This is the world of Ryancare

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February 24, 2017

Earlier this month, House Republicans unveiled what they described as a plan for “repealing and replacing” the Affordable Care Act. The plan, however is not really a plan. It comes with no price tag, no explanation of how many million Americans would lose their current coverage, of how much more Americans would have to pay Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Health Care Reform

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A father’s message to Congress: ‘I cannot protect my son’s health, but you can’

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February 23, 2017

Editor’s note: Congress is considering repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and is debating major structural changes, and perhaps significant cuts, to Medicaid, which serves almost 70 million Americans. Voices for Human Needs is reaching out and telling the stories of those who could be harmed if the ACA is repealed without a suitable replacement Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Health Care Reform

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Human Needs Report: Spending work, the ACA, Trump’s cabinet and more

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February 21, 2017

Congress is currently in its first recess of the year. CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, with a look at what members tackled before the break, and what’s waiting for them when they return on Feb. 27. Read on for articles on FY17 & FY18 budget and appropriations work, House Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Executive orders, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Military Spending, Poverty and Income, Unemployment Insurance

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‘A lot more people, I can tell you, will die for lack of medical care’

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February 16, 2017

Editor’s note: Congress is considering repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and is debating major structural changes, and perhaps significant cuts, to Medicaid, which serves almost 70 million Americans. Voices for Human Needs is reaching out and telling the stories of those who could be harmed if the ACA is repealed without a suitable replacement Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Housing and Homelessness, Medicaid

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Resources from around the Coalition: Presidents’ Day recess edition

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February 15, 2017

The first recess period for the new Congress begins this Saturday, Feb. 18, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 26. Several of CHN’s members and friends have put together resources for advocates to use during this recess when members of Congress will be home in their states and districts. Use these tools to reach out to Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Executive orders, Health, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Medicare, Poverty and Income

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Trump’s 2-1 executive order: It’s (not) as easy as 1, 2, 3….

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February 14, 2017

Joan Claybrook, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration during the Carter administration, had an immediate reaction when informed of President Trump’s executive order requiring that federal agencies scrap two existing regulations for every new one adopted. She burst out laughing. “That’s a completely illogical way of doing things,” she told the Los Angeles Read More »

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Head Smacker: Pentagon buried study showing $125 billion in waste, but Congress and the Trump Administration want to give it more money

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February 10, 2017

According to the Washington Post, the Pentagon buried an internal study that found $125 billion in administrative waste because it was afraid Congress would use the findings to cut the defense budget. Despite this, the Trump Administration and some members of Congress are preparing to give even more money to the Pentagon for the current Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Military Spending

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The protests are working

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February 7, 2017

There’s a developing narrative across the country: The protests are working. On many issues of concern to the human needs community, ranging from health care to immigration to efforts to fighting discrimination, a hostile executive branch finds itself backtracking and on the defensive. Perhaps the first journalist to take note of this narrative on a Read More »

Categories: Health, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Medicaid, Protests

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Human Needs Report: Immigration, cabinet picks, the ACA and more

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February 6, 2017

Congress has been in session for just over a month now, and the Trump Administration is just a couple of weeks old. CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, with a look at what they’ve been up to – and how advocates have responded – in what’s been a busy beginning Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Economy, Education and Youth Policy, Health, Health Care Reform, Housing and Homelessness, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Poverty and Income

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The onset of a feminine revolution

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February 3, 2017

Seven-year old Laney, who lives across the courtyard from me, attended the Woman’s March in Chicago with her mother. Her comments afterwards were that there were lots of people, most of them were women and she was proud to be there. That memory could last for her entire lifetime. LeAnn Spencer, a retired fellow Chicago Read More »

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