Saturday, July 16, 2016

News you can share: Data on gun violence in America, a year after the Iran deal, spending less on Obamacare, 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.

The wrong state to have an accident
Politico // Rachana Pradhan

Obamacare was supposed to improve health care equality. But for some people, state politics has made the problem much worse.

It's been a year since the Iran deal was signed. So far, it's worked.
Vox // Zack Beauchamp

Thursday, July 14, is the one-year anniversary of the official announcement of the nuclear deal with Iran. It's also roughly the six-month mark since Implementation Day, when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran had complied with the deal's preliminary conditions and could start to get sanctions relief in exchange for continued good behavior.

Zika Virus Funding Battle in Congress 'Simply Inexcusable'
NBC News // Maggie Fox

Public health officials have been begging to be funded for months now to prepare for, study and fight Zika, which is spreading rapidly across Latin America and the Caribbean. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 1,100 travelers have shown up infected in the continental U.S., including close to 400 pregnant women.

Biden and Obama rewrite the rulebook on college sexual assaults
The Washington Post // Juliet Eilperin

Already the efforts of this White House have dramatically transformed the way colleges and universities respond to allegations of sexual misconduct. The Education Department has 253 ongoing investigations at 198 postsecondary institutions into the handling of sexual violence. Hundreds of schools have taken steps to make it easier to report allegations and discipline offenders.

USA's soccer world champions are playing to win at equal pay too
Quartz // Ana Campoy

Members of the team have been trying to change their contract with the federation, arguing they earn considerably less than their counterparts in the men's national team even though they perform better.

Millions of American Kids Actually Depend on Social Security
Reuters // Mark Miller

A study released this week underscores the importance of Social Security's multigenerational impact - in particular, the program's outsized impact on poverty rates among children of color.

We're Spending Less On Health Care Than We Thought We Would Before Obamacare
The Huffington Post // Jeffrey Young

Twenty million or so more people have health insurance now than they did before Obamacare, and yet the American health care system is on track to spend $2.6 trillion less from 2014 to 2019 than before the Affordable Care Act became law.

So, about that 'good guy' with a gun
The Washington Post // Editorial Board

Yes, guns can be properly and effectively used in self-defense. But saturating the nation with firearms also primes the country for deadly violence, making many situations more likely to end in death.

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