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If you’re confused about Obamacare, you’re not alone. Over the past several years, everysurvey on the subject has revealed that Americans consistently fail to correctly identify the provisions that are actually in the Affordable Care Act. In April, a poll found that 40 percent of Americans weren’t sure about whether Obamacare was still law at all.
Administration officials are racing against the clock to reverse those incorrect public perceptions, ramping up their outreach efforts before the health law’s new state-level marketplaces open for enrollment this upcoming week. As the open enrollment period draws near, you may be wondering how it affects you or what you need to do. Or you may simply want to understand more about the law that’s dominating the news. Here are simple answers to 20 questions about Obamacare that may have you mystified (click on each question to jump down to the answer, or just scroll down to read all of them):
*** 1. Will Obamacare end up costing me money?
It depends, but probably not as much as you’ve heard on the news. If you already have insurance through your job, Obamacare probably won’t directly affect your monthly premiums — and could actually end up saving you money in the long run by eliminating your co-pays for preventative care, like regular check-ups and STD screenings. If you don’t have insurance, on the other hand, you’ll be eligible for a plan on Obamacare’s new marketplaces and you’ll have to pay a premium for it. That’s more expensive than paying no monthly premium, but arguably cheaper than going uninsured and having to pay out-of-pocket for all of your health services, plus the penalty for not getting insurance. Depending on your income (and whether or not your employer offers an insurance plan), you could receive federal subsidies to help cover part of that premium.
There’s been a lot of talk about “rate shock” in reference to the marketplaces, but multiple studies actually project that the new Obamacare plans will becheaper than expected. To calculate your premium, you can use this helpful tool from the Kaiser Foundation:
The big changes under Obamacare mostly affect the Americans who don’t already have insurance. If you already have health insurance through your job, Medicare, or Medicaid nothing about that will change. You’ll continue to have the same plan and it will continue to be administered in the same way. (You should receive a notice from your insurance company explaining whether or not your plan is compliant under Obamacare, and notifying you about the new exchanges opening next month.) If you’re self-employed and you buy your insurance on the individual market, you might want to compare your current plan to the new plans that will be offered on Obamacare’s marketplaces — you could be able to choose a cheaper option.
Yes. Even if you’re not enrolling for one of Obamacare’s new programs, the health law has some benefits for you. There are two major things that fall into this category:
1. Before you get sick. All of the stuff that qualifies as “preventative care” will now be available to you at no out-of-pocket cost. That means no copay on a whole battery of testsincluding blood pressure screenings, vaccinations, and STD/HIV screenings.
If you’re a woman, there’s a lot in this part of the law for you. Birth control — of all types — is now available to women without a copay. Not only does that mean you don’t need to shell out cash to get the pill, it also means you can get an intrauterine device (IUD), the most effective form of birth control, without paying anything out of pocket. If you want to have a baby, you’ll also feel the benefits of the law. More maternity care will be covered by the new law and, when your baby is born, your insurance company will now cover the cost of a breast pump.
The preventative care aspect of the law also provides women with HPV vaccines, mammograms, STD screening, and domestic violence counseling. An estimated 27 million women are benefiting from these new provisions.
Note: Some individual plans, called ‘grandfathered’ plans, will be exempt from this provision.
2. If you’re ill or hurt. People who already have suffered a major illness or accident know that insurance companies can be terribly unforgiving. But Obamacare mandates insurance companies aren’t allowed to deny you insurance if you have any pre-existing condition. That means, no matter what your medical history looks like, you’ll be able to sign up for it. The law also eliminates lifetime caps on healthcare spending. So, you’ll be able to get all the essential care you need if you get sick, without worrying that your insurance company will cut off the money you need to get better.
Note: ‘Grandfathered’ plans will be exempt from the pre-existing condition aspect of this part, but not the lifetime limits.
Under Obamacare, health insurers will be required to provide you with a “summary of benefits and coverage” that explains — in plain English! — what’s included in your plan. Insurers will also need to offer a standard glossary that defines some commonly-misunderstood health insurance terms, like “co-pay” and “deductible.” The hope is that Americans will be better equipped tocompare different plans, and decide which insurance option is best for them, when they understand the insurance jargon better..
5. Why did I get a check in the mail from my insurance company?
If your insurance company sent you a reimbursement check, it’s probably to make up for the fact that you’ve been paying for its administrative costs instead of your health care. Obamacare requires insurance companies to strike a balance in this area, devoting 80 to 85 percent of the money you spend on your insurance premiums to providing health care and just 20 to 15 percent of it to their own overhead and profits. If they spend more on that second category, they’re required to pay that money back to their customers. It’s called the “medical loss ratio,” and since its implementation in 2011, this Obamacare provision has saved Americans more than $1 billion
6. Are dental or vision insurance plans affected by the new law?
Unfortunately, there is no dental coverage as part of Obamacare, unless youqualify for Medicaid. Some are pushing for the inclusion of vision in the newhealth exchanges, but it is not currently part of the plan.
The state-level exchanges, one of the essential tenets of the health reform law, are marketplaces where multiple insurers will compete to provide health plans. Each state and the District of Columbia will have its own insurance exchange, and all of the plans offered within them will be required to offer a set of “essential benefits” to ensure they’re not too skimpy. Along with Obamacare’s optional Medicaid expansion, the exchanges are the vehicle that will extend insurance to the millions of Americans who are currently uninsured.
The important thing to understand about the exchanges is that they intend to provide coverage only to the people who can’t get it elsewhere — such as through their job, or through another federal program like Medicaid — and they’ll extend federal subsidies to help those people afford the cost of buying that coverage. Americans earning annual incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level (in other words, up to $94,000 for a family of four) will qualify for federal assistance to help them buy plans on the marketplace. You can use this site to figure out whether you’ll get a subsidy based on your income.
The most recent projections say the premiums for these plans will be evencheaper than originally predicted. Among the Americans who are currently uninsured and will be able to purchase plans on one of Obamacare’s exchanges, an estimated 6 in 10 of them won’t need to pay more than $100 per month to get coverage.
Undocumented immigrants will be barred from purchasing plans on the new health exchanges, even if they have benefited from deferred action. Some immigration reform advocates are pushing to change that on the state level.
The enrollment period for the new insurance exchanges begins on October 1 and goes until March 31. During that time period, Americans will be able to sign up for new Obamacare plans by either logging onto healthcare.gov, mailing in a paper copy of an application (to find out where to mail it, click here), or meeting with a “navigator” in person at one of the many enrollment fairs that are kicking off around the country. The navigators, who are specifically tasked with assisting Americans with signing up for health care plans, are available to answer questions for the people who are confused about what they should do. You can reach them by calling the hotline at 800-318-2596, and they’ll help you fill out an application if you’re having trouble with it.
There’s been a lot of confusion swirling around Obamacare, and the federal government doesn’t expect a rush of people to sign up for the exchanges right away. Enrollment will likely be a slow and steady process. After the initial enrollment period ends, another one will open up in October 2014. But if you want health coverage by January 1, you need to sign up before then.
October 1 has been all over the news because that’s the date when Obamacare’s state-level exchanges officially open for business. Starting on that date, Americans will be able to purchase one of the plans offered in the new insurance marketplaces. But in reality, the date itself probably doesn’t mean that much for you. It’s a big symbolic day for the Obama administration, but Americans aren’t required to take any action on October 1. If you want to sign up for a plan in the exchanges, you have until March to do so. If you already have insurance through your job or through another government program, you don’t need to do anything at all because the exchanges don’t affect you right now.
If you can’t afford health coverage right now, Obamacare hopes to change that for you. There are two main ways the health reform law could accomplish that.
First, if your income falls below 138 percent of the federal poverty line (for reference, that’s about $15,415 for an individual and $26,344 for a family of three), you could be eligible for expanded Medicaid coverage under the law. But it depends. Although Obamacare initially intended for the Medicaid expansion to be universal, the Supreme Court ruled that it should be optional — so now, not every state is participating. Check this map to see if your state is going to expand Medicaid.
Second, you could be eligible for federal assistance to afford an insurance plan in the new insurance marketplace in your state. Thanks to the federal subsidies available to help Americans buy plans on the newly-created marketplaces, most of the options will be relatively inexpensive. About six in 10 people will be able to buy one of those plans for less than $100 per month. You can find out whether you’ll qualify for a federal subsidy by using this calculator.
You will have to pay a penalty if you don’t sign up for health insurance. Why? Because taxpayers will be fronting the cost of your care if you wind up getting sick or hurt and need to go to the hospital, and that will be a lot more expensive than the penalty you’re paying. In 2014, the tax penalty for an adult will be $95 or 1 percent of your family income. For a child, the cost will be $47.50, with a total family cap at a $285 fine. By 2016 and beyond, it will cost you 2.5 percent of your family income, or $695, whichever is higher. Again, there is a cap on how much you’ll have to pay: $2,085 for a family.
Realistically, though, the law creates enough options that you shouldn’t forgo care because of cost. If you don’t think you can afford to get health care, look into the Medicaid expansion. If you don’t qualify there either, and you really can’t afford it, you should know that there are financial hardship exceptionsfrom the penalties. There are also penalty exemptions for the undocumented, the incarcerated, and people with religious objections.
Should you quit or get fired and don’t have a new job you’re going to right away, you can go into the exchanges. COBRA, the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act, will also still exist, but for most people it will be the less advisable option. That government program is meant explicitly to provide health insurance for people who have reduced hours, are transitioning between jobs, have lost their jobs for any reason, or are coping with death or divorce. But it requires you to cover the entire cost of your monthly premiums, which is much more than most people are used to paying for employer-based insurance. The exchanges will probably be cheaper.
If your income level is low enough, you could also qualify for Medicaid under its new, expanded definition.
The process of changing insurance with a new job will look a lot like it does now. If you want to go into the health exchanges instead of take insurance from your new employer, you’ll be able to do that. People who have the option of getting qualified health coverage elsewhere, like through an employer, won’t qualify for any federal subsidies to help them buy a plan on the exchange. But if you do want to try a new employment opportunity that doesn’t come with stable insurance benefits, or start your own business, the exchanges could give you better options for your coverage than you had before.
Republicans would like to think so, but it’s nearly impossible at this point. The U.S. House of Representatives has voted 42 times to dismantle the law, but hasn’t succeeded once. The Democratic-controlled Senate won’t agree to get rid of the law in its entirety. Most recently, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) performed a sham 21-hour “filibuster” in an effort to force the Senate to agree to defund the health law. But that ultimately won’t work either — the money designated to fund Obamacare’s most important provisions has already been appropriated, and can’t be removed unless the law is totally repealed.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a strong opponent of Obama on most things, recently said on the Senate floor that it’s time for Republicans to move on. “I don’t like it, it’s not something that I wanted the outcome to be,” he said in reference to to health reform law. “But I think all of us should respect the outcome of elections, which reflects the will of the people.”
Even though Republicans haven’t been able to completely repeal Obamacare, they are successfully slowing the law’s implementation on the state level. Anti-Obamacare lawmakers have rejected the law’s optional Medicaid expansion, slashed the budgets for outreach efforts to teach Americans about the law, enacted a whole lot of red tape to impede Americans from easily signing up for new plan, and ultimately confused the public about the nature of the law. That type of sabotage is impeding health reform in some ways, but it’s not doing away with it completely.
There has been a lot of news about individual Obamacare provisions gettingdelayed. Some people may assume that means the health law is being slowly dismantled, or put off for an additional several years. Republicans typically seize on this type of news to make the case that Obamacare isn’t working, and call for additional delays. Don’t be fooled, though. The Affordable Care Act is an extremely complicated law with a lot of moving parts, but ultimately, the biggest provisions are still moving forward. So far, the administrative issues along the way have been relatively minor in terms of the scope of the entire law.
There will likely be more hiccups along the way. As the enrollment period opens for Obamacare’s new exchanges, industry experts predict there will probably be other issues that need to be ironed out — but that doesn’t mean the whole law is collapsing.
There’s no clear-cut answer to that question. People who can’t afford insurance right now will obviously benefit a lot, because they’ll gain more options for getting coverage. A lot of people who have been locked out of the insurance market because they have a pre-existing condition, or because their medical care has become too expensive and insurers won’t keep paying for it, will also gain affordable coverage that wasn’t available to them before. And people who already had insurance through their employers will gain an expanded pool of benefits, like preventive check-ups and cancer screenings, at no additional cost to them. Women definitely stand to benefit, since insurance companies will no longer be allowed to charge them more for the same care that’s offered to men. Young adults no longer have to worry about going uninsured right after graduating from college because they can stay on their parents’ plans until the age of 26. Seniors on Medicare are getting cheaper prescription drugs.
Find out more about how the health law specifically impacts you here.
The law itself mandates that insurance companies can’t discriminate against gay couples. So, if you are already on or are signing up for a private insurance plan and you want to get coverage for your same-sex partner, you can — just as long as your plan includes some form of spousal benefits.
Thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this year to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, the government now recognizes same-sex couples for federal benefits. That means that if you and your same-sex partner are in a state that recognizes your marriage, you’ll be able to join the exchanges as a family unit. If you are eligible for Medicaid, the government is also working on creating a system that recognizes your legal marriage and treats you as a family unit.
17. Is it true that Obamacare will force me to switch doctors / force my company to cut my hours/ end employer-run health insurance as we know it?
Many of these “downsides” to the law are being pushed by people who don’t like it for political reasons, but that doesn’t make them true. No, your doctor is not now going to be forced to ask you about your sex life. The new government-run plans aren’t going to put all your personal information at risk. And all the buzz you’re hearing about having to switch doctors because of the law is overblown. It is possible you might have to switch doctors in the coming years, but that has more to do with the state of the health insurance industry than with the specifics of Obamacare. As the LA times explains, forcing patients to switch doctors “has been happening anyway because insurers are under enormous pressure from big customers to cut costs.”
Obamacare is also becoming a scapegoat when it comes to the prospect of your employer potentially cutting your hours or moving people from full- to part-time. Any employer you hear about that is cutting people’s hours is just pretending Obamacare is the reason so they don’t look like the bad guy. Very few employers have cut hours citing Obamacare, and many actually say they’re planning to hire more workers just in time for the full Obamacare rollout.
And, in terms of Obamacare ending employer-based insurance, there’s no need to panic there, either. Yes, the law will provide more options than we used to have. It will probably gradually shift people away from employer-run plans, too. But even generous predictions estimate that the vast majority of people will still get insurance through their jobs over the next decade. One potential impact of the law is that more people will have the flexibility to look for a new job now that they know they won’t be tied to their employer-provided insurance for coverage.
Spouses will not lose coverage when Obamacare rolls out. A few big companies have captured headlines by announcing they want to move spouses off of insurance plans and into the newly-created exchanges. In those very few cases, spouses may have to switch plans, but they aren’t losing coverage, they are just changing providers. Either way, in the vast majority of cases, employer based insurance will continue as it always has.
19. What’s the timeline for rolling out all of these features? What’s already happened and what are we still waiting for?
Believe it or not, a lot of Obamacare has already gone into effect. The first provisions took place way back in 2010. In June of that year, Obamacare closed the so-called “doughnut hole,” and Seniors who fell into that gap in Medicare coverage received a $250 check in the mail. That was the very first provision to be rolled out, but it’s far from the last. The majority of the law will go into effect by 2014, when the exchanges are set up. The very last aspect won’t roll out until 2018, when certain “Cadillac” insurance plans — top-of-the-line health plans that cost tens of thousands of dollars — will get an added tax. The White House has a fairly comprehensive timeline of dates for Obamacare’s rollouthere.
There are a ton of options for where to get information on Obamacare, but a great place to start is at http://www.healthcare.gov — http://www.cuidadodesalud.gov for Spanish-speakers — or at http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform. The Kaiser Foundation, too, can give you more specific guidance if you still have any questions. And, on top of all that, another neat aspect of the new law is that your state is now required to employ people called “navigators,” whose sole job is to help you navigate the massive new law.
- About those Obamacare premiums: what do we value in a health care system? (arktimes.com)
- Guess how many people have enrolled in Louisiana’s largest Obamacare plan? (twitchy.com)
- Michelle Malkin loses her health insurance to Obamacare (theblaze.com)
- ShutDown: Government Comes To A Close Because Obama And Liberals Won’t Budge On Obamacare (thegenerationxconservative.com)
- How Obamacare Has Changed One Family’s Situation to ‘It’s Either Eat or Buy Health Insurance’ (theblaze.com)
- Obamacare, on the ground in Arkansas: Enrollment Kickoff at Clinton School (arktimes.com)
- ObamaCare: What to know if you opt out of buying health insurance (marketsanity.com)
- 20 Questions You Have About Obamacare But Are Too Afraid To Ask (thinkprogress.org)
- 20 Questions You Have About Obamacare But Are Too Afraid To Ask (kstreet607.com)
- Watch What Happens When Ed Henry Asks Jay Carney If He Will Enroll in Obamacare (theblaze.com)
CNN Host Asks GOP Representatives Whether They’d Give Up Their Salary During A Shutdown, Hilarity Ensues
On Monday, CNN host Ashleigh Banfield confronted two Republican representatives — Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) — to see whether they themselves would be willing to forgo a paycheck in the event of a government shutdown, something nearly every other federal employee would be forced to do.
“So you are both paid $174,000 a year, and that is the salary,” she said, “Would you be prepared to add some rider or amendment on to a continuing resolution that would take you out of the essential services category and stop payment on your paychecks in order to get a continuing resolution through, and yes or no?”
There was a long pause before the two tried to pivot to a different topic. Eventually, Rohrabacher stepped in to say that members of Congress were treated the same as other federal employees:
BLACKBURN: We are waiting to see what they send back, and I hope that as you were running the countdown clock that you are I have two grandsons, and their share of the national debt is now over $53,000 each.
BANFIELD: No no no. I’m sorry. I asked a specific question, and there are a lot of the government workers going to stop receiving their paychecks, and a there are a lot of the military service members who are serving overseas who might be stopped being paid and veterans whose benefits will be affected. Would you —
ROHRABACHER: Let me answer that. Members of Congress should not be treated any differently than any other federal employee.
BANFIELD: Is that a yes?
ROHRABACHER: Whatever happens to us when it comes to what we get in benefits and whether it is retirement or health care and whatever happens to the average federal employee should happen to us, and that rule should not be changed.
If the government shuts down on Tuesday, all government employees who are considered “non-essential personnel” will be told to stop coming to work and, for the period they’re not working, they won’t be getting paid. Those federal employees also wouldn’t get back payment when the government resumed its work, unless Congress explicitly approved a bill saying they would. Members of Congress are considered “essential.”
- CNN Host Asks GOP Representatives Whether They’d Give Up Their Salary During A Shutdown, Hilarity Ensues (thinkprogress.org)
- House Republicans Call Out CNN Anchor During Tense Exchange Over Gov’t Shutdown: ‘Whose Bidding Are You Doing?’ (theblaze.com)
- GOP Reps Call Out CNN Anchor in Battle over Shutdown: ‘Whose Bidding Are You Doing?’ (mediaite.com)
- GOP Shills To Ashleigh Banfield: ‘Whose Bidding Are You Doing?’ (crooksandliars.com)
- A Tool’s Tirade (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- The Modern Government Shutdown – Could Checking Your eMail be Against the Law Tomorrow? (shoretelsky.com)
- So That’s What It Looks Like When A Journalist Refuses To Let Politicians Off The Hook (upworthy.com)
- CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield To GOP Reps: ‘Don’t You Dare Put This Back On Me!’ (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Would Members of Congress Forgo Their Salaries? (Video) (truthdig.com)
- Dana Rohrabacher makes a fool of himself on CNN (ivoter.net)
This is very bad news.
Thirteen Greenpeace activists and a freelance video journalist have now been charged with piracy under Article 227 of the Russian Criminal Code. The maximum sentence, if convicted, is 15 years in a Russian jail.
All for taking action to protect our future from catastrophic climate change.
A further 15 activists and a Russian freelance photojournalist will appear in front of the Russian Investigative Committee one of the following days, we expect.
Amnesty International has demanded that the Russian authorities drop the “absurd and damaging” piracy charges. More than 60 other NGOs have issued statements of concern and support including Human Rights Watch, Christian Aid, WWF International, Friends of the Earth International, 350, Sierra Club, Reporters Without Borders, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and Global Witness.
Nobel Laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks, Russian Human Rights activist Lyudmila Alekseyeva and numbers lawmakers and MEPs are also calling for their release. In an interview on Ekho Moskvy Radio on Wednesday, Russian rock legend Yuri Shevchuk dismissed the piracy charges as ridiculous.
“The whole world knows Greenpeace,” he said. “Greenpeace is the organization that helped save the Antarctic. . . and penguins and scientists live there happily. And what about saving whales!”
Earlier today Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo said: “A charge of piracy is being laid against men and women whose only crime is to be possessed of a conscience. This is an outrage and represents nothing less than an assault on the very principle of peaceful protest. Any claim that these activists are pirates is as absurd as it is abominable. It is utterly irrational, it is designed to intimidate and silence us, but we will not be cowed.”
We need you now more than ever to support the mission of peaceful protesters around the world including the Arctic 30. Please share this news with your friends, family and colleagues.
Urgent Petition Launched As Activists Continue To Be Held In Russian Prison
Fifteen armed Russian Coast Guard officers illegally boarded the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise via helicopter, towed without communication to Murmansk, Russia and are currently holding nearly 30 international activists for two months without charge in Russia pending a piracy investigation.
These Greenpeace activists urgently need your help.Please sign our petition to Russia’s US Ambassador demanding Russia release the activists and put an end to offshore oil drilling in the Arctic for good.
On the morning of September 18th, Greenpeace activists attempted to peacefully occupy an off-shore oil platform owned by Russian oil giant Gazprom.
But when they arrived, the Russian Coast Guard fired warning shots and threatened the activists’ lives — ultimately taking two protesters with them against their will and providing no legal representation.Then, Russian special forces returned and took control of the ship. That’s why we’re mounting an international effort to release the activists to their families safely. And it starts with having people around the world putting pressure on the Russian government.
These international activists need your support now more than ever. Please take action today and join a global effort of 500,000 people.
For the Arctic and for the right to peaceful protest,
- Greenpeace activists charged with piracy by Russian authorities (theguardian.com)
- Russia Charges Greenpeace Activists With Piracy (npr.org)
- Greenpeace activists charged with piracy in Russia (sfgate.com)
- Russia: 5 Greenpeace activists charged with piracy (kansascity.com)
- Russia charges Greenpeace activists with piracy (euronews.com)
- This Is What Happens To Greenpeace Activists in Russia (theblaze.com)
- Greenpeace Activists Charged With Piracy in Russia (abcnews.go.com)
- Russia Charges Greenpeace Activists With Piracy (voanews.com)
- Greenpeace activists charged with piracy over Russian oil rig protest (disclose.tv)
- Fourteen Greenpeace activists from Arctic Sunrise boat already charged with piracy (rbth.co.uk)
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The U.S. Marine Corps has found a rich and beautiful island, falsely called it “desolate and uninhabitable” (despite the fact that many species live there, including homo sapiens), and proposed to make it the new Vieques.
Pagan Island is an ancient home to the Chamorro people (some of whom live there and many of whom wish to return there) and the habitat of unique animals and plants, many of them endemic, rare and endangered. Every natural and cultural resource is threatened by the planned live-fire training ground.
A transfer of our major resources from war-making to environment-saving is the clearest path to survival and prosperity. Let’s take this opportunity to build a bridge between peace activism and environmental activism.
In the long run, a way to stop future missile strikes into Syria or anywhere else is to stop the testing of such weaponry on an island paradise that some people consider expendable and other people, animals, insects, birds, and fish consider home.
Please forward this email widely to like-minded friends.
It’s estimated that hundreds of dolphins and whales will be killed by explosives. Tens of thousands of other animals are expected to be horribly injured, and over a million more are expected to sustain injuries such as loss of hearing.
Why: The U.S. Navy is considering testing missiles, torpedoes, explosives, and sonar devices in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the Gulf of Mexico!
- U.S. Marines Plan to Destroy Another Island (ens-newswire.com)
- U.S. Marines Plan to Destroy Another Island (earthfirstnews.wordpress.com)
- Give the Sierra Club Credit for Taking on U.S. Marine Corps (pacific.scoop.co.nz)
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- The Sierra Club Takes on the U.S. Marine Corps (washingtonsblog.com)
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- Groups Accuse US of Human Rights Abuses in Vieques (abcnews.go.com)
- Vieques Island, Puerto Rico (kyleetravels.wordpress.com)
- Groups accuse US of human rights abuses in Vieques (star-telegram.com)
- Groups Accuse US of Human Rights Abuses in Vieques (abcnews.go.com)
The foreign press greeted news of the first U.S. government shutdown in 17 years with dismay and bemusement, but little surprise. From Russia to India to England, newspapers zeroed in on partisan polarization as the root of the budget impasse, citing possible impacts on world markets, security, and tourism.
Asian markets held steady at the news of the shutdown on Tuesday, as global investors were already anticipating the Congressional stalemate. However, world commentators are beginning to worry Congressional gridlock will bring down other fragile economic recoveries with them.
India: The Indian press had strong feelings about the shutdown. “World holds breath as US government shutdown imminent,” The Times of India reported. Its business paper, The Economic Times, took a different tack: “US faces shutdown, ‘fiscal cliff’: It’s advantage India?” But don’t forget the home front: “Forget US shutdown, India might be on the verge of a shutdown,” frettedShishir Asthana in the Business Standard. Indian business executives also told the Voice of America they could not understand how a developed country like the U.S. could shut down its government because of a legislative impasse.
China: China’s state-run Xinhua news agency warned tourists heading to America that popular destinations, such as national parks and monuments in Washington, D.C., might be closed. The Voice of America, noting that “the news of the shutdown was covered extensively by domestic media throughout Asia on Tuesday,” collated Chinese reactions that ranged from worried to almost comically optimistic. VoA interviewed Professor Chen Qi at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing, who “opined that if this had happened in another country, it might be more problematic, but he trusts that the maturity of the U.S. government and American politicians will ‘have the wisdom to come to a consensus and solve this issue smoothly,’ especially since they have been down this road numerous times previously.”
The United Kingdom: The British press, known for its arch reactions to crises, didn’t disappoint. “America shuts down,”blared The Daily Mail, Britain’s most notorious tabloid. “David Cameron warns on world growth as US government shuts down,” The Independent reported. “It is a risk to the world economy if the US can’t properly sort out its spending plans,” Cameron told BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday.
But perhaps the harshest coverage came from the stolid BBC. In a piece titled “US shutdown has other nations confused and concerned,” Anthony Zurcher wrote, “For most of the world, a government shutdown is very bad news – the result of revolution, invasion or disaster. Even in the middle of its ongoing civil war, the Syrian government has continued to pay its bills and workers’ wages. That leaders of one of the most powerful nations on earth willingly provoked a crisis that suspends public services and decreases economic growth is astonishing to many…Now, as the latest shutdown crisis plays out, policymakers in other nations are left to ponder the worldwide impact of the impasse.”
Russia: The state-run media, naturally, had a field day. The Moscow Times, an independent paper, summarized the reaction: “The budgetary battle made headlines in Russian media on Monday. “The ‘Elephants’ Are Robbing the U.S. Government,” read a headline in the government-run Rossiiskaya Gazeta, referring to the symbol for the Republican Party. The state television broadcaster Vesti cautioned, “The U.S. government may be left penniless on Tuesday.” The Times itself worried about the effect of “federal government without money” on “the issuance of U.S. visas to Russians or support to cosmonauts on the International Space Station.”
Germany: The German press erupted in criticism for American politicians on Tuesday. Der Spiegel Online proclaimed, “A superpower has paralyzed itself,” while The Welt predicted “fatal consequences” that could damage the U.S. recovery. The Zeit newspaper blamed a “handful of radicals,” stating, “A small group of uncompromising Republican ideologues in the House of Representatives are principally responsive for this disaster. They are not only taking their own party to the brink, but the whole country. Unfortunately the leadership of this party has neither had the courage nor the backbone to put them in their place.”
France: France’s Le Monde called the shutdown “grotesque” and noted that American cemeteries in France will be closed. On the editorial page, Le Monde dramatically lamented, “Jefferson, wake up, they’ve gone crazy!”
Italy: Italy, mired in its own financial and political crisis, warned against the U.S. shutdown’s serious economic consequences. The newspaper Corriere della Sera called the shutdown a huge blowto U.S. and global economic recovery, noting that sequestration has already done significant damage to Washington in particular.
South Korea: Seoul paper Chosun Ilbo ran a story assuring Koreans that the U.S. will not reduce its military presence in South Korea despite budgetary upheaval at home. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who is on a four day trip to South Korea, acknowledged that the Pentagon was under pressure to cut spending, but would maintain the 28,500 troops in South Korea regardless.
Global media may be less than shocked at this shutdown after watching Congress push the nation to the brink of economic collapse during the 2011 debt ceiling negotiations. At the time, foreign editorial pages lit up with criticism, denigrating Congress as “dangerously irresponsible” and “a laughing stock.” We can be thankful for one thing: not one of these papers covered the government shutdown as brutally as the American press would have if it were happening in another country.
- How The World Sees The Government Shutdown (thinkprogress.org)
- U.S Government Shutdown Begins (beaudreux.com)
- U.S. government shuts down for first time in 17 years as Congress misses midnight deadline (news.nationalpost.com)
- OppenheimerFundsVoice: U.S. Government Shuts Down … Now What? (forbes.com)
- U.S. government shutdown will cost the economy $300-million a day (business.financialpost.com)
- Who’s Afraid of a Government Shutdown? Not the Markets Apparently (theblaze.com)
- Dem Congressman Has Explosive Meltdown on House Floor Over Gov’t Shutdown: ‘Stand Up for America!’ (theblaze.com)
- Gold Climbs as Prospect of U.S. Government Shutdown Spurs Demand (bloomberg.com)
- No immediate impact of US shutdown on IT: Nasscom (thehindu.com)
- Looming debt crisis could end U.S. government shutdown (canada.com)
Two Canadian citizens — acclaimed Toronto filmmaker John Greyson and medical doctor Tarek Loubani — have been jailed for more than a month-and-a-half in Egypt without charge after witnessing a massacre by state forces on August 16 in Cairo. The two were traveling through Egypt en-route to visit Gaza, where Greyson was to film Loubani as he trained emergency room doctors. In a statement smuggled out of their prison cell, Greyson and Loubani say they were arrested after rushing to the scene of a mass shooting of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Greyson says he began filming the shooting’s aftermath while Loubani treated some of the injured. “We were arrested, searched, caged, questioned, interrogated, videotaped with a ‘Syrian terrorist,’ slapped, beaten, ridiculed, hot-boxed, refused phone calls, stripped, shaved bald, accused of being foreign mercenaries,” they wrote. The two have been been held in cockroach-infested jail cells with as ma…
A dying prisoner has been released in Louisiana after serving nearly 42 years in solitary confinement, longer than any other person in the United States. Herman Wallace, and two others known as the Angola 3, were placed in solitary in 1972 following the murder of a prison guard. The Angola 3 and their supporters say they were framed for the murder over their political activism as members of one of the first prison chapters of the Black Panthers. In a surprise development on Tuesday, Wallace was released from prison after a federal judge overturned his conviction, saying he did not receive a fair trial. Wallace, who is near death from advanced liver cancer, was taken directly to a New Orleans hospital where supporters greeted his arrival. We are joined by three guests: Robert King, who until Tuesday night was the only freed member of the Angola 3 and helped deliver to Wallace the news of his release; Wallace’s defense attorney, George Kendall; and Jackie…
Visit http://www.democracynow.org to watch the entire independent, global news hour. This is a summary of news headlines from the United States and around the world as reported by Democracy Now! on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. Visit our website to read the complete transcript, search the vast news archive, or to make a donation to support our non-profit news program. FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/democracynow Twitter: @democracynow Subscribe on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/democracynow Listen on SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/democracynow Daily Email News Digest: http://www.democracynow.org/subscribe Google+: https://plus.google.com/+DemocracyNow Watch it live 8-9am ET via livestream at http://www.democracynow.org. Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today, visit http://www.democracynow.org/donate/YT - Click here to go directly to the channel, and please visit S2e TV to watch at anytime!
- Did an 8-Year-Old Spy for America? U.S. Drone Killed Yemeni Man After Boy Planted Tracking Chip (disclose.tv)
- Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, September 30 (sunsetdaily.wordpress.com)
- Breaking: Herman Wallace Released from Prison After Being Held in Solitary For 40+ Years (globalclarity.wordpress.com)
- After 4 Decades in Solitary, Dying Angola 3 Prisoner Herman Wallace Freed, Conviction Overturned (democracynow.org)
- A judge in Baton Rouge has ordered the immediate release of Herman Wallace, a terminally ill member of the Angola 3 who spent more than four decades in solitary confinement in Louisiana’s prisons. (democracyandclasstruggle.blogspot.com)
- Herman Wallace of the Angola 3 has Conviction Overturned and Immediate Release Ordered (my.firedoglake.com)
- ‘Angola 3′ inmate ordered released (cnn.com)
- Breaking: Herman Wallace of Angola 3 Ordered to be Released from Prison after 42 Years in Solitary Confinement (prosecutorialaccountability.com)
- Angola 3 Prisoner Herman Wallace Given Just Dayz To Live – Democracy Now (moorbey.wordpress.com)
- ‘Angola 3′ Prisoner Released After Decades in Solitary Confinement (rinf.com)
It’s not rocket science: Bringing a live duck into a crowded NYC subway station is bad news. Subway stations are stressful for people—let alone a duck who has no idea that he’s being used for a lame publicity stunt and is freaked out by the flashing cameras, loud noises, and crowds of people.
Unfortunately, Aflac doesn’t get it—and used a duck to get attention for the company. Tell Aflac to leave animals out of its stunts from now on.
- The MTA Is Not at All Amused by Aflac Putting a Duck in a Subway Station (blogs.villagevoice.com)
- Aflac Sets Duck Loose in NYC Subway for Ad Stunt (pawnation.com)
- New York transport officials: Subway station not for the birds (upi.com)
- One of This Week’s Silliest Publicity Stunts Involved a Duck on the New York City Subway (theatlanticcities.com)
- New Brooklyn Nets Logo Pays Homage to NYC Subway Signage System (smartsign.com)
- Duck Loose in New York Subway Is Stunt by Insurance Company (news.softpedia.com)
- Duck spotted turnstile jumping in the subway in New York (sott.net)
- TN MOVING STORIES: Transpo News Links from Around the Web (wnyc.org)
- Aflac Lets Duck Loose in NYC Subway for Publicity (ecorazzi.com)
- Comeback Trail Leads Aflac Duck to NYC for Advertising Week (harounkola.com)
ABOUT THIS EPISODE On this week’s episode, Tommy Boy recording artist Jamar Rogers stops by the Vinyl Pad to discus the debut album by Tears for Fears, “The Hurting” from 1983 on Mercury Records. SOCIAL STUFF Official site: http://www.vinylrewind.tv/ Check out Jamar: jamarrogers.com/ Check us out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/vinylrewind Say hi to Jamar on Twitter: twitter.com/JSquidward Follow the show on Twitter: twitter.com/vinylrewindtv Or Tweet the Geek: twitter.com/TheVinylGeek Auntie Vinyl: twitter.com/auntyvinyl Prof. Watson: twitter.com/ProfessrWatson Velvet Lapel: twitter.com/VelvetLapel ABOUT THE SHOW: Every other Tuesday, let The Vinyl Geek be your guide though a sea of music, delivered on the enduring quality of vinyl. With his charming wit, The Geek presents timeless classics, rare gems, the bizarre, funny or just plain weird! You never know who might drop by from musical guests to the zany cast of side characters. It’s so much fun, you’ll forget y…
- Vinyl Rewind: Electric Light Orchestra – Time (sunsetdaily.wordpress.com)
- Vinyl Giveaway: Limited edition pink vinyl (sunsetdaily.wordpress.com)
- DJ Applejac: Vinyl Collector (dobrobad.wordpress.com)
- David Bowie’s First Official Live Album – David LIve at Vinyl Rewind; Brand New Episode Today! (sunsetdaily.wordpress.com)
- ThaLoops Presents “Vinyl Shots Bundle” Hip Hop Samples (prweb.com)
- 6 Best Places in Chicago to Shop for Vinyl Records (local.answers.com)
- Track of the Day: Cold Beat- Worms (vinylisbetter.wordpress.com)
- Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels (pentruruxandra.wordpress.com)
- Vinyl: pressing a one-off vinyl record (gearslutz.com)
- Tears For Fears Cover Arcade Fire’s ‘Ready To Start’ [Listen] (wxrt.cbslocal.com)
|The Arctic activists being detained in Russia need our support more than ever.|
Now, Capt. Willcox, twenty-seven activists and two journalists that were on the Arctic Sunrise are facing detention in Russia for two months.
This moment is critical — for our activists and for the Arctic. We have the world’s attention. What’s happening in the Arctic has never been closer to home.
Pressure is mounting. Not only on Russia to release the activists, but on governments around the world to step up and protect the Arctic.
The last time I sailed with Peter was in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Signs of environmental damage were everywhere, even though we arrived with the Arctic Sunrise weeks after cleanup began.
And an oil spill in the Arctic would be so much worse. Covered with sea ice much of the year and without roads or infrastructure for cleanup crews — there would be no way to undo the damage.
Captain Willcox knows this like I do. In fact, I think that he probably would have gone ahead with his mission in the Arctic — even if he’d known what the reaction was going to be — because it was the right thing to do.
Right now, Captain Willcox is focused on his crew and their safety. It’s up to the rest of us to save the Arctic.
For the Arctic 30,
- Meet Captain Pete Willcox (greenpeaceblogs.org)
- After 30 years sailing around the globe for environmental protection with Greenpeace, ship captain under piracy investigation in Russia (greenpeaceblogs.org)
- Greenpeace to appeal jailing of its activists (kansascity.com)
- Greenpeace to appeal jailing of its activists (boston.com)
- Russia charges Greenpeace activists with piracy over Arctic oil drilling protest (independent.co.uk)
- Islesboro man, captain of Greenpeace vessel, among 30 held in Russia following protest (bangordailynews.com)
- Greenpeace to appeal jailing of its activists (cnsnews.com)
- Russian court jails more Greenpeace activists (aljazeera.com)
- Britons jailed in Russia over Arctic oil protest (standard.co.uk)
- Russia – Another journalist on Arctic Sunrise held for two months (en.rsf.org)
It took detailed complaints and evidence submitted by PETA—along with hundreds of thousands of e-mails and calls from compassionate and dedicated people like you—but the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has agreed that cats, such as Double Trouble and Broc (pictured below), have suffered greatly in horrific brain experiments at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW–Madison).
An NIH report released yesterday reveals that PETA prompted the agency to take the exceptionally rare step of ordering UW–Madison to suspend the experiment for nearly six months and to implement major changes.
The agency agreed with PETA that UW–Madison failed to take sufficient steps to prevent infected, open head wounds in cats and to subsequently treat them. NIH also agreed that UW-Madison’s justification for the use of cats as well as the number of cats used was inadequate. Although the new report downplays some of the serious problems in the laboratory and all but ignores the routine abuse of cats, NIH ordered major reforms in the UW-Madison laboratory, where cats have holes drilled into their skulls, are deafened, are coerced through starvation to participate in experiments, and are then killed.
NIH’s findings echo a separate damning report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in February, also spurred by a PETA complaint, that found rampant infections among the cats used in this experiment. Some infections were so severe that they resulted in euthanasia, and one cat’s eye had to be removed.
Compelling NIH to take serious action is no small feat, but more work needs to be done to get cats such as Broc out of this laboratory for good! Please take a moment to write NIH and urge it to cut funding for this cruelty to cats.
Thank you for all that you do for animals.
Also in the world of experimenting on animals:
|New Mice Sugar Study Not Applicable to Humans, Cruel to Mice
Expert Statement | Aug. 16, 2013A new University of Utah study that determined the amount of sugar that is toxic to mice cannot be equated to what will happen in humans.
|Ask Southern Illinois University School of Medicine to Use Human-Based Training
Action Alert | July 2013Ask Southern Illinois University School of Medicine to use human-based training methods employed by 85 percent of U.S. emergency medicine residency programs.
|Help Improve Trauma Training at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Action Alert | July 2013Ask University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston to use TraumaMan instead of live animals for its Advanced Trauma Life Support training.
|PCRM Campaign Improves Pediatrics Training at University of Virginia
PCRM Online | April 2013UVA now joins the 98 percent of pediatrics residency programs that view nonanimal methods as not only more humane but educationally superior.
|Mice Fail as Models of Human Inflammation
Breaking Medical News | Feb. 13, 2013Studies in mice have been misleading researchers for years, according to a new study just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
- Consumer money czar Richard Cordray heading to Madison for financial literacy hearing (host.madison.com)
- Social media primer based on UW research (jsonline.com)
- UW-Madison on lockdown after report of shots fired on campus (fox6now.com)
- New book, ‘Sex, Drugs ‘n Facebook,’ based on UW-Madison research (jsonline.com)
- 2 Suspects Detained After Shooting Near UW-Madison (wifr.com)
- UW-Madison reaches out to students amid crime concerns (channel3000.com)
- ‘Bait bikes’ planted on UW-Madison campus to catch thieves (jsonline.com)
- University of Wisconsin Partners with Survey Analytics to Track Flu Activity Through Crowdsourcing Smartphone App (virtual-strategy.com)
- Promet Source Helps Launch New Website for NIH’s Office of Technology… (prweb.com)
- NIH Funds Synedgen to Develop a New Drug to Improve Airway Clearance (prweb.com)
Breaking news: The anti-wolf zealots are losing ground.
After weeks of intense pressure from the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service just admitted to excluding key wolf experts from the scientific analysis of its infamous, nationwide wolf-delisting plan. The Service has dissolved its hand-picked panel and turned over the entire review process to an independent research institute. Now the nation’s top wolf scientists –once improperly disqualified for questioning the Service’s proposal to delist wolves — will be reconsidered as candidates for the review panel.
This is a victory in our fight to keep federal protections for gray wolves — but another battle is raging in the northern Rockies and Great Lakes. The wolf-killing season is starting, and hunters and trappers are lining up by the thousands.
In case you missed my last email, the Center urgently needs 6,000 wolf heroes to counter 6,000 wolf killers in Montana. Will you help now by giving to our Wolf Defense Fund and become a hero for these beleaguered animals?
In Montana 6,000 people just paid $19 to kill a wolf. Selling cheap $19 wolf tags to 6,000 people is an atrocity, because Montana only has 625 wolves left after last year’s killing season. Not satisfied with the massacre, the state has lined up 10 times as many rifles as there are wolves to finish the job.
I’m writing today because the Center for Biological Diversity needs help balancing the odds. We need 6,000 wolf heroes to donate to our Wolf Defense Fund to ensure that federal protections are not stripped from all wolves across the country.
By donating, you’ll help stop the killing and send Montana a powerful message that a wolf’s life is worth far more than $19.
We can’t let these extermination practices spread nationwide. Wolf haters are putting up money to wipe out wolves. Wolf supporters need to do the same if we’re going to stop the killing.
With your help, we can counter the 6,000 wolf killers with 6,000 wolf supporters.
When it comes to wolf protection, the Center’s lawyers and activists know how to get the job done. Oregon’s wolves now have more protections because of a lawsuit the Center and allies filed in 2011; last month we won a decade-long battle to improve federal protection standards for wolves in New Mexico and Arizona; and because of our work, California is on its way to placing wolves on its highly protective state endangered species list.
With your help, we’ll stop the federal government’s plan to strip protection from all wolves nationwide. We’ll secure a future for wolves in California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado and the Northeast. And we’ll pressure Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and the Great Lake states to stop indiscriminate killing.
Don’t let Montana’s killing spree spread. Become one of 6,000 wolf heroes and give to our Wolf Defense Fund today. With your help we can stop the mass deaths.
For the wolves,
- Would You Pay $19 to Kill a Wolf? (sunsetdaily.wordpress.com)
- Gray wolf killed in Washington (yakimaherald.com)
- Viewpoints: Why are the Feds giving up on wolf recovery in California? (sacbee.com)
- Gray wolf killed in Okanogan County (wenatcheeworld.com)
- Feds defend plan to drop gray wolf protection (billingsgazette.com)
- Montana trying to eradicate wolves and Yellowstone Park Wolves (saveourwolves.wordpress.com)
- Pacific Wolf Coalition Press Release – Hold More Public Hearings! (wolfhaveninternational.wordpress.com)
- Feds Consider Removing Protections for Gray Wolves (publicnewsservice.org)
- Montana trying to eradicate wolves and Yellowstone Park Wolves (telania.wordpress.com)
- Only 75 Wolves Left (sunsetdaily.wordpress.com)
MAPLE LEAFS (1-0-0) at FLYERS (0-0-0)
TV: TSN, CSN-PH
Big story: The Flyers open their season on home ice, which means Philadelphia debuts for the likes of defensemanMark Streit and center Vincent Lecavalier. Toronto, meanwhile, plays its second game in as many nights after a win in Montreal on Tuesday.
Maple Leafs: Special teams played a huge role in Toronto’s season-opener Tuesday night. James van Riemsdykscored 8:01 into the game on the power play and Tyler Bozak beat Carey Price on a breakaway for a shorthanded goal late in the second period in the Maple Leafs’ 4-3 victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.
“Early in the season special teams usually have a huge impact on the success or failure of your group,” Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said. “Tonight, I thought our special teams were the difference in the game. The shorthanded goal kind of turned everything in our favor and the power play got us going.”
Flyers: No decision has been made in regards to which goaltender will get the starting nod for the season opener Wednesday night. Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette must choose between Steve Mason, who was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets late last season, or Ray Emery, who went 17-1-0 with a 1.94 goals-against average for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012-13 before signing with the Flyers as a free agent.
“I don’t think it’s a competition,” Laviolette told the Flyers’ website. “The goalies are working hard and have looked good in practice and played well in the preseason games and you are going to see a lot of both goaltenders.
“We plan on utilizing both of them and I think it will be advantageous to keep our goalies fresh and we have that luxury.”
Who’s hot: Maple Leafs forwards James van Riemsdyk and Mason Raymond each scored Tuesday night and combined for 11 shots on goal.
Injury report: The Maple Leafs will be without forwards Frazer McLaren (hand) and David Clarkson (suspension). … Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger (post-concussion syndrome) is on long-term injured reserve. Forward Jakub Voracek (back) is optimistic he will play.
- Preview: Maple Leafs at Flyers (wdsu.com)
- Preview: Maple Leafs at Flyers (wyff4.com)
- Leafs edge Habs in opener … again (wdsu.com)
- Maple Leafs-Flyers Preview (nbcsports.com)
- Maple Leafs beat Canadiens to open 96th NHL season (thestar.com)
- Laviolette’s on borrowed time (philly.com)
- Flyers resisting on naming starting goalie (myrtlebeachonline.com)
- Leafs edge Habs in opener … again (wyff4.com)
- Flyers coach coy about who starts in goal against Leafs (thestar.com)
- Could this be one of those ‘I told you so’ Maple Leafs seasons? (metronews.ca)
The first thing everyone needs to know about the government shutdown is that it didn’t have to happen.
But an extreme group of House Republicans refused to pass a real budget — one of their most basic duties as members of Congress. So here we are.
A lot of people are wondering what this means for their families and communities — they’re seeing the headlines and hearing all the back and forth. That’s why we wanted to share this great list The Washington Post put together of the way the shutdown is hurting real people.
Read the top nine ways the shutdown affects millions of people — then forward and share this email to anyone you know who needs to see it.
The Top Nine Ways a Government Shutdown Affects Real Americans 1. 800,000 federal employees will go without pay — and it’s unclear if they’ll receive back pay for time missed.
2. 3.6 million veterans may not receive benefits if the shutdown lasts over two weeks.
3. The Centers for Disease Control will have to stop its flu prevention program, just as flu season begins.
4. Food safety inspections will scale back their work, exposing millions to risk.
5. About nine million moms and pregnant women will no longer receive nutritional assistance from the Department of Agriculture’s Women, Infants, and Children program.
6. The Small Business Administration will be unable to process new loans, potentially slowing new small business growth.
7. National parks and museums will close across the country, damaging our travel and tourism industries by millions for each day the government remains shut down. (Yes, that means the Statue of Liberty is closed for business…)
8. Head Start programs across the country will start closing, ending educational and health benefits for low-income children.
9. Disability benefits could be interrupted, leaving vulnerable Americans without the support they rely on.
For more info, you can read the full article here:
Some House Republicans might be treating this showdown like a game — but its impacts are real for millions of Americans who are starting to feel the shutdown in their lives.
Help get the word out — forward this email, and share the impacts of a government shutdown with everyone who should know:
UPDATE: Over 500,000 of you have signed our petition calling on Boehner to end the government shutdown. Let’s see if we can hit ONE MILLION STRONG!
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- An extremely positive take on the economics of the US government shutdown (aei-ideas.org)
- Moms may lose vital WIC assistance thanks to government shutdown (pix11.com)
- The nine most painful impacts of a government shutdown (washingtonpost.com)
- What Does the Shutdown Mean for Human Services? (nassembly.com)
- Corporate Gray Helps Companies Hire Military Veterans Despite Government Shutdown; Military-to-Civilian Job Fair will be held in Virginia Beach on October 9th (prweb.com)
- US Federal Contractor Registration: Government Contractors Will Be Unaffected in the Case of a Government Shutdown (prweb.com)
- Americans Reject Using A Government Shutdown To Legislate (dannyvinik.com)
- Why is Congress getting paid during government shutdown? (familysurvivalprotocol.com)
- Just Another Government Shutdown Rant (publiusonline.com)
- 10 Ways The Government Shutdown Will Affect Sneakerheads (complex.com)