The Aha Moment That Forever Changed My Life

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Jasmyne Cannick: There is no reason why in 2012 any of us should be dying from AIDS. The barriers that prevent us from seeking help must be addressed honestly and right now so that there is never another situation like what I walked into with my friend.

Preparing Not To Forget

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Charles Hayes: The gradual slide into dementia that my own parents experienced serves as a constant reminder about what can happen when one gives up rigorous thinking.

Charley James Returns: Now, What Was I Saying … ?

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Charley James: I’d turned my back on modern health care to wait for Godot after a virulent cancer returned for the third time. Then, traditional Chinese medicine did what regular docs couldn’t. I beat the odds and was coming back – until a 1%-er caught up with me. Over the past three years, my life got turned upside down. Just like America’s.

Socialism: A GOP Plan Signed by Obama

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Tina Dupuy: Is it perfect? No. Could it be improved? Absolutely. However, ObamaCare is the opposite of socialism, it’s a market solution.

It’s Still the Economy, Stupid

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Berry Craig: If the GOP justices gang up to turn thumbs down on the Affordable Care Act, it might even boost the president by firing up the Democratic faithful and convincing more than a few independents that the Supreme Court really is a lapdog for Congressional Republicans and not a watchdog for the Constitution.

Obamacare Is Killing Our Bottom Line

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Clifford Tasner: Heavens! Young people can be covered under Obamacare by their parents plush policies until they’re 26. Cossetting the young isn’t going to help them learn that the world is a harsh place.

Healthcare 101: Ride for Free

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Derrick Ashong: In the end it seems some conservatives truly love individual responsibility…as long as they don’t have to practice it themselves.

Healthcare 101: Don’t Eat That Chocolate Bar

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Derrick Ashong: If we’re going to have a system of privately issued insurance (which we do have, and which the govt has made no moves to get rid of), we run into a basic problem: healthy people don’t wanna’ buy it.

Supreme Court Scandals

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Brent Budowsky: As the Supreme Court considers the healthcare law — and in so doing, possibly dominates a national election for the third time since since 2000 — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warns that a wave of corruption and scandal will result from the earlier high court decision in Citizens United.

A Civil Encounter at a Local Hospital

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Nick Capo: Employees enrolled in employer-managed health-care plans and citizens enrolled in government-managed Medicare undoubtedly possess a lengthy list of grievances and desires, but towering over all such petty concerns should be an awareness of their great good fortune.

Healthcare Jujitsu

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Robert Reich: With a bit of political jujitsu, the President could turn any such defeat at the Supreme Court into a victory for a single-payer healthcare system – Medicare for all.

The AIDS-like Disease Seldom Mentioned

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Karen Lambert: We talk openly about preparing for an impending Avian Flu pandemic. Why not talk about the HIV-NEGATIVE AIDS epidemic that already exists (and is spreading) amongst us?

Free Riders: Why is Health Care Any Different from Food Stamps?

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John Peeler: Why does getting extra food stamps amount to fraud if not outright theft, while refusing to buy health insurance when you can afford it is a constitutional right? A free rider is a free rider.

Jackie Speier Drops Breast Cancer Foundation Support

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Tanya Somanader: Wednesday, America’s most well-known breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen succumbed to right-wing pressure and ended its partnership with Planned Parenthood, causing Rep. Jackie Speier to drop her support.

California State Senate Kills Universal Health Care Bill

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The Campaign for a Healthy California (CHC) today denounced the failure of the California Senate to pass SB 810, the California Universal Care Act. The bill died when it remained two votes short of passage.

Outsourcing America’s Health Care

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Walter Brasch: “Megabucks/U.S. closes its auxiliary operations, and then contracts with Mexican companies for a fifth of the cost in the U.S. They do the work, ship it back to the U.S., and Megabucks bills Blue Cross the full rate as if it was done locally.”

Drugs and Ron Paul’s Appeal to Young Voters

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The Drug Economy, Neo Liberalism and the Social Basis of Ron Paul’s Appeal to Young Voters “New York streets where killers’ll walk like Pistol Pete And Pappy Mason, gave the young boys admiration Prince from Queens and Fritz from Harlem Street legends, the drugs kept the hood from starving” Nas, “Get Down” That big ol’ [...]

Conservativism, Compassion, and Cruelty: A Response to David Brooks

Peter Dreier: The real “community”-wide solution to our health care crisis is universal insurance, which can only be achieved with government setting the rules and providing subsidies.

Uniting Occupy and Labor Over Health Care

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Shamus Cooke: In order to unite all working Americans into a powerful coalition, Medicare for All should be demanded, so that all Americans will see their interests reflected in the fight.

Medical Self Defense and the Black Panther Party

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In her new book, Columbia professor Alondra Nelson documents the multifaceted (and under-reported) health activism of the Panthers.

Pfizer’s Latest Twist on ‘Pay for Delay’

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Marian Wang: Pfizer is adding yet another twist to its efforts to delay generic competitors. As The New York Times reports, the company seems to have struck a deal with certain pharmacy benefit managers to block generic versions of Lipitor.

It’s Still “Magic” 20 Years Later

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Anthony Samad: Few have followed his lead on inner city investment, but many have followed his lead in living two decades with HIV.

A New American Political Morality

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Steve Hochstadt: Conservatives don’t say that the US isn’t rich enough to care for such people; they say all the time that we are the most prosperous nation ever. They say they don’t want to pay for them. That’s why I’m not a conservative.

Obamacare Offers Path for Obama’s Re-Election

Randy Shaw: If voters believe that Obama’s re-election is essential to preserve national health care reform – which, for all of its shortcomings, is better than the status quo and is popular with voters – the President has a path to victory.

The Great Health Care Takeaway

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Shamus Cooke: Most workers now understand that there is a difference between apparently having health care and actually having health care: if you are technically “insured” but cannot afford doctor visits due to high deductibles and co-pays, you really aren’t insured.

Healthcare: What Democrats Should Have Learned By Now

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Robert Reich: Had the President and the Democrats stuck to their guns during the health-care debate and insisted on Medicare for all, or at least a public option, they wouldn’t now be facing the possible unraveling of the new health care law.

Vaccinations and the Ice Cream Scare

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Tina Dupuy: Not getting immunizations is treated like a religious rite. We’re afraid to offend those who have faith in not inoculating their kids to allegedly save them from autism. Which means vintage viruses are in again.

Medicare Is the Solution, Not the Problem

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Robert Reich: The real problem is the soaring costs of health care that lie beneath Medicare. They’re costs all of us are bearing in the form of soaring premiums, co-payments, and deductibles. Medicare offers a means of reducing these costs — if Washington would let it.

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Summer Single Payer Conference

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This one-day educational and skills-building conference will teach you all about the US healthcare system, its problems, and how to fix them.

Saving Lives, Preserving Life

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Steve Hochstadt: Whether cities and states are ruled by Democrats or Republicans, self-identified as “pro-life” or not, too much human life is lost across America, in birthing rooms and in the years of childhood.

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