Category: Children’s Health Care
Response to: Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office analysis of the House Bill
By A. Shaw
Sen. Bernie Sanders  (I-Vt.) said Monday that “thousands of Americans will die” under the House GOP’s plans to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
“I think that legislation is disgusting. It is immoral,” he [Sanders] said.
Sanders’ comments come after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that by 2026, 24 million people additional people will be uninsured compared to under current conditions with ObamaCare.
The rate of deaths is tied to the rate of uninsured people.
If the rate of uninsured zooms up to 24 million people, then the rate of deaths will zoom up to at least a million dead people, not just thousands.
The bill to repeal and replace Obamacare is a GOP plot to perpetrate, at least, a one million person genocide.
USA reactionaries — also known as conservatives or fascists — have been in love with the idea of mass extermination of human beings for centuries:
…….(1) Wiping out  90% of the non-immigrant peoples of North America [“Indians”]; 30 million non-immigrants were disposed of over a 250 year period
…….(2) After the Spanish-American War, wiping out over 1,500,000 Philippines. The Philippines had done no wrong to the USAs.
…….(3) The US imperialist invasion and occupation of Iraq occasioned over 1,000,000 war-related fatalities between 2003 and 2007
…….(4) etc.,etc., etc…
Now, USA reactionaries plot a  massive genocide on the USAs.
Sanders responds to CBO score: ‘Thousands of Americans will die’

Sanders responds to CBO score: 'Thousands of Americans will die'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersCBO health score stirs alarm in the SenateTrump flunks leadership testSanders responds to CBO score: ‘Thousands of Americans will die’MORE (I-Vt.) said Monday that “thousands of Americans will die” under the House GOP’s plans to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

“If this legislation is passed and millions of people are thrown off health insurance…thousands of Americans will die,” Sanders told reporters.

His comments come after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office analysis of the House bill found that by 2026, 24 million people additional people will be uninsured compared to under current conditions with ObamaCare.

The analysis sparked a fresh round of criticism from Democrats over the repeal-and-replace bill and could spook congressional Republicans, who are already publicly skeptical of the legislation.

Sanders said the House legislation “shouldn’t see the light of day.”

“I think that legislation is disgusting. It is immoral,” he said. “It must defeated and I hope there is enough sense amongst some of the Republicans.”

Democrats don’t have the ability to block the ObamaCare repeal bill on their own. Under reconciliation, Republicans only need a simple majority, and they have 52 Senate seats.

But a growing number of both conservative and moderate lawmakers are raising concerns with the House bill.

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said Monday that members of the Senate Steering Committee will go to the White House on Tuesday to talk ObamaCare strategy.

Exclusive: Trump administration considering separating women, children at Mexico border

By Julia Edwards Ainsley | WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON Women and children crossing together illegally into the United States could be separated by U.S. authorities under a proposal being considered by the Department of Homeland Security, according to three government officials.

Part of the reason for the proposal is to deter mothers from migrating to the United States with their children, said the officials, who have been briefed on the proposal.

The policy shift would allow the government to keep parents in custody while they contest deportation or wait for asylum hearings. Children would be put into protective custody with the Department of Health and Human Services, in the “least restrictive setting” until they can be taken into the care of a U.S. relative or state-sponsored guardian.

Currently, families contesting deportation or applying for asylum are generally released from detention quickly and allowed to remain in the United States until their cases are resolved. A federal appeals court ruling bars prolonged child detention.

President Donald Trump has called for ending “catch and release,” in which migrants who cross illegally are freed to live in the United States while awaiting legal proceedings.

Two of the officials were briefed on the proposal at a Feb. 2 town hall for asylum officers by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services asylum chief John Lafferty.

A third DHS official said the department is actively considering separating women from their children but has not made a decision.

HHS and the White House did not respond to requests for comment.

In a statement to Reuters, DHS said: “The journey north is a dangerous one with too many situations where children – brought by parents, relatives or smugglers – are often exploited, abused or may even lose their lives.

“With safety in mind, the Department of Homeland Security continually explores options that may discourage those from even beginning the journey,” the statement said.

U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat whose district includes about 200 miles (320 km) of the border with Mexico, slammed the proposal. “Bottom line: separating mothers and children is wrong,” he said in a statement.

“That type of thing is where we depart from border security and get into violating human rights,” he said.

About 54,000 children and their guardians were apprehended between Oct. 1, 2016, and Jan. 31, 2017, more than double the number caught over the same time period a year earlier.

Republicans in Congress have argued women are willing to risk the dangerous journey with their children because they are assured they will be quickly released from detention and given court dates set years into the future.

Immigrant rights advocates have argued that Central America’s violent and impoverished conditions force mothers to immigrate to the United States and that they should be given asylum status. (Graphic:


Implementing the new policy proposal “could create lifelong psychological trauma,” said Marielena Hincapie, executive director at the National Immigration Law Center. “Especially for children that have just completed a perilous journey from Central America.”

Hincapie said the U.S. government is likely to face legal challenges based on immigration and family law if they decide to implement the policy.

The policy would allow DHS to detain parents while complying with a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals order from July 2016 that immigrant children should be released from detention as quickly as possible. That order said their parents were not required to be freed.

To comply with that order, the Obama administration implemented a policy of holding women and children at family detention centers for no more than 21 days before releasing them.

Holding mothers in prolonged detention could also strain government resources, said Randy Capps of the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington-based non-profit.

“You are talking about a pretty rapid increase in the detention population if you are going to do this,” Capps said. “The question is really how much detention can they afford.”

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly last week ordered immigration agents to deport or criminally prosecute parents who facilitate the illegal smuggling of their children.

Many parents who arrive on the U.S.-Mexico border with their children have paid smugglers to guide them across the dangerous terrain.

(Reporting by Julia Edwards Ainsley; Additional reporting by Mica Rosenberg and Susan Cornwell; Editing by Sue Horton, Ross Colvin, James Dalgleish and Lisa Shumaker)

THIS IS CAPITALISM! Smartphones made by blood; child labour in Congo’s cobalt mines

Friday, March 3, 2017

THIS IS CAPITALISM! Smartphones made by blood; child labour in Congo’s cobalt mines
It’s Capitalism, Stupid…
A Sky News investigation has found children as young as four working in Congolese mines where cobalt is extracted for smartphones.The mineral is an essential component of batteries for smartphones and laptops, making billions for multinationals such as Apple and Samsung, yet many of those working to extract it are earning as little as 8p a day in desperately dangerous conditions.
With little regulation requiring companies to trace their cobalt supply lines, and most of the world’s cobalt coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the chances are your smartphone contains a battery with cobalt mined by children in the central African nation.The Sky News team visited a string of mines in the DRC’s former Katanga Province and found children working at all of them.
Eight pence a day for backbreaking work

At one cobalt mine, children toiled in the drenching rain carrying huge sacks of the mineral. Dorsen, eight, had no shoes and told us he hadn’t made enough money to eat for the past two days – despite working for about 12 hours a day.
His friend Richard, 11, talked about how his whole body ached every day from the tough physical work.
The mine tunnels are dug by hand by miners who have no protective equipment. The tunnels have no supports and are prone to collapse, especially in the rain.
At one mine we travelled to, workers had downed tools in support of a fellow miner who had died after one such collapse.
There are thousands of unofficial, unregulated, unmonitored mines where men, women and children work in what can only be described as slave conditions. In one group, we found a circle of children with a four-year-old girl picking out cobalt stones.
Other children younger than her were sitting among the mineral or playing nearby. A pregnant woman already carrying a toddler on her back was also in the group. None of them wore gloves or masks, yet the World Health Organisation says exposure to cobalt and breathing in its dust fumes can cause long-term health problems.
Certainly, many of those involved in the mining industry believe they’re suffering poor health as a result.
Makumba Mateba has a huge tumour on his throat which he believes has grown because the water in his village is contaminated by cobalt mining.
He said: “We only drink the water which comes from the mining sites after all the minerals have been washed in it. “It comes right through our village and I drink it and I’m sure it’s that which has made me sick.”
Monica, four years old, picks out cobalt stones at a mine.
Mystery illnesses

Becha Gibu, a doctor in the village of Kimpesa, said many of the babies he delivered had mysterious illnesses. “There are lots of infections they’re born with, sometimes rashes, sometimes their bodies are covered in spots,” he said.
“The mothers are also just not strong when giving birth – this is all a consequence of the mining.”
The DRC sits on one of the richest mineral deposits in the world, with huge amounts of gold, tin and cobalt underneath its soil. It produces 60% of the world’s cobalt – a fifth of which is extracted by hand or artisanal miners known locally as creusseurs.
Cobalt collected by small mining operations is sold to mostly Chinese traders, who we filmed secretly. They don’t ask questions about where their cobalt comes from or who has worked to extract it – they just want the best price. Traders then sell it mostly to exporter Congo Dongfang International, a subsidiary of Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt, which supplies most of the world’s largest battery makers.
The supply line is chaotic, informal and unregulated, with unofficial, non-standardised prices paid out to groups, individuals and larger networks.
1 in 4 children do not have access to basic health care – study

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Although the number of children in the US who are uninsured is at an all-time low, a quarter of children under the age of 18 “still experience severe barriers actually getting access to appropriate health care,” according to a new study.

More than 20 million of America’s 73 million children face substantive difficulties in accessing health care, whether they are uninsured, are insured but do not receive primary care, or are publicly insured but cannot access “essential or timely speciality care,”according to a study released by the Children’s Health Fund (CHF).

These health needs fall short even though the likes of Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Affordable Care Act have lowered the number of uninsured children to about 3.3 million in 2015, down from about 10 million in the late 1990s, according to the National Health Interview Survey.

More than 80 percent of insured children still do not receive optimal care, CHF reported in the study. Including the 3.3 million children who are uninsured, there are 10.3 million children who do not have “adequate” access to primary health care and 6.7 million children on Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program who do have access to primary care but do not have receive decent speciality care.

“While children’s health care has experienced increased and significant attention in recent years, our analyses show there is still a long way to go before we can claim that all U.S. children have access to the care they need,” said Dr. Irwin Redlener, co-founder and president of Children’s Health Fund and co-author of the study. “There has been a persistent misconception that simply providing health insurance is the same as assuring effective access to appropriate health care. It isn’t.”

The study’s findings were based on census data, medical journals, and federal reports, as well as the CHFs network of support programs.

CHF offered several recommendations to deal with these issues, with the new presidential administration in mind. To improve pediatric health care, the study said “costly co-payments” should be reduced or eliminated, while reimbursement rates for providers offering care to underserved areas of the US should be increased.

CHF also suggested that more incentives should be offered to health care providers who serve poor communities, while telehealth and mobile clinics should be more abundant. In addition, the study recommended increased efforts in areas such as school-based health initiatives, health literacy, and outreach to non-English-speaking communities to improve children’s health in the US.

“Conversations about health care in this country tend to focus on adults, because that’s where we spend the most money,” said Dr. Delaney Gracy, the study’s co- author and CHF chief medical officer. “Part of the point we hope to make is that prevention and early interventions for children can decrease burden of disease and impact later on, as they grow into a generation of healthier adults. The national cost of common illnesses related to poverty and poor medical access, like asthma and obesity, is several billions of dollars annually.”