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National Council of La Raza Opposes Healthcare Bill As Is

by Jamilah King on March 19 2010, 4:35PM

Update, 3/21/10: Late Friday night NCLR announced that they had officially changed their position and are now supporting the healthcare bill. The group cited “significant improvements.” Yesterday, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) took a bold step by…

Topics: Health, Immigration

South Carolina’s AIDS Crisis Shows Health System’s Worn Patches

by Kai Wright on March 18 2010, 3:45PM

South Carolina is once again making really bad news on HIV/AIDS: People living with HIV are rallying against a budget plan that will end funding for a program that helps low-income people living with HIV/AIDS buy meds. More than 2,000…

Topics: Health

Michelle’s Got Data on Her Side: “Food Deserts” are Vast

by Juell Stewart on March 17 2010, 9:18AM

As Michelle Obama turns up the heat on food manufacturers, PolicyLink and The Food Trust have released a report that maps America’s “food deserts” and looks at their lasting effects in rural areas and low-income communities of color. The report…

Topics: Health

Death by Birth: Race and Maternal Mortality

by Michelle Chen on March 16 2010, 9:47PM

On December 14 2004, Tameka McFarquhar became a mother. On Christmas morning, the Jamaican-born 22-year-old was found dead in her apartment after bleeding to death. A later investigation found that part of the placenta had been lodged inside her body—a…

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The Morning Browse: Big Stuff in Today’s News

by Kai Wright on March 16 2010, 6:25AM

The evil ad wizards who brought us Willie Horton are tying Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid to Dubai “slave labor,” which they in turn equate with union labor in Nevada. MoJo’s Stephanie Mencimer reports. The FCC’s releasing it’s National…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, Health, Politics, Race and Recession

A Fat Tax on Thin Wallets: Soda Politics Fizzle in NY

by Michelle Chen on March 11 2010, 9:14AM

Can the government cure an epidemic by passing a bill? Sounds too good to be true, but like many health claims, New York’s so-called “fat tax” proposal comes with a big disclaimer: the idea of reducing obesity by imposing a…

Topics: Health

Immigrants’ Invisible Presence in Health Care Debate

by Michelle Chen on February 20 2010, 12:12AM

You might be sick of hearing about health care by now, The politics of medicine grow messier by the day, dripping with empty jargon and industry lobbyists determined to eviscerate any substantive effort toward reform. Now imagine if you’ve…

Topics: Health, Immigration, Politics

Race and LGBT Health: Coloring in the Gaps

by Michelle Chen on February 13 2010, 8:09AM

No matter how good your health benefits are, they don’t insure you against discrimination, especially when your racial identity and sexual orientation both stack the odds against your well being. Jeff Krehely of the Center for American Progress writes…

Topics: Health

Shame On Oprah: Scolding Black Church Ladies About Diabetes [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on February 12 2010, 9:19AM

Last week Oprah and her phalanx of health advisers—Dr. Mehmet Oz, who they never let appear in anything but his surgical scrubs; Bob Greene, Oprah’s long-time trainer, and a new guy, Dr. Ian Smith, a Black physician—did a “Diabetes…

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Marshall Islanders: Health Care Reform Survivors?

by Michelle Chen on January 6 2010, 11:51PM

By now, anyone who’s been following the health care battle in Congress knows that the gulf between aspiration and reality has become a chasm, and even the marginally progressive elements, like a broad public health program, may be scrubbed…

Topics: Health, Immigration

In Bungled Reform Battle, Building Blocks for Progressive Healthcare Workforce

by Michelle Chen on December 28 2009, 8:10AM

As Congress puts the finishing touches on its bruised and battered health care reform legislation, pointed criticism has emerged from the left alongside reactionary opposition from the right. For labor, it’s a mixed bag at best; the AFL-CIO is still…

Topics: Health

Joe Lieberman Kills Public Option in Exchange for $1,000,000 from Insurance Industry

by Jorge Rivas on December 18 2009, 12:48PM

  Senator Joe Lieberman almost single handedly killed off the most recent public option proposals. So, does it come as a surprise that he’s received more than one million dollars in cash from the insurance industry since 1998, making him…

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Fewer Options for Moms on Medicaid

by Leticia Miranda on December 16 2009, 1:58PM

New York City is planning on shutting down a natural birthing center in the lower east side of Manhattan that has served as a bulwark against more expensive high-intervention birthing procedures, reports Lindsay McCormack. But the natural birthing center…

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Fewer Options For Moms On Medicaid

by Lindsey McCormack on December 15 2009, 12:00PM

Midwives protest the shutting of Manhattan’s only natural birth center that served low-income women.

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Black Women Can’t Afford to Be Silent on Health Care Reform

by Guest Columnist on December 9 2009, 4:32PM

By Talia Whyte This post originally appeared at The Grio. Health care reform has been a hot topic for months, but abortion rights might now actually be the deal breaker in whether or not health care legislation passes. This…

Topics: Health

Asian American Women Battle Depression

by Leticia Miranda on December 9 2009, 12:00PM

A new study links mental health to time spent in the U.S.

Topics: Health

In Health Debate, GOP Plays the Slavery Card—and Loses

by Michelle Chen on December 8 2009, 8:18AM

Conservatives on the Hill were shocked—shocked!—when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid compared conservatives’ obstructionism on health care reform to resistance, in an earlier era, to the abolition of that “peculiar institution.” “Outrageous!” cried Rush Limbaugh, following up with a…

Topics: Health, Politics

Indian Health and Abortion Rights: A Dose of Hope Laced with Poison Pills

by Michelle Chen on December 3 2009, 8:00AM

Though it has lurked on the sidelines in the national health care debate, Indian Health Services is one instructive example of a government-run health system that, for all its faults, serves as a fraying lifeline for impoverished communities devastated…

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We Should Be Worried About More Than Stupak

by Seth Freed Wessler on November 30 2009, 5:28PM

Once again, policy makers are dedicating themselves to making laws to mess with the reproductive lives of poor women of color. In the most recent iteration, a little known provision tucked into the congressional health care bill would require mothers…

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The Danger of Testing for Sickle Cell

by Aisha De Avila-Shin on November 25 2009, 12:00PM

Colleges are screening for the blood disorder, but will this be another round of discrimination?

Topics: Health