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Black Agenda Radio – 05.01.17

This is Black Agenda Radio, a weekly hour of African American political thought and action. Last Monday was a very important date in the life of Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner. Black Agenda Radio producer Kyle Fraser spoke with Dr. Johanna Fernandez, a professor of History and African American Studies at New York’s Baruch College, and …

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Alternative Visions – Deconstructing the Republican House/Paul Ryan Obamacare Repeal Bill – 03.10.17

Jack Rasmus dissects the Republican/Ryan proposal of this past week to repeal and replace the Obamacare Act. The proposal is first and foremost a $500 billion a year tax cut for corporations and the wealthiest 1%, as they no longer have to contribute anything to the plan. Other provisions of the proposals are described, including the freeze and dismantling of the Medicaid elements, the end of all mandates, the sliding scale of in come for credits, etc. This is a tax cut bill and a further privatization bill, and should be viewed as the first of a sequence of medical related bills that will make everyone ‘pay more for less’. Next target: Medicare. Rasmus reviews the plusses and minuses of the Obama ACA, and why it was doomed from the start due to inability to control health cost increases. The show concludes with an analysis of the origins of escalating health costs since the 1990s, which have their roots in health insurance companies’ and drug companies’ drive to buy out competitors and Wall St.’s penetration of these companies to require more profitability in exchange for loans to buy up their competitors. The trend for a quarter century has been increasing privatization and rationing of health care costs and services. And it’s about to become worse. (Next week: The Federal Reserve’s next interest rate hike next week and its impact)

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The Natural Nurse And Dr. Z – Sexual Seniors – 03.07.17

Host Ellen Kamhi PhD RN, www.naturalnurse.com, interviews Mary Beth White, RN, MS, NP, NC-BC. Mary Beth White is a Registered Nurse in Advanced Practice with more than 30 years experience as a Nurse Practitioner. With a primary area of expertise in Women’s Health/Gynecology, she is also an Adult Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Colposcopist and is nationally certified as an Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse and Nurse Coach by American Holistic Nurses Association. She is a faculty member of the Huntington Meditation and Imagery Center where she assists in the development of other health care practitioners choosing to become Transpersonal Coaches. In addition, she has a private practice as a CranioSacral Therapist and Transpersonal Nurse Coach.
In the early 90’s, she completed a fellowship as an HIV Clinical Scholar through the AIDS Institute of the New York State Department of Health and the State University Hospital at Stony Brook, and has been a Hospice Nurse. Contact: wellcairnp@gmail.com and www.wellcairn.com

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INSIGHT – THE WORLD OF SPIES AND HACKS – HOW ADDING A TWIST TO YOUR PROFESSION CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE – 01.26.17

The POTUS refuses to acknowledge Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election though my guest, T.L. Williams, a former CIA operative shares how cyber warfare will continue to escalate and the ramifications on the U.S. and the world.  Learn why Tim Fitzgerald is taking his social worker practice to Thailand where elephant rides, meditation and calming the mind will redefine …

The Congressional Budget Office has some bad news for Obamacare repealers

The Congressional Budget Office has stepped into the Obamacare repeal fight, issuing a fierce warning to Republicans in the form of … a sternly worded blog post. CBO is the government’s nonpartisan scorekeeper, the agency that tells Congress how much new programs cost and who they’ll cover. Their analysts will estimate how many people get insurance under any Republican replacement …

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Why the hype around medical genetics is a public enemy

Science has always issued medical promissory notes. In the 17th century, Francis Bacon promised that an understanding of the true mechanisms of disease would enable us to extend life almost indefinitely; René Descartes thought that 1,000 years sounded reasonable. But no science has been more optimistic, more based on promises, than medical genetics. Recently, I read an article promising that …

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US health care tab hits $3.2T; fastest growth in 8 years

The nation’s health care tab grew at the fastest rate in eight years in 2015, driven by the coverage expansion in President Barack Obama’s law and by costly prescription drugs, the government said Friday. The growth of 5.8 percent in 2015 boosted total health care spending to $3.2 trillion. That’s an average of $9,990 per person, although the vast share …

Dr. Mercola – How Biased Research Drives Your Health Care

The gold standard for modern medicine is the double-blind, placebo-controlled and randomized trial. But there are serious problems with many published studies, unknown to most, but acknowledged by researchers. The modern medical paradigm revolves around two words: scientifically proven. It is this phrase that public health agencies, physicians and researchers use to promote their products. Scientists can easily set up …

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Richard Eskow – Behind the Job Numbers, Millions Are Being Left Behind

A team of political scientists, writing in the Washington Post, concluded that “Trump supporters who are struggling economically perceive U.S. economic performance overall to be much worse than it actually is.” Those voters believed that the unemployment rate is three times higher than the official number, and these new figures aren’t likely to change that. “It is noteworthy,” the researchers …

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Henry A. Giroux | The United States’ War on Youth: From Schools to Debtors’ Prisons

If one important measure of a democracy is how a society treats its children, especially poor youth of color, there can be little doubt that American society is failing. As the United States increasingly models its schools after prisons and subjects children to a criminal legal system marked by severe class and racial inequities, it becomes clear that such children …