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Trump Has Effortlessly Put Human Rights In Jeopardy

I am not surprised in the slightest that Trump wasted no time in taking the preliminary steps to get rid of Obamacare, to build the wall along the Mexico - U.S. Border and to ban Muslims. It's exactly what he said he'd do throughout his entire campaign. In fact, I would have been shocked if he'd backed away from any of it, or even waited for the Obama's plane to take off for Palm Springs before getting started.
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Let's Meet Donald Trump's Presidential Team

I'm just going to come right out and say it: I think Americans have a lot to be concerned about unless, among other things, they don't care about their freedom to choose and their basic human rights. Have you been paying attention to Donald Trump's nominees? Do you know what they believe in and stand for? I have been keeping up with his picks and their platforms. And let me tell you, unless I was an affluent, white, heterosexual, conservative Christian man, I'd be more than a little nervous.
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Obamacare FTW

Manuel Camacho doesn't have many flattering words for Obamacare. "Ridiculous," the New Jersey resident says. "A headache," he says. "We were pretty much forced to get it...
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Canada and America Are Both Guilty of Rationing Healthcare

Yes, we do ration healthcare in America. It's just that those affected the most are those who have the least income. In America, we have become oddly blasé about income inequality and its consequences, increasingly willing to let those without simply do without. But the mere hint that a needs -- or evidence-based -- process might be used to allocate scarce or high-priced healthcare raises an outcry from those accustomed to getting what they want, when they want it.
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Bragging to America Won't Fix Canadian Health Care

A recent testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee by Dr. Danielle Martin, former head of the Canadian Doctors for Medicare, has given Canadians the chance to indulge in what may be a favourite pastime -- criticizing the American health care system. While the American health care system has some important shortcomings, the same holds true for Canada's. Inordinately long wait times, medical resource shortages, and ballooning healthcare costs have become defining characteristics of healthcare in our country -- and denigrating the American approach will not fix those problems.
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How Obamacare Is Courting Muslims

One of the most interesting movements is led by the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Interim Liaison to Muslim American and Arab American communities, Rumana A. Ahmed who has set her sights to ensure that brand awareness of Obamacare is reaching the various Muslim communities at a neighbourhood level, across the United States.
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What I Learned After Waiting 10 Hours In The ER

I feel our health care workers and health care system is doing the best it can with the limited resources and support services they have. I am not sure what the solutions are but I feel the status quo is not working. I have been thinking about my experience in the hospital emergency room for a while. How can the system improve so the services are there in a timely and efficient manner when the people need them?
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Canadian Start Up Takes Aim At Medical Debt

If being sick doesn't kill you, the medical bills might. Imagine getting better and being bankrupted for it. Facing the prospect of financially devastating medical bills is a reality many Americans know isn't going away. But a newly announced partnership between B.C. startup FundRazr and leading US provider of healthcare information Healthline.com may just save them from financial ruin.
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When Important Websites Crash

The IT and software development companies responsible for the healthcare website are probably neck deep in trouble and pulling all-nighters to get it back up and working at an acceptable level. People think it should all work perfectly. I would be happy to debate that bugs, crashes, delays and hacks are in fact not mistakes but rather a healthy and normal part of a truly functioning technology.

Republicans Are Like Toddlers

Government shutdown? You can blame Obama. Sure. Many people do. There's a whole meme about it that I see daily. Thanks, Obama. You can blame the Affordable Care Act. That nasty bill that provides wome...
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COULD LAST WEEKS

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama brought congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday for the first time since a partial government shutdown began, but there was no sign of progress toward...
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UNPLUGGED

WASHINGTON - Congress hung "Closed" signs on a big swath of the government Tuesday and sent home 800,000 workers in what President Barack Obama labeled an "ideological crusade" by the GOP. On Capitol...
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SHUTDOWN LOOMING

WASHINGTON - The White House budget office has directed federal agencies to shut down, lacking funding from Congres
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Obama Threatens To Veto GOP Plan

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama ramped up pressure on Republicans Monday to avoid a post-midnight government shutdown, saying that failure to pass a short-term spending measure to keep agencies op...
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Can This Friendship be Saved?

The two best kept secrets in Washington are the degree to which Canadians have been rooting for a post-election American economic turnaround, and the extent to which that turnaround is dependent on removing the barriers to trade with the United States largest export market, Canada. Will Obama lead America there?

Romney Gate - Closing Out The World

As a younger woman, I stood beneath the arch on countless occasions at the height of the Cold War. It was a time when there were far fewer allied nations and as a Canadian teen I knew my closest allies were those I could reach through the arch to connect with. In 1984 the Americans were not just my neighbors, they were my family in every sense of the word. Suddenly, it's 28 years later. You find yourself in 2012 in the midst of the US election and you realize, with shock and awe that the gate is closing - not because of economics or war or terrorist threat or because a guard is standing at the border locking the gate in front of you - but in the name of blind adherence to ideology.