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A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

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Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

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Report: Health Care Loses "Confidence Game" in MT

May 14, 2007

Health care is losing a "confidence game" in the U.S. A new study shows Montanans, and others across the country, don't feel very confident about affordability, access, or prevention when it comes to health care. Sixty percent of Americans have concerns about being able to afford needed health care services. One plan before Congress would boost confidence levels for families by taking care of all kids, according to Lindsay Graham with the Children's Defense Fund.

“The ‘All Healthy Children Act’ would provide all uninsured children with health care coverage, and access, and it would also cover all pregnant mothers.”

About 37,000 Montana children don't have health insurance. There are several Congressional health care proposals on the table this year. Cost is most often cited as the biggest concern for any legislation.

Nayyera Haq is also with the Children's Defense Fund. She notes the current fractured health care system means kids get care based on what she calls the "lottery of geography."

“[There are] different eligibility levels across state lines, different benefit packages, and different enrollment. And that has just caused a gross disparity for what children really need in this country.”

The health care study is online at The “All Healthy Children Act” is HR 1688.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - MT