Environment and Health

Worried Sick About Prescription Costs

Worried Sick About Prescription Costs

Ask about health care at a summer cookout, and you’ll likely get an earful about how drug corporations are gouging us, leaving many families to choose between buying medications or putting food on the table. Why? Because corporations put profits before patients. Look...

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Are We Tired of ‘Winning’ Yet?

Are We Tired of ‘Winning’ Yet?

Can we stop pretending that leading Republicans care about anything beyond winning and power? To be sure, there are some in the party who are guided by conservative "principles." House Speaker Paul Ryan said he's been "dreaming" of gutting Medicaid — the program that...

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Free As You Can Afford to Be

Free As You Can Afford to Be

I think of freedom in positive, aspirational terms — as in FDR's "Four freedoms," or in the uplifting songs of freedom sung by oppressed people everywhere. But right-wing ideologues have fabricated a negative notion of "freedoms" derived from their twisted concept of...

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Making Utility Bills Rise Again

Making Utility Bills Rise Again

It’s summer and the mercury is soaring. Temperatures are higher than ever, it turns out. Last year was the hottest year since humanity started recording temperatures, and it’s going to get much worse in the years to come, as a recent University of Hawaii study shows....

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Mad about the Climate? Don’t Cheer Up!

Mad about the Climate? Don’t Cheer Up!

On June 1, President Trump announced that he'll withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. If that makes you mad, good. If that makes you outraged and disgusted, even better. We have good reason. Even for a president whose administration has quickly...

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