One year ago Regence Blue Cross raised rates by an average of 19%. This year's increase is a whopping 35% scheduled to take effect on July 1.
Britta Duncan, co-chair of Jobs with Justice' Healthcare Committee and Secretary/Treasurer of ILWU Local 5 will join host Martha Odom to talk about the 35% premium increase, what it means to working families, Tuesday's protest at Regence, and other work that the JWJ Healthcare committee is doing.
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Political repression in the US and Participator Democracy in Venezuela
Does the political repression of the 1950s (McCarthyism) live on today in FISA and the Patriot Act? Ellen Schrecker, who has written widely on the politics of the '50s, will talk with host Laurie Mercier. Can grassroots communities govern themselves? What is “participatory budgeting?” Radical economist Robin Hahnel and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick discuss. That's all on The Old Mole Variety Hour today, along with commentary by Thabiti Lewis and a film review from Denise Morris.
Along with the music of the late Utah Phillips, this show, hosted by Tom Becker, feature a Bill Resnick interview about the support for parents of young children in European countries in contrast with what parents in the US must face. Frann Michel reviews a series of feminist science fiction novels. Tom reads a piece about why cooler weather does not justify skepticism about global warming. And Bryan Johnson tells us about a bicycle tour of Portland's radical history sites.
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Professor Marcia Meyers is with the West Coast Poverty Center and has studied the vast differences between raising children in the US with almost no public support and being a parent in Europe where that support is strong. She shares her conclusions in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.