December 31st, 2016

[Firefly] Strong woman

Oakland's Toxic Lead Contamination

According to a recently published Reuters report, Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood is one of 3,000 U.S. communities with lead contamination worse than Flint, Michigan. But whereas Flint has been the subject of international media scrutiny, lead pollution in places like Fruitvale remains mostly unexamined.

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Obamacare under siege

GOP READIES SWIFT OBAMACARE REPEAL WITH NO REPLACEMENT READY

The first major act of the unified Republican government in 2017 will be a vote in Congress to begin tearing down Obamacare.

But the euphoria of finally acting on a long-sought goal will quickly give way to the reality that Republicans -- and President-elect Donald Trump -- have no agreement thus far on how to replace coverage for about 20 million people who gained insurance under the health-care law.Collapse )

Source: Bloomberg (via HuffPost)

OBAMA WILL MEET WITH CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS ON STRATEGY TO BLOCK OBAMACARE REPEAL

WASHINGTON ― President Barack Obama will huddle with House and Senate Democrats next week to strategize on how best to protect the Affordable Care Act.

Republican lawmakers plan to take up a repeal of Obamacare as soon as Congress returns in January.

“Next week, Republicans in Congress will once again turn to repealing a law that’s provided coverage to 20 million uninsured Americans, extended consumer protections to many millions more, improved the quality of care offered by our health professionals, and helped slow the growth of health care costs,” a White House official said in a statement. “In light of this, on Wednesday, January 4, President Obama will visit a meeting of the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses.”Collapse )

Source: HuffPost

Sounds like we'd all better get ready to start calling and writing our Senators and Congress critters until they get sick and tired of hearing from us. *weary sigh*

I would say I can't believe these douche nozzle Republicans think they can get rid of Obamacare when they don't have a fucking clue what to replace it with--but ever since the orange baboon got his ass elected, there's not much left that I don't believe is possible. God dammit.