Saturday, April 30, 2016

News you can share: Obamacare haters, transgender policies, and more

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

Obamacare Haters Still Not Giving Up, Still Totally Wrong
NY Magazine // Jonathan Chait

The Affordable Care Act has insured 20 million more Americans and come in so far under budget that Washington is spending less on health care now than it was expected to spend before Obamacare passed into law. And yet the ranks of Obamacare haters trudge on nonetheless, carrying the flame for a core tenet of the conservative credo that faithful adherents dare not abandon.

Transgender policies across the country: Where do they stand?
CNN // Holly Yan

A flurry of policies affecting transgender people has swept the country in recent weeks, leading to widespread protests, economic losses and a growing debate about equality and privacy.

Feds expand Medicaid coverage to most of those in halfway houses
USA Today // Jayne O'Donnell

"This is a positive step toward restoring faith in the notion that a previous bad act does not make a person irredeemable," says Adrienne Wheeler, director of the Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana. The federal action "forges a path toward healing communities that may be plagued by substance abuse, poverty, and a lack of access to justice."

Mayors: Flint Could Happen to Us
Politico Magazine // Ben Wofford

Mayors of all political stripes say they've been placed in an untenable financial bind because of severely limited infrastructure dollars that once flowed freely from state and federal coffers.

Full court pressure
Reuters Graphics // Travis Hartman and Joan Biskupic

How long do Supreme Court nominees usually wait? In past confirmation battles, nominees sometimes have been subject to months of controversy, close votes and outright rejection. But in this case the Senate has simply refused to act on a president's choice.

Many More Republicans Now Believe in Climate Change
Scientific American // Evan Lehmann

The number of conservative voters who believe in climate change has almost doubled in the past two years, according to a new poll that attributes the rise in part to a lessening hostility toward the issue by Republican leaders. Forty-seven percent of conservatives now say the climate is changing, a leap of 19 points since the midterm elections of 2014, according to the survey released yesterday by Yale and George Mason universities.

An Update on What We're Doing to Keep Guns Out of the Wrong Hands
White House Blog // Valerie Jarrett

Every single year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns. ... That's why in January, President Obama outlined a number of new, commonsense steps that his Administration is taking to protect our children and communities from gun violence. Today, we are announcing important progress in implementing those steps.

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