How momentum is growing to tax the rich and reduce inequality

In the middle of the last century, there was a large and secure working class. Then, changes to the tax structure distributed more and more of the wealth to the richest and hollowed out the middle class. Now, levels of inequality in the United States are unsustainable as the top one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) has wealth equal to the …

Take It From an Economist, Medicare for All Is the Most Sensible Way to Fix Health Care

By Gerald Friedman, USA TODAY Take It From an Economist, Medicare for All Is the Most Sensible Way to Fix Health Care, April 08, 2019  I’ve spent decades studying US health care. Time to get real: Medicare for All is the only reasonable path to controlling costs and covering everyone. Commercial insurance companies are nothing more than middle men. They add no value to our …

Living near safe, high-quality biking and walking facilities actually improves people’s health, according to study that found direct link between urban active transportation infrastructure and increased exercise

By Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, Mar 26, 2019  2 Study: Good Bike and Ped Infrastructure Actually Makes Neighbors Healthier.  (plus National Geographic article lower down on Ciclovia) Vancouver’s Comox-Helmcken Greenway Photo: Paul Krueger/Flickr/CC Living near safe, high-quality biking and walking facilities actually improves people’s health, according to a new study that found a direct link between urban active transportation infrastructure and increased exercise. The study, published in the journal …

What Republicans and Billionaires Really Mean When They Talk About ‘Freedom’: Freedom to be homeless, jobless, and unable to access health care when you need it

Franklin D. Roosevelt when he proposed, in January 1944, a “second Bill of Rights” to be added to our Constitution. FDR’s proposed amendments included the right to a job, and the right to be paid enough to live comfortably; the right to “adequate food and clothing and recreation”; the right to start a business and run it without worrying about “unfair competition and domination by monopolies”; the right “of every family …

The process of storing fat – the “weight” many people seek to lose – is influenced by dozens of factors other than calories, including food prep, sleep, genes, gut bacteria and more

The process of storing fat – the “weight” many people seek to lose – is influenced by dozens of other factors. Apart from calories, our genes, the trillions of bacteria that live in our gut, food preparation and sleep affect how we process food. Academic discussions of food and nutrition are littered with references to huge bodies of research that …

Food policy to stop climate change and health crises

Further news breaking on 12 March 2019: Changing rainfall patterns could threaten major crops worldwide in just 20 years, study warns Climate change is likely to alter rainfall patterns in some of the world’s most important food crop growing areas over the next 20 years, a new study says, reports Press Association. The research, published in the journal Proceedings of the …

The Time for Medicare-for-All Has Arrived! Medicare for all likely to see US health care costs fall by 19% as 30% who are uninsured or underinsured finally get care

Seattle Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal introduced the Medicare For All Act of 2019, saying: “Our health care system today costs 18 percent of our GDP. In [the next] 10 years, we’re going to be spending $50 trillion on our current health care system. … It’s not like we’re spending all this money and we have better outcomes than the rest of …

Medicare for All means a complete transformation of our health care system, a system where there are no private insurance companies

Medicare For All bill unveiled: ‘Complete transformation’ of health care. NBC: “As the debate over Medicare For All heats up on the 2020 trail, House progressives are opening a new front in Congress with a detailed single-payer bill that they plan to aggressively push this year. ‘We intend to make sure that Americans across this country know that we are …

Coal Ash Contaminates Groundwater at 91% of U.S. Coal Plants, Tests Show: An analysis of water monitoring reports found unsafe levels of toxic substances near hundreds of coal ash sites, many of them in the Midwest and Southeast + Now Flooding!

Major victory for environment as Duke Energy ordered to clean up toxic coal ash: Advocates hailed the announcement as “one of the most important steps in the state’s history.” News flash: April 12:  Duke Energy is challenging a state order to excavate coal ash from all of its power plant sites in North Carolina. This is the latest step in a long-running …