Puerto Rico’s October 10-16 political week in tweets

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Why people wait more than a year to see a doctor in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s health care system continues to deteriorate after being barred from borrowing in the wake of its unfolding economic crisis. Doctors continue to leave the island, at a rate four times higher than the rest of the population, in the face of rising overhead costs and decreasing income. This exodus of trained medical professionals has led to a lack of care and an increase of 6 months to nearly a year to be seen by one.

 

Puerto Rico Governor says deficit could climb to $59 billion

Governor Padilla has warned that Puerto Rico’s budget deficit could climb to $59 Billion dollars. The Governor’s declaration came ahead of the release of Puerto Rico’s fiscal audit that is scheduled for the first three months of 2017. Year-to-date projections are below than expected, adding further anxiety to a mounting problem.

 

Officials fight Donald Trump’s claims of a rigged vote

In another moment that defied long lasting political norms, Donald Trump declared that the national presidential election is being rigged against him by news media and the Democratic Party. Trump’s statements raise concerns that the results of the election may not be accepted, either by Trump, or his supporters. It would unprecedented if this occurred.

 

Sanders absolves Clinton on hacked emails, but other voices on the left are angry

Hillary Clinton’s previous opponent in the Democratic primary has stated that what Clinton said years ago no longer mattered after what Clinton said to donors during private events were revealed in a leak of Democratic emails. Sanders’ statement contradicts his previous demand for Clinton to release her speech transcripts. Sander supporters have not been so willing brush off the new leaks, raising the possibility that Sander and his progressive supporters may not see eye-to-eye.

 

Local GOP office in North Carolina firebombed

A GOP office in Hillsborough, North Carolina was firebombed and spray painted with a Swastika. A bottle of flammable liquid was thrown through its window and the interior was set ablaze, burning furniture and campaign signs.