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[THREAD] The U.S. spends more $$$ than any other country on health care, but gets worse health outcomes than similar countries.

We live shorter lives and have more disease burden. And the gap between the U.S. and other countries has grown.
Along with Jeffrey Selberg @PetersonCHealth, my @KaiserFamFound colleagues and I took a deep dive into the health system. We examined the last 25 years of health spending and outcomes in the U.S. vs similar countries. We look at dozens of indicators from a variety of data sources
U.S. health outcomes have improved, generally, over the past generation. In the past 25 years, life expectancy in the U.S. improved 4% and disease burden improved 12% (though both recently worsened a bit). Meanwhile, the share of our economy devoted to health increased by 40%
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On my recent trip back home, i decided to visit the areas that had gone through the anti-encroachment drive and interview the people in those areas. The stories we heard about families being forced onto the streets are, unfortunately, true.

#Pakistan #Karachi #AntiEncroachment
Meet Interviewee 1: Ahmed, aged 13. It is nothing new to see Child Labour in Pakistan but Ahmed was recently forced to start working at his uncle’s Ajrak shop because his father’s small shop had been torn down by the government. Before that? He went to school.

#ChildLabour
Pictured here is Interviewee 2: Ahmed’s Uncle Sajjad, packing dozens of unsold Ajraks awaiting the imminent threat of the #government’s anti-encroachment drive. He had taken over this shop in Abdullah Market, Saddar from his late father 7 years ago and paid the rent ever since.
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Somebody hire me to write about what it's like to actually live in poverty.

I can write about it from myriad vantage points:

▪As a late middle-aged woman (women 50+ are the poorest segment of US population)
▪As a #lesbian(employment discrimination is huge among lesbians)
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▪As a chronically ill person (131M Americans have chronic illnesses from #cancer to #asthma that interfere with employment)
▪As a #disabled person (#disabled are the largest minority group in the US, but are most un- and under-employed)
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Every time I pitch poverty as a topic, I get an eye-roll.

Poverty was barely mentioned in 2016 Hillary raised it a few times; Sanders talked about "the ghetto" and Trump said he would cut taxes, but he actually cut entitlements.

Yet 1 in 7 Americans lives in #poverty.
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It seems @YouTube removed the footage of the Q & A statement on the visit to the UK, by @Alston_UNSR, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty & human rights. @theresa_may & @AmberRuddHR both dismiss it - judge for yourself. Here it is in document form: ohchr.org/Documents/Issu…
I am going to use this thread to share some of the data that is referenced from this report. Because it matters and isn't shared enough.
A new measure of poverty for the UK: The final report of the Social Metrics Commission. September 2018. Full report - socialmetricscommission.org.uk/MEASURING-POVE…
Via @jrf_uk Destitution in the UK (June) 2018. Full Report: jrf.org.uk/report/destitu…

"1,550,000 people, including 365,000 children, were destitute in the UK during 2017. They could not afford to buy the bare essentials we all need to eat, stay warm, dry, & clean."
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"The Government’s place is not to be assisting people who think they can’t make it on their own, it’s an absolute last emergency order” --> the words of UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty & Human Rights @Alston_UNSR should shame Britain & need to be publicised. My THREAD:
Professor Philip Alston said that 14 million people are in poverty in the UK (a figure the Government disputes) and that child poverty rates are “staggering” and are predicted to go up significantly over the next couple of years. #poverty #humanrights #austerity
The UN Special Rapporteur said he saw “a lot of misery” during his trip to the UK & met “a lot of people who feel the system is really there just to punish them”. People who could have gotten help in "yesterday's Britain" can no longer count on it #poverty #humanrights #austerity
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Dear anyone who thinks they will vote Conservative when we have a #GeneralElection ...please read the below report from UN Rapporteur on extreme poverty & human rights before you cast your vote.

Let your conscience do the rest.

#ChildrenInNeed #Poverty
ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/…
“But through it all, one actor has stubbornly resisted seeing the situation for what it is. The Government has remained determinedly in a state of denial.”

@theresa_may @EstherMcVey1

#UNVisit2018 #poverty
“Even while devolved authorities in Scotland & N Ireland are frantically trying to devise ways to ‘mitigate’, or in other words counteract, at least the worst features of the Government’s benefits policy, Ministers insisted to me that all is well and running acc to plan”
#Poverty
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UN special rapporteur Philip Alston giving press conference now after his time investigating #poverty in the UK: on benefits there is 'a sense that we should make the system as unwelcoming as possible'.
.@Alston_UNSR on impact of Brexit on UK #poverty, says 'those on the lower income levels are really going to suffer' - calls for much more attention to be paid to this.
.@Alston_UNSR on the risks of paying #universalcredit to only one partner in a household: 'the impact on many women is extremely problematic: it puts them at risk of domestic violence'
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UN special rapporteur @Alston_UNSR - who spent two weeks investigating UK #poverty at invitation of British govt - concludes that Tory ministers are "in denial" over the crisis caused by austerity, and their motivation is "an ideological one"
bit.ly/2TcTc34
His report is a damning indictment: "All of the evidence that I've seen, not withstanding the claims of the DWP, is that sanctions are usually counter production". Calls it a "tonne of bricks approach" which is counter to basic human rights, traditional British sense of fairness
Philip Alston says the poor will also "bear the brunt" of the economic fallout from #Brexit
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The UK government has inflicted “great misery” on its people with “punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous” austerity policies driven by a political desire to undertake social re-engineering rather than economic necessity: ⁦@Alston_UNSRtheguardian.com/society/2018/n…
This is a scandalous state of affairs for govt ministers, including Esther McVey.

Brexit toxicity has spread so deep that critics of govt policies causing huge social harm aren’t heard, but decried as political saboteurs.

These people say trust us with your Brexit future.
Here are @Alston_UNSR ‘s damning findings on #poverty in the U.K. ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/…
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@khadijahkasim1 @PeterGregoryObi These are the indicators
1) GDP growth: Nigeria is currently growing at less than 1% of GDP as against 5-7% growth when GEJ was president. However, don’t forget that it is not about GEJ but about the future of Nigerian youth and Nigerian families.
@khadijahkasim1 @PeterGregoryObi 2) Population growth- Nigeria is growing annually at about 3% and as such it is dangerous to sustain a government whose policies keep growth at less than 1% when we are adding new Nigerians to the mix daily. It spells doom for Nigerian youth and families
@khadijahkasim1 @PeterGregoryObi 3) Job losses & Unemployment:
Nigeria has lost about 11million jobs in the last 3years & 7months under PMB. These jobs were mostly middle class jobs that were paying reasonably. Today we are havd net negative job growth & the next govt must replace the lost jobs & create new ones
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Thread: FinancialServices Access
This has been a persistent subject as a market opportunity since I started at @MasterCard in 2001. Then @Citi & @AmericanExpress. Legacy financial services & #payments #technology were simply insufficient to service those markets economically.
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Recently, companies like mPesa (Africa) showed that this can be done. Especially, in countries where you're building a completely new infrastructure, not relying on (or mandated to integrate with) legacy payment systems. Those carry onerous compliance & processing costs.
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With almost full smartphone saturation, some #fintech players like Simple, even @Square's Cash & @Paypal's @Venmo apps, are able to get to more people. Others like Green Dot prepaid & payday lenders go deeper into servicing this population, but at controversially high fees.
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Low-income Ohioans in these 26 counties are not required to work to receive food stamps. They are 97% white.

95% of Ohio's African-American families live outside of these counties, where they must work to receive food stamps. Read more in my latest paper: communitysolutions.com/research/recei…
The average unemployment rate in Ohio's eight largest cities is about 12%. Seven of them have unemployment rates higher than almost all 26 counties where work requirements for food stamps are waived. Read more in my latest paper communitysolutions.com/research/recei…

#SNAP #Food #Ohio #poverty
TLDR; OH's waiver of work reqs for food stamps at the county level implicitly favors rural white Ohioans, while minorities in cities w/ high unemployment and poverty are not granted such leniency.

OH's proposal to implement work reqs in #medicaid uses the same exemption criteria
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But now, onto my own personal summation of this all. The @Guardian, it is THE paper and site that gives most national (UK) and international (USA, Australia, the damned world) to coverage of issues like poverty, class. It has worldclass investigative #journalism. But.....
... but I admit to being more than fully cheesed off with the Guardian myself. I was a loyal funder, around 60 quid a month, I stopped completely, because the Guardian's new policies were so idiotic and off-putting, not to mention counter-productive.
But! ....
But, bluntly, the @Guardian still is THE major newspaper in the UK, the USA or Australia, to give a very wide range of opinion from the public, & to also give reasonably trustworthy investigative #journalism.
I refuse to contribute money, but it's still very much my first go-to.
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THREAD: Number of people in the U.K. in #poverty:

Working-age adults: 8.4 million

Children: 4.5 million

Pensioners: 1.4 million

Total: 14.2 million people
#NewPovertyMeasure #UKPovertyMeasure
Percentage (%) of people in #poverty in the U.K in 2016/17:

Children in poverty: 32.6%
Working adults in poverty: 21.5%
Pensioners in poverty: 11.4%

Total U.K. population in poverty: 22.0%
#NewPovertyMeasure #UKPovertyMeasure
Family status of people in #poverty in the U.K. circa 2016/17:

Single parent families: 2.6 million
Couples w/ children: 5.6 million
Single, no children: 3.1 million

#NewPovertyMeasure #UKPovertyMeasure
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This is such a good article about poverty.

I remember hitting that bittersweet spot where the food/rent assistance stopped and I was set back for "doing better".

But thankfully, I had made the huge sacrifices to go to college so things got better quickly
cracked.com/blog/the-4-typ…
However, if not for section 8 housing, I would never have been able to get out of poverty. One year while I was in college, I supported my daughter on 7k for the whole year. When I get my social security report occasionally, I look at that year and my mind is blown.
I never needed #TANF but #SNAP saved us every month. It was hard. I donated plasma to buy diapers. Or rather, I went in twice weekly and let them stick me 10+ times before telling me to drink more and come back in a couple days, they could never get my veins.
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Folks keep asking if they can help me financially with my medical bills.
I keep saying I don't want to do that until I must.
In this thread, folks argue that $100k isn't much of a salary.
Actually it's 8x the poverty level, which I live at.
Please give your money to poor people.
And again, I'm not asking for anyone's help right now as I know it's a one-off.
I am just speaking up for poor people who have no access.
Women are most likely to be living in #poverty in America.
And millions of us are in #medicalbankruptcy.
These are just things to remember.
The majority of minimum wage workers are women.
My investigation into who the actual working class and working poor are here.
damemagazine.com/2018/04/12/wom…
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1/I've said many times that I am poor because I am unemployed (except for my writing) and I am unemployed because I am disabled.

I am now officially rejecting that shit.

I am still disabled. I still am not employed.

#Disability #ChronicIllness #poverty
2/But the reason I am unemployed is because society has deemed me disposable. This isn't on me.

#disabled #DisabledPeopleMatter #PplWDisabilitiesMATTER
3/It's because society has decided the WANTS of the abled (specifically in my case, to use fragrance and decorate with balloons) are more important than my survival. This isn't on me.

#BanBalloonsInstead #fragrance #MCS #MCAS #allergy #asthma
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I find it incredible that there's sick and disabled people being driven to suicide by Govt (ideological) policies and their refusal to care about their effects which are rising #homelessness , #mentalillness #NHScrisis #lowwageeconomy rising numbers of children in #poverty
and yet while all these things and many more affect many thousands of people across the UK the news media of this country fail to inform and hold the policy makers to account, instead turning politics into some sort of irrelevant soap opera rather than the thing that affects
every single facet of everyone's lives. TBH most of those identifying themselves as journalists are literally that in name only as they do nothing more than cheer-lead for the worst Govt in my lifetime (and I lived thru Thatchers tenure)
meanwhile the rise of fascist ideals
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Welcome to #NATO 101. Lesson 1
"The mere lack of #military #power is, in itself, not enough to cause a nation to lose its position vis-à-vis other states. That only happens when the people lose their individual integrity and the country gradually loses its national #integrity...
#NATO 101, Lesson 2
"No-one wants to cooperate with a country that has lost its integrity. [Even when] other countries have dealt unreasonably... who would want to damage the amity extant between [us, just by] sticking up for a state that has no national #integrity to begin with?
#NATO 101, Lesson 3.
"Many countries haven’t lost their international #prestige merely because of #poverty and #weakness... natural #disaster and poor #geography are enough to make a country weak and poor, and that can move others to sympathy. But lack of #integrity?
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(1/11) When I say..."The people closest to the pain, should be the closest to the power, driving & informing the policymaking..." THIS is what I mean. (A) When I wanted to break cycles of #poverty by strengthening pathways to #graduation, preventing #dropout #MA7
(2/11) for expectant & #parenting #teens, (still the #1 reason girls drop out, even with unplanned pregnancies on the decline) I invited them to the table to share their stories, struggles & to inform the #BPS policy we developed to better support them.
(3/11) (B) When I wanted to better understand why we were seeing an increase in #bicyclist & motor vehicle collisions, I contacted @bostonbikeunion I invited them to share their stories & struggles, 4 hrgs later, we had a crash data report & the 1st sideguard ord. in the country
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Poverty, resulting from the mullahs' destructive economic policies, is forcing the homeless to resort to such conditions, sleeping in carton boxes in #Tehran's parks...
This is #Iran under the mullahs' rule...
More reason for #IranProtests #IranUprising #تظاهرات_سراسرى
Tabriz, NW #Iran
Activists reporting how poverty is forcing the homeless, with their children, to sit in streets next to the snow in freezing cold winter temperatures...
This is Iran under the mullahs' rule...
More reason for #IranProtests #IranUprising #تظاهرات_سراسرى
Jan 18 - Karaj, W of #Tehran, #Iran
Activist says an old woman sleeps in the streets in the winter cold, with a small can begging bystanders for money.
This is Iran under the mullahs' rule, with an ocean of oil & gas...
More reason for #IranProtests #IranUprising #تظاهرات_سراسرى
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