Health care in the US
“Health care should be a right, not a privilege”
By WSWS reporting team, 12 August 2017
Like other free clinics throughout the US, the Motor City Medical Mission revealed the deep health care crisis in America.
By a WSWS reporting team, 10 August 2017
Like other free clinics throughout the US, the Motor City Medical Mission revealed the deep health care crisis in America.
By Matthew Taylor, 5 August 2017
In 2015 the state of Indiana introduced a Medicaid expansion plan which converts the entitlement program into a fee-based insurance program.
By Kate Randall, 5 August 2017
The Democratic Party’s response to the debacle for Trump was to offer its services in implementing the demands of the insurance giants for “repairing” Obamacare so as to better ensure reduced costs and fatter profits.
By Kayla Costa, 4 August 2017
Tribal leaders are encouraging Native Americans to enter the private health insurance market, placing the medical coverage of over 300,000 people at risk.
By Genevieve Leigh, 2 August 2017
Despite the immense scale of the national health crisis, the debate in Washington is focused on slashing Medicaid, which provides addiction treatment to low-income people.
In wake of Republican failure on ACA repeal
By Kate Randall, 1 August 2017
A number of states are seeking federal permission to require Medicaid enrollees to work, submit to drug testing or pay monthly premiums.
Way cleared for bipartisan attack on Medicaid
By Kate Randall, 26 July 2017
Despite certain tactical differences, both big business parties are in agreement on unprecedented cuts in health care and the dismantling of the core social programs dating from the 1930s and 1960s.
As Trump seeks to revive bill to “repeal and replace” Obamacare
By Barry Grey, 20 July 2017
The Democratic Party response to Republican disarray over health care is to push for a bipartisan bill that would “fix” Obamacare to make it even more punitive for working people and more profitable for the giant insurance companies.
New study shows half of all opiate prescriptions given to patients suffering from depression or anxiety
By Matthew Taylor, 20 July 2017
The study’s conclusions point to the widespread overprescribing of opiates to those diagnosed with mental illness.
By Kate Randall, 19 July 2017
This turn of events marks a stunning defeat for President Trump, who has made a “repeal and replace” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) one of his central policy goals.
By Genevieve Leigh, 18 July 2017
The drug epidemic is a symptom of a diseased social system, the product of nearly four decades of social counterrevolution overseen by the ruling class and its political representatives, Democratic and Republican.
Michigan researchers investigate connection between Flint water crisis and high infant mortality rate
By Carlos Delgado, 18 July 2017
The city of Flint saw a significant increase in rate of infants who died before their first birthday in 2015, when the lead-in-water crisis was at its height.
By John Marion, 17 July 2017
The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) and Democratic Party politicians are using stunts to pressure management into negotiations while nurses go without pay.
As Senate health plan calls for gutting Medicaid
By Kate Randall, 15 July 2017
In the United States, your level of income defines your access to health care, the quality of care you receive, and whether you will meet with an early death because of it.
By Kate Randall, 14 July 2017
The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act would mark the effective end of Medicaid as a guaranteed government insurance program based on need.
Trump administration signs law stripping job protections from Department of Veterans Affairs employees
By Nick Barrickman, 14 July 2017
The Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act marks a deepening of the attack on federal workers.
By John Marion, 14 July 2017
Nurses fighting understaffing and pension attacks face a battle against both big business parties, which defend for-profit medicine.
Hospital plans punitive five-day lockout
By Kate Randall, 13 July 2017
Nurses are demanding the hospital increase staffing and resources, make salaries more competitive and keep a decent pension plan intact.
A generation of orphans
By Genevieve Leigh, 12 July 2017
Social service workers, health care workers, and nonprofit organizers spoke to the WSWS about the devastating consequences of the opioid epidemic on children.
Eighty arrested on Capitol Hill protesting legislation
By Kate Randall, 11 July 2017
A new poll shows that only 17 percent of US adults approve of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate Republicans’ heath care bill, while 55 percent disapprove.
By Eric London, 10 July 2017
The murder of Easley exposes the establishment’s ritual worship of veterans as nothing more than propaganda, aimed at building support for wars fought by the poor to enrich the wealthy.
Nine rural hospitals in the state have shut down since 2010
By Warren Duzak, 10 July 2017
Tennessee is the “canary in the coal mine” for rural hospitals across the country.
By a WSWS reporting team, 10 July 2017
Two teachers spoke up to counter Schneider’s complacency about the ACA, explaining that it was difficult to afford and few doctors accepted the ACA plans.
By Samuel Davidson, 7 July 2017
Hundreds of Pennsylvania residents, opponents of the health care bill Toomey co-authored, were blocked from entering the television studio where the event was being staged.
Ohio politician proposes letting overdose victims die
By Barry Grey, 5 July 2017
Behind the proposals in the Republicans’ health care bills to gut Medicaid and lift the requirement that insurers cover treatment for substance abuse lies a calculated effort to reduce life expectancy for working people.
“It’s a pretty damning statement when nurses cannot afford health care”
By Jay James, 3 July 2017
Nurses at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center are the latest to face a battle to defend their health benefits.
With polls showing only 12 percent support for Republican bill
By Barry Grey, 1 July 2017
Far from seeking to mobilize popular anger over the assault on health care, Democrats are appealing to Trump and the Republicans to reach an agreement to impose new cuts.
By Tom Hall, 1 July 2017
Republican Senator Bill Cassidy declined to say explicitly whether he supported the Senate bill, but he made clear his support for a reactionary assault on access to health care.
By Joseph Kishore, 29 June 2017
The Democrats and Republicans are continuing their stage-managed debate over measures that will have devastating consequences for millions of Americans.
By Kate Randall, 28 June 2017
There is bipartisan agreement that the current health care system needs to be “fixed,” meaning deeper cuts in spending, including for Medicaid and other “entitlements.”
By Barry Grey, 27 June 2017
The central feature of the Senate Republicans’ “Better Care Reconciliation Act” is a devastating cut in funding for Medicaid, the government health care program for the poor.
By Josh Varlin, 26 June 2017
Bernie Sanders is seeking to corral opposition to the Senate Republicans’ health care bill and channel it behind the Democratic Party.
“A lot of people are going to be left behind who can’t afford medical coverage”
By Samuel Davidson, 26 June 2017
Workers, students and health care providers discuss the impact of the destruction of health care on their communities.
By Barry Grey and Kate Randall, 24 June 2017
The most significant feature of both the Senate and House plans is their effective dismantlement of Medicaid as a guaranteed benefit—a milestone in the ruling class drive to destroy what remains of the social reforms of the 20th century.
By Genevieve Leigh, 21 June 2017
Visits to emergency rooms and inpatient stays for opioid-related issues are skyrocketing, straining treatment facilities in rural areas and urban centers alike.
By Kate Randall, 21 June 2017
The Democrats defend Obamacare as though it were a progressive social reform, rather than a major step in the assault on healthcare, now being carried further by Trump and the Republicans.
By Kate Randall, 20 June 2017
The Senate plan to repeal Obamacare could cut an additional $64 billion from Medicaid by changing the way growth in per-patient spending is calculated.
By Kate Randall, 16 June 2017
The Senate plan maintains the AHCA’s per capita cap or block granting of federal Medicaid funds, which would effectively end Medicaid as a guaranteed program based on need.
By Kate Randall, 13 June 2017
The Senate bill will retain the majority of the AHCA’s reactionary features, including the gutting of Medicaid and tax breaks for the wealthy.
By Trévon Austin, 10 June 2017
According to the research directed by the University of Maryland in 2016, pregnancy-related deaths in Texas nearly doubled within two years, rising from 72 in 2010 to 142 in 2012.
By Brad Dixon, 5 June 2017
Between 2006 and 2016, Mylan Pharmaceuticals misclassified its EpiPen Auto-Injector, used to treat anaphylaxis due to allergic reactions, as a generic product instead of a branded product.
By Kate Randall, 3 June 2017
The new rule greatly expands the number of employers and insurance companies that could qualify for an exemption to the ACA mandate, simply by claiming a moral or religious objection.
By Benjamin Mateus and Marcus Day, 2 June 2017
The cuts at Advocate will mean further restriction of patients’ access to health services and an escalation of the attack on the jobs and working conditions of employees.
By Brad Dixon, 2 June 2017
The rise in drug prices is 318 percent higher than the rise in the costs of goods due to inflation, according to a report by health care technology company Truveris.
By Kate Randall, 26 May 2017
The AHCA would leave 23 million fewer insured by 2026, slashing $824 billion from Medicaid and driving up premiums for older Americans and those with preexisting conditions.
By Shelley Connor, 16 May 2017
If insurers are unable to make an adequate profit under Obamacare, they either hike their prices or pull out of the insurance market.
By Kevin Martinez, 13 May 2017
VA Secretary David Shulkin told Congress the proposal is aimed at privatizing veterans’ health care.
Berkshire Hathaway billionaire: “The amount of waste from overtreatment of the dying is just disgusting”
By Kate Randall, 12 May 2017
That people who have toiled their entire lives should be treated with dignity at the end of their lives is an alien concept to such reactionary minds.
By Naomi Spencer, 10 May 2017
Counties in the eastern Kentucky coalfields registered the sharpest declines in life expectancy between 1980 and 2014.
By Kate Randall, 9 May 2017
Although Obama did not mention the ACA or “Trumpcare” in his remarks accepting the award, it is clear that the passage of Obamacare was one of the main reasons he was chosen.
By Patrick Martin, 8 May 2017
The passage of the American Health Care Act by the House of Representatives sets the pace for devastating cuts in health care for working people, to fund a windfall for the financial oligarchy.
By Kate Randall, 6 May 2017
Shameless lies are being used to promote a thoroughly regressive bill that builds on Obama’s pro-corporate Affordable Care Act and expands its assault on health care.
Bill would end Medicaid as a guaranteed program based on need
By Kate Randall, 5 May 2017
The American Health Care Act is a reactionary bill that builds on the regressive, pro-corporate framework of the legislation popularly known as Obamacare.
By Barry Grey and Kate Randall, 3 May 2017
The amended version of the Trump administration’s American Health Care Act would impose an even more savage attack on health care for millions of people than the original.
By John Marion, 24 April 2017
Governor Paul LePage expects to receive federal approval for an attack on Medicaid.
By Kate Randall, 15 April 2017
The giant private insurers claim that Americans are “gaming” the ACA by signing up only when they get sick and dropping out after receiving medical treatment.
By Kathleen Martin, 15 April 2017
The move is part of a broader attack on healthcare and the right to abortion services.
By Kate Randall, 11 April 2017
Income-based disparities in US life expectancy are worsened by the for-profit US health care system.
By Barry Grey, 25 March 2017
Both Trump and the Democrats signaled their readiness to collaborate in devising new means to slash health care benefits.
By Barry Grey, 24 March 2017
The bill has been made more brutal in an attempt to win over the most diehard opponents of health care for poor and moderate-income people.
By Samuel Davidson, 24 March 2017
Over 500 people attended a Town Hall meeting in Pittsburgh to express outrage over cuts to health care.
By Kate Randall, 20 March 2017
Under a block grant, states would receive a fixed annual amount of federal funding, forcing them to either cut benefits or remove people from the program altogether
By Douglas Lyons, 17 March 2017
Researchers estimate that more than 1.1 million people in the state would lose health insurance and 3,525 premature deaths would result each year from a total repeal.
By Jerry White, 16 March 2017
The current debate obscures the basic motivation guiding both big business parties: to restrict access to affordable health care and sharply reduce the lifespan of American workers.
By Brad Dixon, 15 March 2017
Scott Gottlieb has close ties to the drug industry and, if confirmed, will work to roll back regulations at the FDA.
By Kate Randall, 14 March 2017
This massive surge in the uninsured would come largely on the backs of the poor through draconian cuts to Medicaid, effectively ending it as an entitlement program.
By Kate Randall, 13 March 2017
The Republican bill to replace Obamacare will slash taxes for the wealthy by $600 billion.
By Niles Niemuth, 11 March 2017
Under the cover of a struggle over Obamacare, the bipartisan attack on health care for working people in America is being intensified.
By Kate Randall, 8 March 2017
Beginning in 2020, the Republican plan would convert federal funding for Medicaid to a per capita allotment, as well as end Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid.
“If a miner comes between a coal operator and a dollar, they’ll always take the dollar”
By Samuel Davidson, 6 March 2017
Thousands of retired coal miners and surviving widows have been sent letters notifying them that their health benefits will be cut off April 30 when funding for 22,600 recipients runs out.
By Kate Randall, 27 February 2017
While agreeing in principle with drastic cuts to Medicaid, the governors want input on how to impose them under any Obamacare replacement legislation.
By Kate Randall, 18 February 2017
The proposals would roll back Medicaid expansion under Obamacare and convert the program to either a per capita cap or a block grant to the states.
“Health care has been under attack for quite a long time”
By a WSWS reporting team, 13 February 2017
Supporters of Planned Parenthood mobilized nationwide on Saturday to counter demonstrations by right-wing opponents of the right to abortion.
By Kate Randall, 11 February 2017
Tom Price once wrote, “Nothing has had a greater negative effect on the delivery of health care than the federal government’s intrusion into medicine through Medicare.”
By Brad Dixon, 6 February 2017
Trump met with pharmaceutical industry lobbyists and executives at the White House last week.
By Brad Dixon, 1 February 2017
Drug distributors have repeatedly failed to report “suspicious orders” of opioids, while industry lobbying has curtailed enforcement of the law by the Drug Enforcement Agency.
By Gary Joad, 31 January 2017
Some 12,990 cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed last year and 4,120 women died of the disease.
By Kate Randall, 25 January 2017
Price arrogantly dismissed questioning about the new administration’s planned assault on Medicare, Medicaid and health care in general.
By Zaida Green, 19 January 2017
Representative Tom Price, named to head the Department of Health and Human Services, testified before a Senate committee.
By Kate Randall, 17 January 2017
The president-elect gave no specifics on how he will achieve “much lower deductibles,” and a less expensive system in which all Americans are “beautifully covered.”
By Kate Randall, 14 January 2017
Trump and the Republicans are opposing Obamacare, itself a pro-corporate attack on health care for working people, from the right, moving to dismantle Medicaid and strip more people of health coverage.
By Brad Dixon, 13 January 2017
Robert F. Kennedy has for the past decade promoted the debunked claim that vaccinations are linked to autism, which was also supported by Trump during his campaign.
By Esther Galen, 12 January 2017
A recent survey of adults in 11 advanced countries placed the United States dead last in access to medical care and affordability.
By Kate Randall, 7 January 2017
Obamacare has set the stage for an intensified assault on Medicare, the government insurance program for seniors and the disabled, and Medicaid, the insurance program for the poor.
By Zaida Green, 6 January 2017
The pharmaceutical companies, operating like hedge funds, cornered the markets on drugs for rare and life-threatening conditions to maximize profits.
By Kate Randall, 5 January 2017
Obama’s health care overhaul was never about providing universal or even near-universal, decent quality health care for the American people.
By Brad Dixon, 24 December 2016
Federal agents arrested six former employees of Insys Therapeutics for allegedly bribing doctors to prescribe the company’s highly addictive fentanyl product, Subsys.
By Naomi Spencer, 13 December 2016
It is the latest in a series of devastating attacks on benefits for one of the lowest-paid public sector workforces in the country.
By Genevieve Leigh, 12 December 2016
The year 2015 marks the first in recent history in which more people died from heroin-related causes than from gun homicides.
By Brad Dixon, 12 December 2016
The bill guts the regulatory powers of the US Food and Drug Administration, weakening the standards used to judge the safety and efficacy of drugs and medical devices.
By Gary Joad, 6 December 2016
According to the Centers for Disease Control, as of late November, 182 people in Florida have been infected with Zika by local mosquitos, and in Massachusetts there are 101 cases of travel-associated Zika.
By Kate Randall, 26 November 2016
The attack on Medicare will be a centerpiece of the drive by the Trump administration to destroy all that remains of the social reforms of the past century.
By Marko Leone, 26 November 2016
Nurses are determined to fight, while the union has called a limited strike to let off steam while it works to impose a contract on management’s terms.
By Kate Randall, 19 November 2016
One in seven people in the US will become addicted to drugs or alcohol in their lifetimes, but only 10 percent of them will ever receive any treatment.
By Kate Randall, 31 October 2016
The columnist downplays the impact of skyrocketing premiums, deductibles and co-pays to tout the pro-corporate health care “reform” as a brilliant success.
“They are picking on the most vulnerable sections of society”
By Shannon Jones, 28 October 2016
Scores of retirees protested in downtown Detroit Thursday to oppose management's attempts to slash their health care benefits.
By Andre Damon, 27 October 2016
On Monday, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced that premiums for health insurance plans sold under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will increase on average by 25 percent in 2017, raising health care costs of millions of working people by thousands of dollars.
Two weeks before the US election
By Kate Randall, 26 October 2016
The premium increases are part of a sea change in the US health care system, in which corporations and the government are burdening working families with rising health care costs.
By E. Galen, 25 October 2016
Thousands of retired workers are losing group coverage and being forced onto individual plans offered through a private exchange, at much higher cost.