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Missouri Lawmakers' Efforts To Get Guns On College Campuses, Public Transit Stalled. What's Next?

For the second straight legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly didn't pass any pro-gun legislation, while one bill backed by anti-gun groups saw a sliver of success.

Does that mean legislators’ stance on guns is shifting? It depends on whom you ask.

Kevin Jamison, a Gladstone attorney who leads the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance, said the pro-gun lobby had a tough time passing legislation in 2018 partly because of the tumult surrounding the Eric Greitens scandal, which “sucked the air out of the room.”

This year, Jamison said, some legislators focused too much time on a bill that would have tried to keep local police departments from enforcing federal gun laws.

https://www.kcur.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-efforts-get-guns-college-campuses-public-transit-stalled-whats-next

Massive Tornado Damages Homes In Eastern Kansas; Storm Headed Into Clay County

A large tornado caused damage south of Lawrence before moving toward Bonner Springs and the Kansas Speedway area on Tuesday night. It wasn't immediately clear whether there were injuries or the extent of the damage.

At 7:50 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Clay County, with radar showing the storm, which weakened north of Kansas City, had strengthened again and was headed toward Kearney and Excelsior Springs.

The first report of a tornado touching down was at 6:15 p.m., Douglas County Emergency Management PIO Bob Newton told KCTV5. He said there were no immediate reports of injuries, but there was damage in Pleasant Grove, south of Lawrence.

“We’ve had several homes significantly damaged," he said, adding, "Power lines down all over in that area."

https://www.kcur.org/post/massive-tornado-damages-homes-eastern-kansas-storm-headed-clay-county

This Ted Talk by Hamdi Ulukaya is worth every bit of the time it takes to watch.

https://www.ted.com/talks/hamdi_ulukaya_the_anti_ceo_playbook?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2019-05-24&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=talk_of_the_week_image&fbclid=IwAR3yDQLlohRsUjVW02MFcKsPrMBHFPjB7-1STII5QNVO_JHJYSYYYPvEqOw

Andrew Yang Policy on MAKE IT EASIER TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT


Most Americans want to do more to save for retirement, but they don’t know how. It’s also always easier to say, “I’ll start tomorrow,” when the expenses of today crop up.

The government should help people who want to do more to prepare for their future.

There should be opt-in retirement accounts that have defined contributions that automatically increase with people’s incomes. By opting in, an individual could define a portion of their income to be dedicated to this tax-free account, and as their income increases, or at regular intervals, the amount could be automatically increased.

"It’s very hard to save for retirement years from now, and accounts seem very complex. Yet the earlier you start, the better off you’ll be. We need to help Americans simplify their financial lives by making retirement savings self-activating. It’s a lot easier to save money if it’s automatically being done for you."

https://www.yang2020.com/policies/telescoping-retirement-accounts/

Andrew Yang Policy on MAKE IT EASIER TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT

Most Americans want to do more to save for retirement, but they don’t know how. It’s also always easier to say, “I’ll start tomorrow,” when the expenses of today crop up.

The government should help people who want to do more to prepare for their future.

There should be opt-in retirement accounts that have defined contributions that automatically increase with people’s incomes. By opting in, an individual could define a portion of their income to be dedicated to this tax-free account, and as their income increases, or at regular intervals, the amount could be automatically increased.

"It’s very hard to save for retirement years from now, and accounts seem very complex. Yet the earlier you start, the better off you’ll be. We need to help Americans simplify their financial lives by making retirement savings self-activating. It’s a lot easier to save money if it’s automatically being done for you."

https://www.yang2020.com/policies/telescoping-retirement-accounts/

Andrew Yang Policy on MEDICARE FOR ALL



Access to quality healthcare is one of the most important factors in overall well being, and yet America is one of the few industrialized nations not to provide healthcare for all of its citizens. Instead, we have a private healthcare system that leaves millions uninsured and bankrupts even some of those who do have health insurance. At the same time, our cost of care is higher than in almost any other industrialized country while providing worse outcomes. The Affordable Care Act was a step in the right direction, providing funds to states to innovate while expanding Medicaid substantially. However, it didn’t address the fundamental issues plaguing our healthcare system:

Access to medicine isn’t guaranteed to all citizens
The incentives for healthcare providers don’t align with providing quality, efficient care
This must change.

Through a Medicare for All system, we can ensure that all Americans receive the healthcare they deserve. Not only will this raise the quality of life for all Americans, but, by increasing access to preventive care, it will bring overall healthcare costs down.

With a shift to a Medicare for All system, costs can also be controlled directly by setting prices provided for medical services. The best approach is highlighted by the top-ranked Cleveland Clinic. There, doctors are paid a flat salary instead of by a price-for-service model. This shift has led to a hospital where costs are visible and under control. Redundant tests are at a minimum, and physician turnover is much lower than at comparable hospitals.

Doctors also report being more involved with their patients. Since they’re salaried, there’s no need to churn through patient after patient. Instead, they can spend the proper amount of time to ensure that each patient receives their undivided attention and empathy.

Outside of a shift to a Medicare for All system, we can look to the Southcentral Foundation for another important shift necessary in the way we treat patients: holistic approaches. At this treatment center for native Alaskans, mental and physical problems are both investigated, and, unsurprisingly, the two are often linked. By referring patients to psychologists during routine physicals, doctors are able to treat, for example, both the symptoms of obesity and the underlying mental health issue that often is related to the issue. The referral also leads people with issues they may otherwise try to bury – sexual abuse, addictions, or domestic violence issues – to bring them up with a doctor so that they can be addressed.

By providing holistic healthcare to all our citizens, we’ll drastically increase the average quality of life, extend life expectancy, and treat issues that often go untreated. We’ll also be able to bring costs under control and outcomes up, as most other industrialized nations have.

Finally, being tied to an employer so that you don’t lose your healthcare prevents economic mobility. It’s important that people feel free to seek out new opportunities, and our current employee-provided healthcare system prevents that.

https://www.yang2020.com/policies/medicare-for-all/

Andrew Yang Policy on MEDICARE FOR ALL

Access to quality healthcare is one of the most important factors in overall well being, and yet America is one of the few industrialized nations not to provide healthcare for all of its citizens. Instead, we have a private healthcare system that leaves millions uninsured and bankrupts even some of those who do have health insurance. At the same time, our cost of care is higher than in almost any other industrialized country while providing worse outcomes. The Affordable Care Act was a step in the right direction, providing funds to states to innovate while expanding Medicaid substantially. However, it didn’t address the fundamental issues plaguing our healthcare system:

Access to medicine isn’t guaranteed to all citizens
The incentives for healthcare providers don’t align with providing quality, efficient care
This must change.

Through a Medicare for All system, we can ensure that all Americans receive the healthcare they deserve. Not only will this raise the quality of life for all Americans, but, by increasing access to preventive care, it will bring overall healthcare costs down.

With a shift to a Medicare for All system, costs can also be controlled directly by setting prices provided for medical services. The best approach is highlighted by the top-ranked Cleveland Clinic. There, doctors are paid a flat salary instead of by a price-for-service model. This shift has led to a hospital where costs are visible and under control. Redundant tests are at a minimum, and physician turnover is much lower than at comparable hospitals.

Doctors also report being more involved with their patients. Since they’re salaried, there’s no need to churn through patient after patient. Instead, they can spend the proper amount of time to ensure that each patient receives their undivided attention and empathy.

Outside of a shift to a Medicare for All system, we can look to the Southcentral Foundation for another important shift necessary in the way we treat patients: holistic approaches. At this treatment center for native Alaskans, mental and physical problems are both investigated, and, unsurprisingly, the two are often linked. By referring patients to psychologists during routine physicals, doctors are able to treat, for example, both the symptoms of obesity and the underlying mental health issue that often is related to the issue. The referral also leads people with issues they may otherwise try to bury – sexual abuse, addictions, or domestic violence issues – to bring them up with a doctor so that they can be addressed.

By providing holistic healthcare to all our citizens, we’ll drastically increase the average quality of life, extend life expectancy, and treat issues that often go untreated. We’ll also be able to bring costs under control and outcomes up, as most other industrialized nations have.

Finally, being tied to an employer so that you don’t lose your healthcare prevents economic mobility. It’s important that people feel free to seek out new opportunities, and our current employee-provided healthcare system prevents that.

https://www.yang2020.com/policies/medicare-for-all/

Missouri Could Soon Become First State Without A Clinic That Performs Abortions


Missouri is within days of losing its last remaining health center that provides abortions. Unless a court intervenes, it will become the first state in the nation without such a clinic.

Planned Parenthood officials say they are filing a lawsuit in state court Tuesday, asking for a restraining order to prevent its St. Louis clinic from being forced to stop offering the procedure after a state license expires on Friday.

Planned Parenthood officials say they've been unable to reach an agreement with officials at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, who want to require several doctors who perform abortions at the health center to submit to questioning as a condition of renewing the license.

"This means that more than 1.1 million women of reproductive age in Missouri will live in a state where they cannot receive the health care they need," Planned Parenthood President, Dr. Leana Wen, said in a statement to NPR. "This is a world we haven't seen in nearly half a century."

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/28/727323584/missouri-could-soon-become-first-state-without-a-clinic-that-performs-abortions?

Missouri Could Soon Become First State Without A Clinic That Performs Abortions

Missouri is within days of losing its last remaining health center that provides abortions. Unless a court intervenes, it will become the first state in the nation without such a clinic.

Planned Parenthood officials say they are filing a lawsuit in state court Tuesday, asking for a restraining order to prevent its St. Louis clinic from being forced to stop offering the procedure after a state license expires on Friday.

Planned Parenthood officials say they've been unable to reach an agreement with officials at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, who want to require several doctors who perform abortions at the health center to submit to questioning as a condition of renewing the license.

"This means that more than 1.1 million women of reproductive age in Missouri will live in a state where they cannot receive the health care they need," Planned Parenthood President, Dr. Leana Wen, said in a statement to NPR. "This is a world we haven't seen in nearly half a century."

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/28/727323584/missouri-could-soon-become-first-state-without-a-clinic-that-performs-abortions?

Prosecutor promises to hold governor accountable for signing abortion ban

The elected prosecutor in Jackson County (Kansas City) reminded Missouri Gov. Mike Parson that he was not elected to his position when saying that he will be “held accountable” for signing into law a ban on abortion after eight weeks, even in cases of incest and other forms of rape.

“As a prosecuting attorney, I’ve seen first-hand the toll that rape, incest, and unplanned pregnancies take on women,” said Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, who chairs the Missouri Democratic Party.

“It’s not the government or Governor Mike Parson’s place to get involved in a woman’s personal medical decisions about her pregnancy. This is an extreme, unconstitutional ban that is cruel to women, including women who are survivors of rape and incest.”

The bill, introduced by state Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O’Fallon), passed the Missouri House of Representatives 110-44. One supporter of House Bill 126, state Representative Barry Hovis (R-Cape Girardeau), said on the House floor that there is something called “consensual rape” and that it is more common than “a gentlemen jumping out of the bushes,” based on his experience in law enforcement.

http://www.stlamerican.com/news/local_news/prosecutor-promises-to-hold-governor-accountable-for-signing-abortion-ban/article_10fec532-7e49-11e9-927a-bb41bbdeaddd.html
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