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U.S. Chamber, tech groups petition Oregon Supreme Court in Oracle case

At issue is whether the state can sue individual plaintiffs in their personal capacity, including Oracle atz is one of several individual defendants in Oregon's lawsuit against… more

At issue is whether the state can sue individual plaintiffs in their personal capacity, including Oracle atz is one of several individual defendants in Oregon's lawsuit against… more

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and three technology groups are weighing in on behalf of Oracle America in the lawsuit filed by the state over who’s to blame for the Cover Oregon debacle.

At issue is whether the state can sue individual plaintiffs in their personal capacity, including Oracle CEO Safra Catz.

The chamber, TechNet, IT Acquisition Advisory Council and IT Alliance for Public Sector have joined Oracle in asking the Oregon Supreme Court to review a Marion County trial judge’s “personal jurisdiction ruling." They argue it "exposes employees of out-of-state companies to massive personal liability in Oregon.”

They filed a “friend of the court” brief in which they argue the case has a potentially far-reaching impact

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Editorial from Healthcare for All (Detroit) newsletter

August 29, 2015

The “Trump” attack on immigrants to this country is neither new nor restricted to the “Trump” campaign for president.  What is different about his campaign is that it is openly racist and targets immigrants as the cause of poverty among other sections of the labor movement.

In 1996, “Bill Clinton’s” welfare reform law barred legal immigrants from Medicaid access for 5 years.  It also barred refugees and those seeking asylum from Medicaid for 7 years.  Undocumented immigrants have always been barred from Medicaid except in emergency situations (Emergency Medicaid).

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) endorses the “Clinton” reforms.  It also drastically cut funding for Emergency Medicaid, leaving so called undocumented immigrants without access to even that.  It excludes them from purchasing insurance in the federal and state exchanges.  This intentionally leaves them without access to healthcare.   

Democratic Congresswoman “Louise Slaughter” assured the U.S. House of Representatives “That’s not the way it is.  There are no illegal aliens in this bill who get anything at all.”

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Another heartbreaking story of why we need Medicare for All

ABC News: Aug 26, 2015,
by GILLIAN MOHNEY via Good Morning America

A Michigan man accused of robbing a credit union told police he needed the money to help pay for his daughter's chemotherapy treatments, authorities said.

Brian Randolph, 23, is accused of robbing the Vibe Credit Union in South Lyon, Michigan, on Aug. 12.

Randolph entered the building and passed a note demanding money, police said. While the note indicated he had a shotgun hidden in his clothes, he never revealed the firearm and police told ABC News that he said he did not actually bring a gun with him.

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PolitiFact accurate but misleading on Sanders’s claim of U.S. spending twice as much

Christian K. Lee

Posted by Don McCanne MD on Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015
This entry is from Dr. McCanne's Quote of the Day, a daily health policy update on the single-payer health care reform movement. The QotD is archived on PNHP's website.

Photo by Christian K. Lee

Photo by Christian K. Lee

Bernie Sanders repeats flawed claim about U.S. health care spending compared to other countries

by Will Cabaniss
PolitiFact, August 16, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is on a campaign for “Medicare for all” — or at least something like it.

Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont who identifies as a socialist, told NBC’s Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd to look at how much the country spends compared to the rest of the world as a reason for a single-payer system.

“We spend almost twice as much per capita on health care as do the people of any other country,” Sanders said.

It’s a striking claim, and one we heard from Sanders six years ago.

We rated the claim False then, and it’s still wrong now.

We looked at data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), widely cited by experts as an authoritative source for this information.

In 2007, the United States led the world in health care spending at $7,167 per capita, according to the OECD. Norway and Switzerland followed at $4,579 and $4,568, respectively.

The United States maintained its spending lead in the years that followed. But Sanders puts the difference too strongly when he says U.S. spending is “almost twice” per capita of “any other country.”

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