Would Your Wages Rise Under ‘Medicare for All’?

ImageCredit…Minh Uong/The New York Times Hidden in the larger debate over “Medicare for all” is a fundamental economic question: Who pays for work-based health insurance? For the 157 million Americans who get health insurance through their work — or through the job of a spouse or parent — the answer may seem obvious, evident right…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: China Death Toll Is Greater Than in SARS Outbreak

Here’s what you need to know: The death toll in China exceeds that of the SARS outbreak. ImageTrain attendants wearing protective masks on their way to Beijing Railway Station.Credit…Giulia Marchi for The New York Times The death toll from the new coronavirus has exceeded that of the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak in 2002 and…

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Mexico’s Last Countercultural Coast

Stepping off the plane in Puerto Escondido, on the Pacific Coast of Oaxaca, I gulped the thick, tropical air. After three days in Mexico’s high-elevation capital, inhaling the vital, pungent smell of sea and damp vegetation felt like a resuscitation. I hired an “authorized” taxi and drove northwest from the airport, passing papaya farms and…

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Hong Kong Tightens Border as Medical Workers Call for Shutdown

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s government said Monday that it would close more border checkpoints, as some medical workers went on strike to demand a complete ban on entries from mainland China to limit the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s top official, has faced increasing calls from hospital employees, the business…

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A Food Cart Worker’s Biggest Job: Defending Vendor Rights

Running a street food cart is backbreaking work: schlepping around a heavy cart, then standing behind it for hours on end. Quitting the job would seem to be a gift to aching feet. It hasn’t turned out that way for Mohamed Attia, who left his smoothie and halal-chicken-over-rice carts last year to become the new…

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Meat Increases Heart Risks, Latest Study Concludes

Four months ago, the Annals of Internal Medicine published a controversial report that encouraged people not to worry about the health risks of eating red and processed meat, contradicting decades of nutrition advice. The report was widely criticized by public health experts, including leading health groups like the American Heart Association and the American Cancer…

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Taco Pizza and Other Stories

Good morning. It’s Caucus Day in Iowa, and a chunk of our newsroom is hunkered down in Des Moines, getting ready to report what’s happening into the night and early-morning hours of Tuesday. I hope you’ll follow along on our home page, and participate in our efforts to understand the news of the day and…

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China Pledged to Build a New Hospital in 10 Days. It’s Close.

Hospital construction in Wuhan on Jan. 24.Credit…Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The same site on Sunday.Credit…Getty Images WUHAN, China — People desperate for treatment started descending on a new hospital that was mostly built in just 10 days to help cope with the outbreak of the new coronavirus in the central city of Wuhan on…

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J. Lo and the Power of 50

Fifty won the Super Bowl. Fifty years between wins for the Kansas City Chiefs, and 50-year-old Jennifer Lopez, whose halftime performance in a series of barely-there Versace bodysuits sent social media into something of a meltdown. More than four decades ago, Gloria Steinem crafted an aphorism that went down in history when, on her 40th…

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Helping Teenagers With Menstrual Pain

Period-related pain, medically known as dysmenorrhea, colloquially often called “cramps,” should not prevent an adolescent from participating fully in school, in sports, in social life. If that’s happening on a regular basis, she needs evaluation and help and support — from her family, and from the medical profession. “Painful periods can be very debilitating; I’ve…

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