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- The ACA is safe for now, but it’s still very much in danger March 25, 2017Yesterday, House Republicans failed to find enough votes to pass their Affordable Care Act replacement. It was a very good day for the millions of Americans projected to lose their coverage under the GOP plan. But let’s be clear: Obamacare is not safe.
- Midnight 28 years ago: Exxon Valdez ran aground, 11 million gallons crude oil released March 24, 201728 years ago today, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground off the coast of Alaska and released 11 million gallons of crude oil.
- Memorable moments from Labor Secretary’s confirmation hearing March 23, 2017President Trump's nominee for Labor Secretary provided a peek during his confirmation hearing on his approach to running the Labor Department. Several things he said made me ask myself: “will employees at the Labor Department challenge Alex Acosta to keep his word on that?”
- Occupational Health News Roundup March 21, 2017California farmworkers living in fear of deportation; Ontario health care workers call on officials to address violence in the workplace; West Virginia legislators consider dramatic loosening of mine safety standards; and thousands of workers get ready to strike on May 1.
- Worth reading: US healthcare, Iowa pollution, and Texas maternal mortality March 20, 2017Recent pieces address US healthcare, pollution enforcement in Iowa, maternal mortality in Texas, and more.
- Beyond the numbers: What’s it like to have an unplanned pregnancy? March 17, 2017There’s a lot at stake for women’s health in the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, which eliminated out-of-pocket costs for birth control and has been highly successful in breaking down barriers to affordable family planning. The cost-sharing changes alone are saving individual women hundreds of dollars each year on their choice of contrace […]
- Call to action on worker safety for future Labor Secretary March 16, 2017Senators preparing for next week's confirmation hearing for Trump's Labor Secretary should study National COSH's newly released Agenda for Action. "Protecting Workers' Lives & Limbs" makes dozens of recommendations to improve occupational health and safety policies and practices which will fall under the purview of the futur […]
- Insurance losses under proposed ACA replacement a matter of life and death March 15, 2017As the Republicans push forward their abysmal Affordable Care Act replacement, much of the talk surrounding its impact focuses on insurance numbers and premium hikes. Those things are certainly important. But this is more important: The Republican plan will cause unnecessary suffering and preventable death.
- Exaggerating the cost of workplace safety penalties, instead of limbs, lungs, lives saved March 15, 2017It bothers me when politicians try to rile up employers by exaggerating the cost of OSHA penalties.
- AHCA would slash Medicaid while giving tax cuts to the rich March 13, 2017The House Republicans' healthcare bill's Medicaid provisions would cut federal contributions and shift substantial healthcare risks from to states and low-income families.
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