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Archives by Tag 'health care'
Supreme Insult
PAUL STREET
As the United States Supreme Court prepares to release its ruling for or against the corporatist “health insurance reform” Barack Obama and the Democrats passed in early 2010 (the so-called Affordable Health care Act), let us pause briefly to consider what a hot pluto...
The Real Retirement Crisis
ERIC LAURSEN
“The lifespan of any civilization can be measured by the respect and care that is given to its elderly citizens, and those societies which treat their elderly with contempt have the seeds of their own destruction within them.” ...
The Unseen Wound
JERRY LEMBCKE
The headline was alarming: “Almost half of New Vets seek Disability.” According to the May 28 Associated Press story, 45% of the 1.6 million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are seeking some kind of compensation for war injuries, more than dou...
The Supremes Should Side With the People on Health Care
Dr. MARGARET FLOWERS and KEVIN ZEESE
Six years after Massachusetts enacted the state version of Obama’s health law, the people of Massachusetts are not happy.  According to a ...
History Judges Health Care
DANIEL LAZARE
The healthcare programme that President Barack Obama manoeuvred through Congress in 2010 is a political compromise that may not much reduce medical costs or alleviate a worsening health crisis. It still provoked angry backlash as Tea Party members accused the president of...
Slave Doctors for Capitalism
BRIAN McKENNA
“If the structure does not permit dialogue the structure must be changed.” — Paulo Freire  I begin by sharing an excerpt from a stunning speech by Leon Eisenberg, MD, in which he spoke truth to power befo...
Time to Jump Ship?
JAMES MADDEN
I began the year 2012 with two New Year’s resolutions: submit an article to CounterPunch, and write a thank-you letter to Rafael Correa, the president of Ecuador. The former has been an idea for many years, the latter a result of surviving a horrible bus accident in Jan...
Vioxx and the Mortality Paradox
RON UNZ
In recent weeks my description of the possible scale of the Vioxx Disaster has begun getting ...
The Curious History of the Bone-Break Fever Vaccine
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
Born in a laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland, home to the USA’s biological warfare program, the US Army created, Bill Gates Foundation funded and GSK administered Dengue “Bone-Break” Fever vaccine is reported to be in advanced trials in Thailand. Dengue Fev...
The Problem With Incrementalism
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
For seven years, Dr. Ed Weisbart was the medical director at Express Scripts. That would be medical director for the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the United States. Express Scripts fills prescriptions for one in three Americans. Are you a membe...
Ducking the Real Cost of US Wars
DAVE LINDORFF
Whether he ever said it or not, I’m going to borrow from a quote often attributed to Abraham Lincoln and alter it a bit to say: “American politicians must love war veterans — they keep making so many more of them.” The truth though, is that American pol...
Toxic Time Bombs
STEVEN HIGGS
The pernicious impact of toxic chemicals in the body, from suspected roles in autism to human response to everyday stress, can manifest themselves in future generations, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Texas (UT) and Washington State Univers...
A Cuban March Against Homophobia
DON FITZ and JACQUELYN OMOTALADE
“This discussion has changed my mind about homosexuality.  Now I understand what my lesbian friend went through.  When she graduated from medical school in Cuba, she cried.  She told me that she could live her life the way she wanted to when she was in Cuba.  But no...
When Big Pharma Writes the Laws
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Just like ALEC, Big Pharma is doing the job of elected officials by writing legislation-ready bills for no charge, says the ...
What Kind of Society Do Americans Want?
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
On 7 May 2012 ...
Mad Cow California
MICHAEL GREGER, MD
The downer dairy cow recently found stricken with mad cow disease in California was infected with an “atypical” strain. Such cases are thought to arise spontaneously, a notion the USDA seized upon to explain how the disease could arise despite their regulation...
Repression Through Marginalization
RAVI KATARI
It’s not easy to get the President of the United States to provide meaningful answers to questions regarding issues of serious concern to the population.  During a Q&A session with Obama put together by YouTube in January, a woman pressed him about her husband’s ...
Acute on Chronic
KATHLEEN PEINE
There’s always a lot of background noise in our American culture, situations that most take for granted to be the normal course of things. One of these topics is our absolute and utter lack of universal health care. Much hand-wringing and dismay in regard to this realit...
Health Care in an Age of American Decline
RAVI KATARI
“A heart that’s full up like a landfill.  A job that slowly kills you.  Bruises that won’t heal.  You look so tired, unhappy.  Bring down the government, they don’t speak for us.  I’ll take a quiet life, a handshake of carbon monoxide....
What is ObamaCare?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Growing up in the post-war era (after the Second World War), I never expected to live in the strange Kafkaesque world that exists today. The US government can assassinate any US citizen that the executive branch thinks could possibly be a “threat” to the US government...
Levity on the Right
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Among animals, one  has a sense of humor. — Marianne Moore, The Pangolin It is always refreshing when folks who are charged with dealing with really serious subject matter bring a note of levity into the proc...
A Very Sick Country
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
So. It looks now like the regressive majority on the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, his health care bill. That is so fitting. More than that, it is also a reminder of just how sick this country ...
The Affordable Care Act: an Allegorical Perspective
RAVI KATARI
Let’s imagine ourselves as belonging to a remote valley population that survives on water supplied by groundwater reserves.  As a society we have collectively decided to send the best and brightest to use their ingenuity to find the reserves and dig efficient wells tha...
Why the Supreme Court Should Kill ‘Obamacare’
DAVE LINDORFF
The US Supreme Court has a chance to do the people of America a big favor, perhaps atoning at last for its shameful betrayal of the electoral system in 2000 when a conservative majority stole the Florida, and national election, for George W. Bush, and for the liberal-led ...
Single-Payer Docs to Rally at Supreme Court
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Medical doctors and other single payer activists will rally at the Supreme Court Tuesday March 27 at 8:30 am to urge the justices to strike down the individual mandate. In...
Health Care in the Occupied Territories
RAVI KATARI
Healthcare is a unique issue in international politics and discussions of modern civilization.  As an institutional entity, it has both a substantial and direct implication regarding the very existence of human populations.  That’s in contrast to markers such as emplo...
Cuba and International Solidarity
DANIEL KOVALIK
“Never . . . was so much owed by so many to so few” — Winston Churchill In his book, ...
Vaccination Nation
BILL MOYERS and MICHAEL WINSHIP
We haven’t even turned the page on the controversy over contraceptives, health care and religious freedom, when another thorny one arises involving personal conscience and public health. ...
‘But That Would Be Torture!’
DAVE LINDORFF
I just received an object lesson into how easily we Americans are able to compartmentalize our principles and our sense of basic human decency. My father, David Lindorff Sr., who is 89, recently took a bad fall, hitting the back of his head on the bedpost and suffe...
Health Care Hypocrites
Rev. JESSE L. JACKSON
Republicans on the campaign trail denounce Obama’s health-care reforms as a virtual threat to the Republic. It’s “socialized medicine,” “a job killer,” “a government takeover of health care.” All the Republican candidates for president promise to repeal it...
Strike Down the Individual Mandate!
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Fifty medical doctors who favor a single payer health insurance system today urged the US Supreme Court to strike down the individual mandate. In...
Why the Neo-Con Turn?
ANDREW LEVINE
Despite Rick Santorum’s successes this week in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, the Republican establishment should still be able to get its way, notwithstanding Sheldon Adelson’s money and spirited resistance from the party’s base.  The only contender for the Rep...
The Komen Con
DOUGLAS A. BERG
Nancy Goodman Brinker, a pioneer of “cause marketing”, founded Susan G. Komen For the Cure in 1982, reportedly as the fulfillment of a deathbed promise made to her sister, a victim of breast cancer. In 1994, Brinker founded In Your Corner, Inc., a for-profit company t...
The Winter of Dengue Fever
DON FITZ
“I’m on pesquizaje,” my daughter Rebecca told me.  “All of the third, fourth and fifth year medical students at Allende have our classes suspended.  We are going door-to-door looking for symptoms of dengue fever and checking for standing water.” [1]...
The Health Care Racket
RALPH NADER
Looking at millions of individual bills that makeup the 2.7 trillion dollars of annual health care costs opens a gigantic window on the massive waste, redundancy, profiteering, fraud and sometimes criminal over-billing. Here is a partial example of what I mean, in ...
When Silence Brings You HIV
Faith ka-Manzi
Being HIV positive for almost ten years now, I have had my fair share of serious and not so serious infections which have at times seen my immune system succumb and often come close to collapse. I would believe that I had full-blown Aids only to revert back to being HIV p...
Health Care, Sex and the Church
CHRISTOPER BRAUCHLI
Health care coverage is one horse that the Church has chosen to ride in order to protect its belief in the sanctity of its beliefs.  Sex, rather than God, is its focus. If God’s perceived commandments on how one deals with one’s fellow man come into conflict wit...
Polio in Afghanistan
CATHERINE WILKINSON, MD
Polio forever seared two images in my mind.  That may account for my reaction to the story in the January 17th New York Times, “After Years of Decline, Polio Cases in Afghanistan Triple in a Year”. There are other images, of lines of school...
Bone-Scan Mania
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Where did the medical establishment get the idea that women are in such danger of osteoporosis they need regular bone scans? An idea debunked in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine? In 1994, a year before Fosamax, Merck’s block...
99 to 1
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
George Randt is a doctor of internal medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He’s also a supporter of a single payer national health insurance system. Randt was in downtown Cleveland last month at a rally to protest cuts to public services. At the rally,...
The Condom: Friend or Foe in the Adult Film Industry?
LESLIE WILBER
Acting in porn isn’t like mining coal or building skyscrapers. That becomes obvious when looking at labor safety debates. Sure, the adult film industry a lucrative business, and healthcare advocates say they’re trying to hold it accountable for its emp...
Dream Big
MISSY BEATTIE
I resolve to run.  I will not be forming an exploratory committee, because when I say, “run,” I mean speeding along, catch me if you can, as I leap a crack that might break my mother’s back, in my New Balancers that skim pavement and dirt. My son suggested w...
Hope, Solidarity and Acupuncture
MARK T. HARRIS
Treating illness involves getting to the root of a health condition. Or, ideally at least, it should. In the real world much medical practice is geared toward ameliorating symptoms, without necessarily curing the underlying condition. Certainly the modern pharmaceutical i...
The Leading Cause of Breast Cancer?
JOHN LaFORGE
Profiteers in the medical CT scan business took a big hit last week from a major new government report on the causes of breast cancer. Published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, the exhaustive analysis found th...
The Bi-Partisan Attack on Medicare
SHAMUS COOKE
Politicians are attacking Medicare and Medicaid on all sides–Democrats and Republicans alike. Obama’s national health care bill will slash hundreds of billions from Medicare over the next decade, an act supported by so-called “progressive” Democra...
Our Broken Health Care System is Killing Us
Rev. JESSE L. JACKSON
I suffer from a harsh case of gout that requires constant treatment. Suddenly this year, I discovered that the generic drug I was using that cost about 3 cents a pill had been banned and replaced by ...
Is America’s Health Care Crisis Fixable?
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
Trying to fix America’s health care problem is a lot like trying to confront the null set in abstract mathematics.  There may be no national fix to America’s health care problems. Claims that the American health care system is broken are by no means exaggerate...
The Rosenbaum Kidney Trafficking Gang
NANCY SCHEPER-HUGHES
A CounterPunch Exclusive On October 27, 2011 Levy Itzhak Rosenbaum, 60, a portly, sometimes risqué, “self-described” kidney matchmaker, pleaded guilty in a Trenton, NJ federal courtroom to three counts of acquiring,...
Drugs R Us
SAUL LANDAU
Americans have descended into a legal drug culture, while simultaneously retaining the “illegal” one – at great expense. But the government responds by denying the evidence its own agencies produce. Last month, a funding “highlights” of the Office...
Abbott’s Scary $8 Billion Drug
MARTHA ROSENBERG
How did Abbott Laboratories’ Humira become an $8 billion a year drug, capable of anchoring an entirely new drug company as Abbott splits into two? How did it become a blockbuster even though such drugs (which include Remicade, Enbrel and Cimzia and are called...