Daily Archives: January 30, 2013

Dozens of groups back Medicaid expansion

Four dozen Iowa advocacy groups are asking their members to lean on legislators and the governor to extend Medicaid health insurance to tens of thousands more poor Iowans. “It will save money in the long run, and it will save … Continue reading

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Subcommittees take first steps in advancing bills

These days, the Iowa Legislature is a laboratory of democracy. In meeting rooms, chambers and lounges throughout the Capitol, small groups of lawmakers are reading the legislative fine print, taking comment from the public and offering their own opinions on … Continue reading

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Medicaid Expansion: Just the Ticket for Rural Iowans?

(01/30/13) DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa has a chance to expand Medicaid coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act, but Gov. Terry Branstad is expressing reservations about the idea. Iowa native John Crabtree, media director for the Center for … Continue reading

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To End Extreme Poverty, End Extreme Wealth

The world’s wealthy gathered in the Alps again last week to discuss how to ‘solve’ the world’s problems. The world’s biggest problem, suggests one top global anti-poverty outfit, may be their fortunes. Apologists for inequality have a standard retort to … Continue reading

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PETULANT PLUTOCRAT OF THE WEEK

Elite pro golfers today spend so much time hobnobbing with the rich that they’ve become, in effect, honorary plutocrats. Last weekend golf star Phil Mickelson did his best to sound like a real plutocrat. Mickelson hinted he might exit his … Continue reading

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An Unsung Service from Social Security

  Lawrence Mishel and Nicholas Finio, Earnings of the top 1.0 percent rebound strongly in the recovery, Economic Policy Institute Issue Brief, January 23, 2013. And you thought the Social Security Administration only sends out checks! Social Security records — … Continue reading

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