Dean Baker says we can-so green our economy and grow our economy at the same time. Maybe we should abandon the growth ideology and maybe we shouldn't, but we certainly shouldn't refuse to consider solutions that might better bring about a renewable power grid because they also fit in with virtually everyone's notion that economies should grow; doing so would be a textbook example of letting the perfect murder the good. And Mr. Baker reminds us that economic growth doesn't necessarily depend on increased resource use -- advances in software, education, and health care, for example, create economic growth without necessarily burning more fossil fuels, and since folks do plenty of things that spur economic growth but don't depend on increased fossil fuel use, we can't even conclude that limiting our access to fossil fuels would grind our economy to a halt.
Some big health insurance corporations have taken to refusing to pay ER bills if they feel they don't "meet the definition of an emergency," in one big health insurer's words. No, this isn't the way to reduce ER abuse, particularly since people only take their kids to the ER for the sniffles when they a) don't have health insurance and b) can't get to other options like urgent care clinics. You know what would curb ER abuse? A Medicare-for-All system covering all of us, that's what. And where are the conservatives who would denounce insurance corporations for interfering with the judgment of individuals? (At least Brittany Cloyd's story had a happy ending, because she fought her insurer until she won. Might she want to run for public office?)
New York state Attorney General finds that state hospitals are charging sexual assault survivors for rape kits. Which is actually already illegal! You know, I think there's a solution to this problem, let me see if I can think of it -- hold on, still thinking -- oh, right: a Medicare-for-All system that covers all of us, and of course covers the cost of rape kits like any civilized nation would do. (To think that collection agents actually came after some of these women for the money! This is what happens when we decide the work of a civilized, striving people is just too hard and we "simplify things" by chasing exclusively after money.)
In other dismal health insurance news, the number of uninsured children in America actually ticks up for the first time in at least a decade. I figured that Congress's allowing CHIP to lapse at the end of September 2017 had to be a big reason why, but our Administration has been screwing around with health care policy in plenty of other ways, particularly where immigrants are concerned. (C'mon, if you're going to depend on their labor, you can't deny them or their kids health care. That's just cruel.) Let me guess our President's reactions: TEH FAKE NEWS IT'S TEH DUMOCRATZ' FAULTZ!!!!!
Finally, contractors seem to be bilking FEMA and good Puerto Ricans for rebuilding and repairs in the wake of Hurricane Maria. I wouldn't expect our President to ride to Puerto Rico's rescue, however, since he himself seems to have made a mint during the 1990s with that extortionate All County Building Supply & Maintenance contracting markup scheme. So, though it'd be easy for him to say "I can get a better deal," more likely we'll hear TEH FAKE NEWS IT'S TEH DUMOCRATZ' FAULTZ!!!!! here, too.