Democrats Spar Over Private Health Insurance At Presidential Debate

Leading presidential candidates sought to differentiate themselves on health care at a Houston debate Thursday by vying to find out what scares voters more: the potential for higher taxes or to continue to be subject to the whims of the private health insurance system. Once again, questioning from debate moderators focused heavily on the need for tax increases to finance large-scale programs like “Medicare for All,”Joe Bidenhis health care platformdisrupt the coverage Bernie SandersElizabeth Warrensingle-payer authored the legislation Democratic Party Affordable Care Act including Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.) “How are we going to pay for it? I want to hear tonight how that’s happening,” Biden said. For Sanders and Warren, the principles of guaranteeing lifelong access to stable, government-provided health …

This is what Trump’s Cabinet looks like right now

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s third national security adviser, John Bolton, tendered his resignation on Tuesday, marking the latest departure from an administration fraught with turnover. Commerce: Wilbur Ross Defense: Mark Esper White House chief of staff: Mick Mulvaney (acting) State: Mike Pompeo Education: Betsy DeVos Energy: Rick Perry Central Intelligence Agency: Gina Haspel Health and Human Services: Alex Azar Homeland Security: Kevin McAleenan (acting) Housing and Urban Development: Ben Carson Agriculture: Sonny Perdue Interior: David Bernhardt Labor: Patrick Pizzella (acting) Transportation: Elaine Chao Treasury: Steven Mnuchin Veterans Affairs: Robert Wilkie Attorney general: William Barr Environmental Protection Agency: Andrew Wheeler Office of Management and Budget: Russell Vought (acting, though Mulvaney stills holds the title of director) US trade representative: Robert Lighthizer …

Mum fed takeaways to dying obese child

‘Missed health appointments’ It found the Greater Manchester teenager, who has not been named, was not provided with a PE kit by their mother despite enjoying classes. The mother blamed the child for not losing weight, called them “lazy” and falsely claimed they could not take part because of health problems and disabilities, it said. “[The school] found it difficult to challenge [the] mother about putting obstacles in the way of [the teenager] from taking part in something they enjoyed and which was beneficial for their wellbeing,” the report added. The teenager, who asked teachers to keep their attendance at exercise classes a secret from their mother, also missed health appointments. The review also found the child weighed more than …

Julin Castro Hits Hard At Biden On Health Care And Immigration During Debate

Julián Castro took full advantage of his moment on the national stage at the Democratic debate Thursday night to unload on former Vice President Barack Obama’s legacy and refusing to disown the negative parts. Health care came first, with ABC News’ panel of moderators beginning the debate in Houston with a heated and prolonged conversation about the merits and potential pitfalls of transitioning to a “Medicare for All,” single-payer health care system. Biden argued that his proposed public health insurance option that Americans can buy into would achieve the same goals as the Medicare for All system proposed by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) without forcing Americans to drop their private insurance. But Castro noted that by …

Health boss resigns saying ‘life too short’

Critical care was rated inadequate, while overall the trust was said to require improvement. ‘Financially unsustainable’ In her resignation email to staff, Ms McArdle said she had “remained true to my own values, vision and high levels of integrity”. “However, after much debate with my family and friends over the last 12 months, I have now decided that the personal cost of being a CEO in the NHS is just too high and life is just too short.” She warned the trust was “financially unsustainable” without a long-term recovery plan to deal with its debts. Ms McArdle took over as the trust’s full-time chief executive in 2015 and was appointed on an annual salary of £225,000, the Local Democracy Reporting …

Disabled Activist Calls Out Kamala Harris Over Huge Holes In Health Care Plan

Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is holding steadfast in her belief that her version of “Medicare for All” is indeed “ But, the presidential hopeful’s unwavering defense of In a nine-minute video capturing his discussion (below) with Harris released on Monday, Barkan, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2016, took Harris to task when he asked her why she was using the phrase “Medicare for All” to describe her plan, when to him, it sounded more like something “closer to a combination of private and public options rather than a single-payer ‘Medicare For All.’” Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) critics say is too long. In response, Harris explained that with her plan, “everybody will be covered … and it will be a Medicare system” in which …

Rescuers Make Way Through Bahamas Left In ‘Total Devastation’

A day after the most powerful hurricane on record ever to hit the country finished mauling the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, emergency workers had yet to reach some stricken areas. Dorian, meanwhile, pushed its way northward off the Florida shoreline with reduced but still-dangerous 105 mph (165 kph) winds on a projected course that could sideswipe Georgia and the Carolinas. An estimated 3 million people in the four states were warned to clear out, and highways leading inland were turned into one-way evacuation routes. “We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history,” said Prime Minister Hubert Minnis. He said he expects the number of dead to rise. “The devastation is …

The vaping epidemic is a major public health threat to our kids

(CNN)It’s a new version of an old battle. As a novice congressman, I ran up against the most powerful lobby in Washington. It was explained to my class of freshman Democrats that we should not attack tobacco. It was a big local issue in Kentucky, the Carolinas and beyond. Southern Democrats were linked by tobacco even if production was negligible in their individual districts. In the minds of many, looking the other way on this issue produced Democratic votes for scores of other fights. But this image of a unified House Democratic Caucus was not as powerful as another image I carried my whole life. declined from 28% in 2001 to less than 8% today. However, anyone who believed the …

Report: Death toll in Bahamas from Hurricane Dorian rises to 20

Freeport, Grand Bahama (CNN)As sunshine returned to the northern Bahamas on Wednesday, residents and authorities surveyed the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, overwhelmed by incredible destruction from Hurricane Dorian, which reportedly also took at least 20 lives. The only airport on the island of Grand Bahama has been ripped apart by Dorian. “After two days of trying, we’re finally able to get into the Freeport airport,” CNN’s Patrick Oppmann said from the scene Wednesday. “It’s gone. … The level of devastation is actually breathtaking. There are no walls left at the airport. The ceiling has come crashing.” The airport’s obliteration deals a devastating blow for residents who desperately need medical evacuations or emergency aid. “The runway field is now …

King’s Cross face recognition ‘last used in 2018’

The King’s Cross partnership also denied any data had been shared commercially. It had used it to help the Metropolitan and British Transport Police “prevent and detect crime in the neighbourhood”, it said. But both forces told BBC News they were unaware of any police involvement. It said it had since shelved further work on the technology and “has no plans to reintroduce any form of FRT [facial-recognition technology] at the King’s Cross estate”. However, as recently as last month, a security company was advertising for a CCTV operator for the area. The duties of the role included: “To oversee and monitor the health, safety and welfare of all officers across the King’s Cross estate using CCTV, Facewatch and surveillance …

A star-studded Avicii tribute concert set for December will help spread mental health awareness

(CNN)A December 5 concert in Stockholm will honor the late EDM star Avicii, who died by suicide last year. The tribute concert’s lineup includes Adam Lambert, Rita Ora and Aloe Blacc, who sang in Avicii’s 2013 hit “Wake Me Up.” David Guetta and Kygo are among the DJs who will perform. Avicii, whose real name wasTim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman, in April 2018. Earlier this year, his family launched the Tim Bergling Foundation to raise money for a variety of causes, including mental health and suicide prevention. “The Tim Bergling Foundation will advocate for the recognition of suicide as a global health emergency and promote removing the stigma attached to the discussion of mental health issues,” the …

When Solitary Confinement Is A Death Sentence

Their friendship began on July 17, 2014, with whispered secrets shared through the vent in the wall that separated their cells. Jessica Burlew remembers the exact date because she’d turned 17 the day before, the same day that Mariam Abdullah, then 16 and about to be charged as an adult with armed robbery, had been brought to Estrella Jail in Phoenix, Arizona. When Abdullah arrived, shackled and belly chained, in the closed custody unit, where girls deemed incorrigible were held in their cells for 23 hours a day, Burlew had been there for about six months. In that time, Burlew said she hadn’t had any contact with other teens and so was glad to hear Abdullah’s voice. “I very much …

Bernie Sanders teases plan to eliminate billions in medical debt

Florence, South Carolina (CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders announced late Friday that he plans to eliminate billions in medical debt, hinting at a proposal the 2020 presidential Democratic candidate’s campaign has yet to release in full. “We’re looking at that right now,” Sanders responded. “In another piece of legislation that we’re going to be offering we will eliminate medical debt in this country. I mean, just stop and think for a second. Why should people be placed in financial duress? For what crime did you commit? You got a serious illness? That is not what this country should be about.” Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir told CNN on Friday that “Sen. Sanders had previously asked us to pull together a plan to …

NASA launched a Deep Space Atomic Clock that’s like a GPS for space

(CNN)The most precise clock ever flown in space may not inspire thrills, but it could be the key to safely sending people to Mars. An ordinary atomic clock just won’t do GPS satellites that orbit Earth use atomic clocks for precise time-keeping, NASA said, but those aren’t made to withstand forces in space that can mess with their accuracy. That’s because standard atomic clocks use neutral atoms, which can be impacted by environmental changes in space like changes in temperature or atmospheric pressure. But NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock is up to 50 times more stable than standard atomic clocks because it’s powered by mercury ions. The ions’ electric charge means they can be contained in an electromagnetic trap that …