Healthcare

‘Trump Failed, 180,000+ Died’: Protests Surround White House as President Delivers Lie-Filled RNC Nomination Speech

Closing out a GOP convention that featured rampant law-breaking, fascistic hysteria, and cynical distortions of the current administration’s record, President Donald Trump delivered more of the same Thursday night as he formally accepted the Republican Party’s presidential nomination while protesters rallied near the White House blasting music and spotlighting Trump’s deadly failure to combat the …

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In DNC Remarks, Dying Medicare for All Activist Ady Barkan Delivers Powerful Indictment of ‘Broken’ US Healthcare System

Medicare for All activist Ady Barkan, left paralyzed and unable to speak by ALS, delivered a powerful indictment of the “fundamentally broken” for-profit U.S. healthcare system in his remarks at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night, decrying a status quo that saddles Americans with massive costs while providing inadequate treatment. “We live in the richest …

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‘Crucial Early Victory’ for Trans Patients as Judge Blocks Trump’s Gutting of Healthcare Discrimination Protections

LGBTQ+ rights advocates celebrated after a federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked part of a Trump administration healthcare rule that would scrap Obama-era non-discrimination protections for transgender patients, which was supposed to take effect Tuesday. “LGBTQ Americans deserve the healthcare that they need without fear of mistreatment, harassment, or humiliation.”—Alphonso David, HRC The legal victory …

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‘What a Disgrace’: Pentagon Weighing $2.2 Billion in Cuts to Military Healthcare Just After Passage of $740 Billion Budget

Just weeks after both chambers of Congress approved a $740 billion Defense Department budget for fiscal year 2021, Pentagon officials are reportedly pushing for more than $2 billion in cuts to military healthcare over the next five years, potentially threatening the coverage of millions of personnel and their families amid a global pandemic. Politico reported …

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Insurance Industry Front Group to Bombard Democratic Convention With Ads Attacking Biden-Backed Public Option

When Democrats convene for their party’s virtual convention next week amid the backdrop of a global pandemic, media coverage of the event will be interspersed with insurance industry ads attacking the public option—a policy solution supported by presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden—as a “one-size-fits-all approach” that would lead to “government-controlled health insurance.” The planned digital …

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Labor and Environmental Groups File Legal Petition Demanding Trump Solve ‘Unconscionable’ Shortage of PPE for Essential Workers

A coalition of labor and environmental justice groups joined forces Tuesday on behalf of millions of essential workers who face shortages of personal protective equipment five months into the coronavirus pandemic, demanding the Trump administration take emergency action to provide the life-saving supplies. The legal petition comes months after President Donald Trump invoked the Defense …

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Major ‘Milestone’ for Workers as California Judge Rules Uber and Lyft Must Classify Drivers as Employees

In a move that local political leaders and labor rights advocates celebrated as a major win for gig workers, a California judge ruled Monday that the ride-hailing companies Lyft and Uber must classify drivers in the state as employees rather than independent contractors to comply with state law. “The years-long ploy of these behemoth corporations …

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“Let’s Make It Happen!” Declares Jayapal of Medicare for All After Single-Payer in Canada Lauded as Shield Against Pandemic

Rep. Pramila Jayapal on Thursday made a fresh call for the U.S. to implement Medicare for All in response to an op-ed from an American doctor working in Canada who says that country’s universal health coverage allowed it to have a better response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr. Hendry is a US doctor in Canada. …

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“Let’s Make It Happen!” Declares Jayapal of Medicare for All After Single-Payer in Canada Lauded as Shield Against Pandemic

Rep. Pramila Jayapal on Thursday made a fresh call for the U.S. to implement Medicare for All in response to an op-ed from an American doctor working in Canada who says that country’s universal health coverage allowed it to have a better response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr. Hendry is a US doctor in Canada. …

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Over 50 House Democrats Rip Fed for Allowing Mass Public-Sector Layoffs by Favoring Big Corporations Over Local Governments

A group of more than 50 House Democrats on Thursday slammed the Federal Reserve for allowing mass public-sector layoffs by refusing to offer state and local governments the same favorable lending terms it has granted private corporations. “It’s time for the Federal Reserve to stop treating corporations better than state and local governments.” —Rep. Mark …

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People of Missouri Accomplish What Its GOP Lawmakers Refused to Do for Nearly 10 Years: Approve Medicaid Expansion

An estimated 230,000 low-income residents of Missouri will soon be eligible for Medicaid after 53% of the state’s voters passed a ballot measure expanding the program in Tuesday’s election. The popular approval comes after nearly ten years of obstruction by Republican lawmakers in the state forbid expansion of the program made possible by the 2010 …

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‘They Are Correct to Never Waver’: Sanders Campaign Co-Chairs Applaud DNC Delegates for Continuing Medicare for All Fight

All four of the national co-chairs of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign on Friday applauded the more than 700 delegates to the Democratic National Convention who have so far vowed to vote against the party’s platform if it doesn’t include a plank supporting Medicare for All. “We stand with the grassroots activists who understand …

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Landmark Measure to Repeal ‘Racist,’ Anti-Choice Helms Amendment Hailed as Step to a ‘More Equitable World’

Reproductive rights advocates on Wednesday cheered the introduction of the first-ever legislation to repeal the Helms Amendment, which has prevented millions of women across the globe from accessing safe abortion care. Introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), the “Abortion Is Health Care Everywhere Act” would rescind the 1973 amendment that blocks U.S. foreign aid funding for …

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‘Red Line for a Humane Society’: 360+ DNC Delegates Vow to Oppose Democratic Platform If It Doesn’t Support Medicare for All

More than 360 delegates to the Democratic National Convention have signed a petition vowing to vote against the 2020 party platform if it does not include a plank supporting Medicare for All, a policy solution one progressive delegate described as “a red line for a humane society.” “Millions of people have lost their jobs and …

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‘It Is Political’: Progressive Challenger Alex Morse Rips Rep. Richard Neal for Inaction on Opioid Crisis

Rep. Richard Neal’s progressive primary challenger Alex Morse fired back Thursday afternoon after the congressman’s campaign dismissed an ad from the Holyoke mayor about his bother’s overdose that tied the incumbent to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. “People are dying in the streets, and Richard Neal wants to tell us how and when we can …

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Amid Tense Primary Fight, Powerful Democrat Rep. Richie Neal Condemned for Supporting Predatory Medical Billing Policy

Rep. Richard Neal, the powerful Democrat who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, is coming under renewed criticism from his primary opponent and progressive groups over his blocking of legislation that would end surprise medical billing, a practice that hits American patients with $40 billion in unanticipated charges for out of network services every …

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Study Shows 5.4 Million Have Lost Insurance Amid Pandemic. Progressives Note Number Under Medicare for All Would Be: 0

Amid the worst public health crisis in a century and a devastating economic downturn that has thrown tens of millions out of work, more than five million people in the U.S. lost their health insurance in just three months this year, shattering the previous record set during the entire annual period from 2008 to 2009. …

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‘Critical Win for People in Tennessee’: Federal Judge Immediately Blocks Sweeping State Abortion Ban

Reproductive rights advocates celebrated Monday after a federal judge blocked Tennessee’s sweeping new restrictions on abortion within in an hour of Republican Gov. Bill Lee signing them into law. “This is a critical win for people in Tennessee who will not lose access to their constitutional right to abortion,” declared Anjali Dalal, senior staff attorney …

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To Fund Covid-19 Recovery and Better Future, 83 Super Rich People Say Tax Us More ‘Immediately. Substantially. Permanently.’

A group of more than 80 self-described “millionaires for humanity” came together Monday to urge governments across the globe to tax them and other ultra wealthy people to cover the immediate costs of the coronavirus pandemic and to build more equitable, just societies in the long term. “We can ensure we adequately fund our health …

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With Covid-19 Deaths on the Rise, Hardest-Hit States Report Hospitals are Near Capacity Following Early Reopenings

Following weeks of warnings from public health experts regarding the dangers of allowing the public into bars, restaurants, and other enclosed spaces while coronavirus case numbers continue to rise in several states, hospitals in two of the hardest-hit states showed signs that the pandemic has spun out of control in the United States’ current epicenters. …

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Federal Court Strikes Down Trump’s ACA Rule Amounting to ‘Intentional, Targeted Attack on Abortion Access’

A federal court late Friday struck down the Trump administration’s attempt to erect new barriers to abortion care, this time using the for-profit insurance industry. US District Judge Catherine Blake in Maryland blocked the administration from implementing the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Exchange Program Integrity rule, after Planned Parenthood of Maryland joined several …

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Sanders, Khanna Say SCOTUS Ruling on Contraceptives Just One More Reason to Demand Medicare for All

Healthcare advocates Wednesday charged that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on birth control access is just the latest evidence that the federal government must expand Medicare coverage to all Americans, eliminating the for-profit system in which employment is tied to people’s ability to obtain medical care. Shortly after the 7-2 ruling in Trump vs. Pennsylvania declared the Trump …

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Big Pharma Trade Group Blasted as ‘Morally Bankrupt’ for Suing to Block Minnesota Insulin Affordability Law

A Big Pharma trade group is under fire for filing a federal lawsuit late Tuesday against Minnesota’s Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act mere hours before it took effect. State Sen. Matt Little, a member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), decried the move as “morally bankrupt” and “devoid of humanity.” In a Tuesday night tweet, …

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‘The People Have Spoken’: Thwarting GOP Push for Cuts, Oklahoma Voters Approve Medicaid Expansion

Potentially derailing an effort by Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and the Trump administration to slash the state’s Medicaid funding by turning it into a block grant, Oklahoma voters on Tuesday approved a ballot measure to expand the healthcare program to around 200,000 low-income adults amid a sharp rise in new coronavirus infections. “Americans want more …

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‘Beyond Outrageous,’ Says Sanders, That Trump Officials Ignored Labor Safety Complaints as Health Workers Died From Covid-19

A report published Tuesday about how federal officials rapidly closed many of the more than 4,100 coronavirus-related workplace safety complaints that healthcare workers filed from March through earlier this month—even as dozens died from the disease—is generating outrage as rising Covid-19 infections in some states are yet again causing supply shortages of protective gear for …

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