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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…

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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

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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New Research on Black vs. White Women and Breast Cancer Fights off Biological Differences

by Guest Columnist on July 20 2009, 11:24AM

By Nina Jacinto This post originally appeared on Wiretap. New research suggests that the race gap in breast cancer outcomes cannot be attributed to biological factors alone. A disparity that emerged in the mid-1980s showed that black women were more…

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Coloring in the gaps in HIV/AIDS policy

by Michelle Chen on July 13 2009, 8:59PM

What does the HIV epidemic in America look like today? A coalition of advocacy groups has painted a picture of the crisis that no one wants to see—and one that can’t afford to be ignored by policymakers any longer….

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Lower Standards

by Jeff Kelly Lowenstein on July 7 2009, 12:00PM

A Chicago Reporter analysis shows that the quality of Black seniors’ nursing home care is drastically behind that of white seniors

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Universal coverage, hidden exclusion

by Michelle Chen on July 1 2009, 9:10PM

In the increasingly ugly debate over “universal coverage,” various proposals are being bounced around among competing agendas. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a proposal recently floated in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee—currently…

Topics: Health, Politics

Online Town Hall Meeting on Health Care Reform with President Obama and You

by Jorge Rivas on July 1 2009, 9:35AM

President Obama made a call for youtube users to submit questions on health care reform and take part in an ongoing online discussion. In less than an hour President Obama will answer some of the most popular questions submitted…

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Warning: inequality may be hazardous to your health

by Michelle Chen on June 24 2009, 6:19PM

Is inequality killing us? Atul Gawande, the New Yorker’s resident physician-reporter, raised a vexing question about health disparities in an interview with Ezra Klein. Gawande noted that in McAllen, Texas—the community that he recently featured as an example of…

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Who’s pulling the strings on children’s health?

by Guest Columnist on June 18 2009, 4:55PM

by Christina Chen As Congress trudges ahead with their goal of bringing healthcare reform legislation to a vote by late July, child advocacy groups are urging lawmakers to ensure that all children are afforded equal access to the healthcare services…

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Dole Goes Bananas Over Documentary on Nicaraguan Worker Abuse

by Channing Kennedy on June 16 2009, 4:36PM

BANANAS!* trailer from WG Film on Vimeo. Two years ago, twelve Nicaraguan banana plantation workers traveled to Los Angeles and sued Dole Food Co. Inc. They won $1.58 million. The crime? Continued use of the pesticide dibromochloropropane (DBCP), which…

Topics: Global Affairs, Health

Sick enough of the status quo?

by Michelle Chen on June 10 2009, 9:29PM

Conservatives woke up to a harrowing sound on Capitol Hill on Wednesday: a serious discussion about single payer health care. The House hearing won’t necessarily lead to a viable policy proposal—and there’s plenty to debate even within the progressive…

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