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The New York Times continues its campaign: Breast cancer screenings cause more harm than good

By Kate Randall, November 26, 2012

An opinion piece in the New York Times argues that regular mammography screenings to detect breast cancer are “not all they’re cracked up to be.”

The meningitis outbreak and health care for profit

By Kate Randall, October 19, 2012

The deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in the US continues to spread. According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 247 people in 15 states have been sickened in the outbreak, and the death toll has risen to 19. Health authorities expect these numbers to continue to rise.

US meningitis outbreak: A deadly product of deregulation

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

By Jerry White, October 16, 2012

The fungal meningitis outbreak can be traced directly to the profit-motive of the corporate entity implicated and the lack of government oversight of drug manufacturing.

Deadly meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroids

By Kate Randall, October 9, 2012

Eight people have died from a fungal form of meningitis linked to contaminated steroids produced by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.

Los Angeles free clinic clients, volunteers discuss crisis of US health care

By our reporters, October 4, 2012

September 30 was the final day of Care Harbor’s annual free clinic at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

Declining US doctor visits: A product of social decay and the assault on health care

By Joseph Kishore, October 4, 2012

The decline in doctor visits is a product not simply of abstract economic forces, but a deliberate policy carried out by the corporations and both big business parties aimed at reducing health care for the vast majority of Americans.

Chicago school nurses speak on shortage: “Our kids deserve better”

By Lawrence Porter, September 28, 2012

Chicago Public Schools nurses describe how the cuts in public education have affected nurse-student ratios, putting the health of students at risk.

Former Obama advisers float proposals for cutting health care costs

By Kate Randall, September 4, 2012

In an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, former Obama advisers advocate “bundling” care, “tiered” health care plans, and other rationing measures to cut health care costs.

Dental care in America: A study in austerity, neglect and profiteering

By Gary Joad, September 1, 2012

A public television production documented the painful and ill experiences of millions of working class families as they seek dental care in the US.

The US Medicare debate

By Kate Randall, August 25, 2012

The election campaign debate on Medicare is a façade behind which the two big business parties are preparing an unprecedented attack on not only Medicare, but Social Security and all that remains of the social welfare programs enacted since the New Deal.

Obama and Romney’s phony Medicare debate

By Kate Randall, August 22, 2012

The crossover between the Obama heath care overhaul and Romney’s proposals for Medicare exposes the bipartisan attack being prepared against Medicare and other social programs.

Massachusetts health care bill aims to cut $200 billion over 15 years

By Kate Randall, August 6, 2012

The overall aim of the Health Care Cost Control Bill is to slash costs for the government and reduce care for ordinary people.