Sick-Leave Racial Disparities: A Flu Endemic’s Best Friend

by Guest Columnist on September 8 2009, 1:54PM

by Marty Martinez, policy director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network. As a fundamental part of their response to the H1N1 epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) instructs people who get sick to “stay home from work or…

Topics: Health

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich On The Public Option in 150 Seconds

by Jorge Rivas on September 8 2009, 1:22PM

Congress returns from recess tomorrow and Obama might have a major healthcare reform announcement to make and it may have a little something to do with the public option. If you don’t understand what the public option is, here…

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Scientists Are a Little Closer to An HIV Vaccine

by Leticia Miranda on September 4 2009, 2:11PM

A recent article in the LA Times is reporting that scientists have discovered two antibodies in the body that can keep HIV from multiplying into a severe infection. The news comes just months after a report found that 3…

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Dr. Clarke Drops Swine Flu Science [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on September 4 2009, 11:15AM

The Department of Health and Human Services is having a video contest to raise awareness about the H1N1 virus. Here’s an entry by Dr. John Clarke, MD, AKA The Physician Musician, that I think does a great job of…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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“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.

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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