The Deficit Debate and Our Broken Medical Care System

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Richard “RJ” Eskow: Our health care system — guess we’ll need to call it that for lack of an alternative — is the worst in the developed world. It costs far more, provides much less, and has worse outcomes than any system that’s even remotely comparable.

In Denial on Heath Reform

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Karen Finney: Despite clear legislative, judicial and electoral defeats, Boehner outlined how “tactics of our repeal efforts will have to change,” with a new battle plan seeking to include “ObamaCare” into the negotiations on the “fiscal cliff.”

Reclaim Obamacare, Republicans!

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Tina Dupuy: Just admit the individual mandate was first proposed by Nixon, promoted by George H. W. Bush and fleshed out by the Heritage Foundation. It was the “conservative answer” to the health care issue – it was the “free-market solution” to reform.

Urban Issues Forum: The Real Battleground — October 26

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The Right Wing, Voter Supression, and the November 6 Election. With Karen Bass, Curren Price, Lafonza Butler, Michael Green, and Ralph Miller. Saturday, 26 October.

Albany County Issues a Peace Dividend Proclamation

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Lawrence Wittner: The legislature of Albany County, New York has approved a proclamation calling upon Congress to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, cut the U.S. military budget, and use the savings to fund vital public programs at home.

Romney: Get Thee to an Emergency Room

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Karen Finney: Romney finally told us how he would deal with the more than 48 million Americans without health insurance: Get thee to an emergency room!

The Bronx Example: Urban Food Deserts

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Mark Naison: For the last few years, public health experts have used the term “Food Deserts” to describe communities where residents lack access to healthy food and suffer the twin problems of hunger and obesity

Matters of Life and Death

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Charles D. Hayes: We’d do anything to protect our combat soldiers but when their loved one’s at home who can’t afford medical insurance? Do we raise taxes? Send forth doctors and surgeons dressed in fatigues?

Conquer Alzheimers Disease

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Jan Tucker: If we don’t conquer this disease, the cost of medical care will continue to rise for Alzheimer’s patients and have an extremely detrimental effect on health care reform of any sort.

The Myth That Japan Is Broke

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Ellen Brown: The Japanese government’s debt is the people’s money. They own each other, and they collectively reap the benefits.

Health Care Reform: California’s Next Steps

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Diane Lefer: With the general practitioner or family practice doctor now a vanishing breed, yes we could and should put in place incentives to encourage more medical students to go into the field. But we also need to address the problem without delay.

The Elderly, Poverty, Alzheimers — And Me!

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Sharon Kyle: Five years ago, if someone were to tell me that the United States treats its elderly like discarded trash I would have ignored them. Today, I’m seeing it with my own eyes. I suspect we’d find quite a few homeless people are homeless because first they had dementia.

How Socialized Medicine Works in France

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Richard Greeland: I am once again amazed by how well run is France’s free health system (known as ‘Social Security’ or La Sécu), and I am eager to share my personal experience of the possible with my friends in the U.S. for whom accessible healthcare remains a constantly receeding mirage.

Supremes’ Decision Points Way Past America’s Division

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Bob Letcher: A citizenry cannot claim at once BOTH to value having each other’s back, figuratively, AND to oppose sharing the cost of caring for each other’s back, literally.

Expanding Waistlines: Shrinking Sodas a Start

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Tina Dupuy: Here’s the thing with the obesity epidemic: Doing nothing is not fixing the problem.

The Obamacare Challenge to American Individualism

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Ruth Rosen: Obama’s greatest failure was limiting his use of the bully pulpit of the presidency to help Americans understand how their lives improve with universal health coverage.

Predictable Outrage over Health Care Ruling

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Tina Dupuy: The current Tea Party finds its sympathies much more inline with the Know Nothings than anyone who ever threw tea in the Boston Harbor. They’re each backlash movements sparked by “change.”

Access to AIDS Testing: African-American Women Hit Hardest

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Karen Finney: African-Americans — consistent with national trends — are more likely to be infected with HIV/AIDS, with rates of heterosexual African-American women in D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods nearly doubling in two years.

Affordable Care Act’s Victory a Defeat for the Left

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Shamus Cooke: Obama has again disarmed the left, which will sadly repeat history by scrambling, post-election, to find an independent voice to deal with the recession and continued assaults on working people.

Obamascare

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James Rhodes: Additional provisions of OBAMACARE, according to the concerned (white) Republicans: a special tax on wheelchairs and all illegal immigrants will receive 100% medical coverage.

Because Some Laundry Needs to Be Aired

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Jasmyne Cannick: I practically collapsed on the spot when I walked into that hospital room and saw my friend hooked up to an IV, withered down to skin and bones.

Pilots Without a Cockpit

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Medea Benjamin: Drone operators based so far away from the battlefield and undertaking operations entirely through computer screens and remote audio-feed risk developing a ‘Playstation’ mentality to killing.

Bad Medicine: Walmart’s Rx for Employee Healthcare

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Bobbi Murray: Walmart, an employer whose success was shaped by the globalization and the free market ideology espoused by the Reagan revolution, always looks out for Number One.

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.

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