Categories & Tags: Health and Public Safety

Blue Cross Blue Shield pushing state-based bills to pre-empt federal health reform   |   December 7, 2009
As the health reform debate reaches its climax, insurance companies have worked hard to cultivate an image of being reasonable, practical players -- willing to work with the...

 

Secret coal ash ponds spark legal action   |   December 4, 2009
The public does not have access to information about more than 70 coal ash waste storage sites because the Environmental Protection Agency is withholding at the request of the...

 

Gov. Jindal still silent on "prostitute" money Republicans wanted for Louisiana   |   November 25, 2009
You know that $300 million for Louisiana in the Senate health bill that has caused right-wing pundits to call Sen. Mary Landrieu a "prostitute" and worse -- and attempt to...

 

N.C. lawmakers ask for probe of Blue Cross advocacy against public option   |   November 25, 2009
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina recently sent out mailers asking its customers for help lobbying against a public insurance option -- and its controversial actions are...

 

TVA gets OK to dump more toxic coal waste into ash-polluted river   |   November 25, 2009
A dam collapse at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston power plant in eastern Tennessee last December sent a billion gallons of toxic coal sludge oozing over a nearby...

 

HEALTH BILL HYPOCRISY? *Republicans* led push for Louisiana funding that ended up in Senate bill   |   November 24, 2009
You've heard the story: To "buy" Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) vote to bring the Senate health bill to the floor last Saturday, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) inserted a provision that...

 

Arkansas free clinic draws more than 1,000 uninsured -- and criticism from former President Clinton   |   November 24, 2009
A free health clinic held this past Saturday in Little Rock, Ark. drew more than 1,000 uninsured people seeking care for a variety of health problems. But it also drew criticism...

 

Health Reform: What will Landrieu and Lincoln do next?   |   November 23, 2009
This year, Democrats have defined success largely on their ability to push through some version of health reform. Now, the future of that agenda hinges on two moderate-to-...

 

Toward a medically defensible energy policy   |   November 23, 2009
Pollution from coal is not only unhealthy for the environment -- it also hurts the human body and contributes to four of the five leading causes of death in the U.S.: heart...

 

Virginia Tech massacre survivor captures shady gun dealers on hidden camera   |   November 20, 2009
Colin Goddard suffered four gunshot wounds when a fellow Virginia Tech student who was mentally ill opened fire at the Blacksburg campus in 2007, killing 32 people and wounding...

 

Which way will Landrieu go?   |   November 19, 2009
Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana -- one of three Democratic swing votes in the Senate over health reform -- says today is the day: She will announce whether she supports the bill...

 

Free health clinic in New Orleans highlights need for reforms   |   November 17, 2009
This past Saturday, more than 1,000 uninsured people showed up at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans for a free health clinic organized by the National...

 

Reps. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) speak from the same page on health reform   |   November 16, 2009
The New York Times reported last week that during the historic House debate on health care reform, statements made by more than a dozen lawmakers were ghostwritten in whole or...

 

South still leads in child deaths from swine flu   |   November 16, 2009
Three weeks ago, Facing South reported that two-thirds of child deaths attributed to the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, had happened in states centered in the South. Here's an update:...

 

Nuclear companies face reactor design problems, ethics questions   |   November 16, 2009
Federal regulators have expressed serious safety concerns about the design for 14 of the nation's 25 proposed new nuclear reactors, raising questions about the future of what the...

 

Will South Carolina become the nation's new Yucca Mountain?   |   November 12, 2009
Earlier this year President Obama canceled the federal government's plans to store high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants and weapons facilities at the...

 

VOICES: Senate has final word on health care reform   |   November 12, 2009
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, New America Media President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, key House and Senate Democrats and Republicans, and...

 

Veteran wins groundbreaking claim for Agent Orange exposure at Georgia military base   |   November 11, 2009
A U.S. veteran living in Tennessee has won what's thought to be the first Veterans Administration claim for exposure inside the continental United States to Agent Orange, an...

 

Lawsuit accuses Virginia power company of poisoning Dominican community with toxic coal ash   |   November 10, 2009
A civil lawsuit filed last week in state court in Delaware charges Arlington, Va-based AES Corp. -- one of the world's largest power companies -- with illegally dumping 160...

 

HEALTH CARE CASUALTIES: Study says 2,200 veterans died in 2008 because they lacked insurance   |   November 10, 2009
By Viji Sundaram, New America Media Michael Baranik Jennings called it the worst day of his life. As he sat in his doctor's office that day in January 2007, he was told he had...

 

Louisiana congressman says his lone GOP vote for health reform a "decision of conscience"   |   November 9, 2009
The House of Representatives approved a landmark health care reform bill late Saturday night by a close vote of 220 to 215. Of the 39 Democrats who joined most Republicans in...

 

ANALYSIS: Were Southern Democrats against health care reform?   |   November 9, 2009
Based on Saturday's razor-thin 220-215 House vote, can we say Southern Democrats are friends or foes of health care reform? It depends on how you slice the numbers (we'll be using...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Tallying the uninsured dead   |   November 6, 2009
On Wednesday, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) took to the House floor and read off the estimated number of people who will die next year due to a lack of health insurance in each...

 

Bill would require paid sick leave to help curb swine flu's spread   |   November 5, 2009
Employers' sick-leave policies that may be contributing to the spread of the swine flu are the target of a bill being considered by Congress. U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-...

 

Wal-Mart's stingy sick-leave policy may contribute to swine flu's spread   |   November 3, 2009
Wal-Mart's policy of punishing workers for taking sick leave risks spreading swine flu. So concludes a new report from the National Labor Committee that finds that employees...