President Donald Trump hands a pen that he used to sign an executive order on health care to Sen. Rand Paul in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on Thursday, October 12, 2017. (Photo: Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
The fate of our health care depends on who will continue to hold power. Democratic wins in the gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey and the Senate race in Alabama this November may tilt the balance in favor of the health care we have. But the ultimate goal for progressives must not just be to protect the health care we have but to expand it for all.
The United States's health care system is a nightmare. A hospital stay has a way of making you focus and realize things about yourself and the structures that keep us alive and well. While in bed, I reflected on our nation's health care system. Fixing it will require hard work and a determination to serve the collective need and protect each of us at our most vulnerable. There's no evidence of that hard work happening in the White House.
Homelessness in New York City is at its highest since the Great Depression. At the same time, many condominiums sit mostly empty, serving as money-laundering investments for the world's wealthiest. As one of the richest cities in the country, New York must fix this glaring problem and a tax on unoccupied investment properties is a good place to start.