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U.S. Rep. Brad Miller Stumps for Health Care Reformnew

While opponents took to the streets to attack the specter of socialism and the possibility that big government could deny them critical care, reform's defenders, including Miller, tried to focus public attention on the denials of care that private insurers are getting away with right now.
INDY Week  |  Bob Geary  |  08-14-2009  |  Politics

About That Maddening Healthcare Debatenew

If the idea of thinking about the ongoing push for health-care reform gives you a headache, you are not alone. Before this thing is over, Washington will set some sort of record for expending the maximum amount of hot air for a minimum sort of result.
Boston Phoenix  |  Staff  |  07-23-2009  |  Commentary

Why Is The Health Care Reform Bill So Weak? It's the Insurance Companies, Stupid!new

As long as the needs of an industry that makes profits by denying medical coverage to sick people matter more than the needs of the American people, there's not going to be a decent reform bill. There's too much at stake here to accept an industry-backed plan masquerading as reform.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Editorial  |  07-22-2009  |  Commentary

Health Care Reformers Fear the Cure May be Worse Than the Diseasenew

With President Barack Obama and congressional leaders in a strong position to finally overhaul the health care system, this should be a momentous time for the reform movement. So why are so many advocacy groups unhappy?
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Rebecca Bowe and Steven T. Jones  |  07-22-2009  |  Science

Health Care on Life Support: New Mexicans Tell Us What Reform Looks Likenew

Froozan Parwana is one of more than 400,000 New Mexicans without health insurance. Her trip to the emergency room last summer, which cost more than $300, was a harsh introduction to what awaits patients without medical coverage. The hospital bill forced Parwana to take fewer college classes.
Weekly Alibi  |  Simon McCormack  |  07-20-2009  |  Science

Why the Health Care Lobby Opposes the Public Optionnew

As a caravan rolled to Washington, Health Care for America Now's message about the incredibly complicated legislation had been reduced to one simple message: Whatever emerged, the bill must contain the strong public insurance option that Obama proposed -- and the private insurers, in league with the Republicans, were trying to kill.
INDY Week  |  Bob Geary  |  07-17-2009  |  Science

Half Healthcare, 100% Dead: Why Obamacare Isn't Selling

There is no true middle ground on healthcare. The most civilized and efficient approach, tried and tested by the rest of the industrialized world, is fully socialized medicine.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  06-22-2009  |  Politics

How Jackson Hospital's Mental Health Unit Fails Miaminew

Many tragedies have plagued the deeply troubled unit of the nation's third-largest public hospital. After an exhaustive review, New Times has uncovered the following: rushed patient releases, inadequate supervision, undocumented use of restraints, and possible civil rights violations.
Miami New Times  |  Natalie O'Neill  |  06-22-2009  |  Science

Election '08: The Future of Health Care Hangs in the Balancenew

When it comes to American health care, presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama both say they support better care and more choices at a better price. Their ideas on how to make that happen, however are fundamentally different.
Gambit  |  Sammy Mack  |  10-07-2008  |  Politics

Though Potentially Helpful, Osteopathic Medicine is Still Accessible to Only a Fewnew

It is also possible that more people could reap the benefits of osteopathic medicine if insurance companies made them more readily available. Although in practice most DOs are indistinguishable from MDs, their philosophy will always be inherently different from that of a typical MD, an allopathic physician.
Pasadena Weekly  |  Liz Hedrick  |  08-11-2008  |  Science

Texas Air National Guard Boots Sick Soldiernew

Just what is any soldier or sailor entitled to if he goes to war for the United States and comes back maimed or sick? Did Jason Franco get any better or worse treatment than if he'd been shot by a sniper instead of enveloped in a haze of carcinogenic fumes? Well yes, no and maybe so.
Houston Press  |  Margaret Downing  |  08-05-2008  |  War

Does Ct.'s Insurance Plan for Middle-Class Families Threaten the Health of its Poorest Citizens?new

Dozens of independent health care advocates say the Charter Oak Health Plan -- a new health care plan aimed at healthy middle-class adults -- is threatening to destabilize the state Medicaid program that serves some of the poorest, most at-risk populations.
New Haven Advocate  |  Andy Bromage  |  07-29-2008  |  Science

An Unpaid Intern's Guinea Pig Guide to Inexpensive Portland Health Carenew

Despite the big downside of living in a wonderful dream town: It is fucking impossible to find a well-paying job. So while Portland may have one of the nation's highest densities of college grads and a progressive approach to health care, a vast 40 percent of Portlanders between ages 21 and 24 still don't have insurance.
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  07-17-2008  |  Science

What Happens When Chronically Ill Kids Grow Upnew

Physically disabled young adults who weren't supposed to live this long find themselves hemmed in by an unprepared heath care system.
Houston Press  |  Paul Knight  |  07-01-2008  |  Science

Spotty Insurance Coverage for Prosthetic Limbsnew

Advocates for Utah amputees rally for fair health-insurance coverage for prosthetics.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Eric S. Peterson  |  06-05-2008  |  Science

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