Residents of a village in Vietnam’s Central Highlands have been separated from the civilized world as the neighborhood sits atop a 1,000 meter high mountain. They have no access to concrete roads, electricity, education and healthcare, and their names are never registered in the government’s books. Locals name their isolated village Cheng Leng after the mountain Plei Cheng Leng which generously embraced it. The mountain, situated at the junction of the borderlines of Chu Se, Phu Thien and Mang Yang districts in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, is the habitat of the Jarai people, one of the 54 ethnic minority groups of Vietnam. Tough life Inside her traditional-style stilt house roofed with iron sheets which was burning under the overwhelming sun of the Central Highlands, Rmah Kam, an old Jarai grandma, was busy moving back and forth. She was cooking lunch for her two grandchildren, who would be left in her care whenever their parents go to work on the field deep … [Read more...] about Abandoned village atop Vietnamese mount, where power, education, healthcare are a luxury
The House of Representatives gave initial legislative approval early Thursday morning to a bill that would enshrine key elements of the Affordable Care Act into state law.House Bill 5210, which now moves to the Senate for consideration, codifies benefits related to women’s preventive services into state statute. The bill also includes a provision that would allow for a 12-month supply of birth control to be dispensed at one time, with physician’s approval.Those services already mandated under the federal healthcare overhaul known as Obamacare, but women’s health advocates fear they could be rescinded by the Trump administration. Several other states, including California, have adopted similar laws.Sarah Croucher, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, praised the House, which passed the bill on a vote of 114 to 32.“Before the Affordable Care Act, many women struggled to get adequate coverage for reproductive healthcare and to afford birth … [Read more...] about Advocates for Women’s Health Laud House Passage of Healthcare Bill
On Saturday afternoon, activists, politicians, and local residents gathered at a baptist church in South Dade to hear about an unlikely Miami subject — Medicare for all — from even less likely local political faction: the Democratic Socialists.The motley group formed in 2017, as part of a wave of post-Trump leftists organizing across the country, but there can't be many cities where their message is a harder sell than the 305, where “socialism” still borders on swear word among waves of Cuban exiles and baby-boomer retirees with fresh memories of the Cold War. But the group's leaders argue that if people can look past the labels, their message should resonate among Democrats in a city where health care costs are spiraling out of control — and where the GOP's goal of ending Obamacare could leave hundreds of thousands without any coverage at all. "Healthcare shouldn't be merely 'affordable,'" says Charles Allen, an active member of the Miami … [Read more...] about Can Local Socialists Sell Florida Democrats on Universal Healthcare?
St. James’s Hospital is in my constituency. It’s a place that means a lot to me. I was born there. Along with family and friends I’ve benefited from it ever since. I was concerned when committed NHS staff who work there got in touch about plans to set up a private company to employ NHS staff.They asked me to back their campaign against these plans, which will create a two-tier workforce as new staff coming into the service start on worse pay and conditions than existing staff. I didn’t need asking twice. Hardworking NHS staff in Leeds deserve better than zero-hours contracts and inferior pay and pensions. And NHS patients deserve better than an NHS staffed on the cheap.To get technical for a moment, one of the reasons NHS Trusts want to set up separate companies to employ staff is a loophole which allows these companies to claim back VAT – something NHS Trusts aren’t allowed to do. The Government should close this tax loophole. I’m proud that … [Read more...] about Leeds MP Richard Burgon: We must reverse the drift towards US-style healthcare
A proposal to convert an old fire station into a charitable clinic, offering free healthcare to the uninsured, is drawing backlash from neighbors in Wimauma. "I just feel like they're shoving something down our throats that we do not want," said Barbara McGuire. Some people who live off the 1100 block of 7th Street demand the clinic go somewhere else. "Anger. Dissatisfied. Felt unsafe," said Lissette Velazquez. Velazquez supports the clinic's mission, but not in her community. "90% of the residents here do not benefit from it," said McGuire. "We all have health insurance, we all pay for health insurance."Several dozen showed their support for the La Esperanza Free and Charitable Clinic Monday night at Reddick Elementary School. "It's a place where you can get hope," said Astrid Eure, a longtime volunteer with the clinic. "Imagine you getting sick and not having a place to go."Catholic Charities currently operates a free healthcare clinic out of a mobile … [Read more...] about Plan to convert fire station into healthcare clinic draws backlash from neighbors