The Doctors Want In: Democratic Docs Talk Health Care On The Campaign Trail Dr. Rob Davidson, an emergency physician from western Michigan, had never considered running for Congress. Then came February 2017. The 46-year-old Democrat found himself at a local townhall meeting going toe-to-toe with Rep. Bill Huizenga, his Republican congressman of the previous six years. “I told him about my patients,” Davidson recalled. “I see, every shift, some impact of not having adequate health care, not having dental insurance or a doctor at all.” His comments triggered
cheers from the audience but didn’t seem to register with Huizenga, a vocal Obamacare critic. And that got Davidson thinking. “I’ve always been very upset … about patients who can’t get health care,” he said. But it never inspired him to act. Until this June, that is, when the political novice joined what is now at least eight other Democratic physicians running in races across the country as first-time candidates for Congress. Democrats hope to gain
control of Congress by harnessing what polls show to be voters’ dissatisfaction with both Capitol Hill and President Donald Trump. The president maintains Republican support but registers low approval ratings among Americans overall, according to news organization FiveThirtyEight. Democrats also see promise in candidates such as Davidson, a left-leaning physician who may have a special advantage: firsthand health system experience.
Polls by Quinnipiac University, The Wall Street Journal and the Kaiser Family Foundation suggest health care is among voters’ top concerns as midterm elections approach. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent project of the foundation.) Of the Democratic doctors running for office, all but one are seeking House seats. In addition to the nine newcomers, there are two incumbents up for re-election. Each candidate is campaigning hard on the need to reform the health care system….Read More
FBI warns of blackmail scam targeting people with 'secrets' PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- "Let's get straight to the point," the email says. "I'm aware [redacted] is your password. Moreover, I'm aware about your secret." Nick Tella, the director of information security at Johnson and Wales University, says people across the country are receiving similar threatening emails from scam artists. "Cyber criminals are exploiting human vulnerabilities and fears through this latest email scam," Tella said. "It’s very malicious." The FBI recently issued a warning about the blackmail scam in which scammers claim they will expose affairs or
videos captured of people watching pornography. In the email Call 12 for Action obtained, the scammer said he will send an explicit video to friends, family, and colleagues of the recipient. "It’s a numbers game," Tella explained. "They put out 10,000 of those spam emails and they may have some people that are having an affair." People are falling for it because the scammer has a familiar password. "That password was obtained through the various hundreds of
thousands of data breaches that have occurred in the past. That data is for sale on the dark web, so the cyber criminals are buying it," Tella said. "Now you think this is legitimate." According to the FBI, the scammers often demand payment in bitcoin, a virtual currency that's hard to track. In the email we obtained, the sender demanded $2,600 in bitcoin. "We'll call this my confidentiality tip," the email says. In exchange, the sender promises to delete the video he
claims to have. "It's quite lucrative for them," Tella added. In reality, the scammer doesn't have access to your contact list or your the camera on your device, so don't pay up. "If you receive an email like this immediately change your password and don’t re-use them," Tella suggested. "Don’t click on something you don’t know." According to the FBI, anyone who has received a suspicious email should submit the information to the FBI’s Internet Crimes Complaint Center.
Trump administration proposes rolling back Obama's Clean Power Plan The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed replacing the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of former President Barack Obama's regulatory efforts to combat climate change. The proposal released by the Environment Protection Agency is now open for a public comment period. A final EPA rule is expected later this year.
The effort to rewrite the plan is the latest move by the EPA under President Donald Trump, a Republican, to roll back environmental protections put in place by Obama, Trump's Democratic predecessor. EPA's proposal would grant states the ability to write their own weaker regulations for the
plants and give them the ability to seek permission to opt out of regulations on power plant emissions. Trump, who is scheduled to hold a rally on Tuesday in West Virginia, a top coal-producing state, has vowed to end what he has called "the war on coal" and boost domestic fossil fuels
production. The power plan, which was finalized by the EPA under Obama in 2015, sought to reduce emissions from power plants to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 but never took effect. The Supreme Court put the brakes on it in 2016 after energy-producing states sued the EPA, saying it had exceeded its legal reach.
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