Center for Public Integrity
In the Honduran town of El Progreso, 53 men and women belong to an exclusive but undesirable club: the Association of Migrants Returned with Disabilities. Each attempted to reach the U.S. by riding freight trains across Mexico, and each suffered debilitating injuries. It’s a measure of their desperation to find work in America.... Read more»
Trouble in America's statehouses: secrecy, questionable ethics and conflicts of interest — These are among the practices illuminated by the State Integrity Investigation, which measured hundreds of variables to compile transparency and accountability grades for all 50 states. The results are nothing short of stunning. The best grade in the nation, which went to Alaska, is just a C. Only two others earned better than a D+; 11 states received failing grades.... Read more»
Gaps in government transparency and accountability in Arizona over the past few years are not hard to find. The Copper State received an overall score of 64 – a D grade — in a new State Integrity Investigation, a data-driven assessment of government accountability and transparency in all 50 states.... Read more»
Commentary: health facility charges run amok. If you think costs would come down if hospitals were all owned and operated by big for-profit corporations like Hospital Corporation of America, you might want to take a look at a study published by the journal Health Affairs — those 50 had an average markup of 1,013 percent over what Medicare pays.... Read more»
Commentary: No-man's land captures those too rich for subsidies but too poor for sanctions.... Read more»
Commentary: fewer uninsured and less inflation, but debt, mental health coverage and dental care are on the agenda for 2015.
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The Senate intelligence committee report provides some accountability for detainee abuse.
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This FlackCheck.org video highlights misleading claims about immigration from both Democrats and Republicans.... Read more»
Groups that don't disclose donors were more successful with TV ads than other political advertisers.
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Three years ago, the Arizona-based Center to Protect Patient Rights — a nonprofit fueled by the political fundraising network of conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch — said it made a seven-figure contribution to another nonprofit. But where did the money go?... Read more»
You should shop around before choosing health plan, or you might wind up paying your insurance company a lot more than necessary.... Read more»
Commentary: a new film takes on 'world's best' medical system.... Read more»
American companies are supplying technology that the governments of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are using to spy on their citizens’ communications and clamp down on dissent, according to a new report from the U.K.-based advocacy group Privacy International.... Read more»
Commentary: the Democrats’ strategy seems to have been to say as little as possible about why reform was needed and how the final law would protect us from insurance industry abuses... Read more»
Video: How a web of prison bankers, private vendors and corrections agencies profit by shifting costs onto inmates' families.... Read more»
Nursing homes serving blacks, Latinos provide less daily registered nurse care than those housing whites.... Read more»