Tag Archives: Healthcare

Number of Children Living in Poverty Drops Sharply, Census Bureau Reports

Number of Children Living in Poverty Drops Sharply, Census Bureau Reports
Median household income was 8 percent lower last year than in 2007, and the poverty rate was two percentage points higher By Robert Pear The New York Times, September 16, 2014 WASHINGTON — The poverty rate declined last year for the first time since 2006, the Census Bureau reported on Tuesday. But at the same time, it said, there was no statistically significant change in the number of poor people or in income for the typical American ... Read more

Drive to ban mandated paid sick days is an attack on democracy

Drive to ban mandated paid sick days is an attack on democracy
Despite the clear public benefit of paid sick days, a new, troubling backlash is occurring at the state level, urged on by lobbying groups such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which promotes conservative legislation at the state level, and the National Restaurant Association. These organizations are pushing legislatures and governors to enact pre-emption (or kill-shot) laws to bar cities and counties from passing paid ... Read more

Why Obamacare Can’t Lower Costs

Why Obamacare Can’t Lower Costs
President Obama and the Democratic Party dug themselves into a deep hole by claiming the Affordable Care Act would cut the nation’s health care costs when in fact it will raise them. It’s the gift that will keep on giving to opponents of the law. The ACA cannot cut costs because its proponents subscribed to the wrong diagnosis of the U.S. health care crisis. Read more

Here’s Why This City’s Businesses Love Its Paid Sick Days Law

Here’s Why This City’s Businesses Love Its Paid Sick Days Law
The majority of Seattle businesses support the paid sick leave requirement that went into effect in September of 2012 and report few, if any, costs or challenges, according to a new audit from the Seattle Office of the City Auditor with help from the University of Washington. The audit found that 70 percent of employers in the city support the law, with 45 percent saying they are very supportive. This held true for businesses of all sizes. ... Read more

When Public Goods Come Under Attack

When Public Goods Come Under Attack
Canada provides an instructive case. While struggling to secure democratic ownership and management of a variety of public goods and services (such as the healthcare system and education) helped forge the country as a people, neoliberalism is making some disturbing headway in the privatization of what was once deemed “off the table” in Canadian politics. The main lesson from this close read of the Canadian situation is that the fight for ... Read more

This Generation of Med Students Wants a Truly Just Healthcare System for All

This Generation of Med Students Wants a Truly Just Healthcare System for All
Medical students are acutely aware of the continuing barriers to health care that our patients face, and I can tell you – based on firsthand experience – that my fellow students are not about to give up the quest for truly universal, comprehensive care that’s readily accessible to everyone. Their convictions owe a great deal to the late Chicago Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, who fought tirelessly on behalf of the powerless and downtrodden. In ... Read more

Co-op Health Insurance Plans See Early Success

Co-op Health Insurance Plans See Early Success
Karl Sutton is part of a food cooperative in Montana where he grows spinach. He understands the co-op model and thinks it can work for his health insurance company. Funded almost entirely by federal government loans this year, initial enrollment numbers look pretty good for a lot of co-ops, but that’s not necessarily enough to make them successful. There are definitely people out there who are stoked about being able to buy their health ... Read more

Care Before Profit: Organizing for Community-Led Healthcare

Care Before Profit: Organizing for Community-Led Healthcare
The question when it comes to Interfaith, according to NYSNA organizer Eliza Carboni, is, “How do we get decisions about our healthcare needs out of bankruptcy court and into the hands of the community?” The hospital, which has been in bankruptcy court since 2012, has nearly closed several times—most recently this winter—before the state agreed to release some $25 million in funds to keep it open through March as bankruptcy proceedings ... Read more

Social inequality and the war against the working class

Social inequality and the war against the working class
The staggering growth of social inequality—to the point where less than 100 people control more wealth than the bottom 3.5 billion people on the planet—has destroyed any social basis for democracy. What is emerging from the crisis and decay of capitalism is a new form of aristocratic privilege and political reaction. The only alternative is socialism—the expropriation of the wealth of the ruling class, the transformation of the corporations ... Read more

The Real Illness Plaguing U.S. Healthcare: Inequality

The Real Illness Plaguing U.S. Healthcare: Inequality
Making sure everyone has a chance to rise to a level of well-being where their basic needs are taken care of is a laudable, and practical, dream for Americans. But a system that targets the assets of the poor for liquidation and provides care pegged to one’s income level is a system dedicated to reproducing inequality. If we are going to be honest with ourselves we would have to admit that the fault for this current situation lies not in ... Read more