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Inequality and Poverty American-Style
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Irrespective of ones circumstances or stage of life, illness is never welcome, in America if your poor it can prove to be a total catastrophe, ending often in personal bankruptcy. “According to a report published in The American Journal of Medicine, medical bills are a ...
Pfizer’s Elixir of Youth?
MARTHA ROSENBERG
It was a great moment in Pharma funded physician “education.” At a symposium at the American Psychiatric Association’s 2010 meeting called “Mood, Memory and Myths: What Really Happens at Menopause,” two Wyeth/Pfizer funded speakers tried to r...
How 7 Historic Figures Overcame Depression Without Doctors
BRUCE E. LEVINE
While Sylvia Plath and Ernest Hemingway received extensive medical treatment for depression but tragically committed suicide, other famously depressed people—including Abraham Lincoln, William James, Georgia O’Keeffe, Sigmund Freud, William Tecumseh Sherman, Franz Kaf...
Obamacare in an Economy of Death and Destruction
ADAM CHIMIENTI
Imagine for a second if you will, holding a card in your hand, roughly the same dimensions as a credit card, with a chip somewhere in the middle, similar to a sim card used in cell phones. Most of the front portion of this card features a waving flag of the United States...
Turkeys, Twinkies and Toxins
ELLIOT SPERBER
Because the history of the United States is comprised of contradictions (e.g. while its political institutions are rooted in the notion of freedom, its economic institutions arise from a foundation of slavery) it should come as little surprise to find that the holiday of ...
Foetus and Feminism
FARZANA VERSEY
Words like “pro-choice” did not even occur to her as they forced an iron rod into her vagina and, together with the blood, remnants of an unborn human being seeped out. She wept a little for the lost child and much more for the scalded part that was essential to her j...
Wealth and Health
CARL FINAMORE
Let’s not kid ourselves, despite all the talk about healthcare reform the last few years, getting sick in America is still very risky. There are 25 million people with insurance in 2010 still struggling to pay medical bills according to a conservative estimate by...
Big Profits and More Concessions
CARL FINAMORE
California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) has four medical campuses in San Francisco and is the city’s second largest private employer with 6000 employees and “over 1500 doctors and allied health practitioners.” It is owned by Sutter Health, a huge healthcare provide...
Caring for America
STEVE EARLY
America’s growing workforce of home-based care-givers has provided the labor movement with its main source of recent  membership growth, in a period of overall union decline. Some of these gains were rolled back last year in states like Wisconsin, Ohio, and Mic...
Turning Health Care Into Corporate Profits
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Dr. Robert S. Dotson argues that Obamneycare is two versions of the same thing. A person has to be gullible and uninformed to believe the claims of Obama and Romney that their replacements for Medicare will save money and improve care.  What the schemes do is convert pub...
Why is Mitt Romney Trying to Kill Me?
CLANCY SIGAL
Under the influence of the painkiller Dilaudid, and dog-tired after another day of fighting for my life with my private health insurance company, I glimpsed ...
Respect for Life in the Slums of Cite Soleil
JOHN CARROLL, MD
Port-au-Prince. Do four pound babies in one of the worst slums in the world really count? It seems they do at St. Catherine’s Hospital in Cite Soleil. This precious little girl was born on Friday morning (three days ago) but was having ...
Is Your Child Mentally Ill?
MARTHA ROSENBERG
How has Big Pharma managed to get so many children on expensive drug cocktails for “mental illness”? Drugs that they may not even need? Big Pharma has spent millions on public relations campaigns that tell parents, teachers and clinicians to dose childr...
Assault On The Disabled
MARK GRAHAM
Since his election as governor, Republican Tom Corbett has left no stone unturned in his assault on the people of Pennsylvania.  To boil it down to a simple formula: he cuts food stamps to 1.8 million people while giving $1.7 billion in tax breaks to Shell oil.  Neolibe...
Cheesecake Factory Medicine?
HELEN REDMOND
Atul Gawande. Rock star surgeon. I’d want him to operate on me. If I needed an operation. And I had health insurance. He actually listens to patients. And Gawande washes his hands. A lot. To avoid Complications....
The Greatest Scandal of Our Time
PATRICK COCKBURN
Mass killings by a lone gunman lead to speculation about the sanity – or lack of it – of the killer who often turns out to have expressed doubts about his own mental stability prior to the attack. For instance, James Holmes, who shot dead 12 people and wounded 58 as ...
The Economic Mess
ELLIOT SPERBER
Bill Clinton raised a good deal of applause the other night in his speech at the Democratic National Convention, pointing out that the Republicans made a huge mess out of the economy. And while what Clinton said was to some degree the case, it was only the case insofar as...
Pot Injustice Pervades Public
NORM KENT
Recently, the city of Denver said it was going to deny medical marijuana dispensaries the right to advertise on city billboards.  A few years ago, I remember other cities denying strip clubs the right to solicit on billboards as well, claiming the ads distracted drivers ...
Privatizing the Social Healthcare ‘Brand’
HOUMAN BAREKAT
London. The musician and satirist Tom Lehrer famously quipped that satire died the day Henry Kissinger was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.  He might have saved his breath if he had known what was coming.  This week, the UK’s Conservative-led coalition gov...
The Katrina Pain Index, 2012
BILL QUIGLEY and DAVIDA FINGER
1 Rank of New Orleans in fastest growing US cities between 2010 and 2011.  Source: Census Bureau. 1 Rank of New Orleans, Louisiana in world prison rate.  Louisiana imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of the other 50 states.  Louisiana rate is five t...
Jill Stein and the 99 Percent
BART GRUZALSKI
Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for President of the United States, promises a Manhattan-project jobs program that would ignite our economy, repair our crumbling infrastructure, and put the US in the lead at the forefront of the world’s newest and hottest tech...
Fixing the Budget by Beating Up on Old People
DEAN BAKER
Economists tend not to be very good at economics, which is one of the main reasons that the world is facing such a prolonged downturn. Few economists were able to recognize the enormous imbalances created by housing bubbles in the United States and elsewhere, nor to under...
Meet Barack Obama
ROB URIE
Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential pick, Paul Ryan, as with himself, is an uninformed opportunist who was born into wealth and privilege and whose proposed policies aim to perpetuate that privilege at the expense of the rest of the population with whom he nominally s...
Ineptitude and Anti-Environmental Bias at Autism Panel
STEVEN HIGGS
The federal panel charged with allocating funds for autism research has squandered hundreds of millions in taxpayer money on ideological, nonscientific priorities. Its decisions have been financially irresponsible and practically ineffective. Its chairman should be fired ...
Soccer’s Inhumane Schedule
RICARDO GUERRA
A lot has been said over the last few years about the grueling nature of the yearly football schedule around the world. Several competitions have been expanded to include more teams. Consequently, players play an increased number of matches every season. Additionally, som...
The Dispossessed Majority
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The bumper sticker on the beat-up pickup truck read: “Friends don’t let friends vote Democrat.” The driver was obviously not affluent.  Yet, despite all the news about mega-trillion dollar bankster bailouts, mega-million dollar bonuses for financial crooks, ...
Is It Our Fault We Get Sick?
CARL FINAMORE
Why do we get sick and how do we get well were the enormously complex and controversial questions explored by a gathering of labor and community activists, health policy experts and academics attending a one-day conference at the University of California Berkeley on July ...
A House Call in Haiti
JOHN CARROLL, MD
Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Many years ago while working in a free clinic in Peoria, Illinois, I came to realize how a house call could teach much more about a patient than seeing the patient in the office. Office visits are artificial and don’t tell you near...
Wendell Potter, Single-Payer and the Big Lie
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Single payer, living wage, cutting the military industrial complex. The American people want it. And we can’t get it. Why not? Because good people continue to lie to themselves. The big lie? The Democratic Party is better than the Republican Party. ...
Targeting Single-Payer Advocates
HELEN REDMOND
President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act sucks.  It isn’t change in the dysfunctional American health care system that any one should believe in or defend. And yet that is exactly what liberals and  progressives are doing. Led by spin doctors at ...
“Obamacare” & the Public Good
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Reactionaries on the American right are seething in anger at the Supreme Court’s validation of health care reform, while liberals and center-right Democrats are predictably celebrating the ruling as a step forward in solidifying Obama’s “progressive” public policy...
Regressivism Masked as Constitutional Originalism
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
Last week America engaged in one of its perennial paroxysms of constitutional cogitation – this time over the Obama health care bill – with (mostly) predictable results. Four of the great legal priests on our High Temple’s Council of Scriptural Interpretation...
Will New Mexico Embrace Single-Payer?
CAROL MILLER
A big hurdle was passed on June 28, when the Supreme Court decided that the Affordable Care Act was legal. After years of vitriol, fighting, malicious ad campaigns, exaggeration from all sides, and lawsuits, the court reaffirmed anticlimactically that the government has t...
Hunger Games Politics
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. – John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address Not all of the states’ reactions to the recent health care decision by the U.S. Supreme C...
Health Care Casino
JOE GIAMBRONE
Elite rule is system-wide and highly encouraged across organizations of all types.  It’s now approaching a religious concept, this power to lord over others and exploit one’s underlings for personal advancement.  Look for the Ayn Randians to establish some sort of c...
The Tea Party, Canada and Health Care
DAVE LINDORFF
Let me preface this column by saying that I don’t think all conservatives and right-wingers are stupid. In fact I have some right-leaning friends of a libertarian bent who are really smart, and a lot of fun to argue with. They may have an unquestioning faith, bordering ...
The Health Care Trap
SHAMUS COOKE
The political victory for President Obama in the Supreme Court has created an interesting shift in American politics. More important than the blow against his Republican opponent has been the re-energizing of Obama’s base, a loose coalition of liberals, labor, and ...
Why the ObamaCare Ruling Stinks
DAVE LINDORFF
Looking on the bright side, the Supreme Court has ruled that something that President Obama has done is definitively not unconstitutional. That’s probably the best that can be said of the 5-4 decision by the High Court today in upholding the ironically named Affo...
Supreme Court Ruling Means Health Care Remains a Commodity
MARK DUDZIC
Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision that substantially upholds the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was widely praised by the national labor movement. “Working people won a resounding victory,” ...
ObamaCare as Corportists United
CLARK NEWHALL, MD
In an eagerly anticipated opinion on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as “Obamacare’, an unusual alignment of justices upheld the Act nearly entirely.  The crucial part of the decision found the ‘odd bedfellows’ c...
Health Care and the Hollow Hope
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Conservative partisans and activists should have learned a blunt lesson about political power and how it’s exercised in the United States in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling on “Obamacare” this last week.  Many conservatives hoped the court would take an activ...
Why the ObamaCare Ruling was a Victory for the Corporate Right
FRANK SMECKER
The recent SCOTUS ruling on the ACA (Affordable Care Act) resulted in a quid pro quo between the nation’s public and private sectors: the private health insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies are to receive billions of dollars in a federal handout in exchange ...
The Trojan Horse and the Golden Calf
ELLIOT SPERBER
The prevailing opinion concerning the release of the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the constitutionality of Obama’s health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, was that the court’s upholding of the law would amount to a powerful victory for Obama. The reas...
Obamacare Wins, We Lose
JOHN STAUBER
It was a brilliant move by far Right (but oh so likable) Chief Justice Roberts to side with the Dem-appointed Justices and uphold ObamaCare.  After all, this is a massive victory for corporate power, forcing citizens to buy an expensive insurance product that won’t...
What’s Really Happened to America’s Soldiers?
NAN LEVINSON
“PTSD is going to color everything you write,” came the warning from a stepmother of a Marine, a woman who keeps track of such things.  That was in 2005, when post-traumatic stress disorder, a.k.a. PTSD, wasn’t getting much attention, but soon it was pr...
Single-Payer Supreme
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
We reject Romneycare. We reject Romney. We reject Obamacare. We reject Obama. Where does that leave us? With the American people. And for single payer. Medicare for all. On Thursday, Single Payer Action will again be...
Health Care is a Right, Not a Mandate
MARK VORPAHL
Any day the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). Most at risk is this act’s “individual mandate” which requires everyone to buy health insurance from a private insurer or face a steep fine. If...
A Trojan Horse Among Vermont Healthcare Reformers?
STEVE EARLY
While the nation waits for an overdue Supreme Court decision that will decide the fate of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, another health care drama with wide implications for universal health care is just starting in Vermont. Prodded by a strong grassroots...
Why Obama Must be Defeated
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Not Ralph Nader. Not Amy Goodman. Not Noam Chomsky. Not Chris Hedges. Not Cornel West. Not Alexander Cockburn. Not one of the great left critics in the United States have dared say what Harvard Law School Professor Roberto Unger said last week. “President Obama must be ...
California’s Health Care Wars
CAL WINSLOW
California’s healthcare workers’ wars continue, in the streets, in collective bargaining and in the courts, at a level of conflict not often matched in the US today. More, in these California conflicts, healthcare workers and their unions are as often as not on the of...