Fact-checking Warren’s claim that her health-care plan won’t raise taxes on the middle class

(CNN)In touting her new plan to pay for Medicare for All, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has argued that she won’t raise taxes on the middle class. The campaign of Warren’s 2020 rival Joe Biden has also criticized a key element of Warren’s plan, claiming it would place a new tax of almost $9 trillion on American workers. Facts First: Warren’s claim that her plan won’t raise middle class taxes largely depends on what is considered a “tax” in the first place. While experts CNN spoke with agree that the tax mentioned by Biden’s camp would ultimately be passed onto employees, Warren’s camp argues that’s essentially beside the point, since her plan will ultimately save consumers and companies trillions of dollars by …

Judge grants temporary restraining order against policy set to deny visas for immigrants who couldn’t afford health insurance

(CNN)A judge in Oregon granted a temporary restraining order Saturday against a policy that would have denied immigrants a visa unless they can prove they will have health insurance. “Today’s decision highlights the urgency of blocking this health care ban before it causes irreparable damage to our community and those we serve,” Carmen Rubio, the executive director of Latino Network, said in a statement. The proclamation is among a string of sweeping changes that could dramatically curb legal immigration to the United States. President Donald Trump issued the proclamation in October, saying, “immigrants who enter this country should not further saddle our healthcare system, and subsequently American taxpayers, with higher costs.” According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, in 2017, three-quarters of the 27.4 …

Rep. Elijah Cummings, key figure in Trump investigations, dies at 68

Washington (CNN)Rep. Elijah Cummings, a longtime Maryland Democrat and key figure leading investigations into President Donald Trump, has died at age 68, his office announced early Thursday morning. And it was his committee that grilled Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, in a blockbuster hearing this past February. Rep. Cummings makes fiery speech in defense of democracy As he has led the investigative efforts, Cummings also clashed publicly with the President. Over the summer, Trump tweeted disparaging remarks toward Cummings and his Maryland district, which includes much of Baltimore, calling the majority black district a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.” Responding to some of the President’s tweets — in which Trump suggested the congressman needed to spend more time …

Why this top federal scientist is worried about public health under Trump | Carey Gillam

The US government has become dangerously complacent about public health If you want to understand the perilous state of federal scientific research, ask Linda Birnbaum. For 40 years, Birnbaum has worked as a toxicologist for the US government, rising through the ranks to direct both the National Institute of Environmental October retirement from the institute she says she has tried to protect from the ramifications of Donald Trumps election, Birnbaum has words of warning about the dire path ahead she sees for public health. We ought to listen to what she has to say. Birnbaum fears that the US regulatory system has become too politicized, too beholden to corporate money and power, and lacks the urgency and political will needed …

Washington at war: Dems aim for speedy impeachment push as Trump threatens whistleblower

Washington (CNN)Lawyers for a whistleblower who accused Donald Trump of pressuring Ukraine to intervene in the 2020 election warn that the President’s threats pose a grave risk to their client’s safety. Trump however led a ferocious fight back at the weekend, lashing out at Democrats, the media and the whistleblower as some of his top allies battled through a series of contentious appearances on Sunday talk shows. On Sunday night, it emerged that lawyers for the whistleblower wrote to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire to express “serious concerns” for their client. “The events of the past week have heightened our concerns that our client’s identity will …

Many union workers really love their health benefits. That’s a problem for Bernie Sanders.

(CNN)Health care benefits are really important to many union workers — important enough to give up pay raises or even to walk off the job to keep the coverage they’ve negotiated. Still other unions, such as the Service Employees International Union, say they support all efforts to expand coverage to more people. Roughly 10.5% of workers — or 14.7 million people — were union members in 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s about half the share that were unionized 35 years earlier. Some 95% of union workers had access to employer medical benefits in 2019, compared to 68% of non-union workers, according to the bureau’s data. And they were more likely to participate in the plans, with …

Trump makes flying visit to UN climate crisis gathering but US remains silent

New York (CNN)The United Nations gathered world leaders to present concrete plans to tackle the climate crisis Monday, making made clear it didn’t want to hear platitudes, as scientists, activists and religious leaders warned that urgent steps are needed to slow rising temperatures that intensify devastating natural disasters. Absent from the conversation: the United States, one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases. ‘Very important’ Trump appeared at the Climate Action Summit in New York, in an impromptu stop on his way to his administration’s priority event on religious freedom. But the US did not speak at the event and the President, who has repeatedly said he thinks climate change is a hoax, left after 15 minutes. Trump pulled …

Buttigieg swipes at Warren for being ‘evasive’ on health care

Washington (CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg slammed Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s adopted “Medicare for All” plan on Thursday, calling her “extremely evasive” when it came to whether or not the proposal calls for raising taxes on the middle class. Colbert asked Warren, “How are you going to pay for it? Are you going to raise the middle class taxes?” “So here’s how we’re going to do this. Costs are going to go up for the wealthiest Americans, for big corporations … and hardworking, middle class families are going to see their costs go down,” she replied. “But will their taxes go down?” Colbert interrupted. “Here’s the thing,” Warren said before getting cut off by Colbert. And in last week’s debate, Warren …

Elizabeth Warren has a plan for just about everything — but not health care

(CNN)Elizabeth Warren is the presidential candidate with a plan for just about everything — but there’s one significant exception when it comes to an issue that is top of mind for so many voters: Health care. Those dynamics were on full display at Thursday night’s presidential debate, when she was asked — again — whether Medicare for All would result in tax hikes for the middle class. Not for the first time, Warren pivoted. “Look, what families have to deal with is cost, total cost,” Warren said on the debate stage, without directly answering the question about taxes. “And the answer is, on Medicare for All, costs are going to go up for wealthier individuals and costs are going to …

Warren and Sanders say Americans don’t like their health insurance. Polls don’t back that up.

(CNN)First things first: The theme song of the week is The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd. Polls like the one I just cited indicate that the candidates who favor a public option hold the majority opinion within the Democratic Party. Our CNN poll from late June directly posed the question to potential Democratic primary voters. We asked whether there should be a national health care plan and whether it should replace private insurance. The plurality, 49%, said there should be a government health care plan but it shouldn’t eliminate private insurance. Just 30% said there should be a national health care plan and it should eliminate private insurance. A mere 13% didn’t want a government run health care plan. …

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 …

Austerity is a political choice, not an economic necessity | Clara Mattei and Sam Salour

Neoliberal economists present themselves as neutral technocrats, but theyre actually partisans for the status quo. Dont fall for it The outcome of austerity policies in Britain and elsewhere has become painfully clear: increased misery; increase in racial inequality; public health and other public services; and all-around recently recommended the book Austerity: When it Works and When it Doesnt as his top book to read this summer. The book is a qualified defense of austerity policies written by Alberto Alesina, Carlo Favero, and Francesco Giavazzi, an influential trio of economists and rising stars known for advising major economic institutions. This is an extremely important book, Wolf said. The economist Kenneth Rogoff agreed, recently Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival …

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 …

Trump is the not-so-happy trade warrior

Washington (CNN)As warning signs of an economic slowdown bubble up at home, President Donald Trump has amped up his trade war with China.And he’s using a … unique … way to do so. Trump appointed Powell the chair of the Federal Reserve in 2018, but has (apparently) soured on the pick. “Our Federal Reserve does not allow us to do what we must do. They put us at a disadvantage against our competition,” Trump tweeted on Thursday. He also said Wednesday that Powell had raised interest rates “too fast, too furious.” 

Trump admin announces rule that could limit legal immigration

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration released a regulation Monday that could dramatically cut the number of legal immigrants allowed to enter and stay in the US by making it easier to reject green card and visa applications. When asked about whether the rule is unfairly targeting low-income immigrants, Cuccinelli said: “We certainly expect people of any income to be able to stand on their own two feet, so if people are not able to be self-sufficient, than this negative factor is going to bear very heavily against them in a decision about whether they’ll be able to become a legal permanent resident. “ The 837-page rule applies to those seeking to come to or remain in the United States via legal …

Sanders says Kamala Harris’ health care plan is ‘not Medicare for All’

Washington (CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday stressed the differences between his single-payer health care plan and a new proposal from Sen. Kamala Harris, labeling her approach “not Medicare for All.” Speaking to Harris’ goal to achieve Medicare for All in 10 years, Sanders said, “We think that four years is as long as it should be, not 10 years.” “And that’s one of the reasons I disagree with Sen. Harris,” he added. Harris’ proposal seeks to occupy a middle ground between Medicare for All champions like Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and more moderate voices on health care like former Vice President Joe Biden, who has advocated for reforms to the current system. Harris wrote in …