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The Economist: A special edition on our coronavirus coverage

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 luglio 2021

Welcome to our weekly newsletter highlighting the best of The Economist’s coverage of the and its effects. Our Briefing this week focuses on how covid-19 has disrupted education on a scale never seen before. By mid-April 2020 more than 90% of the world’s students had been locked out of classrooms. Closures have lasted months, harming children’s learning, safety and well-being. But as youngsters in rich countries return to their classrooms, reformers hope the shock will lead to changes that will make schools more efficient, flexible and fair. In a Leader, we argue that closing the world’s schools caused children great harm—and that they will need help to catch up on lost learning. Covid-19 has stymied governments’ efforts to collect data about their citizens. But the pandemic may spur innovation, too, as national statistics offices have had to adapt to the pandemic.After a stumbling start, the European Union is vaccinating at a fast pace. Current trends suggest it will in the next month overtake America in jabs administered per person.America’s labour market is tighter than it has been in years—workers are quitting jobs at rates not seen this century. It is a subtle indication of optimism about the economy.The first covid-19 vaccines came from rapid innovation and have already saved millions of lives. What new technologies are in the pipeline? On “The Jab”, our weekly vaccine podcast, we look ahead to the next generation of inoculations.Finding reliable and clear information about covid-19 can be tricky, but The Economist’s writers have been answering some of the biggest questions since the early days of the pandemic. We have pulled together a selection of our explanatory articles on the virus and the vaccines.In a “By invitation” article, Alison Gopnik, a cognitive psychologist, argues that one lesson from lockdowns could be a revolution leading to caregivers being valued properly. Showing more respect for such care, she thinks, could lead to a new political agenda that bypasses the usual ideological divisions. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief font: The Economist

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The Economist this week: A special edition on our coronavirus coverage

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 giugno 2021

Welcome to our weekly newsletter highlighting the best of The Economist’s coverage of the pandemic and its effects. At last Europe’s vaccination campaign has gathered pace, with supply bottlenecks starting to ease. Eastern Europe, however, still lags behind. In Britain, Boris Johnson has said he is “absolutely determined” that no school child should be held back because of the educational disruptions caused by covid-19. However, this week his “education-recovery commissioner” resigned because of a lack of ministerial determination. Sir Kevan Collins, a widely-respected former teacher, was trying to convince the government to support a package of measures costing around £15bn ($20bn) over three years. He stepped down hours after it was announced that the government’s proposed budget for school catch-up programmes would be around £3bn ($4.2bn). In the United States, new research suggests that Hispanic Americans are most vulnerable to covid-19. Researchers still do not understand why.In its latest Economic Outlook, the OECD argues that economies are likely to diverge, as some (America and China) recover from the pandemic faster than others (many poor countries). Covid-19 has also struck different sectors differently: tech and pharmaceutical firms prospered; transport and energy firms suffered. Our data journalists find that covid-19 deaths in Wuhan seem far higher than the official count. Partial data suggest that the city’s initial outbreak may have been two or three times worse than reported by Chinese officials.On “The Jab”, our podcast reporting from the sharp end of the vaccination race, we look at how scientists are trying to understand the best way to administer jabs. Can mixing vaccine types boost immunity to the coronavirus? What is the best interval between doses? And should children be jabbed? Airborne transmission is one of the main ways in which the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads—so why has it taken so long to be officially recognised? We investigate on our science podcast, “Babbage”.In our sister magazine, 1843, Shreevatsa Nevatia writes that covid-19 has exposed the great fiction of middle-class life in India: domestic staff are part of the family. Now he sees that that was a lie. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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The Economist: A special edition on our coronavirus coverage

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 26 aprile 2021

Our cover in Asia tells the grim story of covid-19 in India, which is struggling with a catastrophic second wave. Until March, India was recording barely 13,000 new covid-19 cases a day, fewer than Germany or France and a drop in the ocean for a nation of 1.4bn. By late last month, however, it was rocketing. On April 21st India clocked 315,000 new positive tests, above even the biggest daily rise recorded in America, the only other country to report such highs. A return of the virus was inevitable, but the government’s distraction and complacency have amplified the surge. (We also cover the story in our daily podcast, “The Intelligence”).In the Netherlands, the state is funding pilot programmes to explore whether rapid testing of patrons for covid-19 can allow reopening of restaurants, museums, cultural events and the like. The budget is huge: €1.1bn ($1.3bn) through August, more than 0.1% of GDP. But critics say the experiments are so flawed that they may prove useless. In Africa, vaccination is off to a slow start. Just 6m doses have been administered in sub-Saharan Africa, fewer than in New Jersey. Just 1% of African adults have received a first jab, versus a global average of 13%. Scant supply is the biggest problem, but not the only one.Meanwhile, Latin American athletes are jumping the queue for vaccines: on April 13th Lionel Messi helped to score 50,000 vaccines for Conmebol, the South American football confederation, after sending three signed shirts to Sinovac, a Chinese pharmaceutical company. American export controls on raw materials and equipment threaten to hinder global vaccine production. Production lines in India, turning out at least 160m doses of covid vaccine a month, will soon grind to a halt unless America supplies 37 critical items.Our “Free exchange” columnist considers how to think about vaccines and patents during a pandemic—do public-health crises call for a departure from the rules? We explore the issue further in a pair of “By Invitation” articles, in which economists and business leaders make their arguments for and against suspending intellectual property rights on medical products related to covid-19.On “The Jab”, our podcast reporting from the sharp end of the vaccination race, we turn our attention to Europe. The continent is suffering a third wave of covid-19 after the European Commission’s vaccine roll-out stalled. France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, has said Europe “lacked ambition” in its vaccine efforts. How can European countries catch up?Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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The Economist’s best coverage of the pandemic and its effects

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 aprile 2021

Johnson & Johnson’s covid-19 vaccine is the latest to suffer a setback. On April 13th American health authorities paused its use to investigate six cases of unusual blood clots in people who had received the jab, after more than 6m doses were administered. European countries halted the jab too. The jury is still out on whether these blood clots are linked to the Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine but the same rare condition was linked to AstraZeneca’s covid-19 vaccine a week earlier, which suggests that could be the case. Both jabs use a modified adenovirus, though a different one is involved in each.On “The Jab”, our podcast reporting from the sharp end of the vaccination race, we investigate vaccine hesitancy in America. The country is close to delivering jabs to almost all who want them—unfortunately, only seven in ten Americans are interested. In the United States section, we focus on white evangelicals, a community that seems particularly set against the idea of taking covid jabs, and consider the kinds of messaging might be used to persuade the sceptics.Vermont, America’s second-whitest state (after Maine) has made all non-white residents, and those in their households, eligible for the vaccine. The move has raised some legal concerns, but proponents defend it on public-health grounds, since non-white Americans have suffered disproportionately from covid-19. The vaccine roll-out in Hong Kong has become highly politicised. China is pressing Hong Kongers to accept a Chinese vaccine, but many there would prefer a better one. In the Graphic detail section, we delve into the latest clinical and real world trial results for China’s CoronaVac vaccine, developed by Sinovac Biotech. The numbers show that the vaccine underperforms, with efficacy rates that range from 83% to a little over 50%. Not as impressive as the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which cut the risk of catching covid-19 by more than 90%. On our science podcast, “Babbage”, we investigate one of the covid-19 pandemic’s most compelling mysteries—where did SARS-CoV-2 virus come from? By Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief font: The Economist

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The Economist: Our coverage of the coronavirus

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 15 marzo 2021

A year ago this week the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the covid-19 outbreak to be a pandemic. Our data team has been closely following the course of the disease and its toll from the start, producing a range of trackers and interactive charts to keep us informed about how covid-19 has spread, how many people have died (and where) and how well vaccination programmes are faring worldwide. This week the team launched its latest and most ambitious project—the covid mortality risk estimator. Though covid-19 threatens everyone, its highest risks are concentrated among particular groups of people. For any group of unvaccinated people of a given age, sex and mix of other illnesses, the data team’s new tool can estimate the proportion that will be hospitalised or die within 30 days of a covid-19 diagnosis. You can interact with the data here.In the Asia section, we look at a conundrum in India: the country seems to have suffered surprisingly few deaths from covid-19. What explains its apparent success?It is well-established that, among rich nations, Europe is a laggard in its vaccination roll-out. A protracted swell of cases is highlighting the continent’s problems.In the Science and technology section, we look at the potential for vaccine passports to start getting life back on track in countries where jabs have become widespread. Though identity schemes such as vaccine passports do have a part to play in the return to life as normal, we argue it will be only modest.On the first anniversary of the WHO’s declaration of a pandemic, our “Babbage” podcast looks at the lessons the world has learned. And on “The Jab”, we discuss how clinical trials for vaccines work and give you a guide on how to interpret the numbers flowing out of them. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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The Economist this week: Our coverage of the coronavirus

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 gennaio 2021

Welcome to the newsletter highlighting The Economist’s best writing on the pandemic and its effects. We have two covers this week. In our UK and European editions, we ask what Britain’s place in the world should be now that it has completed its divorce from the European Union. In our Americas and Asian editions we report on China’s world-beating approach to e-commerce, which we think is set to become a global model. Our coverage of the pandemic focuses on two fast-spreading new variants of the coronavirus and their implications for public health: British approval for the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine could hardly have come at a more desperate time. We report on Argentina’s adoption of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, which is bedevilled by politics, we review an early crop of books on covid-19 and we ask whether American jobs lost to the pandemic will return. Our tracker illustrates the spread of covid-19 around the world in the past year, as well as the latest estimates of deaths and cases in each continent and country.We are covering the pandemic in Economist Radio and Economist Films, too. On January 1st, “Checks and Balance”, our podcast on American politics, will be about the toll the coronavirus has taken on New York and on how the city can recover.It has been a punishing year. As we celebrate the start of 2021, let us hope that it will be when covid-19 is finally conquered. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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The Economist this week: Our coverage of the coronavirus

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 dicembre 2020

The Economist’s best writing on the pandemic and its effects. The end of 2020 brings an opportunity to reflect on this once-in-a-century event, which will be remembered as a moment when everything changed. However, this is also a time to look forward and consider what to expect from year two of the pandemic. The basics may be the same, but vaccines and cheap, rapid tests should make a difference as the world continues to adapt to living with the virus. Certainly the next 12 months will see difficult political and public debates about who should be first to receive the vaccines and who can wait. We also invite you to read some of the stories that generated the most page views on our website and app during 2020. In our “By Invitation” series of articles Bill Gates predicted how future pandemics would be fought, while Nicholas Christakis explained why the latest coronavirus required a different response to previous ones. We described the anatomy of a killer virus in one of our first Briefings on covid-19, outlined how lockdowns would leave behind a “90% economy” and considered the real lessons from the approach to lockdowns in liberty-loving Sweden. If you have digital access as part of your subscription, do make sure you have activated it. This will enable you to read the digital version of the newspaper as well as all of our daily journalism, both now and throughout 2021. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief

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Our coverage of the new coronavirus

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 agosto 2020

The Economist’s best writing on the pandemic. Our cover this week highlights the nature of viruses, life stripped down to its essentials of information and reproduction. Viruses have caused a litany of modern pandemics, from covid-19 to the influenza outbreak in 1918-20. However, the influence of viruses on life on Earth goes far beyond the tragedies of a single species. Recent research shows how viruses have shaped the evolution of organisms of all types since the very beginnings of life. For humanity they present a heady mix of threat and opportunity.As well as a six-page essay about viruses and their profound effect on creation, our coverage of the pandemic this week includes a detailed report on the many baffling chronic complications of contracting covid-19. Our sister publication, 1843, looks at what the history of the elevator reveals about social distancing. We have stories from Iran, about the failure to control crowds of worshippers during an important religious festival, and Britain, where the government has launched a shake-up of the health bureaucracy at a tricky moment. And our economists calculate the astonishingly high financial return to society from people wearing a mask.Our mortality tracker uses the gap between the total number of people who have died from any cause and the historical average for the time of year to estimate how many deaths from the virus the official statistics are failing to pick up.
We have also been focusing on covid-19 in Economist Radio and Economist Films. This week we feature a wide-ranging interview with Bill Gates, in which he shares his predictions for how and when the pandemic might end.As the summer draws on, I hope you are finding our covid-19 coverage useful and stimulating. By Zanny Minton Beddoes
Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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Welcome to the newsletter highlighting The Economist’s best pandemic coverage

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 Maggio 2020

“Our cover this week looks at what to expect from life after lockdowns. What we call the 90% economy will be missing large chunks of everyday life—at least until a vaccine or a treatment is found. People are weighed down by financial hardship and the fear of a second wave of covid-19. Businesses are short of money. The unemployed could face a lost decade.Our coverage of the disease this week sleuths into the genetic origins of the virus. SARS-CoV-2 almost certainly travelled from a bat to a person via an animal in the wet market in Wuhan—but it could conceivably have escaped from one of the town’s biological laboratories. We estimate how many years victims lose to covid-19 and weigh up the costs and benefits of closing schools. We look at the immune system, China’s determination to stamp out the disease and how nicotine may affect the rate of infection by competing with the virus to bind with human cells.We also have a mortality tracker, which uses the gap between the total number of people who died from any cause and the historical average for the time of year to estimate how many deaths from covid-19 the official statistics are failing to pick up.We have been focusing on the pandemic in Economist radio and Economist films, too. In Babbage, our science podcast, Pascal Soriot, chief executive of the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, talks about potential treatments. We ask whether people who have recovered from covid-19 can catch it a second time. And Sonja Lyubomirsky, of the University of California, Riverside, tells us how acts of kindness can boost the immune system. For those of us chafing under lockdown, perhaps her words will offer some encouragement”. (by Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief)

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The Economist this week: Our coverage of the new coronavirus

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 aprile 2020

Welcome to the newsletter highlighting The Economist’s best coverage of covid-19. Our cover leader this week asks whether China will be the pandemic’s big geopolitical winner. After a disastrous cover-up, China has brought the number of newly reported cases to a virtual halt. Factories there are reopening and researchers testing potential vaccines. By comparison Britain, France, Spain, Italy and America look as if they are struggling. Some warn that the disease will be remembered not only as a human catastrophe, but also as a geopolitical turning-point away from the West. Are they right?Our covid-19 coverage in this week’s issue reports on the race for a vaccine—and the challenge of making it in sufficient quantities. We examine plans to relax lockdowns and look at how apps might make the job easier. We describe how South Africa is drawing on its bitter experience with HIV/AIDS. Our science team asks you not to blame the bats and our Middle East specialists report on the anti-covid-19 quack remedies doing the rounds in Iran: please don’t try them at home.We have also been focusing on the disease in Economist Radio and in Economist Films. In our science podcast, Babbage, this week we delve further into the global search for a vaccine. We speak to Dr Seth Berkley, the chief executive of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance. And Dr Trevor Drew of the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness tells about two trials that have reached the animal-testing stage.I hope you enjoy this taste of our coverage of the new coronavirus. For more reporting of how it is touching almost every part of our lives–from Brazilian soap operas to corporate fraudsters–please visit our website. (by Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief)

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Aramark to Provide Full Tuition Coverage of College Degrees for Hourly Associates Across the U.S.

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 luglio 2019

Aramark (NYSE:ARMK), a global leader in food, facilities management and uniforms, announced today that it will provide the opportunity for eligible hourly associates in the U.S. to receive full tuition coverage for college degrees, through InStride, the first global learning services enterprise designed specifically to connect prominent employers to leading universities, including Arizona State University.The Aramark Frontline Education Program is part of a $90 million investment the company made in its employees earlier this year that also includes targeted wage and benefit increases, as well as additional training and development.“Our mission to Enrich and Nourish Lives means we have a responsibility to help our employees achieve their full potential and lead fulfilling lives,” said Eric J. Foss, Aramark’s Chairman, President and CEO. “Education is key to making that happen and we are proud to provide this learning pathway to our dedicated frontline team members who want to advance their education and grow their careers.”Eligible Aramark associates will be able to earn their degrees from high-quality universities, including ASU, one of the top-ranked online degree programs in the country. The application process will begin in October 2019 with enrollment for the spring 2020 semester.“Aramark and its leadership team recognize the tremendous impact of providing their employees an opportunity to advance their education,” said Vivek Sharma, CEO of InStride. “We are thrilled to partner with Aramark and excited to offer their employees the ability to pursue their dreams of a life-changing, debt-free degree from the highest-quality universities.” Aramark employs 130,000 frontline employees in the U.S. who proudly serve the company’s customers and clients as chefs, cashiers, stadium hawkers, servers, route drivers, custodians and in many others roles in schools and universities, hospitals, sports venues, on delivery routes and in businesses of all kinds.

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Caravan coverage plays into Trump’s hands

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 25 ottobre 2018

By Pete Vernon. As President Trump works to highlight immigration concerns ahead of the midterm elections, he’s found willing media partners. For days, Trump has stoked alarm about “the caravan,” a group of Central American migrants making their way northward. Relying on the sort of racial fear-mongering that was a feature of his 2016 campaign, Trump on Monday baselessly claimed that “unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in” with the group.The idea that the caravan was being used by Middle Eastern terrorists to camouflage their passage to the US began spreading on right-wing blogs last week, and made its way to Fox News on Monday morning. During a Fox & Friends segment on the caravan, Pete Hegseth claimed that “100 ISIS fighters” had been captured in Guatemala; a couple of hours later, Trump tweeted about it. Reporters who have been travelling with the migrants refuted the claim, and by Monday afternoon, it fell to Fox’s Shepard Smith to clarify that “Fox News knows of no evidence to suggest the president is accurate on that matter. And the president has offered no evidence to support what he has said.”Over the past several days, the caravan story has received considerable coverage on Fox News and conservative radio shows, helping disseminate—and in some cases driving—Trump’s message. But coverage from other news organizations has also played into the narrative Trump and Republicans hope to push. The AP referred to “a ragged, growing army of migrants” in a since-deleted tweet and nearly all outlets are giving the story outsized attention, once again allowing Trump to act as the media’s assignment editor.“The exodus of migrants walking through Mexico is, no doubt, a real story,” writes The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan. “It’s just not the same story that much of the American news media is incredulously—at times hysterically—telling.” Citing some of that hysterical reporting, Sullivan argues that the focus on the story is “a wonderful pre-midterms gift to President Trump.”The actual caravan is made up of several thousand migrants, mostly from Honduras, who are currently making their way through southern Mexico. The LA Times’s Patrick J. McDonnell and Katie Linthicum report that the migrants they spoke with on the ground “expressed little awareness of US politics, and insisted that they were only trying to escape violence, corruption and poverty.” The reality of the situation hasn’t stopped Trump and some of his media allies from twisting the story to fit their own agenda. The focus on immigration, write The New York Times’s Alexander Burns and Astead W. Herndon, is “an escalation of Mr. Trump’s efforts to stoke fears about foreigners and crime ahead of the Nov. 6 vote.” Issues of race and immigration formed the backbone of Trump’s appeals to voters during his presidential run and since taking office. With midterm voting just two weeks away, the president appears intent on pushing those topics into the spotlight. The plight of migrants seeking refuge from violence and poverty demands coverage, but news outlets don’t have to frame that reporting on Trump’s terms. (font: CJR Editors)

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The media today: Midterm coverage beyond Trump

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 ottobre 2018

By Pete Vernon. After the 2016 contest for the presidency, when many media outlets missed the rise of Donald Trump, they were left grasping for explanations. There had been too much focus on the horse race, not enough coverage of people on the ground, a fundamental misunderstanding of what polls actually say. All were seen as missteps. Now, less than three weeks out from the midterm elections, it’s hard to quantify whether there has been any meaningful shift from empty prognosticating, though news outlets are talking a good game about having learned from the past.For CJR, David Uberti notes that some newsrooms that got Trump’s election spectacularly wrong have done away with their numerical projections entirely. Others have taken steps to tell their audience understand what the numbers mean. “As news organizations rev up their coverage for midterm elections, the credibility of polling analysis is back on the line,” Uberti writes. “And the question of how to predict what might happen looms ever larger given the political stakes, leaving prognosticators to reconsider how they frame predictions for laypeople—if they produce them at all.”The midterms have been cast as a referendum on President Trump, but competitions for Senate and House seats are inherently local competitions. Ahead of November 6, CJR invited writers from around the country to spotlight stories that deserve closer scrutiny in their states. The subjects that the writers chose varied from coal to racial divides to voter suppression, and several dispatches lamented the dwindling resources of local news outlets.
From Montana, Anne Helen Petersen writes that the local press “simply lacks the resources or wherewithal to pursue the larger issues, institutions, and money-flows in depth.” The state’s lone congressional seat is held by Republican Greg Gianforte, who assaulted a reporter on the eve of his special election in the spring of 2017. “How do you cover a candidate whose antagonism towards the press includes physical abuse?” Petersen wonders.
Kris Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas, is running for governor there. Kobach, a Republican who led President Trump’s voting fraud panel (since disbanded), has turned Kansas into the “epicenter of a national voter-suppression crisis,” Sarah Smarsh reports. “Readers, viewers and listeners deserve to understand the forces that might compromise the power of their ballots, from gerrymandering to unlawful purging of voter rolls,” she writes. “With pivotal midterm races across the country, no election coverage—in Kansas, and beyond—is complete without deep investigations into the voting process.”
And in Virginia, journalists are dealing with how to report on the racial demagoguery spouted by Corey Stewart, a Republican candidate for senate who has been abandoned by leading officials in his own party. “The press and public,” Elizabeth Catte writes, are “putting lessons learned covering Trump, about being less reactionary in news production and consumption, in practice.” Trump’s dominance of national news storylines and his desire to inject his role into hundreds of local races mean that midterm voters may be thinking more nationally than in years past. But as CJR’s dispatches from around the country show, there are plenty of local and regional concerns that deserve coverage, too. (font: CJR Editors)

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Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 18 gennaio 2012

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U.S.A.: Congress passed health care reform

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 marzo 2010

Letter to editor. Riccardo For the first time in our nation’s history, Congress has passed comprehensive health care reform. America waited a hundred years and fought for decades to reach this moment. Tonight, thanks to you, we are finally here. Consider the staggering scope of what you have just accomplished: Because of you, every American will finally be guaranteed high quality, affordable health care coverage. Every American will be covered under the toughest patient protections in history. Arbitrary premium hikes, insurance cancellations, and discrimination against pre-existing conditions will now be gone forever. And we’ll finally start reducing the cost of care — creating millions of jobs, preventing families and businesses from plunging into bankruptcy, and removing over a trillion dollars of debt from the backs of our children. But the victory that matters most tonight goes beyond the laws and far past the numbers. It is the peace of mind enjoyed by every American, no longer one injury or illness away from catastrophe. It is the workers and entrepreneurs who are now freed to pursue their slice of the American dream without fear of losing coverage or facing a crippling bill. And it is the immeasurable joy of families in every part of this great nation, living happier, healthier lives together because they can finally receive the vital care they need. This is what change looks like. My gratitude tonight is profound. I am thankful for those in past generations whose heroic efforts brought this great goal within reach for our times. I am thankful for the members of Congress whose months of effort and brave votes made it possible to take this final step. But most of all, I am thankful for you. This day is not the end of this journey. Much hard work remains, and we have a solemn responsibility to do it right. But we can face that work together with the confidence of those who have moved mountains. Our journey began three years ago, driven by a shared belief that fundamental change is indeed still possible. We have worked hard together every day since to deliver on that belief. We have shared moments of tremendous hope, and we’ve faced setbacks and doubt. We have all been forced to ask if our politics had simply become too polarized and too short-sighted to meet the pressing challenges of our time. This struggle became a test of whether the American people could still rally together when the cause was right — and actually create the change we believe in. Tonight, thanks to your mighty efforts, the answer is indisputable: Yes we can. Thank you, (President Barack Obama)

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Health insurance reform

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 agosto 2009

Anyone that’s watched the news in the past few days knows that health insurance reform is a hot topic — and that rumors and scare tactics have only increased as more people engage with the issue. Given a lot of the outrageous claims floating around, it’s time to make sure everyone knows the facts about the security and stability you get with health insurance reform.  We knew going into this effort that accomplishing comprehensive health insurance reform wasn’t going to be easy. Achieving real change never is. The entrenched interests that benefit from the status quo always use their influence in Washington to try and keep things just as they are.  But don’t be misled. We know the status quo is unsustainable. If we do nothing, millions more Americans will be denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions, or see their coverage suddenly dropped if they become seriously ill. Out-of-pocket expenses will continue to soar, and more and more families and businesses will be forced to deal with health insurance costs they can’t afford.  That’s the reality.  Americans deserve better. You deserve a health care system that works as well for you as it does for the status quo; one you can depend on — that won’t deny you coverage when you need it most or charge you crippling out-of-pocket co-pays. Health insurance reform means guaranteeing the health care security and stability you deserve.  President Barack Obama promised he’d bring change to Washington and fix our broken, unsustainable health insurance system. You can help deliver that change. Visit WhiteHouse.gov/RealityCheck, get the facts and spread the truth. The stakes are just too high to do nothing. (David Axelrod)

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Letter from Barack Obama

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 luglio 2009

Dear Friend,  If you’re like most Americans, there’s nothing more important to you about health care than peace of mind.  Given the status quo, that’s understandable. The current system often denies insurance due to pre-existing conditions, charges steep out-of-pocket fees – and sometimes isn’t there at all if you become seriously ill.  It’s time to fix our unsustainable insurance system and create a new foundation for health care security. That means guaranteeing your health care security and stability with eight basic consumer protections:  No discrimination for pre-existing conditions No exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses, deductibles or co-pays No cost-sharing for preventive care No dropping of coverage if you become seriously ill No gender discrimination No annual or lifetime caps on coverage Extended coverage for young adults  Guaranteed insurance renewal so long as premiums are paid  Over the next month there is going to be an avalanche of misinformation and scare tactics from those seeking to perpetuate the status quo. But we know the cost of doing nothing is too high. Health care costs will double over the next decade, millions more will become uninsured, and state and local governments will go bankrupt.  It’s time to act and reform health insurance, drive down costs and guarantee the health care security and stability of every American family. Thank you, (Barack Obama)

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