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The Republican Health Care Plan is an Attack on People Like Me


This article first appeared on The Progressive. How many Americans will be impacted by the GOP’s Obamacare repeal legislation, drafted under veils of secrecy? How many will suffer the consequences? Probably everyone. But the harshest impacts will be felt by those Americans who are already the most vulnerable. Individuals and families who need maternity care, Read More >>

As Medicaid Cuts Loom, Disability Advocates Fear the Worst


This article originally appeared on MLK50. For low-income people with disabilities, a straightforward mission like finding the right wheelchair can be a long-fought battle. More complex needs, such as acquiring home health care services, can take years — and lots of luck. At the Memphis Center for Independent Living, staff and volunteers work to give disabled clients the Read More >>

Facing a health care labyrinth


This article originally appeared on Albuquerque Journal. If the GOP-led House and Senate pass Donald Trump’s proposed budget that calls for slashing $800 billion from Medicaid, I am scared I will die. I know that is blunt, but I struggle to make ends meet and I have a pre-existing condition: cancer. I cannot afford the Read More >>

Grassroots Leaders, Politicians, the American People All Agree: It’s Time to Expand Social Security


Although the White House Conference on Aging is held only once every ten years, Monday’s event was a crucial time to address issues for older Americans, especially as they retire in unprecedented numbers. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative John Conyers (D-MI), as well as 72 members of Congress and 2.5 million Americans wrote a Read More >>

Social Security expansion: Something we can all agree on


Yesterday, Nancy J. Altman and Eric R. Kingson, authors of the new book “Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All,” joined AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler at the ALF-CIO headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. to speak about their book and answer questions from the audience. Altman Read More >>

Caregivers: Unrecognized Heroes


Though we don’t often think of it, we have all had caregivers, and we will all likely be a caregiver at one point or another in our lives. Caregivers are the men and women who care for a sick, disabled, injured, or aging parent, spouse, child, or other family member while still trying to balance Read More >>

President Obama Signs Executive Order to Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors


On February 12, President Obama signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal workers to $10.10 per hour. In his remarks before the signing, President Obama discussed how increasing wages would be good for the nation’s economy overall. “This will be good for America’s bottom line,” he said. “[Raising the minimum wage] Read More >>

Improving Social Security to Enhance Economic Security for Vulnerable Populations


With 82 percent of Americans in agreement that we must increase Social Security benefits even if it means raising taxes, why should we wait any longer to improve our Social Security system? The Center for Community Change in conjunction with the Older Women’s Economic Security Taskforce, a project of the National Council of Women’s Organizations, Read More >>