Hospitals’ financial woes have had a devastating effect on health care workers. One report tracking furloughs indicated that 266 hospitals had laid off staff due to COVID-19. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a loss of 1.4 Million health care jobs in April including offices of physicians, dentists and other health providers as well as hospitals. We call health care workers heroes and salute them with sirens and flyovers, but many have been furloughed or had their salaries or hours cut as their employers attempted to staunch the financial bleeding experienced during the pandemic. This is an awful way to treat dedicated people who we expect to save the lives of others while enduring great personal risk themselves. … [Read more...] about Unnecessary catastrophe facing US hospitals and health care heroes
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Back in April, after weeks of doctors, nurses, and other health-care workers wearing trash bags for gowns and using takeout containers as face masks, President Trump declared victory over the personal-protective-equipment (PPE) shortage. Complaints about a lack of supplies, he said, were “fake news.” And by May, Trump said masks, gowns, gloves, and other necessities were in “tremendous supply to almost all places.” … [Read more...] about Why Is There Still a PPE Shortage?
Pakistan’s public health care system has for decades suffered from neglect, lack of funding and corruption, which encouraged expensive hospitals in the private sector to flourish in a country where about 25 percent of the population live below the national poverty line. … [Read more...] about Pakistan Rolls Out First Locally Produced Ventilators
With President Trump’s daily back and forth with reporters and his unprecedented accessibility, the American people are already well-acquainted with the Republican platform. It centers on the greatness of our republic -- “the last best hope of earth” as Abraham Lincoln described it -- and articulates why tens of millions of people from around the world want to come to our shores legally to pursue the American Dream. On the issues, Republicans stand for the pro-growth economic principles of low taxes and deregulation; a border wall and enforcement of our immigration laws; a health care delivery system with more private-sector competition; and unwavering support for the Constitution, Bill of Rights, rule of law and sanctity of life. Republicans also understand the importance of maintaining American history and know that the fascists who seek to erase our history are doomed to repeat it. … [Read more...] about David Bossie: Republican vs. Democratic 2020 platforms will lay out clear choice for voters in Nov.
5. “We will repeal so-called ‘right to work’ laws.” It is not clear how Democrats will actually do this, since these laws are made at the state level. But “right to work” laws — freeing employees from being forced to join unions — have been a huge economic boost to states that have adopted them. Working-class Americans — especially minorities — have voted with their feet, moving from the highly unionized Rust Belt to the “right to work” South, where there are more jobs. … [Read more...] about 9 Radical Ideas in the Biden-Sanders ‘Unity’ Platform