The American people have been abandoned. Behemoth corporations, the disgustingly rich, the media, Congress, and the Supreme Court have withdrawn their support from "We, the People", in spite of their duty, allegiance, or responsibility to American citizens.
Billionaires and corporations are flourishing as they abandon loyalty to employees and American citizens. The same wealthy people and corporations are hoarding billions of dollars offshore to avoid paying taxes while privatizing their profits and subsidizing their losses. By doing so, they are intentionally abandoning their civic responsibility for the obscene accumulation of profit, and are impeding the government's ability to serve the public good.
Minda Wilson has spent more than 20 years on the frontlines of the healthcare debate. Wilson is not a politician or an insurance executive. She is a corporate attorney specializing in healthcare, paid to understand the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, its implementation, and its impact. What she’s learned is terrifying. She has the insight and expertise to say what no one else is saying, and is proposing real-world, implementable solutions.
In her new book Urgent Care, Wilson offers ten cures for America’s ailing healthcare system. The truth is, that in trying to ensure access to high quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans and improve the healthcare delivery records of underperforming hospitals, we have sacrificed many of the things that made America’s health system the greatest one in the world. What is the future of healthcare in America if we don’t change our current trajectory? Our current path leads to a future where fat, rich insurance companies continue to squeeze service providers and suppliers, where middle class people cannot afford to pay for care, and where the reality of doctors struggling pushes them to seek better opportunities outside of medicine.
The Volkswagen diesel emissions test cheating scandal and its various offshoots have had a far-reaching impact on a wide range of parties. This impact has been financial, environmental, political, and regulatory. The parties affected include car owners, Volkswagen’s leadership team and employees, shareholders, car dealers, government officials, regulatory agencies, the media, the automotive industry, and even the Made-in-Germany brand. To date, Volkswagen has been assessed or agreed to over $24B in fines, penalties, and compensatory payments to car owners. One Volkswagen employee is serving an 18-month jail term in South Korea. Another is awaiting sentencing in the U.S. after a plea bargain arrangement. A third sits in a U.S. jail thousands of miles away from his home in Germany pending his own trial or plea bargain agreement. Five of their colleagues in Germany have been indicted on felony charges by a U.S. grand jury and have been warned not to leave the country.