Tax Reform: They Say They Care About You. THEY’RE LYING

Tax Reform: They Say They Care About You. THEY’RE LYING

There they go again. Earlier today, Congress passed a so-called “tax reform” bill weighted heavily towards the top one percent. Desperate for a legislative victory, Congress passed this much-maligned tax plan after failing to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a major booster of the bill said, “We’ve got to start winning. That’s what this does.” The Speaker also lauded this bill as a sign of “hope and new opportunity.” He’s lying. Or maybe he’s duped himself. Any basic analysis will find that this tax bill is a scam that props up the powerful at the expense of the powerless. By giving a…
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Contemplating Hatred: Reflections on the End of DACA

Contemplating Hatred: Reflections on the End of DACA

At this point, we shouldn’t be surprised. Without thinking twice, I can list dozens of examples of moral bankruptcy: Charlottesville, Muslim ban(s), Keystone XL Pipeline, the ban on transgender military personnel, Trumpcare… need I say more? But after President Trump announced that he will end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – an Obama-era program that’s benefited over 800,000 young immigrants – I found myself wondering how the president of the United States could be so UNAmerican. As each passing day becomes a new exercise in resistance and resilience, I am constantly learning how to channel fear and anger into allyship and support, be it for undocumented loved ones, their…
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BREAKING NEWS: Trumpcare Is Dead, at Least for Now – So Now What?

BREAKING NEWS: Trumpcare Is Dead, at Least for Now – So Now What?

The latest Obamacare repeal effort is dead – for now. Trumpcare may actually be gone this time, though you never know. Last night, three Republican senators joined all 48 Senate Democrats to block the latest attempt by President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to repeal the Affordable Care Act, dubbed the “skinny repeal.” After Tuesday’s controversial vote to begin debate, the media lauded Arizona Sen. John McCain for breaking ranks with his party and delivering what may very well be the most consequential “thumbs down” in modern history. Two female senators persisted to avoid this crisis, yet the final credit goes to a man with inconsistent votes. pic.twitter.com/iKJQCk4hN9…
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Reflections on the American Health Care Act

Reflections on the American Health Care Act

By the skin of their teeth, House Republicans voted yesterday to strip health coverage away from 24 million Americans. With the onus now on the Senate to act, I can’t help but entertain the following questions… I wonder what it’s like to vote for a bill you haven’t read, hasn’t been scored by the Congressional Budget Office (so you have no clue about costs), and is only a day old – so basically, you didn’t do your homework and don’t care… I wonder what it’s like to support legislation that polls at 17 percent support, and is opposed by virtually every respected group in the health care community… I wonder what…
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3 Ways to Improve Obamacare After the Trumpcare Debacle

3 Ways to Improve Obamacare After the Trumpcare Debacle

Congressional Republicans voted to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain on Friday, March 24 – by not voting at all. Just 18 days after Speaker Ryan introduced the almost universally maligned American Health Care Act, the extremist alt-right Freedom Caucus responded with one resounding message: After seven long years of bluster and bold promises, the GOP finally had the opportunity to inflict serious damage on Obamacare, and inflict damage they did – on themselves, that is. However, as Republicans regroup to focus on ANOTHER Muslim ban, tax reform, trying to repeal Obamacare… again – the question remains: How do we improve our health care system? If Speaker Ryan, President Trump, and their allies are serious about improving…
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Free Speech ≠ Hate Speech: UC Berkeley Rejects Milo Yiannopoulos

Free Speech ≠ Hate Speech: UC Berkeley Rejects Milo Yiannopoulos

“A riot is the language of the unheard.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Wednesday night, protests erupted at UC Berkeley in response to an event featuring Milo Yiannopoulos, a senior editor for Breitbart News, who was scheduled to speak to the Berkeley College Republicans (BCR). Yiannopoulos was invited to share his thoughts on – as he put it – “cultural appropriation, a phenomenon of the progressive, social justice left.” Rioters dressed in all black, unaffiliated with UC Berkeley and calling themselves “antifas” (short for anti-fascists), vandalized campus and city property, including the MLK student center, a nearby Starbucks, and other local shops. Yiannopoulos’ history of hate speech is…
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Why I’m Grateful Obama Cared: An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

Why I’m Grateful Obama Cared: An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

My President is Black, My Lambo’s blue, And I’ll be goddamn if my rims ain’t too. – Young Jeezy: My President, 2008 Dear President Obama, First, let me admit that My President is the only Young Jeezy song I know, and I really only care about it for the verse above. You probably prefer the music – and company – of Jay-Z and Beyoncé, but you have to admit, that song was pretty awesome in 2008. I was 17 years old on November 4, 2008, when you took the stage at Grant Park to deliver one of the most transcendent speeches in American History. Truth be told, I was disappointed…
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Kaiser Responded to Clarify! – RE: Kaiser Permanente’s Sponsorship of the Warriors May Not Be So Golden

Kaiser Responded to Clarify! – RE: Kaiser Permanente’s Sponsorship of the Warriors May Not Be So Golden

A few weeks ago, I published this piece about nonprofit hospital community benefit, which called into question Kaiser Permanente’s sponsorship of the Golden State Warriors. I wondered whether Kaiser might be counting this partnership (along with fancy commercials like this) as part of the community benefit spending they must do in order to receive huge tax breaks as a nonprofit hospital. This post garnered a considerable amount of attention and since then, a few exciting developments have occurred: 1) The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers win the 2015 NBA Championship! … but more importantly… 2) Kaiser Permanente reached out to us to clarify that, in fact, they did…
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Kaiser Permanente’s Sponsorship of the Warriors May Not Be So Golden

Kaiser Permanente’s Sponsorship of the Warriors May Not Be So Golden

  GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS FANS STAND UP! The Bay Area should thank their Warriors, led by the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry, for ending a 40-year NBA Finals appearance drought. Warriors faithful everywhere (including several of my esteemed colleagues here at Greenlining), are as hyped as ever as they root for their team to bring an NBA Championship to the Bay Area. Although I’m not a Warriors fan (I’m a die-hard Laker fan… and yes, life is tough for me right now…), I can’t help but share in the pure excitement of my friends who have loyally rooted for their team through thick and thin. That makes this critique…
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Happy Birthday to the Affordable Care Act! It Really Is “A Big *bleepin’* Deal”

Happy Birthday to the Affordable Care Act! It Really Is “A Big *bleepin’* Deal”

It’s been five years since a White House microphone caught Vice President Joe Biden’s not-so-subtle remark to President Obama as the president signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Vice President Biden probably thought he was being poetic as he celebrated the largest overhaul of health care since the establishment of Medicare and Medicaid. While the vice president was more Tupac than Shakespeare, the truth is he was right. I was a freshman in college when the Democratic-controlled House and Senate, still riding high from the historic 2008 election, muscled health care reform to the President’s desk. For months, Congress debated every single provision of the bill, crafting a complex piece…
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