"SiCKO": The Profits of Life and Death
Fri Jun 22, 2007 18:05

 
"SiCKO": The Profits of Life and Death
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062207R.shtml
Michael Moore's documentary film, "SiCKO," focuses on the more than 250 million people who have insurance, but highlights those who are betrayed by it in their time of need. The horror of Moore's expose is not that health insurance companies are posting too much of a profit; it's that they are doing so at the expense of American lives. A coalition of nurses and doctors will co-host the film nationwide to promote bills in Congress that would fundamentally change the profit-based health system.

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Moore's new documentary shapes the political discussion on healthcare; Cpl. Adam Kokesh speaks about his experience as a dissenting veteran against the war; Democrats threaten a contempt of Congress motion if the White House refuses to respond to subpoenas; China says rich countries give unfair critique of greenhouse gas emissions; a new Apollo program seeks to deliver detailed goals on climate change; EPA's tighter ozone limits remain lax compared to EPA's own expert reccomendations; revival of the Senate's immigration legislation also resurrects a split inside organized labor; only five percent of government subsidies given to black farmers in the Mississippi Delta; House reverses a ban on contraception aid to groups overseas; popular children's toy recalled due to lead in the paint; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at http://www.truthout.org

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"SiCKO": The Profits of Life and Death
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062207R.shtml
Michael Moore's documentary film, "SiCKO," focuses on the more than 250 million people who have insurance, but highlights those who are betrayed by it in their time of need. The horror of Moore's expose is not that health insurance companies are posting too much of a profit; it's that they are doing so at the expense of American lives. A coalition of nurses and doctors will co-host the film nationwide to promote bills in Congress that would fundamentally change the profit-based health system.

Truthout Speaks to Adam Kokesh
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062207S.shtml
Cpl. Adam Kokesh thought, when he received his discharge papers in November of 2006, that he was a civilian. Then he got a letter from the Marine Corps telling him he was under investigation for wearing a partial military uniform at a political rally. The day before the hearing, Truthout's Geoffrey Millard sat down with Kokesh.

White House Facing Contempt of Congress Charges
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062207T.shtml
House Judiciary Committee Democrats warned yesterday that they would pursue a contempt of Congress motion if the White House fails to respond to subpoenas for testimony and documents related to the firings of US attorneys last year.

China Says Exports Fuel Greenhouse Gas Emissions
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/062207EA.shtml
China said on Thursday it was unfair for rich countries to buy its cheap goods and then condemn its greenhouse gas pollution, a day after one study suggested the nation was already the world's biggest carbon dioxide emitter.

David Sokol | An Apollo Program for Climate Change
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/062207EB.shtml
"In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy committed the nation, by the end of that decade, to landing Americans on the moon and bringing them safely back to Earth," writes David Sokol. "Today, many political leaders say that climate change is the defining challenge of our generation. Unfortunately, they fail to provide Kennedy's understanding of what is required, much less the resources and leadership, to succeed," Sokol continues.

Critics Question EPA's Tighter Ozone Limits
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/062207EC.shtml
The Environmental Protection Agency offered tighter standards for ozone pollution for the first time since 1997, but critics said Thursday the proposal is more lax than what the EPA's own experts recommended.

Split in Labor Unions Over Immigration
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/062207LA.shtml
The revival of the Senate's immigration legislation also resurrected a rare split inside organized labor. The AFL-CIO formally came out against the bill Wednesday, reflecting the distaste among manufacturing unions and others whose members have been displaced by overseas competition and an influx of cheaper workers who don't have labor rights. Embracing the bill are a couple of unions that cater to workers in the fast-growing service sector of the economy.

A Slow Demise in the Delta
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/062207LB.shtml
>From 2001 to 2005, the federal government spent nearly $1.2 billion in agricultural subsidies to boost farmers' incomes and invigorate local economies in a poverty-stricken region of the Mississippi Delta. Most residents are black, but less than five percent of the money went to black farmers. Ninety-five percent of the money went to large, commercial farms, virtually all of which have white owners.

House Reverses Contraception-Aid Ban
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/062207WA.shtml
The House voted narrowly on Thursday to reverse a ban on contraception aid to groups overseas that offer abortions, a pillar of President Bush’s foreign aid policy. Mr. Bush is likely to veto the proposal, and the veto is likely to be upheld by conservative lawmakers.

Christian Warren | The Little Engine That Could Poison
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/062207HA.shtml
Last week, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that a toy maker, RC2 Corporation of Oak Brook, Illinois, was recalling some 1.5 million Thomas & Friends wooden railway toys because their bright red or yellow coatings contain lead.

VIDEO | Truthout Speaks to Adam Kokesh
By Geoffrey Millard, Lance Page and Scott Galindez
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062207R.shtml
Corporal Adam Kokesh thought, when he received his discharge papers in November of 2006, that he was a civilian. Then he got a letter from the Marine Corps telling him he was under investigation for wearing a partial military uniform at a political rally. On June 4, the United States Marine Corps Mobilization Command held a hearing in Kansas City, Missouri. The three-officer panel that presided over the hearing recommended a general discharge under honorable conditions for Kokesh, a step down from the honorable discharge he received last November. The day before the hearing, Truthout's Geoffrey Millard sat down with Kokesh.

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