Health Care in the U.S.

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After Obama's Health Care Law: Against The Current vol. 147
Fisk, Milton
Article
2010
How can the single-payer health care movement move ahead after Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? The right wing wants to repeal the law, which it sees as “intrusive big gove...
A Brief History of the Medical Reform Group
Guyatt, Gord
Article
1995
Covers the year 1979 - 1994.
The Budget/Deficit Deal
Finkel, David
Article
2013
Some serious ruling class intervention finally presented John Boehner an instruction he couldn't refuse: Get the Harry Reid-Mitch McConnell Senate deal to the House floor for a straight vote to reopen...
The Crisis of Color and Democracy
Marable, Manning
Book
1992
Essays attacking racist sterotypes and cynical arguments which America's national leaders use to obscure both the roots of today's social problems and their solutions.
A Decade of Gulf War Illness: Against The Current vol. 91
Ensign, Tod
Article
2001
The demon is back: Ten years after the U.S. air war began over Kuwait and Iraq on January 17, 1991, tens of thousands of sick Gulf War vets await treatment and/or compensation for chronic health probl...
The Dialectics of Community Control
Aronowitz, Stanley
Article
1970
The movement for community control will fall short often, unless it becomes a broader struggle for popular, democratic control of all public institutions and the economy.
Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives, 2010-2011: Capital devours lives, labor, land; masses seek paths to freedom
Article
2010
A revolutionary organization can no longer allow any separation between theory and practice, philosophy and revolution, workers and intellectuals, "inside" and "outside."
Health Care Around the World
Shah, Anup
Article
2009
Overview of the various ways health services are provided around the world, as well as accompanying issues and challenges. Topics include health as a human right, universal health care, and primary he...
The Health Care Crisis and Kerry-Bush: Against The Current vol. 111
Fisk, Milton
Article
2004
A permanent crisis has plagued American health care since 1981. It began with Ronald Reagan, whose tax cuts led to cuts in Medicaid as well as more stringent eligibility rules. The crisis has contin...
Health Care Unions at War: Against The Current vol. 139
Anonymous
Article
2009
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and its former section United Health Care Workers-West (UHW) are at war after SEIU’s leadership ordered the seizure of UHW’s headquarters. UHW’s electe...
HealthSources.ca
Website
A web portal featuring information and resources about health, with articles, documents, books, websites, and experts and spokespersons. The home page features a selection of recent and important arti...
Humans and Subhumans: Weill Cornell and the Death of the American Soul
Penner, David
Article
2017
All patients that walk through the door of Weill Cornell are put into two categories: the humans, who are deemed by Cornell to have "good insurance," and the subhumans, who are deemed by Cornell to ha...
Lean & Mean Health Care
Chern, Greg
Article
2014
Chern examines the Affordable Care Act from the perspective of being an industry and how this will regulate, standardize, and consolidate the healthcare system.
The Massachusetts Plan: "Universal Coverage"?: Against The Current vol. 124
Cohen, David; Atkins, Judy
Article
2006
On April 12, 2006 Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney signed legislation that is being touted nationally as the model for providing health care for all people. The goal of the legislation is to provide...
Medicare Myths and Realities
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Since medicare is an extremely popular social program, the media and right-wing politicians have learned that it is unwise to attack it directly. Instead, they propagate myths designed to undermine pu...
Meet the Real Death Panels: 44,000 Americans a Year Die From Lack of Health Insurance
Mokhiber, Russell
Article
2009
Harvard-based researchers found that uninsured, working-age Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death than their privately insured counterparts, up from a 25 percent excess death rate found in ...
The National Health Program Book: A Source Guide for Advocates
Himmelstein, David, & Woolhandler, Steffie
Book
1994
Facts, statistics, and myth-debunking about the Canadian health insurance system and about competing proposals for reform of the U.S. health care system. Part I covers the Economic Context of the Hea...
Obama, African Americans and War on the Working Poor
Miah, Malik
Article
2013
Malcom X's speech given nearly 50 years ago still remains valid today even in the age of the first African-American president and a sizable Congressional Black Caucus. While much has changed legally a...
Private Profits vs Public Policy: The Pharmaceutical Industry and the Canadian State
Lexchin, Joel
Book
2016
According to Joel Lexchin, "Given the central role that medicines play in keeping us healthy, it is essential that we understand the policy environment that governs drug development, from the initial ...
"SiCKO," Are We Sick, Or What?: Against The Current vol. 130
Hillendime, Nick
Article
2007
Years ago, when I worked the sports unit of a commercial TV station, I spent many hours in a van traveling to various games with a lot of folks who were all smarter than I (pilots in their spare time,...
Single-Payer Health Care and the Case Against Clicktivism
Mokhiber, Russell
Article
2015
What’s the next step in the campaign for single-payer universal health care in the United States? Single Payer Now's Don Bechler says we have to hit the streets.
Strike Lessons from the Last Twenty-Five Years: Walking Out and Winning: Against The Current vol. 124
Early, Steve
Article
2006
Labor's strike effectiveness and organizational strength have long been connected. Throughout history, work stoppages have been used for economic and political purposes, to alter the balance of power ...
Testimony of David U. Himmelstein, M.D. before the HELP Subcommittee
Himmelstein, David U.
Article
2009
A single-payer reform would make care affordable through vast savings on bureaucracy and profits. As my colleagues and I have shown in research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, admini...
VA Care is for Data
Lin, Htun
Article
2014
Data production takes priority over concrete patient care itself in the new healthcare assembly line, as evidenced in the Veteran's Administration scandal.
The Wages of Whiteness is Early Death
Street, Paul
Article
2015
The white working class has never had it easy in American history. It's been viciously exploited, disrespected, deceived, divided, repressed, and otherwise and generally abused from the United States'...
The Waiting Room
Nicks, Peter
Film/Video
2012
The film watches a Californian hospital for a full day, observing what patients and staff go through as they deal with the over-crowded, under-funded US health care system.
What is Meant by 'Single-Payer' in the Current Discussion of Health Care Reforms During the Primaries?
Navarro, Vincente
Article
2016
Single-payer means that most of the funds used to pay for medical care are public, that is, they are paid with taxes. The government, through a public authority, is the most important payer for medica...
Why U.S.-Style Health Reform Does Not Work and What to Do about It
Chaufan, Claudia
Article
2015
Ending the corporate domination of healthcare is part of breaking the domination of the corporate class over our government and our lives. The task is to organize a mass movement that refuses to treat...

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