit polls is released, you might be tempted to find some signs of which way the political winds are blowing. But a few words of caution: Exit polls are not very helpful in gauging turnout. And because so many people vote early, they are incomplete. The early exit polls are most useful in figuring out which campaign messages resonated with voters. So pay attention early in the night to issues . Ahead of the midterms, health care has consistently been the most important issue for Democrats; while immigration (and the economy) have been prominent issues for Republicans. The degree to which we see voters emphasize any of these issues in their exit poll responses could be a sign of Republican versus Democratic enthusiasm. The early exit polls, according to CNN, indicated that 4 in 10 voters say health care is the most important problem facing the country, whereas 2 in 10 say the economy and immigration are their top issues. One other interesting nugget from this
          Comment on 10 quotes by and about Billy Graham on the 100th anniversary of his birth by FriendlyGoat      Cache   Translate Page      
The Billy Graham ministry should be considered bittersweet. If, in the end, the ministry's legacy left behind is "all Republican, all the time", then he didn't have a clue how to preach to his own family. I mean, when you're in the gospel business and are against health care for poor people, against voting rights, against civil rights, against public education, against a free press, against environmentalism, and vocally FOR wealth controlling everybody, well, it's a disjointed mess in the posthumous state.
          Primary Health Care Nurse In Charge - Yukon Government - Old Crow, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Administrating activities and supervising staff; Community Nursing is committed to supporting our staff by providing a detailed initial orientation and... $90,418 - $104,593 a year
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          Business Consultant Sr- Medicare Marketing California PS4684      Cache   Translate Page      
CA-Thousand Oaks, Description Your Talent. Our Vision. At Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a proud member of the Anthem, Inc. family of companies, it's a powerful combination, and the foundation upon which we're creating greater access to care for our members, greater value for our customers, and greater health for our communities. Join us and together we will drive the future of health care. This is an exception
          3,000 Sign-On Bonus!! Community Outreach Manager Medicaid (Thousand Oaks, Sacramento, Los Angele...      Cache   Translate Page      
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          LPN/LVN - Nurse Appeals Associate - Thousand Oaks, CA - PS2903      Cache   Translate Page      
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          VoteCast: Minnesota Voters Say Nation Headed Wrong Way      Cache   Translate Page      
File photo of voting booths. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)Health care was the top issue cited by Minnesota voters in the midterm election and most believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.
          Primary Health Care Nurse - Yukon Government - Pelly Crossing, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
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          How Trump’s helped people with pre-existing conditions and major health issues      Cache   Translate Page      
NY Post | Democrats have tried to make Tuesday’s elections about health care.
          Director of Quality - B.E.Smith - Sheridan, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
Sheridan Memorial Hospital is a non-profit, 88-bed health care facility with a broad range of services and clinics including a Rehab Center, Cancer Center,...
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          Dental Network Relations Consultant - Regulatory Mandates, Anthem Office, Mendota Heights, MN (13...      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Full Time Live-in Caregiver - Posted by: Evert B. - Coalhurst, AB      Cache   Translate Page      
O Driver’s license. O Health Care Aid Certificate. O High school degree or equivalent. Personal care and hygiene, exercise, meal preparation, basic cleaning and...
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          Dental Network Relations Consultant - RFP, Anthem Office, Mendota Heights, MN (139037)      Cache   Translate Page      
IN-Indianapolis, Description Your Talent. Our Vision. At Anthem, Inc., it's a powerful combination, and the foundation upon which we're creating greater access to care for our members, greater value for our customers, and greater health for our communities. Join us and together we will drive the future of health care. This is an exceptional opportunity to do innovative work that means more to you and those we serv
          Claims Representative I (Health & Dental) - Tampa, Fl - 0140060      Cache   Translate Page      
FL-Tampa, Description Your Talent. Our Vision. At Anthem, Inc., it's a powerful combination, and the foundation upon which we're creating greater access to care for our members, greater value for our customers, and greater health for our communities. Join us and together we will drive the future of health care. This is an exceptional opportunity to do innovative work that means more to you and those we serv
          Voters Weigh In on Key Issues Through More Than 150 Ballot Initiatives - New York Times      Cache   Translate Page      

New York Times

Voters Weigh In on Key Issues Through More Than 150 Ballot Initiatives
New York Times
There were not just candidates on the ballot this Election Day. Voters in more than half the states considered ballot initiatives on some of the most divisive issues in American life: voting rights, criminal justice reform, health care and ...
Broken machines, rejected ballots and long lines: voting problems emerge as Americans go to the polls.Washington Post
Voting problems hit some areas, but feds see no signs of a hackCNN
Polls are closed: Here are the latest California election results for state and local racesSacramento Bee

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          Dental Services Analyst - Eagan, MN - PS4558      Cache   Translate Page      
MN-Eagan, Description Your Talent. Our Vision. At DeCare Dental, a proud member of the Anthem, Inc. family of companies, it's a powerful combination, and the foundation upon which we're creating greater access to care for our members, greater value for our customers, and greater health for our communities. Join us and together we will drive the future of health care. This is an exceptional opportunity to do
          Casual Health Care Aide - Green Acres Foundation - Coaldale, AB      Cache   Translate Page      
First Aid certification (at sites where no LPN or RN is present). LPN student who has completed the first full year of studies in an Alberta or Canadian nursing... $20.83 - $26.09 an hour
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          Claims Representative I-III (Health & Dental) - Indianapolis, IN - PS4486      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Primary Health Care Nurse In Charge - Yukon Government - Old Crow, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Modeling Interpersonal Skills and Personal Responsibility. This is an until-filled position.... $90,418 - $104,593 a year
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          Registered Nurse 1-2 (yrs exp) - Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions - Casper, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
Acts as liaison between Hospice Staff, Medical Director, attending physicians, and other health care agencies....
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          Susan Delacourt: Justin Trudeau treads carefully on U.S. election day      Cache   Translate Page      

While Americans were rendering their verdict on Donald Trump’s politics on Tuesday, Justin Trudeau was on CNN, talking about the “elephant and moose” relationship between Canada and the United States.

Canada is still “massively outweighed” in that metaphor, Trudeau told CNN interviewer Poppy Harlow, but “will stand securely in our own strength and our own approach.”

Trudeau has been talking about Canada as a moose — not a mouse, as his father once described the country — ever since last summer; around the same time that Trump-Trudeau relations started to get tense.

Although both leaders have declared they’ve moved past their disagreement, the legacy of that flame-out was evident in Trudeau’s cautious non-answers to his American interviewer.

Where once this Prime Minister might have been tempted to sharply underline his differences with Trump’s brand of populist politics, Trudeau wouldn’t take the bait this time — no pointed comments about the midterms, no backhand swipes at how Trump has been stoking up fear of immigration in recent days.

“Americans will make the choice that they need to make,” Trudeau said, noting that Canada’s long history with Quebec-referendum politics taught our citizens to appreciate the value of outsiders keeping their own opinions to themselves.

Still, in a week that marks three years since Trudeau was sworn into office and two years since Trump won his election, it’s hard not to notice how the two leaders stand sharply divided on how to handle the populist sentiments surging around the globe.

Here in Canada, Trudeau’s government was rolling out a series of anti-poverty measures on Tuesday with some fanfare — the idea being that populism has root causes that government can help fix.

Legislation has been introduced in the Commons to make an “official poverty line” in Canada, and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos used the occasion to repackage a number of previously announced programs as a “poverty reduction strategy.”

For Trudeau’s Liberals, and indeed, progressives worldwide, this is how sensible politicians handle the public discontent that simmers into populist anger. It’s a policy-heavy response, and most of it is focused on domestic economic conditions.

Is this sensible, though, or simply naive? Can a government really harness this surge of public anger with policy declarations and promises to measure the problem more effectively?

Trump’s populism, on the other hand, is a totally different beast — a rampaging elephant, you might say.

While Trudeau and other progressives see populism as a homegrown phenomenon, Trump has been blaming actors outside the United States for the rise of public discontent among Americans. Throughout the lead-up to the midterms, Trump kept the focus on migrant caravans coming up through Mexico, or bad trading partners (i.e. Canada) who have been allegedly taking the United States for granted.

It was the pressure of looming midterms, we’ll recall, that lit a fire under Trump’s bid to get Canada and Mexico signed up to a new trade deal before campaigning got under way in earnest.

Funnily enough, though, no one seemed to be seeing these midterms as a referendum on the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA.) Bloomberg published a fascinating map late last week, charting the biggest midterm issues based on an analysis of more than 3 million election ads that have been running on TV in local markets.

Overwhelmingly, the concerns were domestic: jobs, taxes and health care, with immigration and public safety, perhaps predictably, show up at the border with Mexico.

In states along the Canadian border, health care was the biggest issue in the TV ads, demonstrating maybe that this moose, with a national medicare program, does cast a bit of a shadow over the elephant.

Trudeau was telling CNN this week that Canada stands resolutely apart from the U.S. and its midterm politics, but make no mistake — his government was watching to see whether Trump’s brand of populism was going to be contained or encouraged in Tuesday’s voting.

Any kind of victory for the elephant would make a mouse — or a moose — nervous.

Susan Delacourt is the Star's Ottawa bureau chief and a columnist covering national politics. Reach her via email: sdelacourt@thestar.ca or follow her on Twitter: @susandelacourt


          Voters In Michigan Worried About Nation’s Direction      Cache   Translate Page      
Health care and President Donald Trump's performance were important factors for Michigan residents who cast midterm election ballots Tuesday, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate that found widespread unease with the nation's course.
          Primary Health Care Nurse In Charge - Yukon Government - Old Crow, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Working in an expanded scope of practice, you will assist individuals and families to achieve and maintain optimal health through the provision of primary care... $90,418 - $104,593 a year
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          Primary Health Care Nurse - Yukon Government - Pelly Crossing, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
This is accomplished by assisting individuals and families to achieve and maintain optimal health through the provision of treatment services, health education... $85,455 - $98,792 a year
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          Sabra Health Care REIT Inc (SBRA) Q3 2018 Earnings Conference Call Transcript      Cache   Translate Page      
SBRA earnings call for the period ending September 30, 2018.
          Nursing Assistant 6th Floor Oncology (Full Time) - Wheeling Hospital - Wheeling, WV      Cache   Translate Page      
Assists the other members of the health care team in providing quality patient care. Assists with designated activities directly related to patient care and...
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          Primary Health Care Nurse In Charge - Yukon Government - Old Crow, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Modeling Interpersonal Skills and Personal Responsibility. This is an until-filled position.... $90,418 - $104,593 a year
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          11/6/2018: CITY+REGION: Mobile units will extend health care to homeless      Cache   Translate Page      

The Pledge to End Bullying Campaign will take to the road over the next year with a focus on finding those that society tends not to see — the homeless. The first of two vehicles to take health-care and mental health services to the people around the...
          Health Care Aide - Covenant Health Alberta - Killam, AB      Cache   Translate Page      
HCA certificate is required. The Health Care Aide (HCA) provides basic nursing care to patients/residents as directed, assists with activities of daily living,... $19.92 an hour
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          Retail Store Associate - CVS Health Retail - Wheeling, WV      Cache   Translate Page      
Retail Store Associates play a meaningful role within the CVS Health family. At CVS Health, we’re shaping the future of health care for people, businesses, and...
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          Retail Store Associate - CVS Health Retail - Moundsville, WV      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Retail Store Associate - CVS Health Retail - Star City, WV      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Retail Store Associate - CVS Health Retail - Morgantown, WV      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Lauren Underwood defeats Randy Hultgren in 14th Congressional District race      Cache   Translate Page      
Lauren Underwood, a 32-year-old nurse and health policy expert from Naperville, has unseated incumbent Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren in the 14th Congressional District, according to reports from the Associated Press.

With 94 percent of McHenry County precincts reporting, Hultgren received 24,172 votes, or roughly 54 percent of the total vote, to Underwood's 20,347, according to unofficial results. However, this was the only county that Hultgren, who has been in office since 2010 was able to win.

“As a registered nurse and lifelong health care advocate, Lauren Underwood has a tremendous record of service to her community and a deep understanding of the challenges they face," House Majority PAC Executive Director Charlie Kelly said in a news release. "She’ll bring that needed perspective and experience to Congress."

Underwood – who has received a number of high-profile endorsements, including from former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden – has said she would fight to keep the Affordable Care Act intact after having worked on it in her role as a senior advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Her stances on health care were also her basis for running for office after she felt Hultgren broke a promise not to back legislation that didn't provide coverage options for patients with pre-existing conditions by voting for the American Health Care Act.

Hultgren, meanwhile, has said the American Health Care Act stated that insurance companies cannot ask about pre-existing conditions so long as individuals are continuing coverage and not starting anew.

During his campaign, he also voiced concerns over the Affordable Care Act's premium and deductible increases and lack of coverage choices. In certain parts of the 14th district, Hultgren said residents may be limited to one insurance provider: Blue Cross Blue Shield.

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon that Hultgren is doing a great job and has his "total endorsement."


          Illinois District 6 Congressional Candidate Sean Casten wins seat over incumbent Peter Roskam      Cache   Translate Page      
The Associated Press has called the 6th Congressional District U.S. House race for Sean Casten over incumbent Peter Roskam.

Casten, a former CEO and entrepreneur from Downers Grove, has voiced strong opinions on the need to address climate change and implement gun control reform. Casten has also expressed strong support for a universal health care system.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Roskam, R-Wheaton faced off against Casten, D-Downers Grove in the midterm race. The district stretches from Crystal Lake to Darien and covers portions of DuPage, Lake, McHenry and Cook counties.

In McHenry County, about 52 percent, or 11,853 voters, voted for Casten while about 48 percent, or 11,013 voters, picked Roskam, early totals show.

The highly competitive race has sparked national interest, as Roskam holds one of the 23 seats Democrats hope to flip in November with a so-called blue wave and retake the U.S. House of Representatives.

Roskam served in the office for six terms, since 2006. Roskam also served as the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Chairman and sat on the Tax Policy sub-committee.

Recently he has been vocal in his support for the controversial Tax Cuts and Job Act plan.


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          Why Russia needs a grassroots campaign against political repression      Cache   Translate Page      

Political repression is ramping up in Russia, but a network of people ready to stand against it is yet to emerge.

Riot police surround people during a demonstration against Vladimir Putin in Moscow, on 5 May 2018. Photo: NurPhoto / SIPA USA / PA Images. All rights reserved.2018, a presidential election year in Russia, has become a year of increasing repressions. In February, details of the “Network case” – in which 11 Russian anarchists and anti-fascists are being investigated on charges of creating a terrorist organisation – became public. This organisation never existed, and even its name is a figment of an FSB officer’s imagination. The number of criminal cases for reposting “extremist” memes online is only growing (OVD-Info reported 170 such cases in 2017), and this practice is developing quicker in the provinces than in the big cities. Recently, in the Siberian town of Barnaul, there have been three cases opened against users of social networks.

The public campaign in support of people arrested in connection to the “Network case” started well, with several actions in different cities in Russia and across the world. But it has not moved beyond that. It is mainly human rights defenders, leftists and anarchists who are supporting these new political prisoners. Now it is time for a broader campaign against political repressions and fabricated criminal cases in Russia – a campaign that will go beyond individual cases, and that will go beyond solidarity based on personal sympathies towards this or that group of political prisoners.

Why do we think that it is time for a large-scale campaign?

Russian society’s understanding of repressions is changing, and it is changing visibly. Yes, the word “repressions” still has mainly historical connotations – something from the time of Stalinism, such as executions and deportations. But it is becoming more and more evident: imprisonment for reposting articles on social media, receiving five–seven years in prison for “thought-crimes” – this is the reality in Russia today, and it is not that far away from 10 years of prison camp for telling a joke or criticising the Stalinist bureaucracy.

The fact that a group of women from Moscow bohemian circles – actors, journalists, the head of a publishing house and a literary critic – consciously decided to organise an unsanctioned public protest (the “Mothers’ march”) to support two young women arrested in another fabricated case speaks volumes. These people, who were not ready to resist when Russian theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov was arrested, are now saying: “We know everything about how rallies are sanctioned. There is no time for playing games with authorities, we have to go out (and protest)”.

A pro-Serebrennikov protester near Basmanny Court in Moscow. Image: Youtube / Radio Svoboda. Some rights reserved.Our organisation, Socialist Alternative, has waited for this change in consciousness and warned: in moments of political upheaval (and a new cycle of upheaval is clearly on the rise after the announcement of the pension reform and VAT rise), these changes can overshadow the analysis and actions of more permanent political forces and organisations.

Even the highly popular Russian rapper Oxxxymiron wrote some words in support of Maria Motuznaya, the Barnaul resident accused of “offending the feelings of believers” on social media. The rapper, who has always had a good sense of his audience, didn’t shy from political comment: “There are more and more such ‘crimes’ without any victims. Nobody is killed, or beaten up, or even personally offended… There are enough articles in the Criminal Code penalising direct calls to violence. Articles 282 and 148 (which penalise “extremism” and “offending religious feelings”) are superfluous… and are becoming an instrument of repression.”

The other side of this debate is represented by the regime’s media lackeys. For instance, Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of RT, spoke out in her traditional genre of “your protests are evil, and there are normal people who among the cannibals (in power)”.

“The general public does not know that it was the consistent personal intervention of those (normal) people which helped to free those who were unjustly imprisoned, whom we have cried for at different times,” wrote Simonyan, without naming a single person. “But if I understand anything about the mechanics of the system, what is certainly not going to help is an unsanctioned rally.”

And this is what is terrible: after the long years of growing authoritarianism in Russia, many people are intuitively ready to self-censor. “Yes, injustice and controlled courts are all around us, but perhaps in this particular case we can free one particular individual from the claws of the ‘justice system’, if we are quiet and agree to play by the cannibals’ rules.”

As an organisation, we have witnessed different protest movements in our country. Those of them that tried to distance themselves from politics did not achieve anything, and their participants were eventually demoralised.

Only a year ago, we took part in a campaign to free journalist Ali Feruz, who faced deportation to Uzbekistan. Back then, activists also faced pressure – they were asked to stop street protests and were promised that “the case was already being resolved in the offices of power”. This pressure caused certain tensions between participants in the campaign, which is understandable. A threat “to make things worse” is the most vile trick to play on the friends and relatives of someone in prison – and the authorities use it.

A column in support of Ali Feruz at the 19 January anti-fascist march in memory of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova. Photo CC BY 4.0: Dmitry Horov. Some rights reserved.But immediately when the campaign retreated, the case began to linger. In winter, after months of false promises, the most “radical” part of the campaign led by our organisation renewed public actions and brought a whole column in support of Ali Feruz to the annual anti-fascist march in Moscow on 19 January. Several days later, a court made a decision in favour of Ali. He is free now.

Who’s in charge here?

On 15 August, nearly a thousand people joined the “Mothers’ march” as they walked down Moscow’s central Tverskaya Street to the Russian Supreme Court in the rain. Participants carried toys, which they then left at the entrance to the court, where a spontaneous rally began with slogans as “Freedom”, “Freedom for political prisoners”, “We are in charge here”, “Children should not be thrown in prisons”.

Indeed, Toys became the symbol of the protest after an image of Anna Pavlikova, an 18-year-old facing extremism charges, with a unicorn began to circulate online. Pavlikova is one of those arrested in the fabricated “New Greatness” case – an organisation formed by FSB agents themselves so that they could later successfully uncover “an extremist group”. When she was arrested, Anna was not yet 18; later in pre-trial detention her health deteriorated, but the court refused to place her under house arrest. For many people who joined the action, the umpteenth extension of Anna’s detention at the beginning of August was the last drop – proof of the inhumane nature of Putin’s law enforcement system.

15 August, Mothers' March in Moscow. Source: Youtube / sotavision. This public protest was not sanctioned by the authorities, and the organisers did not buckle under pressure from police who visited some of them at home to “warn them against breaking the law”. The organisers were also not impressed by threats from pro-regime public figures, pro-regime media and even Anna Pavlikova’s lawyer who spoke against the march. Their decisiveness to carry the action out in spite of everything and the fact that more than 5,000 people joined the action’s Facebook group clearly scared the authorities – which are beginning to understand that threats are starting not to work and the situation is not under their control. People are not afraid to join unsanctioned actions anymore, which means that even bigger and angrier anti-government protests are coming.

A few hours before the march on 15 August, the Investigative Committee, hoping to decrease the number of protest participants, asked the court to release Anna Pavlikova and Maria Dubovik, another young suspect in the “New Greatness” case, under house arrest. The Prosecutor’s Office supported this move, and the Supreme Court, as it suddenly turned out, compelled the presidium of the Moscow City Court to consider a petition regarding Pavlikova’s arrest previously on 9 August. Such a U-turn in the rhetoric of the repressive apparatuses only encouraged the participants of the march: mass pressure from an action which had not yet taken place was already working.

Similar actions, in slightly different format, took place in other cities as well. In St Petersburg, relatives of people arrested in the “Network case” also organised pickets, showing that solidarity is our only weapon against repressions.

Kids in prison

There is a danger in these protests that we cannot ignore. The emotions of those protesting against the fact that “kids are in prison” are understandable. Their will to fight even more so. But devaluing the political beliefs of Anna Pavlikova, Maria Dubovik and other young people, who are now under pressure from the state, from a presumed “adult” perspective, is unacceptable. This is the other side of regime propaganda. They are trying to persuade us that these young people do not have their own views because they are kids.

Young people always feel injustice much more acutely than adults, who are protected by the armour of cynicism and routine. And when those adults swallow all the injustice of Putin’s regime, they are just showing young people how rotten the system is – in which evil is considered good, corrupted officials are called bureaucrats, where the lack of any future is concealed by experts on TV chatting about the country’s bright future, where billions are spent on the commercial show of the FIFA World Cup, while pensions are stolen and real salaries are much lower than propagandists’ feature stories.

Anna Pavlikova.Russian young people are getting politicised much quicker and are acting much more radically precisely because they are the conscience of the old world. Young people are put under all sorts of pressures to turn them into safe “experienced adults”. People who already have formed their political beliefs should not help the regime to achieve its goal of breaking the youth – even if their views are different from the views of young people. We should abolish the silly dichotomy of “adult/child”, express our solidarity with young people and fight together against repressions, poverty, discrimination and oppression.

In the “New Greatness” case, the FSB agent used the environment prepared by Putin’s policies to his advantage: he simply assembled those who were unhappy about the current situation in Russia and wanted to engage in political struggle. The very possibility of the provocation emerged because of the lack of transparent, genuinely democratic mass political organisations able to challenge the rotten regime openly.

These are the organisations that don’t offer “guerrilla”, “partisan struggle”, “revolutionary conspiracy”, “individual terror”, but mass mobilisation in the streets, the organisation of political committees in workplaces and at universities – unified actions in the struggle for higher salaries, pensions, scholarships, and against the commercialisation and destruction of the public system of education and health care. This is the kind of organisation we will have to build if we want to change everything.

Why it is always about politics

These shifts that we have described above are still not sufficient for the clear political positioning of a campaign against political repressions in Russia. The organisers of the “Mothers’ march” asked participants not to bring political placards, not to shout slogans and in general to avoid politics. We consider this a weak tactic. If we protest only out of our pity for those arrested in “New Greatness” case, but refuse to demand the immediate end of all political repressions and to understand their political reasons, we will lose.

The political reasons for this are as follows: under the conditions of economic crisis, big business cannot afford to share even a fraction of its super-incomes in the form of taxes, while the state budget is not sufficient for carrying out social obligations. The quality of life is decreasing, censorship and violence in suppressing protests are growing. Big business acts as a sponsor of repressions because it is the current regime acting in the interests of business that guarantees the possibility for continuous enrichment by exploiting the cheap labour of ordinary people – and, on top of that, transferring the costs of the economic crisis onto them. In recent years, the general population has become poorer and lost part of its social rights, while the number of billionaires is only growing.

Yes, we believe that, in addition to quota system within the security apparatuses, which encourages the enthusiasm of career-driven officers, repressions and censorship are directly connected to Russia’s economic crisis. They are connected to the rise of VAT (an attempt to transfer the costs of the crisis to ordinary employees), with the rise of the retirement age (the refusal of social obligations), with the rescue of private banks such as Otkrytie (instead of ordinary people affected by the crisis, for example, the holders of mortgages borrowed in foreign currency), with the rising petrol prices (a carte-blanche for the oil industry and again a transfer of crisis-caused losses to ordinary people). These are all links of the same chain: the regime that protects the interests of big business has prepared its police forces waiting for the wave of protests from below – a wave that is inevitable in the absence of any perspectives for the growth of the quality of life. These police forces are already unleashed on some people – usually those who have no one to protect them.

Most probably, this is a rehearsal of much crueler repressions in the light of the upcoming pension reform protests, which have not yet attained their full force.

Let us organise now before we all are arrested one by one

We believe that it is time to start a campaign against political repressions and fabricated criminal cases. A general campaign that will not focus on individuals only. We call upon leftist political and human rights organisations to set up a round table and an organising committee for such a campaign. We call for a permanent campaign with regular mass actions and the dissemination of information in the media. Such a campaign already has natural allies: the journalists of MediaZona and the experts of OVD-Info have already created the infrastructure of quick reporting on new crazy political processes.

The task of the campaign is to react, to create a stable network of supporters in different cities, to come to courts and rally in front of them, to organise actions at each turn of every important case, to organise stickers and leaflets at the local level. The campaign must also demand the abolition of Articles 148 and 282 of Russia’s Criminal Code. A person of any political beliefs if s/he is against repressions and censorship (and does not support repressions against political opponents – as the right often does) can join this campaign.

Calling for such a campaign, Socialist Alternative is nonetheless convinced that repressions will not stop under a capitalist state – they can only temporarily recede, since they are in the interests of the state. To end repressions, it is necessary to destroy their source: large-scale capital that sponsors them. It is necessary to socialise, under democratic control, the country’s largest economic sectors: oil and gas production, utilities, construction industry and so on. This will allow us to guarantee decent life for everyone and take power from the 1% who control everything now – big business and oligarchs who advance their interests, using millions created by our labour.

On their own, young people, students, people living from paycheck to paycheck will not be able to achieve this goal without their own party, independent from business and bureaucrats. Only if they are organised will they be able to fight for the democratic and socialist transformation of Russia and the whole world, which will end repression and exploitation.

 

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Donald Trump campaigns in Staten Island in April, 2016.

  • Democrat Max Rose beat incumbent Republican Rep. Dan Donovan in New York City on Tuesday as part of a "blue wave" projected to flip the House. 
  • Voters at Rose's polling place on Tuesday — including some who voted for President Donald Trump — told INSIDER they support Rose in large part because they want a check on Trump. 

Democrat Max Rose beat incumbent Republican Rep. Dan Donovan in New York's 11th congressional district —which includes Staten Island and a chunk of South Brooklyn — on Tuesday as part of a "blue wave" projected to flip the House. With more than 99 percent of the district's precincts reporting just after 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Rose had 52.6 percent of the vote, while Donovan had 47 percent.

Staten Island has long been New York City's most conservative borough. Some New Yorkers like to think of it as more akin to New Jersey than the Big Apple. 

Donovan, who tacked toward the center after securing President Donald Trump's endorsement in his contentious primary, was projected on Tuesday night to lose by a few points to Rose, a 31-year-old Army veteran and former health care executive who rejected both Republican and Democratic party leadership and framed himself as an independent.

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Voters on Staten Island on Tuesday expressed concern about a range of issues, including traffic congestion, the opioid crisis, and reining in Trump. 

Trump won Staten Island by 15 points and the district by nearly 10 points in 2016, despite the fact that registered Democrats outnumber Republicans on the island by nearly two-to-one. 

One such voter, Steven Gross — a 51-year-old dad of two who has lived on Staten Island all his life — cast his ballot for Trump in 2016 despite being a registered Democrat, but voted for Rose on Tuesday because he wants to see a check on the president. 

"I don't want to let him do everything that he wants to do," he said in an interview with INSIDER at his Staten Island polling place, PS 16, on Tuesday. 

 

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"I voted straight Democrat, but I'm an independent."

Charlie Sauss — a 70-year-old musician and Vietnam vet — called Tuesday's elections "probably the most important election in my lifetime" and said he "reluctantly" voted for Rose "because he's a Democrat, and that's it." 

He added that "in any other year" he would have voted for Donovan, who he generally likes, but this year he wants to see "everything flipped." 

"I voted straight Democrat, but I'm an independent," he said, calling Trump a "devil." "I didn't care who they were, what name was on there, I voted for Democrats." 

Sauss said Rose's abundant advertising and constant mention of his military experience has irritated him. 

"He mentions the Army too much and I find it offensive," Sauss said. "How many times is he gonna say it and in how many ways?"



"You can't give [Trump] free rein."

William Castillo — a Vietnam veteran who grew up in Brooklyn — moved to Staten Island a year ago after he lost his home in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria, where he lived for the previous 33 years.

His biggest concern is the cost of living — particularly housing — and he said he doesn't trust Trump primarily because he's a real estate mogul.

On Trump, Castillo says, "You can't give him free rein." 



"[Trump]'s very racist."

Brenda and Luis Carazas, siblings and students at the College of Staten Island who moved to New York from Peru in 2006 and are both new US citizens, had nothing good to say about Trump. 

"He's very racist," said Brenda, a 21-year-old independent. "He's not a typical president." 

Luis, 19, said he and his sister voted for Rose because he'd shake things up. 

"The younger image — it brings more attitude to it," Luis said. 

 



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heitkamp cramer

  • GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in the North Dakota Senate race. 
  • Cramer was heavily favored going into election night since the state voted for Trump by a 35 point margin in 2016.
  • Heitkamp tries to hit Cramer on healthcare, but may have been hurt by her vote against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp lost her re-election bid to current GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer, adding to the Democrats' losses in the US Senate in Tuesday's midterm elections.

Heitkamp defended the seat she won in 2012 in deep Trump territory, which gave Cramer — who is currently serving the the House — a decided advantage heading into Election Day. The president won the state with a 63% share of the vote in 2016 but his popularity slid slightly in the state over the past two years. According to Morning Consul

Cramer played up connections with Trump throughout the campaign, while Heitkamp struck a more independent tone on issues.

The race opened up in the run up to the election with Cramer holding an 11 percentage point lead in RealClearPolitics polling average. That was a significant jump from Cramer's slim 1.6 point lead at the end of September. Most election forecasters also gave the edge to Cramer heading into election night.

The issues 

Heitkamp touted bipartisan credentials, such as a vote for a Republican-backed plan that eased regulations on small and mid-sized banks. The senator voted for Trump-supported legislation 55% of the time, the second-most of any Democrat.

Heitkamp attacked Cramer for voting in favor of the American Health Care Act, the GOP's Obamacare replacement, which would have weakened protections for people with preexisting conditions.

The former North Dakota attorney general also used Trump's trade war with China as a weapon against Cramer. China's tariffs on American soybeans have caused Chinese orders of the crop to plummet, resulting in a massive supple increase, plummeting prices, and a growing store of soybeans that could rot before the tariffs are lifted.

Cramer, who voted with Trump close to 99% of the time, played up ties with the president on the campaign trail. The former chairman of the state's Republican party touted the GOP tax law and hammered Heitkamp for voting against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Heitkamp also drew flak after running an ad that featured the names of sexual assault victims without their consent. The ad was formatted as an open letter to Cramer after the candidate called the #MeToo movement a "movement towards victimization."

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Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen released the following statement on Senator Bob Casey’s victory in Pennsylvania: “Pennsylvanians re-elected Senator Casey because of his thoughtful leadership and diligent work on the most critical issues facing the middle class. From tackling the opioid crisis to protecting seniors and fighting to protect health care for […]

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          This is the platform that launched Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old democratic socialist, to become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress      Cache   Translate Page      

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, won a shocking victory against longtime Rep. Joe Crowley in the New York Democratic Party congressional primary earlier this year.
  • She officially became the youngest woman elected to Congress in US history on Tuesday.
  • Less than a year ago she was still working as a bartender. 
  • Speaking on her victory on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" in June, Ocasio-Cortez said it was speaking with constituents about issues, instead of focusing on President Donald Trump, that helped her win.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, won a shocking victory against Rep. Joe Crowley in the New York Democratic congressional primary in June.

On Tuesday night, she officially became the youngest woman elected to Congress in US history with an easy victory in her historically Democratic district in the 2018 midterm elections. 

With a progressive platform and message aimed at the working class, Ocasio-Cortez defeated Crowley, who's represented New York's 14th district since 1999, in a landslide. She won 57.5% of the vote, while Crowley had just 42.5%.

Ocasio-Cortez is a Bronx native, member of the Democratic Socialists of America, and former campaign organizer for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

This was her first time running for office. Less than a year ago she was still working as a bartender. 

Speaking on her victory on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" in June, Ocasio-Cortez said it was speaking with constituents about issues, instead of focusing on President Donald Trump, that helped her win.

"We have to stick to the message: What are we proposing to the American people? Not, 'What are we fighting against?'" Ocasio-Cortez said. "We understand that we're under an antagonistic administration, but what is the vision that is going to earn and deserve the support of working-class Americans? And we need to be explicit in that vision and legislation, not just 'better,' but what exactly is our plan?"

Here's the platform that helped launch Ocasio-Cortez to the biggest political upset of 2018 so far via an unconventional campaign she started out of a Trader Joe's bag.

Medicare for all 

Ocasio-Cortez wants a single payer health care system that would cover medicine, vision, dental, and mental health care.

"Almost every other developed nation in the world has universal healthcare," Ocasio-Cortez's website says. "It’s time the United States catch up to the rest of the world in ensuring all people have real healthcare coverage that doesn’t break the bank."

Fully funded public schools and universities

Ocasio-Cortez, who is still paying off student loans, wants to establish tuition-free public college and trade school.

She also wants to cancel all student debt. 

Universal jobs guarantee

Ocasio-Cortez believes there should be a Federal Jobs Guarantee, creating a "baseline quality for employments that guarantees a minimum $15 wage (pegged to inflation), full healthcare, and paid child and sick leave for all," according to her website. 

Housing as a human right

Ocasio-Cortez believes housing is a right and "that Congress must tip the balance away from housing as a gambling chip for Wall Street banks and fight for accessible housing that’s actually within working families’ reach," her website says. 

She says she wants to extend tax benefits to working- and middle-class homeowners, expand the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, provide housing for the homeless, and permanently fund the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

Justice-system reform

Ocasio-Cortez calls for ending the war on drugs, demilitarizing police departments, and abolishing for-profit prisons.

She also supports legalizing marijuana at the federal level, releasing individuals sentenced for nonviolent drug offenses, ending cash bail, and "automatic, independent" investigations when people are killed by law enforcement officials. 

"Mass incarceration is the latest iteration of a long line of policies (Jim Crow, redlining, etc) rooted in the marginalization of African Americans and people of color," her website says. "Comprehensive criminal justice reform is part of the work that must be done to heal our past and pursue racial justice in the United States." 

Immigration reform

Ocasio-Cortez wants to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and believes there should be a "clear" path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants. 

"As overseen by the Trump administration, ICE operates with virtually no accountability, ripping apart families and holding our friends and neighbors indefinitely in inhumane detention centers scattered across the United States," Ocasio-Cortez said on her website. 

She also wants more protections for young unauthorized immigrants known as "Dreamers" and immigrants who have temporary protections from deportation.

"New Green Deal" to combat climate change

Ocasio-Cortez wants the US to implement a carbon-free, 100% renewable energy system and a fully modernized electrical grid in the US by 2035 in an effort to combat climate change.

She says climate change is the "single biggest national security threat for the United States and the single biggest threat to worldwide industrialized civilization," according to her website. 

She's pushing for a "New Green Deal," a federal plan to thwart climate change via investing trillions in infrastructure.

"The Green New Deal we are proposing will be similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II or the Marshall Plan," she recently told HuffPost. "We must again invest in the development, manufacturing, deployment, and distribution of energy, but this time green energy."

Campaign-finance reform

Ocasio-Cortez ran a low-budget campaign, raising around $200,000 and refusing to accept donations from lobbyists. 

She says changing the way elections are funded is the "only way for real reform to happen in Washington," according to her website.

To bring about campaign finance reform, Ocasio-Cortez calls for overturning the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United via a constitutional amendment. She also wants to push for legislation that would require wealthy people and corporations who make large campaign contributions to disclose where their money is going.

Here's the full platform in condensed form:

Ocasio Cortez platform

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          7 Congressional Races That Could Reshape the Country      Cache   Translate Page      

Senator Ted Cruz debates Representative Beto O'Rourke (Photo credit: YouTube)

Happy midterm day! If you haven’t already voted, go and take two friends to the polls with you! Then, keep tabs on the hottest seats in Congress. Here’s the latest on seven key races to pay attention to today:

 

1. Maine’s 2nd Congressional District: Bruce Poliquin vs. Jason Golden

Maine 2nd Cong. District Debate Bruce Poliquin vs Jared Golden vs Bond vs Hoard, Oct 16, 2018

Bruce Poliquin is a Republican incumbent running against veteran Jason Golden. Maine’s second district was a “pivot county” in the 2016 election, which means that it voted primarily for Obama in 2008 and 2012, but flipped Republican in 2016, so this seat might be a predictor for 2020 voting.

 

2. California’s 25th Congressional District: Katie Hill vs. Steve Knight

Steve Knight, Katie Hill Debate For California's 25th Congressional District

Thirty-year-old Katie Hill is making a name for herself as the Democratic nominee for CA25. Hill, executive director of the nonprofit People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), has been endorsed by Moms Demand Action, Barack Obama, and even Kristen Bell. Republican incumbent Steve Knight is the only Republican representing Los Angeles in Congress, and it appears that he very likely could lose that position soon; the forecasted turnout puts Hill slightly in the lead.

3. Senate Race in Missouri: Claire McCaskill vs. Josh Hawley

U.S. Senate debate with Republican Josh Hawley and Democrat Claire McCaskill

Incumbent Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is going up against Republican Josh Hawley, Missouri’s current attorney general. McCaskill is dealing with a low 37-percent approval rate, but Hawley is also facing challenges of his own: Missouri is still recovering from the resignation of Governor Eric Greitens after sexual misconduct allegations were made against him. Currently, the race is a toss-up, but Democrats need McCaskill to win if the Senate is to be reclaimed.

 

4. Texas’s 23rd Congressional District: Will Hurd vs. Gina Ortiz Jones

Meet the Congressional Candidate Looking to Oust Rep. Hurd

Current Republican Representative Will Hurd is taking on Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones, a queer former Air Force intelligence officer. They’re both vying for a spot in the House in a district with hundreds of miles of land along the border and a significant number of Latinx voters. Jones’s campaign has concentrated on health care, a big concern for Texas voters. Recently, that focus has translated into attacks on Hurd’s support of tax breaks for big pharma, but recent polls have shown Jones is still behind Hurd.

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5. Senate Race in Tennessee: Marsha Blackburn vs. Phil Bredesen

2018 U.S. Senate debate between Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen channel

Tennessee’s Senator Bob Corker is retiring, and Republican Marsha Blackburn is running against Democrat Phil Bredesen to take the reins. Blackburn is a strong Trump supporter, has attacked Planned Parenthood, and runs on an anti-choice platform. Although running as a Democrat, Bredesen is curating an image as a moderate, which includes supporting the nomination of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. This race came into the spotlight after Taylor Swift’s public support of Bredesen, but recent polls have shown Blackburn pulling ahead.

 

6. Senate Race in Nevada: Dean Heller vs. Jacky Rosen

U.S. Senate debate between Senator Heller and Congresswoman Rosen

Incumbent Republican Senator Dean Heller is likely to be vulnerable in this election. The senate only needs to gain one or two seats in order to flip, and the Nevada race is being hailed as one that could do just that due to the large Latinx community and increasingly engaged Democratic base. The race is currently a toss-up.

 

7. Senate Race in Texas: Ted Cruz vs. Beto O’Rourke

Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke square off in final debate before midterm election

No Democrat has held statewide office in Texas since 1994, and Representative Beto O’Rourke is hoping to change that. Senator Ted Cruz—the infamous Republican incumbent who recently tweeted a joke about being the Zodiac Killer—is still in the lead, but only by a narrow margin. Texas Republicans are worried that the unexpected enthusiasm for a Democratic nominee could lead to a blue wave throughout the state even if O’Rourke isn’t elected.

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          We've had enough. 9.5% super is just fine      Cache   Translate Page      
BRENDAN COATES, GRATTAN INSTITUTE

It’s conventional wisdom that Australians don’t save enough for retirement. Most workers themselves think they won’t have enough to retire on, and their concerns are rising.

But the conventional wisdom is wrong.

Our new report, Money In Retirement: More Than Enough shows that most people who are actually retired feel more comfortable financially than the Australians younger than them who are still working.

Retirees of today tend to slow their spending as they age, tend to keep saving in retirement, and often leave an legacy almost as big as the nest egg they had on the day they retired.


Read more: The myth of the ageing 'crisis'


When surveyed today the retirees of the future might be worried about their retirement, but economic growth means they will almost certainly be on even higher incomes than retirees today.

These findings might seem surprising: they contradict the repeated messaging from the financial services industry that Australians won’t have enough for retirement.

But that industry’s claims are based on research that overlooks two important points.
Retirees spend less over time
Much of the research assumes that retirees need to save enough to enable their incomes to keep climbing throughout their retirement in line with general wage growth.

Implicitly, it assumes that a retiree needs to spend 25% more at age 90 than at age 70, after accounting for inflation.

But our analysis shows that retired Australians tend to spend less over time, even those who have money to spare.



Young retirees might chalk up frequent flyer points, but they do it less as they get older.

Spending tends to slow at around the age of 70, and falls rapidly after age 80, to just 84% of what was spent at retirement age.

Even the wealthiest retirees spend less as they age. At the other end of the scale, pensioners receive discounts on everything from car registration to rates.

Our research finds that retirees spend less over time on food, alcohol, tobacco, clothes, furnishings, transport and recreation.



They spend more on health care as they age, but Medicare largely shields them from the full costs. The modestly higher out-of-pocket costs they do pay are mainly due to rising premiums for private health insurance.

Not only do most retirees not draw down their savings throughout retirement, many add to them.

Even among pensioners, one recent study found that the median (typical) pensioner still had 90% of what he or she retired on after eight years.


Read more: Poor and rich retirees spend about the same


This means that calculations about the adequacy of retirement savings ought to be based on whether they are enough to maintain buying power (at best) rather increase it in line with wage growth.

Many prominent studies also ignore non-super savings, which are material, especially for wealthier households.

They lead to misguided calls for ever-higher super contributions in order to ensure reach the point where super alone is enough to provide an adequate retirement income, even though many households will have income from other sources.
Most will have enough super
Our modelling shows that people starting work today will have adequate retirement incomes: workers of all income levels will retire on incomes at least 70% of their pre-retirement earnings – the so-called replacement benchmark used by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Mercer Global Pension Index.



In fact the median (typical) worker can expect a retirement income of 91% of his or her pre-retirement income.

This means that many low-income Australians will actually get a pay rise on retirement.

Even workers in their 40s and 50s today – many of whom didn’t benefit from the present high rate of compulsory super contributions for their entire working lives – can expect a retirement income of about 70% of their pre-retirement incomes.
So compulsory super can stay at 9.5%
It means that that there is no obvious case to lift compulsory super contributions from 9.5% to 12% of salary as presently legislated.

Doing so might further boost retirement incomes (especially among those low and middle earners unable to compensate for the higher contributions by winding back other savings), but at the expense of providing lower incomes while working.

As the Henry Tax Review noted, higher compulsory super contributions are ultimately funded by lower wages than would have been the case, meaning lower living standards while in work.

As it happens, higher contributions would do little to change the retirement incomes of low and middle income Australians. Their extra superannuation income they provided would cut their age pension payments.


Read more: The superannuation myth: why it's a mistake to increase contributions to 12% of earnings


Higher compulsory contributions would also damage pensions in another way.

The age pension is indexed to wage growth which would be lower if employers diverted a steadily increasing proportion of their employee budget to super.

It means the most fervent opponents of a lift in compulsory super contributions from 9.5% to 12% ought be those people presently on the age pension.

The government ought to oppose it as well. Diverting more of what would have been wages to more lightly taxed super will strain its budget. Scrapping the proposed increase would save it an impressive A$2 billion a year.
We can find better ways to help retirees
Even if governments did feel it necessary to boost retirement incomes, lifting compulsory super contributions would be one of the worst ways to do it.

Loosening the age pension assets test taper could boost retirement incomes of around 20% of retirees, climbing to more than 70% over time. It would cost the Budget just A$750 million a year – less than half the cost to it of the proposed increase in compulsory super.

The real priority - by far the biggest bang for the buck in alleviating poverty in retirement - should be boosting Commonwealth rent assistance by 40%, providing an extra $1,410 a year for retired singles and $1,330 for retired couples.


Read more: Renters Beware: how the pension and super could leave you behind


Senior Australians who rent privately are much more likely to suffer financial stress than homeowners. And renting will become more widespread as younger generations on low incomes find themselves less able to afford homes.

Australians have been told for decades that they’re not saving enough for retirement. Such claims are inconsistent with the facts. Most of today’s workers can already expect a comfortable retirement. Forcing them and future workers to save more money for retirement that they’ll never spend is simply a recipe for larger bequests.The Conversation

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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          Nancy Pelosi celebrates Democratic House wins and bizarrely cheers pre-existing conditions      Cache   Translate Page      

Nancy Pelosi

  • House minority leader Nancy Pelosi was jubilant as she celebrated the Democratic Party's comeback in the House of Representatives following Tuesday's midterm elections.
  • Pelosi said Democrats would work to restore checks and balances and be a buffer against Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell's "assault" on Medicare, Medicaid, affordable healthcare, and on Americans with pre-existing conditions.
  • "Let's hear more for pre-existing medical conditions," she said, as the crowd broke into applause.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi struck a jubilant tone late Tuesday night when she celebrated Democrats flipping the House of Representatives in the closely watched midterm elections.

"Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans," Pelosi said. "It's about restoring the Constitution and checks and balances to the Trump administration. It's about stopping the GOP and [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell's assault on Medicare, Medicaid, affordable health care, and millions of Americans living with pre-existing medical conditions."

Pelosi added, "Let's hear more for pre-existing medical conditions," as the crowd broke into applause.

Just after 10 p.m. ET, multiple media outlets projected that Democrats had flipped a dozen red seats in all corners of the country — including in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and Colorado.

Tuesday night's results mark a comeback for the Democratic Party, which last held control of the House in 2010, and will fundamentally shift the balance of power in Washington.

Flipping seats in every corner of the country, Democrats beat Republican incumbents with an energized and expanded voter base fueled by the anti-Trump resistance movement. A surge in millennial and black voters, coupled with a deep gender gap, helped propel Democrats to victory in dramatically different districts.

And Democrats ran the most diverse slate of candidates for the House in US history. Women and people of color made up nearly 60% of Democratic House candidates.

Enthusiasm for Tuesday's elections — exhibited in huge voter turnout — reached levels unprecedented in modern history with 28 states far exceeding (and some doubling) 2014 midterm turnout.

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"In stark contrast to the GOP Congress," Pelosi said Tuesday, "a Democratic Congress will be led with transparency and openness. So that the public can see what's happening and how it affects them and that they can weigh in with the members of Congress and with the President of the United States."

Pelosi added that Democrats would hold the president accountable and strive for bipartisanship when possible.

"We will have a responsibility to find our common ground where we can, stand our ground where we can't, but we must try," she said. "A Democratic Congress will work for solutions that bring us together because we have all had enough of division."

Earlier Tuesday, Pelosi cautioned against speculation that Democrats will impeach Trump now that they've regained control of the House.

Asked about the move, Pelosi said, "It depends on what happens in the [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller investigation, but that is not unifying and I get criticized in my own party for not being in support of it. But I'm not. If that happens, it would have to be bipartisan, and the evidence would have to be so conclusive."

Pelosi said she and other Democrats would instead focus on addressing the concerns of everyday voters.

"They want to see us working to get that done for them," Pelosi said. "They want resolve. They want peace, and that's what we'll bring them."

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          Democrat Max Rose defeats incumbent Republican Dan Donovan on Staten Island      Cache   Translate Page      

Donald Trump campaigns in Staten Island in April, 2016.

  • Democrat Max Rose beat incumbent Republican Rep. Dan Donovan in New York City on Tuesday as part of a "blue wave" projected to flip the House. 
  • Voters at Rose's polling place on Tuesday — including some who voted for President Donald Trump — told INSIDER they support Rose in large part because they want a check on Trump. 

Democrat Max Rose beat incumbent Republican Rep. Dan Donovan in New York's 11th congressional district —which includes Staten Island and a chunk of South Brooklyn — on Tuesday as part of a "blue wave" projected to flip the House. With more than 99 percent of the district's precincts reporting just after 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Rose had 52.6 percent of the vote, while Donovan had 47 percent.

Staten Island has long been New York City's most conservative borough. Some New Yorkers like to think of it as more akin to New Jersey than the Big Apple. 

Donovan, who tacked toward the center after securing President Donald Trump's endorsement in his contentious primary, was projected on Tuesday night to lose by a few points to Rose, a 31-year-old Army veteran and former health care executive who rejected both Republican and Democratic party leadership and framed himself as an independent.

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Voters on Staten Island on Tuesday expressed concern about a range of issues, including traffic congestion, the opioid crisis, and reining in Trump. 

Trump won Staten Island by 15 points and the district by nearly 10 points in 2016, despite the fact that registered Democrats outnumber Republicans on the island by nearly two-to-one. 

One such voter, Steven Gross — a 51-year-old dad of two who has lived on Staten Island all his life — cast his ballot for Trump in 2016 despite being a registered Democrat, but voted for Rose on Tuesday because he wants to see a check on the president. 

"I don't want to let him do everything that he wants to do," he said in an interview with INSIDER at his Staten Island polling place, PS 16, on Tuesday. 

 

"I voted straight Democrat, but I'm an independent."

Charlie Sauss — a 70-year-old musician and Vietnam vet — called Tuesday's elections "probably the most important election in my lifetime" and said he "reluctantly" voted for Rose "because he's a Democrat, and that's it." 

He added that "in any other year" he would have voted for Donovan, who he generally likes, but this year he wants to see "everything flipped." 

"I voted straight Democrat, but I'm an independent," he said, calling Trump a "devil." "I didn't care who they were, what name was on there, I voted for Democrats." 

Sauss said Rose's abundant advertising and constant mention of his military experience has irritated him. 

"He mentions the Army too much and I find it offensive," Sauss said. "How many times is he gonna say it and in how many ways?"



"You can't give [Trump] free rein."

William Castillo — a Vietnam veteran who grew up in Brooklyn — moved to Staten Island a year ago after he lost his home in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria, where he lived for the previous 33 years.

His biggest concern is the cost of living — particularly housing — and he said he doesn't trust Trump primarily because he's a real estate mogul.

On Trump, Castillo says, "You can't give him free rein." 



"[Trump]'s very racist."

Brenda and Luis Carazas, siblings and students at the College of Staten Island who moved to New York from Peru in 2006 and are both new US citizens, had nothing good to say about Trump. 

"He's very racist," said Brenda, a 21-year-old independent. "He's not a typical president." 

Luis, 19, said he and his sister voted for Rose because he'd shake things up. 

"The younger image — it brings more attitude to it," Luis said. 

 



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          Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp loses Senate race in North Dakota to Republican Kevin Cramer      Cache   Translate Page      

heitkamp cramer

  • GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in the North Dakota Senate race. 
  • Cramer was heavily favored going into election night since the state voted for Trump by a 35 point margin in 2016.
  • Heitkamp tries to hit Cramer on healthcare, but may have been hurt by her vote against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp lost her re-election bid to current GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer, adding to the Democrats' losses in the US Senate in Tuesday's midterm elections.

Heitkamp defended the seat she won in 2012 in deep Trump territory, which gave Cramer — who is currently serving the the House — a decided advantage heading into Election Day. The president won the state with a 63% share of the vote in 2016 but his popularity slid slightly in the state over the past two years. According to Morning Consul

Cramer played up connections with Trump throughout the campaign, while Heitkamp struck a more independent tone on issues.

The race opened up in the run up to the election with Cramer holding an 11 percentage point lead in RealClearPolitics polling average. That was a significant jump from Cramer's slim 1.6 point lead at the end of September. Most election forecasters also gave the edge to Cramer heading into election night.

The issues 

Heitkamp touted bipartisan credentials, such as a vote for a Republican-backed plan that eased regulations on small and mid-sized banks. The senator voted for Trump-supported legislation 55% of the time, the second-most of any Democrat.

Heitkamp attacked Cramer for voting in favor of the American Health Care Act, the GOP's Obamacare replacement, which would have weakened protections for people with preexisting conditions.

The former North Dakota attorney general also used Trump's trade war with China as a weapon against Cramer. China's tariffs on American soybeans have caused Chinese orders of the crop to plummet, resulting in a massive supple increase, plummeting prices, and a growing store of soybeans that could rot before the tariffs are lifted.

Cramer, who voted with Trump close to 99% of the time, played up ties with the president on the campaign trail. The former chairman of the state's Republican party touted the GOP tax law and hammered Heitkamp for voting against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Heitkamp also drew flak after running an ad that featured the names of sexual assault victims without their consent. The ad was formatted as an open letter to Cramer after the candidate called the #MeToo movement a "movement towards victimization."

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          This is the platform that launched Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old democratic socialist, to become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress      Cache   Translate Page      

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, won a shocking victory against longtime Rep. Joe Crowley in the New York Democratic Party congressional primary earlier this year.
  • She officially became the youngest woman elected to Congress in US history on Tuesday.
  • Less than a year ago she was still working as a bartender. 
  • Speaking on her victory on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" in June, Ocasio-Cortez said it was speaking with constituents about issues, instead of focusing on President Donald Trump, that helped her win.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, won a shocking victory against Rep. Joe Crowley in the New York Democratic congressional primary in June.

On Tuesday night, she officially became the youngest woman elected to Congress in US history with an easy victory in her historically Democratic district in the 2018 midterm elections. 

With a progressive platform and message aimed at the working class, Ocasio-Cortez defeated Crowley, who's represented New York's 14th district since 1999, in a landslide. She won 57.5% of the vote, while Crowley had just 42.5%.

Ocasio-Cortez is a Bronx native, member of the Democratic Socialists of America, and former campaign organizer for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

This was her first time running for office. Less than a year ago she was still working as a bartender. 

Speaking on her victory on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" in June, Ocasio-Cortez said it was speaking with constituents about issues, instead of focusing on President Donald Trump, that helped her win.

"We have to stick to the message: What are we proposing to the American people? Not, 'What are we fighting against?'" Ocasio-Cortez said. "We understand that we're under an antagonistic administration, but what is the vision that is going to earn and deserve the support of working-class Americans? And we need to be explicit in that vision and legislation, not just 'better,' but what exactly is our plan?"

Here's the platform that helped launch Ocasio-Cortez to the biggest political upset of 2018 so far via an unconventional campaign she started out of a Trader Joe's bag.

Medicare for all 

Ocasio-Cortez wants a single payer health care system that would cover medicine, vision, dental, and mental health care.

"Almost every other developed nation in the world has universal healthcare," Ocasio-Cortez's website says. "It’s time the United States catch up to the rest of the world in ensuring all people have real healthcare coverage that doesn’t break the bank."

Fully funded public schools and universities

Ocasio-Cortez, who is still paying off student loans, wants to establish tuition-free public college and trade school.

She also wants to cancel all student debt. 

Universal jobs guarantee

Ocasio-Cortez believes there should be a Federal Jobs Guarantee, creating a "baseline quality for employments that guarantees a minimum $15 wage (pegged to inflation), full healthcare, and paid child and sick leave for all," according to her website. 

Housing as a human right

Ocasio-Cortez believes housing is a right and "that Congress must tip the balance away from housing as a gambling chip for Wall Street banks and fight for accessible housing that’s actually within working families’ reach," her website says. 

She says she wants to extend tax benefits to working- and middle-class homeowners, expand the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, provide housing for the homeless, and permanently fund the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

Justice-system reform

Ocasio-Cortez calls for ending the war on drugs, demilitarizing police departments, and abolishing for-profit prisons.

She also supports legalizing marijuana at the federal level, releasing individuals sentenced for nonviolent drug offenses, ending cash bail, and "automatic, independent" investigations when people are killed by law enforcement officials. 

"Mass incarceration is the latest iteration of a long line of policies (Jim Crow, redlining, etc) rooted in the marginalization of African Americans and people of color," her website says. "Comprehensive criminal justice reform is part of the work that must be done to heal our past and pursue racial justice in the United States." 

Immigration reform

Ocasio-Cortez wants to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and believes there should be a "clear" path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants. 

"As overseen by the Trump administration, ICE operates with virtually no accountability, ripping apart families and holding our friends and neighbors indefinitely in inhumane detention centers scattered across the United States," Ocasio-Cortez said on her website. 

She also wants more protections for young unauthorized immigrants known as "Dreamers" and immigrants who have temporary protections from deportation.

"New Green Deal" to combat climate change

Ocasio-Cortez wants the US to implement a carbon-free, 100% renewable energy system and a fully modernized electrical grid in the US by 2035 in an effort to combat climate change.

She says climate change is the "single biggest national security threat for the United States and the single biggest threat to worldwide industrialized civilization," according to her website. 

She's pushing for a "New Green Deal," a federal plan to thwart climate change via investing trillions in infrastructure.

"The Green New Deal we are proposing will be similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II or the Marshall Plan," she recently told HuffPost. "We must again invest in the development, manufacturing, deployment, and distribution of energy, but this time green energy."

Campaign-finance reform

Ocasio-Cortez ran a low-budget campaign, raising around $200,000 and refusing to accept donations from lobbyists. 

She says changing the way elections are funded is the "only way for real reform to happen in Washington," according to her website.

To bring about campaign finance reform, Ocasio-Cortez calls for overturning the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United via a constitutional amendment. She also wants to push for legislation that would require wealthy people and corporations who make large campaign contributions to disclose where their money is going.

Here's the full platform in condensed form:

Ocasio Cortez platform

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          Beaumont reveals plans for new mental health hospital, services      Cache   Translate Page      
Beaumont Health will build a new, $40 million mental health hospital in Dearborn as part of a plan to expand its mental health services. The 150-bed facility is the centerpiece of that expansion. Set to open in 2021, Beaumont says it will double its capacity for inpatient psychiatric services and serve as a coordinating hub for mental health care across the health system.
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          Comment on Your Vote – Your Health: The 2018 Elections – An ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Perspective by Searching      Cache   Translate Page      
Sorry for your "being worn out" by all the Trump bashing, but I can not for the life of me see how you consider Cort's posting as being "Trump bashing". Each and every point he made is factual, and some actual research on your part- by exposing yourself to credible journalistic sources, would demonstrate the validity of all of his statements. If you indeed suffer from this deplorable disease, then you should know the extreme hardships we patients must endure. Why is there so much disdain in the party you apparently support for helping out those who are truly in need? My spouse & I pay taxes to educate other people's children, as we have none of our own. I don't begrudge having to do that. We pay for roads and other infrastructure we will never use. We pay much for the wars which this country so flippantly and much too often wrongly engages in. One last point, as far as the "government run" health care provided by the V.A. my spouse is a veteran and utilizes a VA hospital/healthcare center in our state. The care is excellent, far better than any he has ever received while having private healthcare insurance, which we can no longer afford due to the fact that his employer provides absolutely no healthcare insurance and the disability caused by my ME/CFS has prevented me from being an income earner for most of my adult life.
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          Here Are the Most Important Ballot Initiatives Around the Country      Cache   Translate Page      

Measures appeared on some of the most divisive issues in American life: voting rights, taxes, criminal justice reform, health care and climate change. Source link

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          Jones Day Talks Health Care & Life Sciences: What Digital Health Innovators Should Know about the FDA Approval Process      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Thrifty Thinking: Spend Your FSA Money Before It's too Late      Cache   Translate Page      

The end of the year is fast approaching, and we're all getting caught up in family celebrations and traditions. But between planning out Thanksgiving at Grandma's and working on your holiday shopping list, there's money set aside for you that you might have forgotten about: your FSA account. The pros at DME Supply USA are here to help you understand what this account is and how to use it before you lose it. 
What Is FSA?
"FSA" stands for "flexible spending account," and it's often included as part of a health plan that you sign up for with your job. You can make contributions to this account out of your paycheck, and you won't have to pay taxes on the money. Many employers also contribute to employee FSAs, but it’s not required by law. The idea is that you can use the tax-free money you've saved in the account throughout the year on medical and dental expenses that aren't covered by insurance, including copays, prescription medications, and even some over-the-counter (OTC) items.
One of the potential drawbacks of having an FSA is that the money typically needs to be used by the end of the health plan year. Your employer may allow you to carry up to $500 over to the next year or to provide a "grace period" of up to 2.5 months for you to use the money, but it's not required.
How Can I Spend My Money?
Before you worry too much, check your health insurance plan to see how much money you have in your FSA and when your plan year ends; most health care plans coincide with the calendar year, but not all do. Then find out what your options are if there is a lot of money in the account – can you carry any over or will you lose it all?
In many cases, you will want to spend your FSA money before the end of the year. There are a lot of options open to you, besides trying to fit in all of those dentist appointments for the kids or last-minute doctor visits. Check out this helpful infographic, and read on for more suggestions for things you can spend your money on.

FSA Do's and Don'ts
Other ways to spend your money:
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  • Prescription glasses and reading glasses
  • Chiropractor visits
  • LASIK eye surgery
  • Insulin
  • Childbirth classes
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          Nancy Pelosi celebrates Democratic House wins and bizarrely cheers pre-existing conditions      Cache   Translate Page      

Nancy Pelosi

  • House minority leader Nancy Pelosi was jubilant as she celebrated the Democratic Party's comeback in the House of Representatives following Tuesday's midterm elections.
  • Pelosi said Democrats would work to restore checks and balances and be a buffer against Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell's "assault" on Medicare, Medicaid, affordable healthcare, and on Americans with pre-existing conditions.
  • "Let's hear more for pre-existing medical conditions," she said, as the crowd broke into applause.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi struck a jubilant tone late Tuesday night when she celebrated Democrats flipping the House of Representatives in the closely watched midterm elections.

"Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans," Pelosi said. "It's about restoring the Constitution and checks and balances to the Trump administration. It's about stopping the GOP and [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell's assault on Medicare, Medicaid, affordable health care, and millions of Americans living with pre-existing medical conditions."

Pelosi added, "Let's hear more for pre-existing medical conditions," as the crowd broke into applause.

Just after 10 p.m. ET, multiple media outlets projected that Democrats had flipped a dozen red seats in all corners of the country — including in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and Colorado.

Tuesday night's results mark a comeback for the Democratic Party, which last held control of the House in 2010, and will fundamentally shift the balance of power in Washington.

Flipping seats in every corner of the country, Democrats beat Republican incumbents with an energized and expanded voter base fueled by the anti-Trump resistance movement. A surge in millennial and black voters, coupled with a deep gender gap, helped propel Democrats to victory in dramatically different districts.

And Democrats ran the most diverse slate of candidates for the House in US history. Women and people of color made up nearly 60% of Democratic House candidates.

Enthusiasm for Tuesday's elections — exhibited in huge voter turnout — reached levels unprecedented in modern history with 28 states far exceeding (and some doubling) 2014 midterm turnout.

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"In stark contrast to the GOP Congress," Pelosi said Tuesday, "a Democratic Congress will be led with transparency and openness. So that the public can see what's happening and how it affects them and that they can weigh in with the members of Congress and with the President of the United States."

Pelosi added that Democrats would hold the president accountable and strive for bipartisanship when possible.

"We will have a responsibility to find our common ground where we can, stand our ground where we can't, but we must try," she said. "A Democratic Congress will work for solutions that bring us together because we have all had enough of division."

Earlier Tuesday, Pelosi cautioned against speculation that Democrats will impeach Trump now that they've regained control of the House.

Asked about the move, Pelosi said, "It depends on what happens in the [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller investigation, but that is not unifying and I get criticized in my own party for