After 22 years in the coal mines, Jimmy Slone is still working—now as a City Commissioner for Vicco, Kentucky. His black lung disease does not stop him from getting up in the middle of the night to assure that the city’s water system is safe. He and his fellow commissioners volunteer their time to better their town. They show the courage of their convictions in other ways. They voted to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and have called on the nation to pass Single Payer Health Care, HR 676, Congressman John Conyers’ Improved Medicare for All bill.
|By: Kay Tillow Saturday February 8, 2014 11:40 am|
|By: DSWright Thursday January 2, 2014 6:54 am|
In an op-ed in the New York Times to commemorate the new year and beginning of Obamacare coverage filmmaker and activist Michael Moore suggested it was time for everyone to acknowledge that “Obamacare is awful.” That the program is a pro-insurance nightmare that does nothing to rein in the costs from a rent-seeking insurance industry that allows the overcharging for procedures and pays its corporate executives exorbitant amounts of money.
|By: danps Saturday December 21, 2013 11:52 am|
Here is an interesting thing about the new health care law: News stories on it sometimes conflate flaws in the existing system with those in the new one. Many complaints about Obamacare are actually complaints about America’s health care system.
|By: Anti-Capitalist Meetup Sunday December 1, 2013 5:20 pm|
This week has a certain nostalgia for me. I am working the last four shifts in my home, Humboldt County. Nestled between pristine redwoods and dramatic cliffs overlooking the west coast of California, I want to stay here, but cannot. I am feeling the full force of the United States health care crisis. In the four years I have worked here eight of ten obstetricians in the southern half of the county have left, and now I find I am one of them.
|By: dakine01 Sunday December 1, 2013 4:00 pm|
Whoever authored this editorial thinks military members are not “sacrificing” enough so pay and benefits need to be “on the table.” As I looked through the short bios of the various members of the Editorial Board, it is fairly obvious that few if any of them have actually had much experience of military life beyond the obligatory “I support the Troops” or “Thank you for your service” they may have uttered in an airport somewhere.
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 18, 2013 9:52 am|
If I’m asked to simply improve the law, the task become more complicated since you are working from such a stupid foundation. There are, though, six big changes I think would make it noticeably better:
|By: Scott McLarty Sunday October 6, 2013 6:40 pm|
If we lose sleep during the government shutdown, I hope it’s because we’re pondering ways to surpass the Tea Party in asserting our own political power.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday September 17, 2013 8:20 am|
Some on the left have placed the blame for the Affordable Care Act’s continuing unpopularity on the steady opposition of Republicans. While there is no doubt Republican tactics have hurt support for the law, this doesn’t change the fact that the Obama administration has always done a horrific job selling it.
|By: Jon Walker Monday April 15, 2013 7:35 am|
In an op-ed about gridlock former Obama adviser Larry Summers actually said it was a good thing the United States didn’t adopt a universal single-payer health care system decades ago. From Summers’s op-ed:
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday March 26, 2013 5:53 pm|
The International Federation of Health Plans is out with their new comparative price report for 2012 and it again shows the United States radically overpays for basic every health care service relative to any other first-world country.