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Archives by Tag 'health care'
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...