Health

Medicare for All Divides Democrats but Might Unite the Nation

Medicare for All Divides Democrats but Might Unite the Nation

April 15, 2019

Michael Lighty speaks on Sanders’ Medicare for All bill, the corporate-fueled war inside the Democratic Party, and the battle for American minds

New York Sues Big Pharma for Opioid Crisis

New York Sues Big Pharma for Opioid Crisis

April 5, 2019

Sackler and PurduePharma profited from “suffering and death,” NYC AG Letitia James says. White collar criminologist Bill Black discusses the case

Trump and Pelosi Both Cater to Private Health Insurance—Wendell Potter

Trump and Pelosi Both Cater to Private Health Insurance – Wendell Potter

April 4, 2019

Trump’s “great healthcare plan” and opposition to Medicare for All’s “socialism” and Pelosi’s defense of the ACA and opposition to single-payer are both aimed at garnering support from the private insurance industry

Could Banning Menthol Cigarettes Have Deadly, Unintended Consequences?

Could Banning Menthol Cigarettes Have Deadly, Unintended Consequences?

March 27, 2019

Retired Police Commander Neill Franklin and harm reduction specialist Ricky Morris say city bans on menthol cigarettes could lead to further criminalization of communities of color

Baltimore Incinerator Could Lose Green Subsidies

Baltimore Incinerator Could Lose Green Subsidies (UPDATED)

March 13, 2019

Maryland lawmakers are considering legislation that would strip Baltimore’s incinerator of millions of dollars in renewable energy subsidies

Billionaire Owners of Purdue Pharma Pushed Opioid Drug OxyContin Knowing it Could Kill

Billionaire Owners of Purdue Pharma Pushed Opioid Drug OxyContin Knowing it Could Kill

March 11, 2019

Released depositions revealed that Richard Sackler, owner of Purdue Pharma, lied to physicians about the danger of OxyContin. Now Purdue Pharma is considering declaring bankruptcy to avoid lawsuits. Tarbell.org founder Wendell Potter discusses the case

Public "Medicare for All" Saves U.S. Taxpayers 1.5 Trillion Dollars

Public “Medicare for All” Saves U.S. Taxpayers 1.5 Trillion Dollars

February 18, 2019

Contrary to Michael Bloomberg and former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, potential 2020 Presidential candidates, a completely public health care program could save taxpayers 1.5 trillion dollars, says Prof. Robert Pollin of PERI at UMass, Amherst and Adam Gaffney, President of Physicians for a National Health Program

Labor Board Hearing Set for Nurses Alleging Hopkins Is Preventing Them From Unionizing

Labor Board Hearing Set for Nurses Who Allege Hopkins Is Preventing Them From Unionizing

January 24, 2019

On March 6, The National Labor Relations Board will hear public testimony from nurses who allege unfair labor practices by the world-leading Johns Hopkins Hospital

Most Americans Want Medicare for All, Without Private Insurers

Most Americans Want Medicare for All, Without Private Insurers

January 23, 2019

Bob Pollin & Michael Lighty hold that Medicare for All does not have into include private insurers like Medicare does today

Medicare for All is a Fight to Democratize the Economy

Medicare for All is a Fight to Democratize the Economy

December 31, 2018

Kelly Coogan-Gehr of National Nurses United tells Paul Jay that healthcare represents one-fifth of the US economy, and to bring that fully into the public sector would be an important step towards transferring economic power to the public interest