Friday, July 1, 2011

50 U.S. Health Care Statistics That Will Absolutely Astonish You

You'll be feeling a little woozy after swallowing these bright and colorful granules of revealing data on the massive doses of pharmaceuticals that Americans consume, on top of the mountainous piles of evidence that remind us that the US healthcare system is grossly inefficient and lavishly expensive.

This story shoots holes through the promise of Obama's health care reform legislation, pointing out myriad ways in which the bill serves corporate interests at the expense of citizen's financial and health interests.   
Fact Sheet: The Truth About The Health Care Bill

Nuclear industry suffers major defeat in Iowa

Despite major lobbying of politicians and efforts to sway public opinion in favor of new nuclear power plant construction guarantees by MidAmerican Energy, the Iowa Senate failed to pass the bill. This follows other developments which indicate that Americans are not comfortable with the Obama Administration's push for more nuclear energy construction at the public's expense, including the demise of the South Texas Project and a cost-recovery bill in Missouri as well as the NRC's decision to delay licensing for the new Westinghouse AP1000 reactor design pegged for use in South Carolina.

Less than 2 percent of 'Sarbox' corporate whistleblowers win inside federal bureaucracy

Federal laws designed to protect corporate whistleblowers who come forward to report criminal fraud and other wrong-doing have so far largely been ineffective due to weak enforcement efforts in various government agencies. This situation demonstrates, once again, that it is not enough to pass legal reforms to protect the public interest; there must also be equally rigorous enforcement power written into the legislation.