Posts in category "Healthcare"

Veteran Suicide Rate

The first few posts of 2013 for Poli-Chi will be focused around policy New Year’s Resolutions that the United States should be focused on in the New Year. Enjoy the first installment dedicated to our military personnel. From Dec. 3, 2008 through Dec. 3, 2012, 30,137 military servicemen committed suicide. That’s almost one every hour.... Read more »

Top Ten Chicago Political Stories of 2012 (Social Justice Edition)

Unions were a hot topic the latter part of 2012, and that was partially due to the Chicago Teacher's Union strike in September that made national headlines not just for unions but deteriorating school conditions everywhere. (http://www.chicagonow.com/poli-chi/2012/09/an-analysis-rahm-emanuel-ctu-strike-commercial/)
From the NATO protests to the CTU strike, 2012 was a big year for social justice causes in Chicago. Below are ten events that allowed the social justice movement to gain momentum in Chicago in 2012.

Mental Health Services for Youth in the United States

The shooting in Newtown has not only brought up the issue of gun control in the United States, but that of mental health. Many people feel that the culprit, Adam Lanza, had easier access to a gun than to mental health services. Which begs the question: what is the state of mental health services for... Read more »
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Seven Facts About Government Entitlement Programs

A common misconception about government entitlements is that they are easy to get. WRONG. There is significant paperwork and follow-up involved. In fact, over 50% of Social Security benefit requests get denied on the first attempt.
I have yet to write on the looming Fiscal Cliff (now downgraded to hill), but I’ll use another current event to tie in what’s in store for the most vulnerable Americans when they get thrown off the Cliff in January. Newark Mayor Cory Booker is currently doing the SNAP Challenge where he can only use... Read more »

Why Soda is Bad: Chicago's Need for a Pop Tax

While other major cities like New York have imposed taxes on sugary-drinks, Chicago has gone a different path and will have a system based on self-responsibility that features health incentives and calorie-labeled machines. I’m not saying that self-responsibility isn’t important in health, but this self-responsibility will only affect part of the city’s population. Demographically speaking... Read more »

Why Wal-Mart is Bad: Support Warehouse Workers for Justice

Why Wal-Mart is Bad: Support Warehouse Workers for Justice
In this modern era, fighting for a decent wage, benefits, and a healthy working environment is considered greedy. But what about when thirty warehouse workers stand up to corporate greed in the suburbs of Chicago? Are they being greedy by taking money away from the job creators that are ‘helping’ America? No, and if you... Read more »
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Chicago: Inching Towards Universal Healthcare

On Aug. 21, 2012, Governor Quinn of Illinois signed a law into place that would allow children as young as 10 to get shots from immunization-licensed retail pharmacists. The children must be accompanied by their parents and show proof of an up to date immunization history. ┬áPrevious Illinois laws allowed only children 14 years or... Read more »
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