Health care in the US
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.
By Matt Rigel, 24 June 2016
Los Angeles nurses began a four-day strike Thursday, joining 4,800 striking nurses in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 20 June 2016
Minnesota nurses are engaged in a week-long strike to oppose attacks on employee health benefits and chronic work overloads.
By Kate Randall, 18 June 2016
Premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are set to rise in 2017, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).
By John Marion and Mike Ingram, 15 June 2016
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with nurses as more than 2,300 voted in favor of a strike.
By Jessica Goldstein, 7 June 2016
An 11-month budget impasse and funding cuts threaten basic mental health provision in Illinois.
By David Brown, 6 June 2016
The Zika virus continues to spread, particularly in areas of concentrated poverty, as researchers struggle to predict its potential impact.
By John Marion, 24 May 2016
The May 31 vote will determine whether 3,300 nurses at one of the country’s leading hospitals go on strike.
By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 23 May 2016
Allina Health has demanded nurses give up their current union health care plans and replace them with the company’s more expensive program.
By David Brown and Julio Patron, 16 May 2016
Plans to hold the Olympics in the middle of Brazil’s Zika epidemic threaten to greatly increase the global reach of the virus.
By David Brown, 2 May 2016
The CDC has confirmed the first Zika-related death in Puerto Rico as the conditions that have allowed the virus to spread continue to worsen.
By Esther Galen, 30 April 2016
The purpose of Sanders’ proposal is not to transform the US health care system, but to promote illusions that such a transformation can be achieved through the Democratic Party under capitalism.
By Kate Randall, 26 April 2016
Citing big losses, many insurers will ask state insurance commissioners to approve double-digit hikes in premiums under the Affordable Care Act.
Eighty percent increase among middle-aged white women
By Kate Randall, 23 April 2016
The Centers for Disease Control study follows recent reports showing a decline in life expectancy among US whites and sharp increases in lifespan divergences between rich and poor.
By David Brown, 22 April 2016
The Zika epidemic threatens to expand its geographic reach, while scientists describe more severe neurological effects of infection.
By Brad Dixon, 14 April 2016
The activities of Turing Pharmaceuticals and Valeant Pharmaceuticals are merely the most extreme examples of what is a common practice in the pharmaceutical industry.
By Clement Daly, 9 April 2016
Faced with a $120 million budget shortfall, the West Virginia Public Employee Insurance Agency has approved draconian cuts to the healthcare of some 230,000 state workers and retirees.
By Marc Wells, 23 March 2016
Nurses have gone without a wage increase for six years and face chronic understaffing.
By Marc Wells, 19 March 2016
1,200 nurses walked out March 15 at Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center, after six years without a wage increase and complaints about understaffing and back wages.
By Brad Dixon, 18 March 2016
Since 2008, the prices of brand-name prescription drugs have increased by a whopping 164 percent.
By Kate Randall, 12 March 2016
Physician groups say the CMS plan will adversely affect the care of vulnerable Medicare patients being treated for cancer and other complex conditions.
By Kate Randall, 4 March 2016
The president’s argument that signups for Obamacare prove that the law champions health care as a “right for all people” is undermined by an examination of the ACA plans.
By Barry Grey, 15 February 2016
The widening disparity in life expectancy between the poor and the rich is a stark commentary on the growth of social inequality and class polarization in the United States.
By Brad Dixon, 29 January 2016
Expedited approvals reduce the time needed to test a drug’s safety and efficacy by allowing drug sponsors to conduct shorter and smaller clinical trials.
By Brad Dixon, 18 January 2016
Drug makers kicked off the New Year with a new round of drug price hikes despite growing public anger and political backlash.
By Kate Randall, 8 January 2016
Medical bills are straining family budgets to the breaking point, forcing significant numbers of people to go without basic household necessities or to forgo treatment.
By Brad Dixon, 28 December 2015
The move marks the latest episode of the drug industry’s attempts to roll back restrictions on “off-label” marketing practices based on “free speech” claims.
By Tom Hall, 18 December 2015
The 32-year-old CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals became infamous this year for price-gouging lifesaving medication.
By Kate Randall, 16 December 2015
The Obama administration is seeking to use spiking “individual mandate” penalties to browbeat the uninsured into buying private coverage for 2016.
By Brad Dixon, 11 December 2015
The price hikes of a number of generic drugs have limited patient access, according to expert testimony at a US Senate hearing.
By Brad Dixon, 7 December 2015
A report released by the US Senate found that the drugmaker Gilead priced its $84,000 hepatitis C drug to maximize revenue, even as it restricted patient access.
By Fred Mazelis, 27 November 2015
With health insurers leaving the health care exchanges and individuals facing soaring costs, the fraud of Obamacare is being revealed more clearly with each passing year.
By Brad Dixon, 14 November 2015
The Novartis settlement is but another example of the rampant criminality and parasitism found throughout the pharmaceutical industry.
By Joseph Kishore, 4 November 2015
The mortality figures reflect a catastrophic decline in the social position of the working class resulting from the protracted decay of American capitalism.
By Kate Randall, 3 November 2015
As Obamacare enters its third year, its reactionary, anti-working class character is becoming ever more clear. It is a health care counterrevolution.
By Kate Randall, 23 October 2015
Under both the proposed US Preventive Service Task Force’s guidelines and the ACS’s revised recommendations, numerous breast cancer cases will go undetected.
By Kate Randall, 21 October 2015
A freeze in Social Security benefits for 65 million Americans in 2016 means that 8 million people will also see their Medicare premiums spike by 52 percent.
By Patrick Martin, 16 October 2015
Nearly a third of the elderly or disabled people whose benefits are frozen will also be hit by huge increases in Medicare premiums.
By Evan Blake, 8 October 2015
The congressional hearing for Planned Parenthood, the most recent target of a right-wing smear campaign, showcased the degraded state of official politics in Washington.
By Brad Dixon, 1 October 2015
Nearly a third of 280 generic drug products widely used by older Americans have increased in price since 2006.
By Andre Damon, 29 September 2015
The gap in life expectancy between higher and lower-income Americans has soared in recent decades, according to the results of a new study commissioned by the US Congress.
By Kate Randall, 25 September 2015
Deductibles for employer-sponsored health insurance have risen more than six times the average wage increase of US workers since 2010.
By Nick Barrickman, 24 September 2015
Shkreli’s actions represent nothing more than an unabashed and especially brazen form of everyday business practice under capitalism.
By Kate Randall, 23 September 2015
Pharmaceutical watchdog groups have noted Dr. Robert Califf’s long-held ties to the multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical industry.
By Kate Randall, 15 September 2015
The majority of those stripped of coverage are documented US residents and citizens caught up in an inefficient and arbitrary system.
By Jerry White, 10 September 2015
The new scheme would be modeled on the retiree health care trust fund or so-called VEBA run by the UAW.
By Kate Randall, 7 September 2015
In Delaware, South Dakota and West Virginia insurers are seeking double-digit increases for 100 percent of Obamacare plans.
By Trent Novak, 29 August 2015
Individuals seeking mental health treatment are twice as likely to have their claims denied by insurers than patients filing claims related to traditional medical procedures.
By Julio Patron, 25 August 2015
Obamacare continues to provide enormous profits to insurers while the price of health care for workers soars to new heights.
By Shelley Connor, 18 August 2015
Drastic cuts proposed in the state legislature would put an end to Medicaid in Alabama, as the program depends on matching funds from the federal government.
By Kate Randall, 7 August 2015
A new poll finds that only 30 percent of people with insurance through the ACA exchanges are satisfied with their plans, mainly due to cost.
By Evan Blake, 31 July 2015
The proposed legislation comes in response to heavily edited videos produced by a right-wing group that falsely depict the organization committing crimes.
By Kate Randall, 31 July 2015
Medicare, one of the last vestiges of social reform from a previous era, today faces a bipartisan assault aimed at undermining and ultimately destroying it.
Second health mega-merger in three weeks
By Kate Randall, 25 July 2015
The Anthem-Cigna deal is the latest in a flurry of mergers and acquisitions encouraged by the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act.
By Tom Hall, 23 July 2015
Although the funding crisis can be solved with a technical fix, the political establishment is using this manufactured crisis to push for deep cuts to disability benefits.
By George Gallanis, 17 July 2015
Marilyn Tavenner will become the CEO of a firm that lobbies on behalf of some of the largest health insurance companies in America, including Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
By Brad Dixon, 14 July 2015
An investigation by Bloomberg News found that the prices of supposedly competing prescription drugs rose in lockstep.
By Kate Randall, 6 July 2015
Many insurers are requesting double-digit premium hikes, citing diminishing profits and a larger than expected pool of unhealthy enrollees.
Obamacare fuels wave of takeovers
By Barry Grey, 4 July 2015
The deal is the biggest to date in a flurry of mergers and acquisitions spurred on by the Obama administration’s health care overhaul.
By Andre Damon, 27 June 2015
Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has responded to the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act by declaring the health care overhaul a “policy triumph.”
By Kate Randall, 26 June 2015
The majority opinion states that without the subsidies the ACA would collapse, sending the insurance market into a “death spiral.”
By Evan Winters and Phyllis Scherrer, 24 June 2015
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is seeking to eliminate thousands of higher paid caregivers.
By Evan Blake, 8 June 2015
Separate investigations by the Los Angeles Police Department chief and the LAPD Inspector General will clear the cops who killed Ezell Ford last August.
By K. Rowe and Toby Reese, 6 June 2015
Working EMTs and paramedics have been picketing at San Diego City Hall since last Thursday in protest over the extension that maintains appallingly low wages.
By Tom Hall, 30 May 2015
The companies argue that hikes submitted to state regulators, which are larger than in the past, are necessary due to Obamacare signees being older and sicker than expected.
By Kate Randall, 18 May 2015
Thousands of cases of breast cancer could be missed, resulting in preventable deaths, if the US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations are adopted.
By Zaida Green, 11 May 2015
Driving the outbreak are high levels of poverty and unemployment, conditions found in small towns throughout the United States.
By Marc Wells, 2 May 2015
After a tentative agreement, 6,500 nurses in eight California hospitals returned to work.
By Marc Wells, 25 April 2015
Nurses at eight California hospitals and one Chicago medical center have announced a strike against understaffing, limited by the unions to a one- or two-day action.
By Kate Randall, 17 April 2015
The new Medicare bill, which takes aim at health care for seniors, has been hatched as a conspiracy behind the backs of the American people.
By Andre Damon, 16 April 2015
The bill, overwhelmingly backed by both Democrats and Republicans, is a significant step in the ongoing drive to attack Medicare and health care in the United States.
By Marc Wells, 16 April 2015
For the second time in three months, doctors at the University of California went on strike against the UC administration over stalled contract negotiations.
By Kate Randall, 28 March 2015
The bill is designed to effect a paradigm shift in health care, away from “fee for service” to a system that rewards doctors for rationing care and cutting costs.
By Kate Randall, 27 March 2015
The coming together of the Republican and Democratic parties behind the overhaul underscores the unanimity within the ruling class on the need for massive cuts in health care spending.
By Kate Randall, 6 March 2015
A ruling for the plaintiffs could invalidate subsidies for up to 7.5 million people purchasing coverage on the federal Obamacare exchange.
By Toby Reese, 20 February 2015
Tax penalties imposed on the uninsured who fail to sign up for health coverage by the February 15 deadline will be higher than last year.
By Kate Randall, 12 February 2015
Using flawed data analyzed by a health care think tank, the Times targets “huge payments” by Medicare to treat PAD, a serious condition that can lead to gangrene, amputations and death.
By Evan Winters and Phyllis Scherrer, 10 February 2015
This dramatic downgrade graphically illustrates the reality of health care rationing for the poor and working class in the United States, supported by the entire political establishment.
By Kevin Martinez, 4 February 2015
The Centers for Disease Control said Monday that 102 people have become infected with the virus in the US.
By Jerry White, 30 January 2015
The penalty is a minimum of $95 for individuals but can be one percent of family income—potentially hundreds of dollars—if a dependent is not covered.
By Kate Randall, 28 January 2015
The realignment of Medicare more directly with the profit dictates of the market will become the model for the American health care system as a whole.
By Kevin Martinez, 24 January 2015
The disease, declared eradicated in the US in 2000, has made a comeback.
By E.P. Bannon, 23 January 2015
Roughly 8.5 percent of all deaths across the country for the week ending on January 10 resulted from influenza or pneumonia.
By our reporters, 19 January 2015
Some 2,600 mental health care workers in California are in the second week of a strike against Kaiser Permanente.
By David Brown, 15 January 2015
Without a contract for four years, mental health workers in the National Union of Healthcare Workers at Kaiser Permanente are holding a series of partial strikes across California.
By Kate Randall, 13 January 2015
Emanuel’s advice that people stop having annual exams illustrates the agenda behind Obamacare—the rationing of health care for the vast majority of ordinary Americans.
By Thomas Gaist, 30 December 2014
The expiration of temporary federal support for state-based Medicaid programs will reduce health care availability for the low-income families by as much as 40 percent.
By Kevin Martinez, 11 December 2014
Nurses went on a two-day strike Tuesday, after a county judge issued a temporary restraining order against a portion of them.