Health Care Reform’s Sleeper Victory is Fast Food Calorie Counting

by Juell Stewart on March 25 2010, 3:47PM

Though it’s no substitute for supermarkets with fresh produce, The New York Times reports an overlooked element of Tuesday’s health care reform law: Beginning as early as next year, fast food chains with more than 20 outlets nationwide will be…

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Who Was That Cute Kid at The Health Care Bill Signing?

by Jorge Rivas on March 23 2010, 1:37PM

His name is Marcelas Owens, and he’s eleven years old. Tifanny Owens, Marcelas’ mother, died of pulmonary hypertension in 2007 because she didn’t have access to medical care. Marcelas and his grandmother Gina have been sharing her story ever since…

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Obama’s Health Care Lesson: Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way

by Kai Wright on March 23 2010, 1:17PM

As President Obama wound into his health care victory speech this morning, an urgent cry rang up from the East Room crowd: “The bill! Sign the bill!” Everybody laughed, but it was the most real moment of the ebullient signing…

Topics: Health, Politics

Is the Health Care Bill Good for Communities Of Color?

Is the Health Care Bill Good for Communities Of Color?

by Flávio Casoy on March 23 2010, 12:00PM

Yes, if you think of it as a first step toward fixing a broken system rather than landmark legislation.

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The Morning Browse: Noose Faxes, GOP’s Immigration Rhetoric, and More

by Kai Wright on March 23 2010, 9:37AM

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The Tea Party onslaught continued yesterday as Rep. James Clyburn told Keith Olbermann about noose faxes to his office - “This stuff is not all that isolated.” GOP…

Topics: Economy, Environment, Health, Immigration, Politics

The Moment Obama Learned Healthcare Reform Bill Passed [PICTURE]

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2010, 1:01PM

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior staff, react in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the health care reform bill, March 21, 2010. Sit…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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