Health care: Why Kucinich Voted No

by Jorge Rivas on November 9 2009, 1:23PM

On Saturday night, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the Affordable Health Care for America Act, a bill that would expand healthcare coverage to U.S. citizens and legal residents. via Democracy Now: The bill has been described…

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Black AIDS: Complex Risk Factors Defy Easy Explanations

by Michelle Chen on October 31 2009, 6:43AM

In the political minefield surrounding the AIDS epidemic, myth and fact often trip over each other, especially in communities most deeply scarred by the disease. The striking prevalence of HIV/AIDS among Black Americans has set off much speculation and confusion….

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Public Option Please!

by Leticia Miranda on October 23 2009, 1:36PM

Health care advocates from across the country have recently launched, Public Option Please, a campaign to shift the discussion from stiff statistics to human rights. “With all this talk about “bending the cost curve,” it has become as dull,…

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Lawmakers Push Health Care Reform in Indian Country

by Leticia Miranda on October 23 2009, 11:05AM

As the health care reform debate rages on in Congress about a public option, some lawmakers are trying to get legislation through that would make health care free for tribal Indians and improve health services in Indian Country. New…

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Warning from the Rez

by Leticia Miranda on October 14 2009, 12:00PM

American Indians deal with pharmaceutical companies’ aggressive over-medicating.

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Latinos Face Cancer Scourge

by Christina Hernandez on October 14 2009, 12:00PM

A web of structural factors, including lack of health insurance, contribute to the wave of diagnoses.

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Young Invincibles Weigh in on Healthcare

by Tammy Johnson on October 14 2009, 11:49AM

The Center for Community Change has launched an effort that inserts yet another voice into the current healthcare debate: young people. The prevailing perception of 20-somethings is that they are at the peak of their health. But the numbers…

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Let’s Talk About Race And Health

by Tammy Johnson on October 9 2009, 10:13AM

We don’t have a well-crafted message to deal with the immigrant issue right now.” Said the messaging expert at a national convening of health care advocates that I attended a year ago. So the response to the “problem” was no…

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Celebrating Henrietta Lacks’ “Immortal” Life After Death

by Guest Columnist on October 5 2009, 1:49PM

By Darlene Pagano Today is the 58th anniversary of the death of Henrietta Lacks, a mother of five who lived in Turners Station (Baltimore) Maryland, an historically Black community. In 1951, at age 31, she died of cervical cancer, which…

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Die Quickly, You Tired, Poor, and Huddled Masses

by Tracy Kronzak on October 2 2009, 6:00AM

Congressman Alan Grayson rocked my little world this week. When I talked about fighting fire with fire last week, this is exactly what I meant. The Republicans want you to die quickly. Insurance companies want you to die quickly….

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“Care”: Word Means the Public’s Health Isn’t Optional [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on October 1 2009, 5:59AM

With Max Baucus sinking the public option in committee, and debate still raging about our national health crisis, let’s take a step back from the discussion and look at the fundamentals of our conversation. When we say ‘health care,’…

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Bipartisanship Works Great (For Killing the Public Option)

by Channing Kennedy on September 29 2009, 1:53PM

“I voted bipartisanly! LOL” Earlier this morning, the Senate Finance Committee, headed by Sen. Max “Bipartisanship Over Public Good” Baucus (D-MT), voted down Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s (D-WV) relatively robust public option amendment to their version of the health care…

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Another Reason We Care About Healthcare Reform

by Guest Columnist on September 28 2009, 7:09AM

Written by Jamilah King, this post originally appeared on WireTap. Here’s another ‘why’ young people really do care about healthcare reform. This week, 22-year-old recent Miami University of Ohio grad Kimberly Young died from complications of the H1M1 virus. While…

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Speaking of ‘Death Panels’: GA Hospital Closes Doors on Poor and Undocumented

by Leticia Miranda on September 25 2009, 10:48PM

Since the beginning of the healthcare debate, Sarah Palin has publicly decried the end-of-life option in healthcare reform as a “death panel.” She wrote about it on Facebook and recently went off about it in China. But what she…

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In Health Insurance Debate, Who’s Covered?

by Michelle Chen on September 25 2009, 5:39PM

The media has circulating a haunting figure in recent days:45,000 deaths due to lack of health insurance—a grim marker of the depth of the country’s health care crisis. The statistic, from a new study by Harvard School of Medicine…

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Who Will Protect Our Nation’s Most Vulnerable Pain-Profiting Billionaires? [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on September 25 2009, 6:01AM

Thank you, celebrities, for fighting for what’s right: Protect Insurance Companies PSA from Will Ferrell And for those of you who are textual learners, here’s some historical and metaphorical perspective from the always-on-point never-not-blunt Milt Shook at Please… Cut The…

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The Obama Plan in 4 Minutes

by Jorge Rivas on September 21 2009, 10:39AM

The Obama Plan in 4 Minutes from White House on Vimeo. Learn the basic principles of President Obama’s health insurance reform plan as presented to Congress on September 9, 2009….

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Immigration Lawyer of the Year: Joe Wilson

by Michelle Chen on September 15 2009, 9:47PM

Tuesday was Joe “You Lie” Wilson’s day of reckoning. Following his temper tantrum during Obama’s address on healthcare reform, the House, by a 240-179 vote, issued this stinging rebuke: Whereas on September 9, 2009, during the joint session of…

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Losing the Healthcare War of Words

by Tracy Kronzak on September 15 2009, 12:41PM

A week out from President Obama’s healthcare speech and I’m still angry. This feels eerily like the first year of the Clinton Presidency, when we were so sick of Reagan and Bush that we willingly embraced dubious change at…

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Massachusetts Reforms Healthcare, Preserves Inequity

by Michelle Chen on September 11 2009, 10:29PM

The latest uptick in the uninsured population, now exceeding 46 million, is bad but anticipated news. The racial and socioeconomic disparities within the health care gap are more disturbing—especially in the state that could serve as a model for…

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