Health Care

Congress Spars on Healthcare, Unites to Fund War

September 21, 2017

As Republicans attempt a last-ditch repeal of Obamacare, Democrats have joined them to overwhelmingly pass massive spending on the military and war. We speak to economist Dean Baker

Secret Safe Injection Site Responds to US Drug Crisis

August 14, 2017

As President Trump calls the opioid crisis an emergency, it’s emerged that a US social services agency has secretly run supervised drug injections at an undisclosed location. We speak to Maia Szalavitz, author of “Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction.”

In Trump Country, Progressives Say Democrats Must Embrace Their Ideas to Win

July 22, 2017

At the Mobilize 88 conference in Deer Creek Ohio, state progressives gathered to plot strategy and share ideas for how to organize successful campaigns based on progressive ideals

Grieving Mother Will Primary Democrat Over Single Payer Healthcare

July 21, 2017

By Michael Sainato Congressman Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) managed to win his first election to congress in 2016 against Republican incumbent Crescent Hardy after Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) endorsed him in a closely contested Democratic Primary against Bernie Sanders surrogate Lucy Flores and Emily’s List backed Susie Lee. Kihuen was a former staffer in Harry Reid’s office. Though Reid attempted to convey a sense of neutrality in the 2016 Democratic Presidential Primaries until after the Nevada Caucuses, he didn’t provide the other Democrats running against Kihuen the same luxury. Kihuen received just 39 percent of the vote in that primary race, making him vulnerable to a progressive challenger in the 2018 Democratic Primaries in a district that traditionally leans Democrat. In May 2017 during a townhall, progressive activist Amy Vilela confronted Congressman Kihuen over his reluctance to support single payer Medicare for All. So far, a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives are co-sponsoring a Medicare for All bill, with the tally at 115. Kihuen refused to join that majority, even after Vilela explained to him at the Town Hall her own experiences with the American healthcare system and how it failed her daughter. All hospitals are required by law to treat patients who show up to the emergency room in need of care. But the quality and extent of that care is based on a patient’s ability to either pay for treatment out-of-pocket or whether they have health insurance to cover it. In 2015, Vilela’s 22 year-old daughter, Shalynne, went to the emergency…

Nurses, Protesters Tell Corrupt Democrats Single-Payer Healthcare Can’t Wait

July 17, 2017

By Michael Sainato In California, the fight for single payer healthcare rages on despite Democrat Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon shutting down a single payer healthcare bill, SB 562, from being voted on in the State House after it passed in the Senate. In California, Democrats hold a super majority in the state legislature and the Governor’s seat, providing them with an opportunity to pass progressive legislation. The criticisms toward the bill were that it was “woefully inadequate,” yet any debate or amendments were prevented as Rendon sided with his pharmaceutical and health insurance industry donors who opposed the bill to deny that process from continuing. The Democratic Party establishment has pleaded with the National Nurses United and progressive activists in the state to give up fighting for it, as its rendered negative publicity for the Democrats nationwide. But the Democratic Party has no excuse to not be working to make it a reality. Single payer-healthcare solves the dilemma millions of Americans face who still lack access to healthcare, and the millions more who are burdened with medical debt, high premiums and deductibles, or avoid obtaining the medical treatment they need because even with insurance, they can’t afford the costs or the prescription drugs their illnesses or ailments require. Costs are frequently cited as a deterrent toward supporting single-payer healthcare, but as Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) recently pointed out on Twitter, “When Republicans talk about the $32 trillion cost of single payer, can every Dem please point out the current system costs $49 trillion!” Even many…

Politics and Campaign Donations Hold Up California’s Single Payer Health Law

June 29, 2017

Bonnie Castillo of the Registered Nurse Response Network says that California State Assembly Speaker Rendon’s excuse for withdrawing the single payer Healthy California Act has no basis in reality

Trumpcare Would Make U.S. Healthcare Even More Dysfunctional

June 29, 2017

Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy, discusses the fight over Trumpcare and the problems with the existing healthcare system that the GOP wants to gut even further

GOP Wants Medicaid for the Needy to Fund Tax Cut for the Rich

June 28, 2017

Sara Rosenbaum, Professor of Health Law and Policy at George Washington University, explains that the GOP Health Care bill would completely restructure Medicaid for everyone, not just those who currently benefit from Obamacare

Republican Health Care Plan: A Win-Win for the Wealthiest

June 22, 2017

Dr. Jane McAlevey says at the risk of losing support from their base at the polls, Republicans are forging ahead with the Bannon plan of destroying the American safety net and all liberal measures along the way

America’s Broken Healthcare System is Creating More Single-Payer Advocates

June 13, 2017

The Real News speaks to advocates of universal healthcare and affordable prescription drugs at the 2017 People’s Summit