Christian John Lillis: C. diff. is a bacterium first identified in 1978 that can infect, harm and, at its worst, shut down human intestines. Such infections kill more than 29,000 Americans every year, rivaling gun violence and traffic accidents in fatalities.
Joe Mathews: Generations of excessive frugality and underinvestment have created various forms of scarcity in public services.
Janet Phelan: Assisted suicide is considered to produce a “slippery slope” towards outright euthanizing of those afflicted with illness or disabilities.
Stephen Frantz: GLY and its formulations are responsible for a large variety of cancers and organ failures in humans and other animals.
Walter M. Brasch: Under the Doctrine of Doctivity, health care has evolved from care and compassion to the surgical sterility of a business model, where liquidity, maximizing profits, and return on investment become the fabric and glue of health care practices.
Michael T. Hertz: Basically, a cheap-to-make drug with a small market gets jacked up in price and is then sold for millions of dollars in a sale that is all about finance and nothing about health.
Steve Hochstadt: Republican candidates don’t propose to help people in poverty, because Republican voters believe poverty is poor people’s own fault.
Robert Reich: California’s property taxes are already much lower than the national average. So even if corporations pay their full share, they’re still getting a great deal.
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 […]
Joe Mathews: The agricultural superstar’s high crime and poor health are dark indicators of what the Golden State could become.