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My $55,000 Migraine

My $55,000 Migraine
The reason to sign up for health insurance is not only to stay healthy, but also to avoid financial ruin in the event that disaster strikes. Ask yourself if you can afford a $30,000 appendectomy, or a $40,000 ovarian cyst, or a $12,000 broken arm.
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House Republicans Signal Support for Budget, No Extension for Unemployment Benefits

House Republicans Signal Support for Budget, No Extension for Unemployment Benefits
House Republicans signaled support Wednesday for a budget deal worked out a day earlier, a plan narrowly drawn but promoted as a way to stabilize Congress' erratic fiscal efforts, avert another government shutdown and mute some of the partisan rancor that has damaged Americans' attitudes about their lawmakers.
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Andrew Taylor
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Wave of Black Friday Strikes Kicks Off as Walmart CEO Steps Down

Wave of Black Friday Strikes Kicks Off as Walmart CEO Steps Down
Protest organizers estimate that employees will boycott over 1,500 locations on Friday, disrupting what many call the 'largest shopping day of the year' to bring awareness to the company's culture of low pay and intimidation.
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Always Low Prices, Lower Standards: Walmart Holding Food Drive for Its Own 'In Need' Employees

Always Low Prices, Lower Standards: Walmart Holding Food Drive for Its Own 'In Need' Employees
Just in time for the holidays: a heart-warming story of individual generosity and corporate greed. A Walmart in Ohio is collecting food for Thanksgiving for their own employees, whom they clearly do not pay enough.
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$2.13 Per Hour Since 1991: Sub-Minimum Waiter Wage Creates Substandard Way of Life

$2.13 Per Hour Since 1991: Sub-Minimum Waiter Wage Creates Substandard Way of Life
Many of the jobs created post-Great Recession have been in low wage service occupations, and many of these jobs pay only $2.13 an hour. How is that possible? Employers with employees who collect tips are allowed to subsidize this portion of their overhead with the change that's left on a dirty table. It means an uncertain income for a profession filled with mostly women.
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