Health care in the US
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.
By Brad Dixon, 21 October 2016
Under the guise of providing “quality” care, the new rules are part of a cost-cutting strategy that incentivizes doctors to ration care for patients.
By Kate Randall, 14 October 2016
Health policy analysts predict that ACA consumers will face premium hikes, higher out-of-pocket costs, and narrowing networks as they shop for new insurance coverage.
By Matt Rigel and Anthony Bertolt, 14 October 2016
The contract presented and supported by the MNA is nearly identical to proposals previously rejected four times by nurses, who had been on strike for six weeks.
By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 12 October 2016
The WSWS calls on nurses to reject the sellout contract and combine this rejection with a political mobilization of the working class in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and beyond.
Defeat MNA sellout!
By Ron Jorgenson, 3 October 2016
The fact that the unions could bring such a sellout agreement to a vote only underscores the need for nurses to take the conduct of the strike into their own hands.
By Ron Jorgenson, 27 September 2016
The federal mediator's recall of both sides indicates that the company, union and Democratic Party are preparing to force through a sellout contract against the resistance of striking nurses.
By Brad Dixon, 23 September 2016
The congressional hearing was called after Mylan acquired the EpiPen from another company and then hiked the price by more than 500 percent.
By Ron Jorgenson, 21 September 2016
The AFL-CIO has long used such campaigns to block any genuine mobilization of the working class against the government-backed corporate attacks.
By Brad Dixon, 17 September 2016
Fewer than 4 percent of US prisoners with hepatitis C receive the newer drugs for the disease due to their exorbitant price.
By Ron Jorgenson, 10 September 2016
The Minnesota Nurses Association is continuing to isolate the strike, now in its sixth day, while appealing to the company to accept the concessions contract the union has proposed.
“Health care is a human right”
By Matt Rigel and Anthony Bertolt, 8 September 2016
As management continues operations with the use of strikebreakers, the union is keeping nurses throughout the region on the job and is doing nothing to mobilize broader support in the working class.
By Jerry White, 7 September 2016
The strike by 4,800 nurses, now in its third day, reveals the sharp class tensions in the United States on the eve of the 2016 presidential elections.
By Patrick Martin, 6 September 2016
The trade unions used the Labor Day events to promote the campaign of Hillary Clinton, the consensus candidate of Wall Street, the military-intelligence apparatus and most of the political establishment.
Mobilize the entire working class in the Twin Cities
By Ron Jorgenson, 5 September 2016
4,800 nurses at five hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area begin a strike today to defend their health care benefits and oppose dangerous patient-to-nurse ratios.
By Matt Rigel, 1 September 2016
The Minnesota Nurses Association has called a strike under pressure from rank-and-file nurses.
By Kate Randall, 31 August 2016
The EpiPen scandal has become a focal point of anger over the subordination of health care to huge corporations driven by an insatiable quest for profit.
By Kate Randall, 30 August 2016
The mass exodus of high-profile private insurance companies from the ACA exchanges is leaving millions with less choice for coverage.
By Catherine Long, 27 August 2016
With the closure of the clinic, the two remaining centers will serve 1.3 million Wisconsin women.
By Brad Dixon, 26 August 2016
Drugmaker Mylan, which increased the price of the EpiPen by over 450 percent, has raised the prices of other drugs by similar amounts.
By Brad Dixon, 25 August 2016
Pfizer will acquire Medivation’s cancer drug Xtandi, which is priced at $129,000 for a year’s treatment.
By Matt Rigel, 22 August 2016
The MNA has refused to call a strike, even though nurses have once again overwhelmingly rejected Allina Health’s demands for cuts to health care benefits and heavier workloads.
By Kate Randall, 22 August 2016
The Obama administration’s signature domestic “achievement” stands exposed as a plan concocted by and for the insurance companies and corporate America to slash their costs and increase their profits.
Critical turning point as nurses vote on concessions
By Matt Rigel, 18 August 2016
Some 4,800 nurses are voting on a concessionary contract, including cuts to healthcare that will save management $10 million.
By Kate Randall, 17 August 2016
Even as giant insurance firms are reducing their participation in the Obamacare exchanges, they are implementing gargantuan premium hikes on their remaining policies.
By Kate Randall, 10 August 2016
The growing rate of death in childbirth is just one manifestation of the human toll taken by the vast and all-pervasive inequality and mass poverty that dominates American society.
By Brad Dixon, 6 August 2016
Purdue Pharma’s marketing of the painkiller OxyContin has made the company billions, while contributing to the opioid epidemic in the United States.
By Kate Randall, 3 August 2016
Any premium increases will affect 345,000 people in Michigan, including Detroit city workers who have been forced onto the Obamacare insurance marketplace.
By Matthew MacEgan, 2 August 2016
Fourteen people have contracted the Zika virus from mosquitoes in a small area north of downtown Miami known as Wynwood.
By Matt Rigel, 23 July 2016
Negotiators for Allina Health are sticking fast to their demands for the gutting of health care plans for 4,800 nurses in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro region.
By Toby Reese, 21 July 2016
Similar leaps in premiums are expected throughout the nation.
By Kate Randall, 20 July 2016
The largest US health insurer has indicated it is drastically scaling back its Affordable Health Care public exchange offerings despite a 13 percent rise in second-quarter profits.
By Kristina Betinis, 18 July 2016
Land of Lincoln Health insurance co-op is set to close after posting more than $1 billion in losses over the last year.
By Eric London, 27 June 2016
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to nurses on the picket line in Los Angeles who were eager to continue the fight against for-profit health care.
By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 27 June 2016
As the week-long walkout by Minnesota nurses concludes, nurses have been ordered back to work without the slightest concession from Allina Health executives.
By Marc Wells, 25 June 2016
Nurses launched a four-day strike at Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center, fighting for back pay, better wages, adequate staffing and patients’ safety.