It's Been a While

My last post was in May. Since then, this happened.

Trump expanded the global gag rule, preventing American dollars from going to international health organizations that discuss, let alone provide, abortions.

Congress failed to pass health care reform legislation after some Republicans decided the bills were too cruel. Or, in the case of Rand Paul, not cruel enough.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price stepped down after abusing the public trust and wasting public dollars on private jet travel.

Trump put an end to cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments that help keep premiums low on the individual insurance market, where every plan must cover essential benefits.

Speaking of essential benefits, Trump moved to allow health insurance products that do not cover essential benefits and are, therefore, cheaper. And worse. And will undermine the individual insurance exchange by furthering adverse selection.

Congress missed the deadline to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program.

North Korea.

58 people were killed and hundreds more injured in Las Vegas in the largest mass shooting in modern American history. Thousands more Americans were killed by guns without making headlines, the majority of them suicides. Responding to overwhelming public opinion, Congress moved swiftly to pass common-sense gun control legislation. Nope. That didn't happen.

Trump put a deadline on DACA.

A bevy of powerful and destructive hurricanes struck the Caribbean and the US. Meanwhile, massive wildfires burned in the West. These disasters have and will cost hundreds of billions of dollars in rebuilding, immeasurable human suffering, and many deaths. The US lost 33,000 jobs in September, the first month of losses in 7 years and attributable to the hurricanes.

Rather than recognize the economic and human costs of 'natural' disasters that are almost certainly linked to human-caused global climate change, EPA chief Scott Pruitt started to unravel the Clean Power Plan.

Republicans proposed tax reforms that would disproportionately benefit the rich and cost trillions of dollars. But, you might get to file on a postcard. It's the small things in life.

Meanwhile, it is a beautiful fall Sunday in Portland, Oregon. The Portland Thorns won the National Women's Soccer League championship yesterday. Families are out and about. Kids are toddling. Dogs are wagging and sniffing. Cyclists are cruising. Espresso is brewing. We are building our reserves, gathering our strength for the next battle to preserve the climate, save health insurance, reduce gun violence, fund public education, and build a strong, diverse, inclusive, and competitive American future.