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NNU, AFT Urge Stronger Patient–Worker Protections in Ebola Treatments

NNU, AFT Urge Stronger Patient–Worker Protections in Ebola Treatments

In a letter to President Barack Obama about the growing concern over Ebola in the United States, the National Nurses United (NNU) urged the president to “invoke his executive authority” to order all U.S. hospitals to meet the highest “uniform, national standards and protocols” in order to “safely protect patients, all health care workers and the public.”

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Foley Wants Connecticut to Follow the Walmart Health Care Example

Photo courtesy OurWalmart on Flickr

Tom Foley is one of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections, and he keeps making that very clear. As reporter Ken Dixon tweeted (see above), Foley recently said that the state of Connecticut should handle its health care the same way corporations such as Walmart do. People who pay attention already know how ludicrous that statement is, but it is particularly bad coming on the day Walmart cut health care for 30,000 part-time workers and raised premiums on all 1.2 million of its employees participating in the company's health care plan.

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That's Not Funny: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Mike Mozart on Flickr

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Patient Access, Hospital Accountability Measures Move in Calif. Legislature

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California patients would have greater access to doctors and hospitals of their choice and the state’s non-profit hospitals would be held more accountable in documenting their charity care and community benefits under two bills strongly backed by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU).

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One Is not a Trend, but…

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released its downward revisions of Gross Domestic Product (GDP—the measure of all goods and services produced by the economy) for the first three months of this year. Now, the estimate is that the economy shrank at the rate of 2.9%. After 11 straight quarters of growth, this is the first downturn. Many are dismissing this as the result of the extreme winter weather chasing consumers indoors; consumption at restaurants was down, as were sales of clothing and footwear that would be bought at malls. Inventories also fell, as did the measure of exports.

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Feds Home In on Senior Republican Staffer as Possible Source of Insider Trading Leak

Recent court filings by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suggest that Brian Sutter, the staff director of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, could have been the source of inside information on changes in health care policy that led to illegal insider trading.

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SEC Subpoenas House Republican Staff as Part of a Trading Probe

The Wall Street Journal reported on June 18 that federal prosecutors and the Securities and Exchange Commission are collecting evidence for a grand jury probe into whether Republican congressional staff on the House Ways and Means Committee tipped Wall Street traders off about changes in health care policy.

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Health Care for Millions at Risk Under House Republican Bill

Health Care for Millions at Risk Under House Republican Bill

Workers who thought their employers might be incentivized to provide health care coverage by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are out of luck if a bill that just passed the House (248-179) makes it any further. 

The ACA imposes penalties on larger employers that do not offer affordable, adequate health care coverage to employees who work 30 hours a week or more. 

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Republican Bill Threatens Health Care for 1 Million Workers

Republican Bill Threatens Health Care for 1 Million Workers

House Republicans are expected to hold a vote next week on a bill that could cost as many as 1 million workers their employer-based health care. The Affordable Care Act imposes a penalty on larger employers that do not offer affordable, adequate health care coverage to employees who work 30 hours a week or more. The Republican bill would kick the threshold up to 40 hours a week.

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What Would You Do if You Had to Live 'Paycheck to Paycheck'?

What Would You Do if You Had to Live 'Paycheck to Paycheck'?

What would you do if your paycheck wasn't enough to cover the rent, day care, car insurance, phone and other bills?

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