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.
Democrats blew it on Obamacare. That’s according to retiring Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, who told The Hill today that he regrets that his party didn’t go far enough back in 2009 and 2010 when it was trying to push the Affordable Care Act through Congress
The insurance renewal notice arrived and Donna Smith’s heart sank.
A two-time cancer survivor, who had to struggle for weeks last fall to buy a health insurance plan through Colorado’s exchange, Smith received some very bad news.
Because of irresponsible reporting by conservative sources, many Americans have been led to believe that social programs are bankrupting our nation. The mainstream media fawningly concurs, with statements like this from USA Today: "The massive deficits...[and] chronic underfunding...are largely the result of Washington's habit of committing too much money to…
When I graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1990, students were graduating from college with an average of about $12,000 in debt. Today, the average student debt for undergraduates in Minnesota is more than $31,000 — the fifth-highest in the nation.
We can’t fight the rich without fighting our own privileges. Last night, I asked my mom if she’d heard ever heard the term, “We are the 99%.” After we spent a frustrating few minutes of her repeatedly asking, “But 99% of what?” she admitted that she’d heard tell of Occupy…
Despite what the New York Times would have you believe, Americans have said over and over that they want the wealthy to pay more.
The New York Times has a post by Neil Irwin headlined “Why Americans Don’t Want to Soak the Rich.” Irwin suggests a couple of different answers to this question, depending on your ideological point of view:
New report details perverse policies that are driving more people into hopeless, inescapable poverty.
While a self-serving and bought-off Conservative majority in Congress -- along with its DINO ("Democrat In Name, Only") enablers -- remains mired in the sludge of their own "agenda" of destructive and inane policy proposals, out in the world beyond D.C., activists and everyday folks are marshaling and growing a populist Progressive movement…
The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is the center of gravity of left and progressive politics in the United States today. Over the past two decades it has grown steadily in size, sophistication, and impact. Today its membership listed on the CPC website is 68 Representatives and one Senator.
The Service Contract Act is obscure, and the Department of Labor has to police every complaint, so sometimes it's just overlooked.
"Nothing illustrates more how much the political system is rigged in favor of the wealthy," warn critics of the bill
In another boon for U.S. billionaires, Congressional Republicans are planning to ring in this year's Tax Day with a vote to repeal the federal estate tax.
Low-wage workers compromise more than 70 percent of individuals enrolled in federal and state-run poverty assistance programs
Stagnant wages and declining employer-provided benefits mean that low-wage workers in the United States are increasingly reliant on federal and state-run public assistance programs.