by on September 18, 2018
Inn this June 6, 2018, photo, Senior White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a briefing at the White House in Washington. As the midterm elections draw closer, a variety of Republican leaders, cognizant of broad public support for social-insurance programs like Medicare and Social Security, have said it’s Republicans who are the true champions of the programs – reality be damned. Donald Trump went so far as to argue two weeks ago, “We’re saving Social Security; the Demo...
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by on August 29, 2018
The Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, said Wednesday that bureaucracy and inefficiency across local and federal government entities are to blame for the deaths of nearly 3,000 on the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which came to light as part of a newly released study commissioned by the Puerto Rican government. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz In particular, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz blamed President Donald Trump, federal officials and Puerto Rican officials for not providing more ...
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by on August 24, 2018
District court to rule on constitutionality of Fort Lauderdale's feeding ban law A lawsuit challenging Fort Lauderdale's controversial homeless feeding ban is back in court after a federal appellate court sided with a group of activists over the city. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said it's time for the city to help homeless people instead of fighting them. When the City of Fort Lauderdale began arresting people feeding the homeless at Stranahan Park four years ago, the g...
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by on August 19, 2018
Judge T.S. Ellis, the man presiding over the criminal trial of ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, said Friday that he has received threats about the case and now travels with protection from U.S. marshals. Ellis, speaking at a hearing outside of jurors' presence, also said he has no plan to release the names of those 12 people now deliberating Manafort's fate because he is worried about their safety if their identities become publicly known. The 12-person jury entered its second day o...
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by on August 2, 2018
The mother stock lasts four to six months before it has to be replaced. Gov. Andrew Cuomo created a new state panel Thursday that will come up with legislation to legalize marijuana New York, marking the state's latest step toward allowing the drug for recreational purposes. The 20-person workgroup — filled with Cuomo administration officials, college professors and law enforcement officers — will be tasked with crafting a bill to allow recreational marijuana for state lawmakers to con...
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by on August 1, 2018
Some of the worst water tanks are in the city’s public housing, cleaners say. Birds and insects were found inside the water tanks atop NYCHA’s Elliott housing development in 2017. The evidence of contamination was there in black and white – until it disappeared. The New York City Housing Authority’s handwritten “Annual Roof Tank Inspection Reports” chronicle a history of tainted drinking water tanks that the housing agency failed to report to city health officials, according to an e...
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by on August 1, 2018
Assemblyman Richard Gottfried declared the RAND report a “triumph” and said he would raise the taxes on high-income earners to protect low-income earners. A bill that would establish a single-payer health system in New York is financially feasible and could curtail spending in future years, if assumptions that range from the questionable to the improbable take place, according to a long-awaited study unveiled Wednesday. The New York Health Act would provide universal insurance coverage...
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by on July 31, 2018
A new study that puts an astronomical price tag on a Medicare-for-all proposal has prompted mockery from conservatives and defensive cries from liberals. The analysis, from the libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center at George Mason University, focuses on legislation introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and estimates that his proposal to create a national health insurance system would lead to a $32.6 trillion increase in federal spending over a 10-year period. The eye-popping figure i...
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by on July 23, 2018
When it comes to social policy, President Trump embraces conservative politics as usual, continuing a nearly four-decades-long effort to make these policies more restrictive. Earlier this month, the White House Council of Economic Advisers called for more “welfare reform,” which would be accomplished by expanding work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“food stamps”), Medicaid and rental housing assistance programs. Mr. Trump and his conservative allies in Con...
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by on July 13, 2018
The administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who until recently referred to marijuana as a "gateway drug," released a state Health Department report on Friday that says the "positive effects" of legalization "outweigh the potential negative impacts." "Numerous NYS agencies and subject matter experts in the fields of public health, mental health, substance use, public safety, transportation, and economics worked in developing this assessment," the 75-page document says. "No insurm...
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by on June 12, 2018
A new report looks at the impact of speaking fees, free meals and other perks on New York doctors' prescribing habits New York doctors who accepted speaking fees, honoraria, meals and other forms of payment from opioid manufacturers started writing more prescriptions for the narcotic painkillers, according to an analysis from the New York State Health Foundation. When comparing physicians in similar specialties who historically prescribed similar amounts of opioids, the researchers fou...
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by on June 10, 2018
The unusual move could hand Democrats an electoral advantage in November TO REPUBLICANS, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, is the zombie that endures countless hits to rise from its knees and haunt America’s health-care industry. The signature legislative achievement of Barack Obama’s presidency, which brought health coverage to 20m Americans, faced dozens of House repeal votes during Mr Obama’s two terms in office and survived a pair of Supreme Court challenges (in ...
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