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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Trump's War on breathing





One continual themes since the resistance began (since Russia took over the presidency) is Trump's war on EPA. That is no joke, we can quantify how any lives Trump's lattes scheme will end. That scheme being the repeal of Major Obama era carbon emissions rules. "The Environmental Protection agency announced on Tuesday that Scott Pruitt, the Chief of the agency, had signed a measure to repeal President Barack Obama's signature policy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants...." [1]

The Clean Air Task Force (CATF) has studied the effects of fine particle emissions from power plants since the year 2000. These are empirical scientific epidemiological studies. There are now 7,500 deaths each year from power plant emissions. [2] This may sound like a like but its actually down by 50% from the time before the Obama regs,

In 2000, 2004 and again in 2010, the Clean Air Task Force issued studies based on work by Abt Associates quantifying the deaths and other adverse health affects attributable to the fine particle air pollution resulting from power plant emissions. Using the most recent emissions data, in this 2014 study, CATF examines the continued progress towards cleaning up one of the nation's leading sources of air pollution. This latest report finds that over 7,500 deaths each year are attributable to fine particle pollution from U.S. power plants. This represents a dramatic reduction in power plant health impacts from the previous studies....Our 2004 study showed that power plant impacts exceeded 24,000 deaths a year, but by 2010 that had been reduced to roughly 13,000 deaths due to the impact that state and federal actions were beginning to have. The updated study shows that strong regulations that require stringent emission controls can have a dramatic impact in reducing air pollution across the country, saving lives, and avoiding a host of other adverse health impacts. The study also shows regrettably that some areas of the country still suffer from unnecessary levels of pollution from power plants that could be cleaned up with the application of proven emission control technologies.[3]
The 2004 study showed 24,000 deaths a year, I show above its down to 7,500, that's 17,000 lives a year saved by the regs!. [4] Market forces are moving us away from Coal. There is no question this will be, power plants are closing and the large industry is committed to it. Coal Fired energy in US has fallen from 51% in 2008 to 30% in 2016. [5] The market story creates a complex issue. The question becomes how much how soon, we can retard the drift away fro coal as Trump is trying to do,or we can facilitate moving to more healthy sources of energy that furnish employment.  Neither candidate in the election had the presence of mind to say that. The shift has meant 80% less sulfur dioxide, 64% less nitrogen oxide, 34% less carbon dioxide [6] For those who don't know those thing are  not good to breath.

Those who are oppose to saving lives will always argue jobs. the Trade-off, jobs vs breathing. Jobs will always win, We see this in the election. of Trump. The Koch brothers (Charles and David sons of Fred C.) and other billionaires have orchestrated a huge grass roots campaign that started long before the election,It was working overtime during Obama's toe as the rightful  president. That movement produced the bedrock of Trump's support.[7]

It involved a massive public relations campaign taking over local news broadcasting, plus across the country plus grass roots ralleys. They fomented the lie that science is undecided about climate change [8]and since climate change can't be proven to be caused by humans the greatest risk is in disturbing our wonderful life style which allows the K boys and Trump to get richer. They fostered the image among these grass roots types that science and climate change and pollution are just fancy ideas by egg heads or the cultural elite who can afford to control their so corralled"carbon foot prints, ":whatever that is" (nudge nudge).Trump's second  phase of EPA destruction has been replaced by anti-EPA people  Trump has put in charge of the agency,

The old time administrators are angry and depressed and some long time officials retired or were fired by Trump. they were then dismissed as "disgruntled" but they report the agency is being destroyed from  within,[9] "Scott Pruitt, a fierce defender of fossil fuels, is on a crusade to gut the environmental agency he now leads..They can now toast Scott Pruitt in coal country, perhaps with plastic flutes of toxic rain. Tuesday brought what New Yorker writer Jane Mayer has called the “triumph of the anti-environmental movement.” It’s a triumph you can watch on Wednesday’s installment of PBS’ Frontline." (see fn 8) [10]Pruitt was not merely a critique of the EPA he advocated eliminating it and now he has his chance.

It's not just limited to power plants, in April OP ED published "Trump's War On EPA Continues in which we said,

U.S. automakers may not have to reach fuel efficiency standards that were set during President Obama's administration, as the Environmental Protection Agency says it's reopening a review of the rules.President Trump is expected to make that announcement Wednesday in meetings with auto industry executives and workers in Michigan.In Washington, a senior White House official said the president wants to "set standards that are technologically feasible, economically feasible and allow the auto industry to grow and create jobs."The Obama-era rules stemmed from an agreement the government reached with major vehicles in the summer of 2011, setting carbon dioxide emissions targets for passenger cars and light trucks that were equivalent to the industry's fleet of achieving an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by the 2025 model year.The reopening of the rules review comes after a request from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, an industry group that represents both domestic and foreign automakers. The group's request came last month, after the confirmation of Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator. [read More] [11]
Studies show the situation is even more alarming with auto emissions than with power plants. The new MIT study puts auto emission deaths at 50,000/yr [12] including powerboats and other sources it goes up to to 200,000/yr! [13]



Of course the big counter argument will always be jobs, supposedly breathing costs us jobs. There two levels of argument, the more abstract level asserts that economic efficiency equals job growth and anything that costs profits is inefficient. The pragmatic level merely asserts that clean energy cant sustain employment, both are totally wrong. Energy fro solar will employ 79 times the labor force of coal. [14] The entire renewable energy industry is more labor intensive than fissile fuel technology. Wind energy alone already employs 75,000 workers in the U.S. [15]

John Kenneth "Ken" Galbraith, in The New Industrial State, [16] tells us that the bench mark economic efficiency is not written stone but can be measured anyway we choose to measure it, We choose to measure it in terms of profit margin because those who won the means of production want it that way, They don't value human life so they do;t consider that 200,000 as anything but caldera damage. Economic efficiency could me measured in terms of our ability supply vital resources to those who need them. As log as we allow those who put profits over lives our efforts to support a vital economy will be negated, We might have jobs but those we seek to support will die of cancer caused by the jobs we do to support them. We need to endure government regulation as long as the wonders of production don't care who they kill to get richer. We need to vote in a government that will regulate pollution.


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Sources

[1] Lisa Friedman and Brad Plumer, "E.P.A. Announces Repeal of Major Obama-Era Carbon Emissions Rule," New  York Times, (OCT. 9, 2017) on line ed. 
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/09/climate/clean-power-plan.html?smid=fb-share
(accessed 10/11/17)

[2] Clean Air Task Force, Clean Air Task Force 114 State Street 6th Floor Boston, MA 02109 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Republican Budget cuts Medicare/caid


This has been the goal of Republicans and the Trump administration all along. Enormous tax giveaways to millionaires, billionaires and profitable corporations…
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This has been the goal of Republicans and the Trump administration all along. Enormous tax giveaways to millionaires, billionaires and profitable corporations just to turn around and cut critical health care services.
House Republicans have already voted for a budget that cuts almost $500 billion from Medicare and $1.5 trillion from Medicaid and other critical health services. The Senate is considering a budget with similarly brutal cuts later this month - and it only takes three Republicans to vote it down!
Sign the petition today demanding the U.S. Senate reject Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell's budget that cuts taxes for millionaires and corporations just to destroy Medicare and Medicaid.


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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Trump sabotages Obamacare

CONGRATULATIONS!
Snopes verified that the ACA enrollment period was shortened and the GOP and Trump cut by 90% the funding to advertise deadlines.
NOTE: The website for enrolling will be taken off-line every weekend, thus preventing weekend enrollment. This is a tactic to prevent enrollment. Be sure to enroll on week days only!
Enrollment for 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA / Obamacare) starts November 1 and ends December 15.
PLEASE COPY AND PASTE ON YOUR OWN TIMELINE to circulate. Then put CONGRATULATIONS so the algorithms will post it more frequently. Outsmart the Facebook algorithms. #ACA #SpreadTheWord Congratulations

Monday, October 2, 2017

Trump Still at it trying to kill Health care














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The Department of Health and Human Services has told states that for the first time, it will not be sending its regional directors to help states with planning for the…
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Buzzfeed
https://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/the-trump-administration-wont-support-state-obamacare?utm_term=.ma1nb2Anj#.ysWKdM2Kl
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Regional representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services will not be participating in open enrollment events in the states as they have in years past, according to an administration source and an email sent to health advocates in Mississippi obtained by BuzzFeed News.
The source, who had direct knowledge of the change, told BuzzFeed News that all of the department’s 10 regional directors were told to not to participate in state-based events promoting open enrollment — a significant change from years past.
The move follows a trend by the Trump administration of stepping away from past federal assistance for Obamacare and, particularly, of dialing back resources for the upcoming open enrollment period.
Health care advocates in Mississippi received an email on Monday, confirming the directive, and informing them that the department would “not be supporting marketplace efforts by being out in the regions this year.” (Voxfirst reported that officials would be pulling out of the events in Mississippi.)
“I will certainly miss the interaction and an opportunity to share departmental updates and positions, even though they have changed drastically,” wrote Deric Gilliard, a public affairs specialist from HHS’s regional Atlanta office. “My apologies for taking so long to provide a definitive answer. If someone would like to discuss further, please feel free to call me. All the best in your endeavors.”

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Emergency Action on Health Care, Again!

Republican Senators* at (844) 241-1141 

Reps are again thus time they have a dandy trick that speaks volumes about their lack of fair play or  democratic values,they wont wait for the OMB to calculate how many people will loose coverage this time before the vote. So by the time we know how bad the damage,it;'s already law, This is an outrage whats worse this one has a good chance of passing! 

We are all tired of Trump but we can't let down now.




Los Angels Times
"Another Day, Another lousy GOP Health Care Bill

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-graham-cassidy-20170921-story.html



It’s “Groundhog Day” for congressional Republicans: Rush out a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, see it fail, rush out a bill again, see it fail, rush out a third bill, see it fail — following the same basic playbook over and over in the hope that somehow the end result will change.
The latest proposal — by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) — suffers from the same fundamental problems as all of its predecessors. Aiming to lower insurance costs for the healthy, it would allow states to herd people with preexisting conditions or potentially expensive risks — say, women who might want maternity coverage — into insurance gulags with egregiously high premiums.
Not content just to roll back the expansion of Medicaid in the Affordable Care Act, it would cap funding in a way that would threaten services for Medicaid’s core beneficiaries, including impoverished disabled people and families. Pandering to social conservatives, it would cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood and deny low-income Americans subsidies for private insurance policies that cover abortion (a ban that would rule out aid to Californians, given that state law mandates such coverage in every policy).
Although it would overhaul the way millions of Americans pay for health insurance and treatment, the measure has undergone no formal public scrutiny and only limited expert analysis. And if it nevertheless managed to become law, Graham-Cassidy would produce many of the same unwelcome results as its failed forebears: more uninsured Americans, and millions of others facing higher premiums and deductibles for the coverage they have today.[READ More]


CNN
One Major Reason Graham. Cassidy Could Pass
http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/21/politics/deadline-graham-cassidy-health-care-bill/index.html

 One White House official stressed that leaning on Graham wasn't a bad thing, adding: "I wouldn't say that's all we're relying on. Lindsey has good relationships that we can leverage."By and large, however, many Republicans seem to be shrugging "yes" to Graham-Cassidy, a health care bill that was released a week ago and would repeal the individual and employer mandates and turn the federal funding for Medicaid expansion and the subsidies into a block grant program.
And in large part, it's because time is running out. According to the chamber's parliamentarian, senators only have until the end of the month to pass a bill with just 51 votes under the procedure known as reconciliation, and the Senate's last-ditch exercise isn't all that different than the one that ultimately resulted in a health care bill being passed in the House.
"You know, I could maybe give you 10 reasons why this bill shouldn't be considered," Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley told local reporters, according to The Des Moines Register. "But Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. That's pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill."[More]
NYT
Jimmell Doubles Down On Citicismof Healthcare Bill 
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/arts/television/kimmel-cassidy-health-care.html?mcubz=0






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Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday excoriated Senator Bill Cassidy and his health care proposal for the second night in a row. CreditABC

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. What do you think of it? What elseare you interested in? Let us know: thearts@nytimes.com.

‘A Kanye-and-Taylor-Swift-Type Situation’

After Jimmy Kimmel excoriated Senator Bill Cassidy on Tuesday for proposing a health care bill that would leave many children with caps on their insurance coverage, he was met with a strong backlash from conservative politicians and pundits. Mr. Kimmel didn’t back down on Wednesday, leading “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” with a fierce response.
“I don’t want to turn this into a Kanye-and-Taylor-Swift-type situation, but when Senator Cassidy was on my show in May, he told me that he believed that every American family regardless of income should be able to get quality health care. And I believed he was sincere. Sadly, the bill he unveiled last week with Senator Lindsey Graham indicates that he was not sincere. It is, by many accounts, the worst health care bill yet.” — JIMMY KIMMEL
Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. What do you think of it? What elseare you interested in? Let us know: thearts@nytimes.com.

‘A Kanye-and-Taylor-Swift-Type Situation’



After Jimmy Kimmel excoriated Senator Bill Cassidy on Tuesday for proposing a health care bill that would leave many children with caps on their insurance coverage, he was met with a strong backlash from conservative politicians and pundits. Mr. Kimmel didn’t back down on Wednesday, leading “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” with a fierce response.
“I don’t want to turn this into a Kanye-and-Taylor-Swift-type situation, but when Senator Cassidy was on my show in May, he told me that he believed that every American family regardless of income should be able to get quality health care. And I believed he was sincere. Sadly, the bill he unveiled last week with Senator Lindsey Graham indicates that he was not sincere. It is, by many accounts, the worst health care bill yet.” — JIMMY KIMMEL

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

no more blame Dems, deflect Rep acusations a friend on facebook

A core concern of the political right is “otherness” and the GOP’s base is easily manipulated, at the slightest suggestion, that some group is benefiting in some way, at their expense. It is becoming increasingly clear that liberals have a similar weakness about the idea of “legitimacy.” Hillary was said to be too close to Wall Street, Bernie was said not to be a party member. And yet, Hillary or Bernie on their worst day would be better by orders of magnitude than what we have today.
I posted earlier about the possibility of counterfeit liberal groups trying to poison the political dialog and using the notion of legitimacy is apparently so easy that I don’t doubt that the Russians and others sinister groups are already responsible for some of the venal Hillary and Bernie bashing underway. It’s beginning to appear to me that we liberals are every bit as easy to incite into a divisive meltdown mode as are conservatives.
For some perspective, remember how Hillary’s connection with Goldman Sachs was such a big concern, but look at what we’ve got now? Bernie was said not to be a real Democrat, but in my view, it’s been decades since the Democratic Party was run by real Democrats and Bernie has been more aligned with the politics of FDR, a true Democrat, in my view, than anyone who has come along in years. With Donald Trump in the White House I have no trouble, whatsoever, defending Hillary, or Bernie.
If you were an adult in the mid-1970s you might recall the cultural surprise David Carradine brought to television in the Kung Fu series, the Eastern shocking cultural dynamics of which, were to redirect the force brought against you, so that it works against your opponent.
Too many liberals are engaged in doing the opposite. We should meet each charge from the GOP with a simple, but crystal-clear declaration of what we are striving for, because this highlights what they aren’t doing, can’t do, or won’t do, and it resonates with everyone who knows what should be done. We should do the same, when members of our party double-down on their own post-election angst, needing someone to blame, while driving their ideological differences with those whom they have slight policy disagreements deeper and deeper.
We need to redirect past negative mistakes toward a positive future, or we will wind up with another malaise election, when too many citizens don’t bother to vote.
Does anyone really believe that those who are barricading themselves in a Hillary or Bernie camp are going to respond positively to criticism that just keeps getting more strident and hostile, or that constant bashing is going to suddenly produce converts?
So, here is the thing, if we can’t get past the hopeless infighting, we are going to blow a once in a lifetime opportunity. The over the top incompetence in the White House and the Congress today, is unprecedented, and to lose again to this group of dysfunctional bumblers would be cataclysmically irresponsible.
We are always generous to a fault in questioning the intelligence of Trump supporters, but if we blow 2018 and 2020 in what should be slam dunk elections because of internal backbiting, then, it is our side who is not so bright.
Please stop taking the bait, if bashing Hillary or Bernie persists, we are going to wind up with an ideological split, so severe that our opposition (and the Russians) will be celebrating, because a significant percentage of our party will have become fanatical about a Jill Stein, or a Ralph Nader type candidate (who has no chance of winning) but whose appeal will ensure another wingnut in the White House.
Surely, a George W. Bush and a Donald Trump winning elections is enough for us to figure out how this works. Sad, grasshopper, sad.