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New Jersey Enacts Strict Opioid Prescribing Law:

Earlier this year, New Jersey signed legislation that limits first-time opioid prescriptions to five days, and establishes strict guidelines for doctors to prescribe more. The measure also requires state-regulated health insurers to cover at least six months of substance abuse treatment.

New Jersey is also taking a hard line against doctors who do not exercise caution in prescribing opioids – since data shows that many people who overdose develop an addiction after getting prescription painkillers.

An analysis by the Star-Ledger, a New Jersey newspaper, found that doctors in the Garden State received roughly $1.6 million from 2013 to 2015 from pharmaceutical companies that marketed fentanyl. At the same time, fentanyl-linked deaths soared – from 42 in 2013 to 417 in 2015.

While the substance originally was presented, validly, as a source of relief for people dealing with cancer-related pain, it was made available to the public in a far less structured manner.

Handmaids are outside the U.S. Capitol today, making a chilling statement about the GOP healthcare bill’s attacks on women’s reproductive health and bodily autonomy.

The bill not only defunds Planned Parenthood, but BANS abortion coverage in all plans offered in state health insurance exchanges.

anonymous asked:

can you please talk about those protections to curtail executive power I'm really, really scared and could use the reassurance thank you

THINGS A PRESIDENT CANNOT DO:

  • Reverse any Supreme Court decision 
    • This includes Obergefell v. Hodges, which made same-sex marriage a constitutional right; Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which reaffirmed a woman’s right to choose first articulated in Roe v. Wade, another Supreme Court case. Grutter v. Bollinger, which instituted affirmative action, the entire body of Civil Rights case law, plus anything related to due process, including the right of minors to due process, your right to an attorney, Miranda rights, inadmissible evidence, etc.
    • (Even if Trump appoints the worst possible SC nominee, they still can’t reverse any of these decisions without a really significant case coming before the Court with new facts, and then they have to write an opinion stating how this case is different than that other case…it’s unlikely to happen.)
  • Write law or repeal any existing law
    • While traditionally, presidents have exerted influence on the legislative agenda (see, Obama’s role in advancing and promoting the Affordable Care Act) they cannot actually write or pass legislation. Bills, joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions, and simple resolutions must be introduced in the House by a Representative.
    • Presidents cannot strike down law. Only Congress can repeal laws, and only the Supreme Court can strike them down as unconstitutional.
    • Presidential influence is just that—influence.
    • (And if—for example—you are hated by 95% of the party you joined last week, and burned all your goddamn bridges by insulting them at various points in your campaign…..they’re unlikely to partner with you in crafting legislation.)
  • Make any law or declaration that infringes in any way on the rights of the states
    • So in the US, most of the rights are reserved to the states. You name it, it’s a state-run power. Criminal procedure and law? States. Medicare and Medicaid? States. The definition of marriage? States. Insurance, health departments, housing, unemployment benefits, public education, all these are state programs. And the president cannot infringe on those powers given to the states.
    • (This is why down-ticket voting is so important, because Mike Pence as governor of Indiana had 800x the power he’s going to have as VP.)
  • Declare war.
    • This one is the most complicated, because with the advent of our “conflicts” in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, etc. there has been a significant shift in the articulation of the war doctrine, and it is one of the least restricted of the president’s “restricted” powers. But, despite all that, a president still has no power to declare war.
  • Unilaterally appoint heads of administrative departments
  • Unilaterally make treaties with foreign nations

Essentially, while presidents have a lot of power, it’s mostly unofficial—they can’t make sweeping laws, they can’t overturn existing rights, the most they can do is refuse to enforce them (which is absolutely a threat! and a problem!) but we aren’t electing de facto royalty here.

No corner of the health care system would be harder hit than Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the poor, if Republican leaders in Congress round up the votes to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act.

GOP lawmakers have proposed winding down the Medicaid expansion that added 17 million people in 31 states and the District of Columbia under the ACA, and also eventually capping the program’s spending per capita.

If the current bill in the Senate becomes law, 15 million fewer people would have coverage through Medicaid by 2026, the Congressional Budget Office has predicted.

But other efforts that are garnering much less attention would further reshape Medicaid, potentially knocking millions more off the rolls. They include asking beneficiaries to verify their eligibility twice a year, instead of once under the current law.

In many ways, the current battles pit those who view Medicaid as a health insurance program, in which higher enrollment is not seen as a problem, against those who see it as a welfare program, in which lower enrollment is prized.

States Move To Tighten Medicaid Enrollment, Even Without A New Health Law

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Toured one of the universities I got accepted to earlier. I have been feeling Unwell lately and I thought I imagined it but it turns out this school does in fact have an intramural you can sign up for called battleship canoe

the sport is that you and your teammates are in a canoe

there are five other teams, all in their own canoes

you get shields and a mystery item 

The university describes what happens next exclusively as “naval combat”

This weeks Illustrated Woman in History was written by Megan Bentall @mirfain

Hillary Clinton is an American politician. She was the First Lady of America from 1993 to 2001, a United States Senator for New York from 2001 to 2009, and the 67th Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. She was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

Hillary was born in Chicago in 1947, and has two younger brothers. She was raised in a conservative household, and was originally a republican, but whilst attending Wellesley College she was upset by the racism in the 1968 Republican Convention and left the party for good.

In 1969 she was nominated by fellow students to deliver a speech at the graduation ceremony - the first student in Wellesley College history to speak at the event - and her speech was featured in Life magazine. She used it to criticise Senator Brooke who also spoke at the event.

In 1970 Hillary attended Yale Law School. Whilst applying for law schools she has spoken about the sexism she faced from male students during the application process:

“I was taking a law school admissions test in a big classroom at Harvard. My friend and I were some of the only women in the room. I was feeling nervous. I was a senior in college. I wasn’t sure how well I’d do. And while we’re waiting for the exam to start, a group of men began to yell things like: ‘You don’t need to be here.’ And ‘There’s plenty else you can do.’ It turned into a real ‘pile on.’ One of them even said: ‘If you take my spot, I’ll get drafted, and I’ll go to Vietnam, and I’ll die.’ And they weren’t kidding around.

It was intense. It got very personal. But I couldn’t respond. I couldn’t afford to get distracted because I didn’t want to mess up the test. So I just kept looking down, hoping that the proctor would walk in the room. I know that I can be perceived as aloof or cold or unemotional. But I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions. And that’s a hard path to walk. Because you need to protect yourself, you need to keep steady, but at the same time you don’t want to seem ‘walled off.’ And sometimes I think I come across more in the ‘walled off’ arena. And if I create that perception, then I take responsibility. I don’t view myself as cold or unemotional. And neither do my friends. And neither does my family. But if that sometimes is the perception I create, then I can’t blame people for thinking that.”

Whilst completing her post-graduate studies, Hillary interned for civil rights activist and child advocate Marian Wright Edelman. She was sent to Alabama to prove that schools were still segregated. She posed as a mother who wanted to send her child to schools only if they were segregated and exposed academies that refused entry to black students.

In 1973, while still working for Marian Wright Edelman she went door to door interviewing families with disabled children to see why they weren’t in school. Her report found that children with special needs or physical or mental disabilities were being excluded from school - sometimes by parents, sometimes by the schools themselves. This report was later used to inform the 1975 Education for All Handicapped Children Act which required all states to educate children with disabilities.

After graduating Hillary failed the D.C bar exam, but passed the bar in Arkansas, leading her to choose to move there and marry Bill Clinton, who she started seeing in 1971 whilst at Yale. She became one of only two female faculty members in the School of Law at the University of Arkansas. She became the first director of a new legal aid clinic at the school, and during her time there she, along with several other women, founded the city’s first rape crisis centre. In 1977, she co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. She was appointed the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation in 1978 and became the first woman partner at Rose Law Firm the following year. As First Lady of Arkansas, she led a task force whose recommendations helped reform Arkansas’s public schools, and served on several corporate boards.

When Bill Clinton became President in 1993, Hillary was the first First Lady to have earned a postgraduate degree, have had a professional career up her time entering the White House, and was the first First Lady to have an office in the West Wing. She played a central role in her husband’s presidency - much to the outcry of Republicans - and played a huge role in attempting to reform health care, among other issues. Whilst her initial health care proposals failed, she was a huge force behind the passage of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program in 1997, a program that provides healthcare for millions of children across the US.

In 2000, Hillary was elected as the first female senator for New York State, making her the only first lady to have ever gone on to hold office. As Senator Hillary sponsored or co-sponsored over 2,600 pieces of legislation and served on multiple committees.

After a failed presidential run in 2008, Hillary agreed to be Secretary of State in President Obama’s government. She was the most travelled Secretary of State in history, visiting 112 countries in four years, travelling 956,733 miles, and spending 401 days total on the road. As Secretary of State some of her achievements during this time include negotiating a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in 2012, putting global women’s issues and advancing women’s rights as a central part of State policy, and changing passport law to allow transgendered Americans to easily change the gender on their passports.

On April 12th 2015 Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for presidential nomination of the Democratic Party. After a long primary season she won the amount of delegates needed to secure the nomination in June 2016, and officially accepted the nomination on July 28th, 2016. She became the first women to ever run as a presidential nominee for a major party in U.S history.

In the election on November 9th 2016, Hillary Clinton won more popular votes than the Republican nominee, but lost in the Electoral College, and as such will not be the first female president of America. However she came further than any woman in the history of the United States, and is set to receive more votes for president than candidate outside of Barack Obama.

Hillary has won a Grammy, a Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mother Theresa Award, the American Medical Women’s Association’s President’s Vision & Voice Award for being an advocate for women’s health and related issues, has been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, has been ranked by Newsweek as being the 13th most powerful person on  the planet and the most powerful American woman, has been named the most admired women in the world by Gallup 20 times - longer than any other person in Gallup’s history of running this poll, has featured in Forbes magazine’s most powerful people ranking ten times, and been named ten times in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. Since entering the world stage as First Lady back in 1993, Hillary Clinton has been one of the most admired and respected women across the globe.

The ignorance is real.

I’ve worked alongside illegal immigrants for four years, and guess what? They have to work three times as hard to stay afloat. Even if they could obtain a driver’s license, (which they can’t), what cars are they buying? I’m making change every night before my shift ends so that they all have enough quarters to take the bus home, or to the next job. Because that’s the reality. The reality is they’re getting CPS called on them because they’re working three jobs and still can’t afford daycare. That is the American Dream to which they’ve subscribed.

You live in America! Do you think your ancestors presented the Native Americans with appropriate paperwork? Do you believe that white people were born into being of American soil?

And I mean, if you’re going to uphold the standards of communist countries, countries run by dictators, countries where human beings are not treated as such, that doesn’t really say much about you, and your sense of empathy, or humanity, or compassion. Perhaps it’s time you stop worrying about other people, and take a look at yourself in the mirror. Are you the kind of person you’d want your child to grow up to be?

Now I’m going to tell you a secret, one that has been swept under the rug for centuries:

The truth is, there is no “other”.

I don’t speak the same language as half of my coworkers, and guess what? We laugh, and we tell stories, maybe not in the most conventional ways, but we enjoy each other’s company. We are all still connected through the bond of existence, the bond of that truth.

#Unfriended.

In the coming weeks, I will actually have the opportunity to see a doctor for a regular check-up, which is something I haven’t been able to do in over a decade. This is due to the fact that I’m on my state’s health insurance, finally.

(Next step, hopefully, is SSI.)

latimes.com
Nevada governor vetoes Medicaid-for-all bill
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed a bill that would have created a new way of delivering healthcare.
By David Montero

From the article:

Gov. Brian Sandoval waited until the last day he could — Friday — to veto a measure that would have offered a state-sponsored health insurance option to all residents regardless of income. If he hadn’t signed it or vetoed it by midnight, it would have become law.

Had the Republican governor had signed it, however, Nevada would have become the first state to attempt a Medicaid-for-all approach to health insurance. It also would have placed Nevada among the ranks of states including California that are looking for ways to solidify health insurance options for populations that will be risk if Congress and President Trump gut the Affordable Care Act.

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Pay reparations to descendants of American slaves!

Why we should continue fighting for reparations?

We seek reparations, not only for slavery but also for the injustices inflicted on black people from segregation and lawlessness by white people with no protection of law by the government. Dead slaves have alive oppressed great great great daughters and sons! Reparations isn’t just about money it’s about making repairs also, institutional, social, cultural, mental, psychological etc, repairs of all kinds in order to improve our condition globally. Yes it is wealth transfer but it’s wealth returning to its rightful owners!

The following companies still in existence today that benefited and was involved in the African Slave Trade

Bank of America found that two of its predecessor banks (Boatman Savings Institution and Southern Bank of St. Louis) had ties to slavery and another predecessor (Bank of Metropolis) accepted slaves as collateral on loans.

Aetna, Inc., the United States’ largest health insurer, sold policies in the 1850s that reimbursed slave owners for financial losses when the enslaved Africans they owned died.

JPMorgan Chase recently admitted their company’s links to slavery. “Today, we are reporting that this research found that, between 1831 and 1865, two of our predecessor banks—Citizens Bank and Canal Bank in Louisiana—accepted approximately 13,000 enslaved individuals as collateral on loans and took ownership of approximately 1,250 of them when the plantation owners defaulted on the loans,” the company wrote in a statement.

CSX used slave labor to construct portions of some U.S. rail lines under the political and legal system that was in place more than a century ago. Two enslaved Africans who the company rented were identified as John Henry and Reuben. The record states, “they were to be returned clothed when they arrived to work for the company.”Individual enslaved Africans cost up to $200 –  the equivalent of $3,800 today -  to rent for a season and CSX took full advantage.

AIG completed the purchase of American General Financial Group, a Houston-based insurer that owns U.S. Life Insurance Company. A U.S. Life policy on an enslaved African living in Kentucky was reprinted in a 1935 article about slave insurance in The American Conservationist magazine. AIG says it has “found documentation indicating” U.S. Life insured enslaved Africans.

Wells Fargo – Georgia Railroad & Banking Company and the Bank of Charleston owned or accepted slaves as collateral. They later became part of Wells Fargo by way of Wachovia. (In the 2000s Wells Fargo targeted blacks for predatory lending.)

Where is the money going to? How will these companies do it? Simple, we want these companies to set up two massive banks, an economic development bank on the west coast and an economic development bank on the east coast, so descendants of African slaves can draw that money to get low interest loans or free money to build businesses and industries throughout the United States! Enough is enough. It is time for these companies to be held accountable for their active role in the African Slave Trade.

To Succeed we must be Unified an act Politically and Legally! This is an issue that all people should take a stand for regardless of Race Classification! This is about Justice, Admission of Wrong Doings and Atonement which will truly aid in Racial Reconciliation!

https://www.change.org/p/bank-of-america-pay-reparations-to-descendants-of-american-slaves?recruiter=1637279&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

New Snowden Revelations

In a Q&A for the new Oliver Stone biopic, Edward Snowden revealed several new facts that world governments didn’t want you to know. Here they are:

  • Vladimir Putin’s favorite movie is “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.”
  • The Clinton Foundation was once used to launder money earned from the sale of smuggled yak testicles.
  • There are two Barack Obamas. The twins have pretended to be a single man for 55 years and both were sworn in as president. There are also two Bob Sagets but nobody cares.
  • The NSA has resorted to “low tech” spy solutions to monitor computer savvy American citizens, including periscopes, peepholes, and passing notes about people behind their backs. This is how they verified that Kimmy has a crush on Wilbur and totally wants to kiss him.
  • There is a government agency devoted to monitoring Tumblr accounts for secret information. Known in Washington as the least effective agency in the history of the country, 98% of their agents have been caught simply scrolling through cat blogs and participating in Tumblr drama. The other 2% had never come in to work.
  • Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is a Hungarian spy. His appointment by George W. Bush was a finely crafted operation by Információs Hivatal to insert an agent into the American Supreme Court. All his actions have been in the interest of Hungary, including his support of religious freedom in kindergarten, and insistence on federal (not state) rulings on health insurance. It is unknown why Hungary cares about these issues here.
  • SpongeBob Squarepants is an alien broadcast from Neptune. It just started in 1999 and Nickelodeon keeps airing it.

Living Poor and Uninsured in a Red State

When Claudia, a mother of seven who lives in a Dallas suburb, feels sick, she doesn’t bother trying to make a doctor’s appointment. Without health insurance, even a simple consultation would cost more than a day’s pay.

“I just take something over the counter or wait till I can’t take it anymore,” she told me.

One such time occurred in 2002, when she had a complication after a gallbladder surgery.

“I was home for six days when I started to be in pain again,” she said. “I had just been in the hospital, so I was holding it off because I was worried that they’d send me another thousand-dollar bill.”

Read more. [Image: Eric Gay/AP]

Crazy waivers: the Senate bill invites states to gut important health insurance rules
With the release of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate has finally shown its cards. Much will and should be made of how the bill, if adopted, would deprive millions of people of health insurance in order to finance huge tax cuts for the wealthy. Nestled in Obamacare is a provision allowing states to seek waivers from some of the law’s most important rules, including rules requiring insurers to cover certain “essential” health benefits and imposing annual caps on out-of-pocket spending. Read more

who needs legal weed or great free and subsidized state health insurance or a $10+ minimum wage or widely accesible grocery stores when you can get a falafel sandwich and a diet coke for $4 on any street corner

Also what’s going on in my state is literally leaving people with little to no options when it comes to healthcare. Almost all providers have dropped my state, leaving some areas with only two options, and some counties here literally have nothing if they were to choose insurance outside their work. And obviously that completely fucks over those with jobs who don’t provide health insurance or don’t have a job/doesn’t meet the requirements to get benefits from their job. 

Like last year I was able to pay for my health insurance, this year my plan is gone and literally the next option for me is $700 A MONTH. And that’s cheaper than the plans through my work. I seriously got automatically transferred to that $700 a month insurance because it was “the next best and cheapest option.” All last year people in my state were hearing about how fucked we’re going to be in 2017 and it’s really no joke. I have very expensive medications that were largely covered by my insurance and now I’m at a point where I can’t afford to buy insurance and I can’t afford my medication without it and this is a HUGE problem in my state right now. 

This plus all the other bullshit going on with health care is going to leave people sick, suffering, and dead. There’s no other way around it.