Ed Morales on Puerto Rican Debt Crisis, Margarida Jorge on Trumpcare

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Puerto Rico protest (photo: Aurora Muriente Pastrana/The Nation)

Puerto Rico protest (photo: Aurora Muriente Pastrana/The Nation)

This week on CounterSpin: Puerto Rico’s debt has been described as $34,000 for every man, woman and child; a common sort of trope, but one that tends to endorse a narrative—”everyone played now everyone’s gotta pay”—that doesn’t match the reality of how Puerto Rico came to be in its present state, or how “shared” the “sacrifice” is set to be as things move forward. Ed Morales has been reporting on Puerto Rico for The Nation, he’s a lecturer at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, and author of Living in Spanglish and Latinx, forthcoming from Verso. We’ll talk to him about Puerto Rico’s past, present and future.

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Trumpcare No Healthcare for 42,000 local residents (cc photo: John Flores)

(cc photo: John Flores)

Also on the show: Media didn’t much like the healthcare bill House Republicans pushed through that would leave tens of millions of Americans without health insurance in order to serve tax breaks to the country’s wealthiest. Doctors didn’t like it, or hospitals, or the AARP or patient advocates. So what happened, and what does it mean for activism? We’ll talk with Margarida Jorge, co-executive director of Health Care for America Now.

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First, we take a quick look back at recent press—specifically at threats to a free press.

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This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission from FAIR.