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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...