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Are Peoples’ Services a Prelude to Peoples’ Empowerment for the Poor?

Managua         The Organizer’s Forum in Nicaragua will start with a bang on its first full day with a meeting with the head of the informal workers’ union followed by a visit with a representative of the Nicaraguan cooperative movement. Waking up early it was still sprinkling after more than a dozen hours of intermittently hard [...]

Coming Healthcare Dilemma: High Deductibles and Short Turnaround for Coming Year

Montreal          Having felt like a voice in the wilderness raging at these high deductible plans that through some kind of loophole or chicanery have managed to be seen as qualified and acceptable under the Affordable Care Act in the US, it’s absolutely no comfort to stumble onto news’ reports that acknowledge that this has largely [...]

Continuing Confusion on Companies and Affordable Care: Walmart Example

New Orleans            Reading continuing reports on the number of people seeking coverage directly in the marketplace or through their employers under the Affordable Care Act makes it clear in many fundamental ways, people still don’t get some of the dimensions of the healthcare contradictions.  Nothing made the case for this argument more conclusively than a [...]

Too Much Data in Too Many Hands for Both Good and Evil

New Orleans      An observation decades ago always stuck with me. It was a comparison of Americans and people who live elsewhere. The point made by the author, whose name fittingly has long ago left me, is that we have too much information at hand and too little ability to process it. Ironically, that was then, [...]

French Fudging May Point to Coming Business Loopholes in US on Employer Mandates

New Orleans     The headline in the Times spoke of “the 49ers of France,” conjuring up images of the 49ers of California Gold Rush fame, drawing me in completely. These 49ers though were small business owners who moved heaven and earth to not allow their businesses to reach 50 employees which would in the Times’ words, “unleash nearly three dozen French labor [...]

Taking the Affordable Out of the Affordable Care Act

Shreveport          Two different federal appeals courts, one in the notoriously Republican-dominated, 2nd Circuit in Washington, DC, and the other a bit more mainstream in Richmond, Virginia came down with contradictory decisions on whether or not the Affordable Care Act allows subsidies to be given in the 36 states where Governors and state legislators have stood [...]