The proportion of Americans who lack health insurance took a big dip last year, with nearly 9 million people gaining coverage since 2013, according to federal figures announced Wednesday morning.
The state Assembly approved on Wednesday evening a bill that would create a single-payer health system in New York.
The bill passed 89-47.
As my colleague Claire Hughes reported this morning, the vote is the first to occur on the proposal, which Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried has introduced annually for years, since 1992.
Liz Nikazmerad is a rarity in American labor: a local union president under the age of 30, displaying both youth and militancy. For the last two year years, she has led the 180-member Local 203 of the United Electrical Workers (UE), while working in the produce department of City Market in Burlington, Vermont. Thanks to their contract bargaining, full-time and part-time employees of this bustling community-owned food cooperative currently enjoy good medical benefits.
It's time for universal health care in the US.
More than 100 economic professors from across our country have signed on to a letter, calling for Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and that state's legislature to enact universal health care in the Green Mountain State.
Vermont has had plans to implement a universal health care system in that state for some time now, but Gov. Shumlin put those plans on hold late last year, after concerns came up over how the system would be paid for.
My daughter, Kate, was born at Johns Hopkins hospital in 1994. I had a private room for three days. Most mothers are sent home after a day, even if the baby is required to remain in the hospital. Kate was low birth weight, and a bit jaundiced. The doctors wanted to keep here there, so they found a way to keep me there. It cost me something like $27. For everything, all the pre-natal care, labor and delivery. Everything. My husband was in the army and his benefits covered all of it. I don’t recall even filling out any forms.
Joel Segal's Real World Comment On: “The Long Term/Home Care Crisis In America: Why We Need Expanded And Improved Medicare For All, HR 676, And One Unified Populist Movement To Pass the Bill”
*(Authors Note: In my last article, I did not clarify that my Congressional Insurance Plan Co-Pays Are $800 Per Month For The Next 6 Months; not $800 per year. :)
Today, my 84 year old wonderful mother was released from the Tamarac Rehabilitation Center in Sunrise, Florida after undergoing double bi-pass heart surgery. She is lucky to be alive: 99% of her arteries were blocked.
But, what is both shocking and immoral, is that her Medicare HMO will only cover two nursing visits per week, even though she needs emergency assistance every day, right now, with walking, cooking, bathing, eating and cleaning. I am very blessed and fortunate to be able to take of my mother for a few weeks, because I have a job that allows me to work at her home for a period of time via computer.
Hours before Christmas, at exactly 7:00am on December 24th, I was heading to the Emergency Room at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Montefiore is one of the largest hospitals and medical teaching institutions in the country and closely associated with the prestigious Albert Einstein College of Medicine - a city within a city with a staff of over 20,000 and a hospital bed capacity of nearly 2,000. "Monte" also has additional facilities in New Rochelle and Mount Vernon in Westchester County, while its main facility continues to expand, setting up medical offices and growing like topsy throughout the Bronx, all run by its staff. These ever-expanding medical complexes are a disturbing new trend throughout our country and are adversely affecting private practice doctors and the communities they serve.
The Arizona Supreme Court reinstated a lawsuit on Wednesday that could strip health care away from 300,000 low-income Arizonians should it ultimately prevail. Though it should be noted that Wednesday’s decision dealt entirely with a procedural issue, that the court explicitly stated that its decision was not a “determination on the merits,” and that Arizona has a strong legal argument it can raise against this attempt to take health care away from many of the state’s most vulnerable residents.
Yesterday Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced that he was ending his campaign for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. It was a week to the day after placing all bets on his record as a union buster to propel himself into the White House.
The Pope’s visit to the USA this week comes just two months before pivotal UN climate talks that could lead to a global climate agreement. Climate change will be high on his agenda in planned addresses to the UN and Congress, and it is likely that one of his central…
Hundreds of cab drivers at O’Hare and Midway airports in Chicago halted service late Wednesday morningin protest of new rules in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed 2016 budget. The action, which was organized by Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 (CDU), saw drivers blocking traffic near cab stands for roughly two hours,…
The U.S. Census Bureau released data this week showing little to no improvement in poverty and family incomes in 2014, despite a falling unemployment rate. This frustrating state of affairs is directly related to high levels of inequality andstagnant wages, which have kept poverty rates much higher than they should be given…
Sept. 17, 2015 After a month of major mobilizations from Jackson Hole, WY to Washington, DC, the Fed Up campaign today released the following statement, celebrating the Federal Reserve’s decision not to raise interest rates. “This is a victory for the working families who stepped up with innovative organizing to…
'A higher interest rate means that fewer jobs will be created, and that the wages of workers at the bottom will remain too low to live on.' Update 3 PM EDT: In a decision that aligns with progressive demands, the Federal Reserve announced on Thursday that it would keep interest rates near zero…
"Using arrests to solve homelessness...is contrary to a fair and just community."
The ACLU filed suit against Honolulu, Hawaii on Wednesday over the city's raids of homeless encampments, saying officials violated constitutional rights of individuals dwelling in the camps by throwing out food and vital belongings during massive sweeps.
A response to my critics and the case for a guerrilla war within the Eurozone. When my essay on Greece after the referendum “The Courage of Hopelessness” was republished by In These Times, its title was changed to “How Alexis Tsipras and Syriza Outmaneuvered Angela Merkel and the Eurocrats.” The substance of what…
With a potential strike deadline looming at one of its largest U.S. warehouses, Sweden-based home furnishings retailer IKEA is facing renewed skepticism over its self-proclaimed commitment to fair labor policies, both in the United States and elsewhere.
Ten years after the historic landfall of Hurricane Katrina, how have federal, state and city policies affected the people of New Orleans? Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, a new documentary from The Laura Flanders Show and teleSUR English explores the race, class and gender outlines of the reconstruction of New…