Preventive Care: Some Republican leaders in Congress have joined Democrats in urging the Trump administration not to undermine the Affordable Care Act by ceasing to pay the subsidies to insurance companies it requires, arguing that Trump mustn’t let the health-care system collapse as the GOP works to replace it. Democrats have promised to improve the current law, though they haven’t yet rallied around one proposal. Whatever the source, it’s clear that America’s health-care system needs fixing—the country spends $3.4 trillion a year on medical care, with just 5 percent of patients accounting for more than half the cost. This interactive graphic shows how that happens.
Economic Ecosystem: The Federal Reserve raised interest rates this week amid signs of a healthy economy. Yet inflation rates remain slightly below the Fed’s target, prompting a controversy over monetary policy as it suggests not everyone is feeling the effects of recent growth. Indeed, recovery is a slow and painful process—as a recent study shows, the impact of widespread job losses such as those from factory closures can echo throughout a community, affecting the next generation’s future.
The story of how this happened, and why it matters, is about more than social justice, experts say—it’s about perpetuating incomplete and sometimes false narratives across every level of education. And it’s about an extension of the historic silencing of women that hurts both women and men.
“If women have had half the world’s experience, there’s a truth value associated with [teaching and writing] history in a way that reflects those experiences, even acknowledging the fact that [putting together a historical narrative] is a selective process,” says Margaret Crocco, a professor and chairperson at Michigan State University’s Department of Teacher Education who has devoted her career to this movement. “If you aren’t telling the broader story about all human beings, then what you are representing is partial and flawed.”
Keep reading here, as Weingarten unpacks the debate over what history textbooks should include.
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This is an opportunity, I think, for politicians more than voters. At the end of the day, they are the ones giving speeches, making statements; they are the ones who are supposed to be the experts on public policy. Presidential elections in particular engage people who are not politically astute, so it’s not even a little unusual that they would latch on to the basest comments and rhetoric. There’s certainly an argument that we need, as a population, to be better civically educated, but I think it’s easier to start by saying politicians and those connected need to up their game.
I also think a lot of folks on the left of the political spectrum have their dander up and are exasperated because it’s clear to them that the right is the bigger offender in the dangerous-rhetoric game. It’s a reflex that I, to be totally honest, have as well. But I agree now isn’t the time for that. I mean, also, that’s a pretty terrible way to win hearts and minds.
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The newsletter dated June 9, 2017, misstated the name of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party. Our apologies for the error, and thanks to reader Kurt for pointing it out.