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Why We Reform by Paul Krugman

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Op-ed by Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman, New York Times

Paul Krugman, New York Times

NYT~One way or another, the fate of health care reform is going to be decided in the next few days. If House Democratic leaders find 216 votes, reform will almost immediately become the law of the land. If they don’t, reform may well be put off for many years — possibly a decade or more.

So this seems like a good time to revisit the reasons we need this reform, imperfect as it is.

As it happens, Reuters published an investigative report this week that powerfully illustrates the vileness of our current system. The report concerns the insurer Fortis, now part of Assurant Health, which turns out to have had a systematic policy of revoking its clients’ policies when they got sick. In particular, according to the Reuters report, it targeted every single policyholder who contracted H.I.V., looking for any excuse, no matter how flimsy, for cancellation. In the case that brought all this to light, Assurant Health used an obviously misdated handwritten note by a nurse, who wrote “2001” instead of “2002,” to claim that the infection was a pre-existing condition that the client had failed to declare, and revoked his policy.

This was illegal, and the company must have known it: the South Carolina Supreme Court, after upholding a decision granting large damages to the wronged policyholder, concluded that the company had been systematically concealing its actions when withdrawing coverage, not just in this case, but across the board.

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Little-Known Black History Fact: Molly Williams

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Drawing of Molly Williams pulling fire pump through snow storm

Drawing of Molly Williams pulling fire pump through a snow storm in 1818

A slave named Molly Williams was the first known female firefighter in the United States. Little is known about her life, but female firefighters know her heroic story.

Owned by a New York merchant named Benjamin Aymar, Williams became part of the Oceanus Engine Company firehouse in 1815 and would be known as Volunteer Number 11. The members of the house credited her for being as tough as the male firefighters. She would fight amongst them in a calico dress and checked apron.

Besides the bucket brigades, Molly pulled the pumper to fires through the deep snowdrifts of the blizzard of 1818 to save towns. On December 27, 1819, the Fire Department reported that the fire buckets were rapidly being superseded by the use of hose, so the era of fire buckets ended.

Even as a slave, Williams had gained the respect of her fellow firefighters. Her story and strength paved the way for other women, including one the first paid Black female firefighters and the most tenured in the country – Toni McIntosh of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who served for over 11 years.

Today there are many African-American women working as career firefighters and officers in the United States, along with a number of counterparts in the volunteer ranks. The African American Fire Fighter Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, conserving and sharing the heritage of African American firefighters.

The Museum is housed at old Fire Station 30. This station, which was one of two segregated fire stations in Los Angeles, between 1924 and 1955, was established in 1913, to serve the Central Ave community.

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82nd Annual Academy Awards ~ Oscars® ~ Best Motion Picture

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Avatar

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The Blind Side

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An Education
An Education

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The Hurt Locker

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Up in the Air
Up in the Air

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Up

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A Serious Man
A Serious Man

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Inglourious Basterds
Inglourious Basterds

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District 9
District 9

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Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

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82nd Annual Academy Awards ~ Oscars® ~ Best Actor

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George Clooney in Up In The Air
George Clooney in Up In The Air

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Morgan Freeman in Invictus
Morgan Freeman in Invictus

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Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker
Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker

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Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart
Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart

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Colin Firth in A Single Man
Colin Firth in A Single Man

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In the acting categories, 12 individuals are first-time nominees. Five of the nominees (George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, Penélope Cruz, Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep) are previous acting winners. Matt Damon received an Oscar® for Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997).


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82nd Annual Academy Awards ~ Oscars® ~ Best Supporting Actor

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Matt Damon in Invictus
Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar in Invictus

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Woody Harrelson in The Messenger
Woody Harrelson in The Messenger

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Christopher Plummer in The Last Station
Christopher Plummer in The Last Station

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Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones
Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones

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Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds
Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds

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82nd Annual Academy Awards ~ Oscars® ~ Best Actress

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Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia
Meryl Streep as Julia Childs in Julie & Julia

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Gabourey Sidibe in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Gabourey Sidibe as Precious

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Helen Mirren in The Last Station
Helen Mirren in The Last Station

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Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side

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Carey Mulligan in An Education
Carey Mulligan in An Education

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82nd Annual Academy Awards ~ Oscars® ~ Best Supporting Actress

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Anna Kendrick in Up In The Air
Anne Kedrick as Natalie Keener in Up In The Air

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Mo’Nique in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Mo'Nique as Mary Jones in Precious

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Penélope Cruz in Nine
Penélope Cruz in Nine

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Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart
Maggie Gyllenhaal as Jean Craddock in Crazy Heart

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Vera Farmiga in Up In The Air
Vera Farmiga as Alex Goran in Up In The Air

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