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VA is critical to medicine and vets
During preparation for my confirmation as secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), I was repeatedly asked, "Why doesn't VA just hand out vouchers allowing veterans to get care wherever they want?" For a department recovering from serious issues involving health care access and scheduling of appointments,

The bottom 90 percent are poorer today than they were in 1987
Once upon a time, the American economy worked for everybody, and even the middle class got richer. But this story has only been a fairy tale for almost 30 years now. The new, harsh reality is that the bottom 90 percent of households are poorer today than they were in 1987. This is actually a much m

What's behind the huge price jump for some generic drugs?
Why are the prices of some generic drugs so darn high? That's a question many consumers have been asking lately. And now, a pair of prominent congressmen are demanding an answer from the drug industry. In letters to 14 pharmaceutical companies, the congressmen said they're investigating "the recen

$10.10 Minimum Wage Would Save The U.S. Government $7.6 Billion A Year
Raising the federal minimum wage would save the government billions and have sweeping benefits for low-income families, according to a new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute, a think tank focused on labor issues. EPI's report found that if the minimum wage were boosted from its current level


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