Whistleblower says the VA is about to throw out more than 500,000 health care applications

  • A whistleblower at the Department of Veterans Affairs issued a dire warning to Trump on Wednesday, saying the VA is gearing up to toss more than 500,000 health care applications over mistakes the VA made, the Washington Examiner reported.
  • “I am sending this whistleblower disclosure to your office due to the urgent need for executive intervention,” Scott Davis, an employee at the VA’s Atlanta office, wrote in a letter, according to the Examiner. 
  • “VA is planning on declaring over 500,000 veteran applications for VA health care as incomplete and abandoned at the end of March 2017.” Read more (2/22/17 9:06 AM)

  Papa John is a piece of shit! He went in front of Congress to tell them giving his employees health benefits would raise the price of his pizzas. Yes, it would…by 14 cents a pie! 14 cents!
  At the same time, he appears in all his own commercials, and you can bet he’s paying himself to do that! Plus, he pays Peyton Manning to be in a lot of them! But, 14 cents is too fraking much to help keep his own people alive!



Democracy:  Polity IV index (own calculation of global population share); Literacy:  OECD for the period 1820 to 1990. UNESCO for 2004 and later; Education:  OECD for the period 1820 to 1960. IIASA for the time thereafter; Mortality:  up to 1960 own calculations based on Gapminder; World Bank thereafter; Poverty:  Bourguignon & Morrison (2002) up to 1970 - World Bank 1981 and later (2015 is a projection); Vaccination:  WHO (Global data are available for 1980 to 2015 - the DPT3 vaccination was licensed in 1949).

We can trace the untimely demise of retirement to a number of assumptions about how society ought to be organised. At no other time since its inception has the welfare state been so hated by the governing elite. Social care. Unemployment assistance. Health. Local councils and libraries. Municipal parks. Anything relating to what used to be called “the public good” is attacked at the roots. Austerity redefines these things as fiscal liabilities or deficits rather than shared investments in common decency. It was only a matter of time before pensions too were put on the chopping block.

This is ideological. It’s not that there isn’t enough money to fund proper healthcare or pensions. There is. Remember the vast bank bailouts? Quantitative easing? It’s just that the cash is being directed elsewhere. Most notably to the private sector in the form of massive corporate subsidies, while public utilities are slowly being starved to the point of decrepitude and collapse.

And let’s not forget the tax revenues that aren’t being collected when economic policy is geared towards socialism for the rich and the strictest market discipline for everyone else. In 2015 Google paid €47m tax in Ireland on €22bn sales revenue. That’s a 0.21% tax rate. It means the average wage earner unfairly bears the burden of society. No wonder a happy retirement is starting to look like an untenable indulgence. If you can’t save enough to fund it on that zero-hours pub job or Uber “gig”, then hard luck.

Planned Parenthood has been here for 100 years, and one thing is clear: We will never back down and we will never stop fighting to ensure that Planned Parenthood patients have access to the care they need and for the people who come from communities that need our continued support in this new reality.

Many of the people Planned Parenthood health centers serve may be concerned about their safety, and the safety of their families and friends. We will support our immigrant, Muslim, Black and Latinx colleagues, partners and patients in the face of threats made over the last several months.

Health care should not be political. Every morning, Planned Parenthood health center staff across the country wake up and open their doors, as they have this morning, to care for anyone who needs them, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, income, or country of origin. They will do so today, they will do so tomorrow, they will do so every day as they have for 100 years.


President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaking in Syracuse at the New York Democratic State Convention in 1936.

FDR’s satirical rebuke against Republicans who opposed Social Security and the New Deal during the 1936 election.

80 years later the very same Republican Party used the same rhetoric unironically to justify taking away health insurance from 20 million Americans.


Now that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and The White House have finalized new nondiscrimination provisions under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, it is more important than ever to know your rights and what to do if you face discrimination. 

To better explain what these protections mean, Out2Enroll partnered with trans comic artist, Dylan Edwards, on a series of illustrated discrimination situations. 

Read up on your rights with this guide from Out2Enroll >> 


This woman who attributes her survivor to Planned Parenthood after she was diagnosed with cancer asked a Republican a CRUCIAL question

On Thursday night, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz held a town hall near Salt Lake City, Utah — and judging by the audience’s jeers, it doesn’t seem like it went over well. Women came out in droves to ask the hard and necessary questions about Republican plans to save their healthcare.

Gifs: Dan Diamond



Your video of the day: Watch five glorious minutes of Donald Trump contradicting himself before and after his Presidential run

The video is especially great in light of Trump’s loss of the popular vote. Recently Donald Trump tweeted effusive support for the electoral college, calling it “genius.” Of course four years ago when Obama won, he was singing a hilariously different tune.

Gifs: PlainSight


Call Speaker Ryan About the ACA

Speaker Paul Ryan’s office is conducting a brief yes/no phone survey– the only question is “do you support President Obama’s Health Care Bill?” 

You will have to listen to a somewhat biased history of the bill, but at the end, you can press a button (and NOT TALK TO A PERSON– perfect for people like me with phone anxiety) and register your opinion about ACA.  There is also an option to leave a message but as of tonight the mailbox was full.  

(202) 225-3031 is the number!  Good luck!  This is a super small-effort thing that you can do without feeling self-conscious.  


Here’s how hospitals can heal through sustainability

  • According to a June 2016 study, if the U.S. health care industry were a nation, it would rank 13th in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • While a previous study found the health care industry caused 8% of the country’s carbon emissions, the new study found these emissions caused 12% of acid rain, 10% of smog formation and 9% of respiratory disease from particulate matter in 2013.
  • Moreover, hospitals are among the top 10 in their communities for water use and the single largest users of chemical agents. The volume of hospital waste is staggering — more than 2.3 million tons per year.
  • By taking steps to limit these environmental impacts, the health care industry can promote the long-term health of our communities, particularly the most vulnerable populations. Read more

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If Obamacare is repealed, women of color will be 2 in 3 women who could lose coverage

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