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Two new studies document the progressive views of younger adults, promising a more progressive future for the country. The New Politics Institute released "The Progressive Politics of the Millennial Generation", which sketches a portrait of Americans born after 1978, as a 50-million voting block in 2008 that is civic-minded, politically-engaged and concerned about economic inequality, has a desire for a multilateral foreign policy, and holds a strong belief in government. Similarly, a New York Times/CBS/MTV poll finds young people more in favor of government-run health care, more open immigration, and legalization of gay marriage.

A new report by the Integrated Benefits Institute shows that health care "market solutions" like increasing co-pays for prescription drugs often cost insurers and employers more due to less use of those drugs, resulting in later illness that often costs far more. 

Responding to recent moves by the nuclear power industry to tout nuclear as the solution to global warming, the Oxford Research Group argues in a new report that not only would building so many new nuclear plants be logistically impossible, it would create multiple flashpoints for nuclear terrorism, both in leaking uranium to terrorists and being choice targets for attack.

Highlighting the rise in economic inequality, the Merrill Lynch/Capgemini World Wealth Report shows that individuals owning more than $1 million in assets increased their total holdings by 11.4% between 2005 and 2006, for a total collective wealth of $37.2 trillion among the super-wealthy.

A report by the Communication Workers of America's SpeedMatters campaign highlights how far the United States is falling behind other countries in high-speed Internet access. Using speed tests by 80,000 computer users around the country, they show that in all of the fifty states, Americans are getting slower and more costly broadband Internet services than countries like Japan, Sweden and South Korea.

Because of the legacy of Colorado's Taxpayer Bill Of Rights (TABOR), Colorado continues to lag far behind other states in investments in state services like K-12 education, Medicaid and basic infrastructure like transit, according to a new study by the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute. The report is a sobering, cautionary tale for other states considering tax limitation initiatives.

A new report by the Commonwealth Fund, Closing the Divide: How Medical Homes Promote Equity in Health Care, shows that ensuring general access to health care coverage is only part of the solution for eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care. Ongoing relationships with medical providers that work with them to manage chronic conditions and provide preventive care are critical in helping make racial and ethnic disparities in access and quality disappear.

 

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