It was a historic event. Thousands of people came to the Washington state capital for the Women’s March on Saturday to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump, what he’s said in the past, and his possible policies.
Last week, I had fun going to the Inaugural Ball for Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.
With Donald Trump set to be become president Friday, I appreciate so much that we have a governor in our state who supports consumer and environmental protection, health care insurance for all, education at all levels, clean energy, transportation funding, and more.
The ball was great celebration. I found a good spot to take photos during the program and got a lot of nice photos from the entire event.
As we all know, retirement is changing for people of all ages.
In Consumer Reports latest look at the topic, “The New Retirement,” it discusses new approaches and reaffirms the need to start early to plan for the future.
The new reality of retirement shows that 401(k) plans are getting better, retirement advice is getting more reliable, savers can essentially design their own pension through an immediate annuity that guarantees cash flow, and those applying for Social Security can get far bigger payments by claiming their benefits the right way, according to Consumer Reports.
About eight years ago, I figured out Republicans hate poor people. Now, it looks like they're going to adopt policies that will increase the number of poor people substantially.
One of my big concerns after the Trump election is for older Americans, since I’m one myself. Paul Ryan, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, wants to do away with Medicare and cut Social Security.
Millions of older Americans are barely getting by with the Social Security and Medicare they currently have. When Social Security is cut and Medicare abolished, they won’t be able to afford housing, food, and health care.
Well, I expected Hillary Clinton to be our next president, so I don't have a photo of Donald Trump to post here. I considered going to one of his rallies when they were scheduled in the Seattle area to take photos, but I didn't want to listen to his insults of the day and fight the crowds.
Since I follow consumer issues, I know that Republicans will cut regulations. That's what they do. Paul Ryan has been talking for years about abolishing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency created after the Great Recession of 2008 to protect consumers in financial dealings. They'll also abolish the Affordable Care Act. People will go without health care and some will die as a result.
So, what deregulation does is allow corporations to do what they want. The Volkswagen and Wells Fargo scandals will look small compared to what's coming next.
Ninety-six years ago today, after decades of struggle and advocacy, women finally won the right to vote with the certification of the 19th Amendment.
It took about a year after Congress approved the 19th Amendment for the required two-thirds of states to ratify the amendment and grant women’s right to vote in our constitution.
In a proclamation for Women's Equality Day, President Barack Obama said:
Today, as we celebrate the anniversary of this hard-won achievement and pay tribute to the trailblazers and suffragists who moved us closer to a more just and prosperous future, we resolve to protect this constitutional right and pledge to continue fighting for equality for women and girls.
Only six states make information about the cost of medical procedures available to patients online, and that information usually is uneven, outdated, difficult to navigate, or unavailable, a Public Citizen study shows. The six states are California, Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Public Citizen examined state consumer websites to fine out just how easy – or difficult – it is for consumers to get basic information about health care costs.
Nearly 20 states have tried to track health care payments to help their consumers and researchers better understand the costs of basic medical procedures in their state, but the efforts aren’t helping patients, Public Citizen found. The conclusion: States have a long way to go to provide adequate information for consumers to help them avoid being ripped off.
Nearly one-third of Americans polled by Consumer Reports said they had experienced a drug price hike in the past year, with some reporting not taking medications as prescribed, postponing medical tests and doctor’s visits, and spending less on groceries.
In an investigation into prescription drug costs, Consumer Reports identifies five key reasons behind the rampant rise in costs:
Spring is slow to come to the Jersey shore, Baer reports. However, the sun did peek through the clouds on Mother’s Day, and it didn’t rain. She offers an article the history of Mother’s Day. Another blogger, who’s been experiencing snow in Southern Colorado, headed to Arizona and New Mexico looking for sunshine.
Meanwhile, other boomer bloggers are writing on healthy snacks to get in shape for summer clothes, unusual food, a famous mystery man of the 1970s, the announcement of new government regulations on e-cigarettes, and a proposed rule to get rid of the ban on class action lawsuits found routinely in many financial contracts consumers sign.
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Warner Chilcott was sentenced Monday in a federal court to pay $125 million to resolve criminal and civil charges arising from the illegal promotion of some of its prescription drugs.
“Doctors’ diagnoses must be based on the best interests of the patient and not swayed by lavish meals or cash incentives,” said U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.
“The illegal marketing of pharmaceuticals and the payment of kickbacks puts patients at risk of receiving inappropriate treatment purely for profit motives,” said U.S. Office of Personnel Management Acting Inspector General Norbert E. Vint.