Maxine Waters Cautions Calm in the Face of Racist Crazy Talk

by Julianne Hing on August 28 2009, 12:21PM

Congresswoman Waters goes pretty easy on Rep. Lynn Jenkins, who you can see here spouting more racist talk at a local healthcare reform town hall. But I think she’s right on point. Keith Olbermann seemed to want Waters to…

Topics: Health

The War Over Drugs in Central America and Washington

by Michelle Chen on August 27 2009, 5:58PM

One of the first signs that Obama’s healthcare reform efforts were headed southward was the backdoor deal the White House struck with the pharmaceutical industry earlier this summer. Big Pharma’s promise to help “save” Americans $80 billion under the…

Topics: Global Affairs, Health

Our New Favorite Facebook Group: 1 Million Against Socialist Fire Depts

by Julianne Hing on August 27 2009, 5:27PM

You, too, can join the movement! For too long now, fire departments across the United States have been socialist organizations, resulting in taxes on the American people. FACT: Most Americans never use the socialized services of the fire department….

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Will Kennedy’s Death Be Heathcare Reform’s Life? [VIDEO]

by Tracy Kronzak on August 26 2009, 3:16PM

Senator Ted Kennedy, the “Lion of the Senate” who chose to devote his life to public service instead of running for President after 1980, has had the selflessness to die at what appears to be a most convenient moment…

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Keeping Kids Covered Under Healthcare Reform

by Michelle Chen on August 25 2009, 10:57PM

Healthcare reform is supposed to expand coverage for all, but some advocates fear poor children will be left out. The federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, which Congress recently reauthorized, provides critical health coverage to poor children and pregnant women,…

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The Language of Good Health: Pharmacy Access in New York

by Michelle Chen on August 25 2009, 9:37PM

Patients are expected to follow the doctor’s orders, but for many immigrants who can’t read or speak English easily, taking your daily medicine means finding a friend or family member to translate a prescription, or just making an educated…

Topics: Health, Immigration

The Record-Breaking Great Recession: Food Stamps Edition

by Julianne Hing on August 25 2009, 4:18PM

Click detail to see full image. We all know the job cuts and housing losses in this recession keep reaching new and scarier heights. But check out the numbers of people receiving food stamps these days, via a new…

Topics: Health

Four Healthcare Debate Takeaways For The Immigration Reform Fight

by Guest Columnist on August 24 2009, 11:28AM

By Patrick Young (This post originally appeared on Long Island Wins.) I went to visit a Congresswoman’s office last week in the Hudson Valley. Outside her offices were nine or ten protesters with signs warning that health care reform is…

Topics: Health, Immigration

In Healthcare Debate, Dispelling the Myth of Real Change

by Michelle Chen on August 21 2009, 6:22PM

Against a tide of lies and vitriol, President Obama is working hard to dispel popular myths about healthcare reform. Chief among them is the crackpot idea that universal health care actually means health care for everyone. In a chat…

Topics: Health, Politics

Barney Frank Shows How to Talk to Town Hall Crazies [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on August 19 2009, 1:07PM

How refreshing to finally see, in a few short seconds, a show of sense! Reason! Honesty! There is no arguing with wild and baseless and blatantly racist charges of “socialism” and “Nazi policies” and death panels. Everyone else take…

Topics: Health

RaceWire on A Quest to Answer: What IS The Public Option?

by Julianne Hing on August 13 2009, 2:27PM

The healthcare system is intimidating and full of droves of wonkety wonks. Digging into the current debate often seems like it requires learning a whole ‘nother language, and it feels like lobbyists’ and politicians’ aims are to deliberately obfuscate the…

Topics: Health

“Did You Think ‘Wretched Refuse’ Was Just the Irish? Uh Uh!” [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on August 13 2009, 11:46AM

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cReform Madness - White Minoritywww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorSpinal Tap Performance Larry Wilmore on The Daily Show two nights ago lays out the racial ridiculousness the healthcare debate is devolving…

Topics: Health, Video & Multimedia

Rethinking HIV Prevention

by Daisy Hernandez on August 12 2009, 12:00PM

A new program connects women’s experiences of sexual violence to the risks of contracting HIV.

Topics: Health

Sizing Up the Surgeon General: Unequal Scales in Health and Racial Privilege

by Michelle Chen on August 3 2009, 4:08PM

The public reaction to Obama’s choice for surgeon general reveals how race and lopsided moralism are insinuating themselves into the health care debate. Many heralded Dr. Regina Benjamin’s nomination as a breakthrough. Her background as an advocate for underserved…

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Cut 100% of Domestic Violence Funding and What Californians Can Do About It

by Jorge Rivas on July 31 2009, 8:37AM

Earlier this week, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, signed a budget plan sent to him by legislators to close the state’s deficit, but only after he used his line-item veto power to slash an additional $500 million in cuts. According…

Topics: Economy, Health

Cover the Uninsured, but Not the Undocumented?

by Michelle Chen on July 30 2009, 9:16PM

The recent jury decision supporting the deportation of Luis Jimenez illustrates a chilling dilemma in the healthcare system. Jimenez, a former laborer left paralyzed and brain damaged by a car accident, was discharged to his native Guatemala because his…

Topics: Health, Immigration

Side-by-Side Comparison of Major Health Care Reform Proposals

by Jorge Rivas on July 27 2009, 10:57AM

President Barack Obama listens to comments while meeting with healthcare stakeholders in the White Hous. At right is Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Confused by all of the different health…

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Are culture wars killing reproductive health?

by Michelle Chen on July 23 2009, 8:58PM

New federal data about adolescent sexual behavior stratify sharply, and not surprisingly, along racial lines. Perhaps more disturbing is that after years of progress, the reproductive health and justice movements appear to be losing ground. The Centers for Disease…

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The science and myth of race

by Michelle Chen on July 22 2009, 5:28PM

Recent advancements in medicine and technology might give the impression that we’re moving toward a belief in shared human potential and societal progress. But when it comes to race, the fruits of modernity could easily be used to promote…

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Breakdown in New Orleans

by Michelle Chen on July 20 2009, 5:05PM

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there’s been sporadic media coverage of traumatized survivors struggling with mental health problems. Years later, the children who experienced the disaster are still drowning in the emotional fallout. In a mostly Black community,…

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