Saturday, April 9, 2016

News you can share: a $2 trillion GDP booster and the lowest uninsured rate in 8 years

Organizing for Action

Diane, you're one of the best messengers we've got in this movement. Here's some recommended reading that's easy to share.

As the climate changes, risks to human health will accelerate, White House warns
The Washington Post // Brady Dennis

Monday's report is the latest effort by the Obama administration to put a human face on climate change, which to some can seem like an abstract concept. It comes roughly a year after Obama spoke publicly about the White House's effort to focus on the health risks of a changing Earth. "There are a whole host of public health impacts that are going to hit home," Obama said in remarks at Howard University last April, citing the domino effect that changes in climate could have on public health.

There's a $2 Trillion GDP Boost in Shrinking the U.S. Gender Gap
Bloomberg // Laura Colby

Improving gender equality would add at least $2.1 trillion to U.S. gross domestic product by 2025, according to a McKinsey Global Institute study, a boost roughly the size of the Texas economy. "We were surprised that there was such a large economic opportunity still at stake" because the U.S. is a relative leader in gender parity, said Kweilin Ellingrud, a McKinsey partner and author of the study. The consulting firm in September said the global economy would gain $28 trillion in GDP with full gender equality.

'Customers First' to Become the Law in Retirement Investing
New York Times // Tara Siegel Bernard

The rules governing how financial professionals handle the trillions of dollars they invest on behalf of Americans saving for retirement are about to get a lot tougher. The Labor Department, after years of battling Wall Street and the insurance industry, issued new regulations on Wednesday that will require financial advisers and brokers handling individual retirement and 401(k) accounts to act in the best interests of their clients. The government move is expected to encourage a shift of retirement funds into lower-cost investments -- potentially saving billions of dollars for many ordinary investors -- while setting off one of the biggest upheavals in the financial services industry in decades.

U.S. Uninsured Rate at 11.0%, Lowest in Eight-Year Trend
Gallup // Stephanie Marken

In the first quarter of 2016, the uninsured rate among all U.S. adults was 11.0%, down from 11.9% in the fourth quarter of 2015. This marks a record low since Gallup and Healthways began tracking the uninsured rate in 2008. The uninsured rate has declined 6.1 percentage points since the fourth quarter of 2013, which was right before the individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act took effect in early 2014 that required Americans to carry health insurance.

Despite Fears, Affordable Care Act Has Not Uprooted Employer Coverage
The New York Times // Reed Abelson

The Affordable Care Act was aimed mainly at giving people better options for buying health insurance on their own. There were widespread predictions that employers would leap at the chance to drop coverage and send workers to fend for themselves. But those predictions were largely wrong.

These scientists can prove it's possible to reduce prejudice
Vox // Brian Resnick

In the paper, Broockman and Kalla describe the lasting opinion change between the experimental and control group as comparable to the public's changing attitude toward gay and lesbian people that occurred between 1998 and 2012. "That two decades of opinion change took place during a 10-minute conversation, and it persisted for at least three months -- that's a big effect," Kalla tells me.

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