Employees at JBS Meat Processors receive a $100 bonus for getting a COVID-19 vaccination. The Lidl grocery chain offers $200 to employees who get vaccinated. Trader Joe’s offers employees two hours of pay per dose of vaccine. In the city of Acworth, Ga., $200 gift cards await city workers who can show that they have received the vaccination. Providing financial incentives to the unvaccinated does provide a visibly dramatic demonstration of the importance of moving to that 90 percent vaccination rate where herd immunity stops the further spread of the COVID virus. But as Arthur Caplan, a preeminent American bioethicist said in a Today Show interview : “If you pay people to get vaccinated, the strong implication is it’s not safe, there’s something wrong, you have to use money to persuade them.” ADVERTISEMENT Resorting to paying people for vaccinations that are free and scientifically proven to protect against serious illness, hospitalization and death, is curious, … [Read more...] about The unvaccinated owe a figurative debt to society that should be literal
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A federal appeals court’s decision Thursday to uphold Harvard University’s affirmative action program has revived a debate over Asian Americans’ role in racial justice issues within higher education. Advocates and scholars point out that while Students for Fair Admissions, the group that filed the lawsuit, claims Asian Americans face intentional discrimination in Harvard’s admissions process, research shows the overwhelming majority of Asian Americans favor the program. With the case now a step closer to the Supreme Court, where SFFA will likely appeal the ruling, Asian American activists say much of their work will continue to involve dispelling myths around the impact of affirmative action and how the racial group sees the issue. “Race-conscious admissions policies are critical for our overall education system, businesses and ultimately the world our children will inherit,” John C. Yang, president and executive director of civil rights nonprofit Asian Americans … [Read more...] about 70% of Asian Americans support affirmative action. Here’s why misconceptions persist.
It took six days of outrage, but Bravo has finally taken action in response to racist social media posts from Real Housewives of Salt Lake City cast member Jennie Nguyen . “Bravo has ceased filming with Jennie Nguyen and she will no longer be a cast member of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City ,” the network said in a post on its official Instagram account Tuesday afternoon. Over the span of six months in 2020, as Black Lives Matter demonstrations electrified the country, Nguyen shared and reposted memes, photos, and statements that many considered to be anti-Black, pro-police, and blatantly racist. “I’m sick of people saying cops need more training,” one Facebook post from September 2020 read. “You had 18 years to teach your kids it’s wrong to loot, steal, set buildings a blaze, block traffic, laser people’s eyes, overturn cars, destroy buildings and attack citizens. Who failed who?” Another post she shared earlier that month read: “Hundreds of blacks … [Read more...] about Bravo Finally Fires Jennie Nguyen From ‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ After Racist Posts
Colorado voters approved an amendment Tuesday aimed at making it more difficult for environmentalists to ban fracking in the state. The measure requires a proposed amendment to garner voter signatures in all 35 state Senate districts before it can be passed into law; more than 50 percent of voters must approve future amendments. Activists believe Amendment 71 unfairly targets anti-fracking activists. They argue it would make it harder for them to push environmental ballot measures. Democratic Rep. Jared Polis, for instance, claimed the amendment is a “power grab by the political and corporate elites … almost entirely funded by the oil and gas industry.” Gov. John Hickenlooper, meanwhile, supported Amendment 71 , telling reporters it “ensure[s] that our constitution is not held captive by the whims of the day.” The oil production in the Centennial State tipped dramatically upward from 2004 to 2014, as the state’s natural gas output leaped by 51 percent, according to … [Read more...] about Colorado Passes Measure Making Fracking Bans Almost Impossible
BEIJING — Beijing residents are coping with abrupt local lockdowns and sweeping COVID-19 testing requirements as the Chinese capital seeks to prevent a coronavirus outbreak ahead of the Winter Olympics that opens in less than two weeks. The lockdowns are part of China’s “zero tolerance” measures to fight the pandemic that have been ratcheted-up ahead of the Games. Those now include requiring tests for anyone who purchases medications to treat cold, cough, fever and other maladies. University student Cheryl Zhang said that the health code app that all Chinese have installed on their smart phones began notifying her to get tested after she bought medication four days previously. “I was seriously panicking,” said Zhang, who was taking a stroll across the street from the Olympic Village. “But when I got to the hospital and saw the medical workers striving to keep things in order, I didn’t feel angry any more. The problem was sorted out very quickly.” Such purchases are tracked … [Read more...] about Ahead of Olympics, abrupt lockdowns loom over Beijing life
ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans in Georgia have introduced a bill that bans the delivery of abortion pills by mail. It would require anyone who wants to use abortion pills to visit a doctor in advance and then return to pick up the pills. The lawmakers also want to require women to undergo physical exams including ultrasounds, and then sign an extensive consent form at least 24 hours before doctors provide the pills. Senate Bill 351, introduced Tuesday by Republican Sen. Bruce Thompson of White and cosponsored by 23 other GOP senators, responds to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's December decision that changed a federal rule that had required women to pick up the medication in person. The federal government had already set aside the rule temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thompson, who's running statewide for labor commissioner, said he thinks it's too risky for physicians to dispense the pills without an in-person exam. “It puts great risk on those females who … [Read more...] about Georgia bill would ban abortion pills by mail, require exams
Welcome to Tuesday’s Overnight Health Care , where we’re following the latest moves on policy and news affecting your health. Subscribe here: thehill.com/newsletter-signup . It’s 36 degrees in D.C. today, but President Biden Joe Biden Fox News reporter says Biden called him after 'son of a b----' remark Peloton responds after another TV character has a heart attack on one of its bikes Defense & National Security — Pentagon puts 8,500 troops on high alert MORE still made a stop at a local ice cream shop. “If it’s above freezing, then it’s ice cream weather,” he tweeted . Two key senators released a bipartisan proposal to overhaul the U.S. response to pandemics. ADVERTISEMENT For The Hill, we’re Peter Sullivan ( [email protected] ) and Nathaniel Weixel ( [email protected] ). Write to us with tips and feedback, and follow us on Twitter: @PeterSullivan4 and @NateWeixel . Let’s get started. Bipartisan pandemic plan released … [Read more...] about Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul