Tom Hastings: When will we finally decide as a nation that we should learn to follow the example of every other advanced nation on Earth from Canada to Japan to all of Europe to Australia and on and on—universal health care?
An Emergency-Room Doctor Witnesses the Extremes of the Community He Serves r. Twenty-Something is obviously in pain. His face is contorted and his right shoulder doesn’t look like his left. He’s wearing a tank top, and the complex and colorful tattoos across his upper torso don’t conceal the deformity of the top of his right […]
Michael T. Hertz: The last time we came close to getting single-payer health insurance we wound up with the hodge-podge called “Obamacare.” When that happened, we learned that Barack Obama was ready to sell us out to the corporations — in this case, the insurance companies. He gave us half a loaf instead of trying for the full one.
“My father made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Luca Brasi held a gun to his head and my father assured him that either his brains, or his signature, would be on the contract.” — The Godfather (1972) ormer Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is now being charged with treason for exploring the possibility of […]
Rudy Acuña: Americans believe that they have the best medical care in the world, which is true only if you have money or the standard is the worse.
Walker Foley and Lisa Hart: The CDC estimates that every year at least 2 million Americans experience antibiotic-resistant infections, and of those infected at least 23,000 die.
Carmen Iguina and Zara Lockshin: Immigration officials routinely ignored the 10-day requirement, taking an average of approximately four months in 2013 to complete a reasonable fear determination, and much longer in some parts of the country.
Robert Reich: If we continue in the direction we’re headed we’ll soon have a health insurance system dominated by two or three mammoth for-profit corporations capable of squeezing employees and consumers for all they’re worth.
he Republican brand is that they’re on the side of business. “Corporations are people, my friends,” uttered doomed 2012 presidential candidate, CEO-turned-Massachusetts-Governor Mitt Romney. At the time I assumed what he actually meant was, “Corporations are my friends, people.” This has been the bottom line for the GOP: Business is their business. Even South Carolina […]
Yohuru Williams: Somewhere between the tragedy of the Charleston shooting and the comedy of the faux conservative horror over President Obama’s use of the n-word is a profound statement on the power of white privilege in 21st century America.
Tina Dupuy: Now in this wake of this second Supreme Court decision upholding the existing compromised ACA law, the public option is cremated, buried and gone. There’s no political will for Medicare for all.
View image | gettyimages.com n May, it was all about Freddie Gray, police violence, and riots in Baltimore. Last summer, it was about Ferguson, Missouri, Michael Brown, police violence and riots. Three years ago, it was about Trayvon Martin and vigilantism, gun laws, the “right to carry,” etc. Also three years ago: a crazy science-guy named […]
bout three months ago, my family was devastated with the news that one of our dear loved ones has Stage 3 breast cancer. To be honest, my dear sister Dede Miller discovered the lump about a year and a half ago, but only sought treatment when it erupted and started to bleed profusely. The family had no […]