Grades are slipping this last week. There was a lot of work done over the last week on health care reform. There was a great deal of discussion, but I am not sure on the progress. The health care industry promised to control costs over the next 10 years. This seems bogus to me. They have raised the rates on my employees health care between 8-16% EVERY YEAR over the last 10 years. So, how about a rollback? Not raising rates as much does not seem to be much of a compromise. I actually think that they realize that the jig is almost up, and they are trying to get some sympathy from the public as this debate starts. The health care insurance companies, drug industry, and health care corporations are the main source of the crisis and should not be at the table for this upcoming debate.
Other things that happened last week in the struggle to end poverty include:
- A town hall forum on the problems of debt and the problems in the credit card industry.
- A progress report was issued on the Stimulus dollars. This did not get much attention because only 6% of the funds are out the door. But the www.recovery.gov site has a lot of great data. They break up the funds by state or by agency, and everyone has the opportunity to see how their federal dollars are being used. It is actually interesting to see the large amount of funds being spent on bridges and roads compared to housing and health care. I like it, and for the policy wonks out there, it is a virtual schmorgaborg of information.
- $1 Billion was released for housing renovation at Public Housing last week.
- $1.79 Billion was released to help those living with AIDS be able to pay for medicine.
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