We work to change a criminal justice system that subjects communities of color to abusive policing, encourages profiteering by prison corporations and divides our country.
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FAMILY ECONOMIC SECURITY
All families should have what they need to thrive. We advocate for policies that enable us to do better for all our families.
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The subject of health care, and more specifically the need to make quality health care available to all Americans at a reasonable price, has been under discussion since the end of World War II, and the conversation has become increasingly heated, and increasingly divided on ideological – although not necessarily partisan -- lines, since the turn of the century.
On one side of the issue is the view that health care is a right, and that the central government has an obligation to make it available, in the same way that public safety, education and economic stability are national responsibilities. This view holds that universal single-payer, or "Medicare for all" can be a comprehensive national health insurance program available in every other industrialized nation, and paid for through some form of taxation, such as Social Security have yeided great benefits for their nations and peoples.
On the establishment and far right hold a counter view, that health care is not a “right,” and that people across the spectrum and those with serious medical or health issues should expect to pay more for care than healthy people.
The first positive steps toward the single-payer approach, called the Affordable Care Act, erroneously dubbed as Obamacare, because numerous amendments actually made it into the bill proposed, but because of gridlock and a Congress defiant to undermine the administration of a black
Now, more than ever, we need to take democracy into our own hands. That means taking to the streets to spread the word and letting politicians, especially our elected representatives, know we’re organized and committed – and we’re not going away!
We invite you to be part of the rapidly growing United Vision for Idaho coalition as we work with the nationwide People's Action and Indivisible grassroots efforts to make change.
The House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act most seriously affects the elderly, the poor, and the disabled.
Our economy is not just about numbers. It’s about people. The United Vision for Idaho coalition is fighting for new rules for our economy to ensure we’re cared for when we provide care for each other. We’re fighting even harder now, because the Donald Trump administration is trying to widen the socioeconomic divide, with regulatory changes, spending and tax legislation that most economists grimly predict will make matters even worse.
Pedro Nicolaci da Costa, writing in Business Insider, asserts, “… rather than kicking off his economic agenda with worker-friendly policies that bolster poor- and middle-class Americans, like a fiscal stimulus or infrastructure spending, Trump is pushing for policies that, if implemented, would deepen an already destabilizing gap between the rich and poor that have polarized American politics to the point of paralysis.” A stunning example of that is demonstrated in the nationwide, nonpartisan backlash against Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with what boils down to massive cuts in safety net programs like Medicaid and CHIP, its counterpart program for children, to provide huge tax cuts for the very wealthy.
Nobel Economics Laureate Angus Deaton agrees. He recently told Reuters he believes Trump’s policies risk creating growth that mostly benefits the rich and aggravates income inequality in the United States, reneging on campaign promises of help for poorer Americans, while introducing proposals to parcel off public lands for exploitation, roll back environmental and job safety requirements and eliminate regulations on finance and industry in ways that mostly help corporate groups with political influence.
The Trump administration’s stated objective to cut taxes and raise trade barriers, might, if enacted, Deaton said, result in a short-term income boost to some workers but would not deliver the long-term growth essential to offset income inequality.
(Deaton, a Princeton University professor, won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2015 for his work on poverty, welfare and consumption.)
The House Budget Committee followed up with its own slightly different budget recommendations. The differences will, as always, be subject to what is widely expected to be an arduous and possibly prolonged negotiation process, the outcome of which is anybody’s guess. Among the differences, House Republicans basically ignored Trump’s proposed $54 billion in cuts to such departments and agencies as State and the National Institutes of Health, countering with a more modest $5 billion reduction overall, except for defense spending, which the House proposal would increase by $72 billion, or $18 billion more than the president’s plan.
While conservative forces take a wrecking ball to our progress toward making quality, affordable healthcare available to everyone, we advance a vision of healthcare as a public good.
We face a new challenge as the Senate takes up its own proposals for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
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Income disparity, which directly affects our well-being, has grown sharply in the United States over recent decades and the World Bank says that at a global level, the gap has widened too since the 1990s, despite progress recently in some countries. That is reflected in the decline in America’s standing among nations in the Legatum Prosperity Index, a measure of nine key aspects of quality of daily life that collectively illustrate a nation’s prosperity and prospects for improvement of standards of living.
The 2016 Index showed the United States had slipped to 17th overall among the 149 societies measured. (New Zealand ranked first.) Weighed by the specific prosperity factors, the U.S. was a dismal 52nd in security, 35th in environment, including quality and protection, 32nd in health care and infrastructure, and, stunning for a nation that boasts of its democratic heritage, 22nd in quality of governance, including representative democracy, citizen participation, and rule of law.
Among states, Idaho stands 31st, measured by such factors as poverty rate (15.1 percent, 20th in the nation), a 10-year population growth of 18.6 percent (Eighth-highest in the nation), and life expectancy at birth of 79 years, making Idaho 21st in the nation.
A key element in the cost of living is, of course, income. While the cost of living varies among states and locales, the federal baseline for the minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, where it has been stuck since 2009. (The minimum is much worse for workers under the age of 20, who can be paid $4.25 per hour for up to 90 days. And part-time workers under age 16 aren’t protected at all. Tipped workers may receive a wage as low as $3.35 an hour in Idaho, as long as their total in tips adds up to $3.90 an hour (resulting in a net hourly income of $7.20 an hour). Idaho is among the 21 states that have stuck to the federal minimum. (Louisiana, which has no state wage statute, is obliged to comply with the federal standard.)
president, the bill finally became law with President Obama's signature on March 23, 2010.
Ever since special interest and faction groups have been trying to undo what progress was made through the Republican efforts to attempt a repeal more than 50 times.
DEBT AND WALL STREET
We’re fighting for a new set of rules for Wall Street. We need a financial system that works for people and communities, not the other way around.
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HOW HEALTHCARE POLICY AFFECTS THE ELDERLY, THE POOR, AND THE DISABLED
Our economy is about more than numbers. It’s about people. We’re fighting for new rules for our economy to ensure we’re cared for when we provide care for each other.
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The climate crisis has already arrived in Native lands and communities or color. We oppose the polluting and desecration of our communities by corporate greed.
The photo at left shows the Dakota Access Pipeline running between farms near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
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