Diagnosis: Informed Citizen Disorder

An Illness worth contracting:

  • Nearly six million Americans below the poverty line in 25 states won’t get the health insurance that the Affordable Care Act gives them because their Republican governors or state legislators are refusing to accept federal money to expand Medicaid.
  • Bank lobbyists – big contributors to both Republicans and Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee – basically wrote the bill the committee passed exempting Wall Street from what’s left of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul.
  • Apple avoided paying taxes on $74 billion between 2009 and 2012 by creating a subsidiary in Ireland with no physical presence and no employees – “It is not a shell company,” Apple said – that hasn’t filed a tax return in Ireland, the United States or anywhere else.
  • More active duty American troops committed suicide over the past 12 years than were killed in Afghanistan.

Diagnosis: Informed Citizen Disorder