Health care in the US
By Kate Randall, 8 March 2017
Beginning in 2020, the Republican plan would convert federal funding for Medicaid to a per capita allotment, as well as end Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid.
“If a miner comes between a coal operator and a dollar, they’ll always take the dollar”
By Samuel Davidson, 6 March 2017
Thousands of retired coal miners and surviving widows have been sent letters notifying them that their health benefits will be cut off April 30 when funding for 22,600 recipients runs out.
By Kate Randall, 27 February 2017
While agreeing in principle with drastic cuts to Medicaid, the governors want input on how to impose them under any Obamacare replacement legislation.
By Kate Randall, 18 February 2017
The proposals would roll back Medicaid expansion under Obamacare and convert the program to either a per capita cap or a block grant to the states.
“Health care has been under attack for quite a long time”
By a WSWS reporting team, 13 February 2017
Supporters of Planned Parenthood mobilized nationwide on Saturday to counter demonstrations by right-wing opponents of the right to abortion.
By Kate Randall, 11 February 2017
Tom Price once wrote, “Nothing has had a greater negative effect on the delivery of health care than the federal government’s intrusion into medicine through Medicare.”
By Brad Dixon, 6 February 2017
Trump met with pharmaceutical industry lobbyists and executives at the White House last week.
By Brad Dixon, 1 February 2017
Drug distributors have repeatedly failed to report “suspicious orders” of opioids, while industry lobbying has curtailed enforcement of the law by the Drug Enforcement Agency.
By Gary Joad, 31 January 2017
Some 12,990 cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed last year and 4,120 women died of the disease.
By Kate Randall, 25 January 2017
Price arrogantly dismissed questioning about the new administration’s planned assault on Medicare, Medicaid and health care in general.
By Zaida Green, 19 January 2017
Representative Tom Price, named to head the Department of Health and Human Services, testified before a Senate committee.
By Kate Randall, 17 January 2017
The president-elect gave no specifics on how he will achieve “much lower deductibles,” and a less expensive system in which all Americans are “beautifully covered.”
By Kate Randall, 14 January 2017
Trump and the Republicans are opposing Obamacare, itself a pro-corporate attack on health care for working people, from the right, moving to dismantle Medicaid and strip more people of health coverage.
By Brad Dixon, 13 January 2017
Robert F. Kennedy has for the past decade promoted the debunked claim that vaccinations are linked to autism, which was also supported by Trump during his campaign.
By Esther Galen, 12 January 2017
A recent survey of adults in 11 advanced countries placed the United States dead last in access to medical care and affordability.
By Kate Randall, 7 January 2017
Obamacare has set the stage for an intensified assault on Medicare, the government insurance program for seniors and the disabled, and Medicaid, the insurance program for the poor.
By Zaida Green, 6 January 2017
The pharmaceutical companies, operating like hedge funds, cornered the markets on drugs for rare and life-threatening conditions to maximize profits.
By Kate Randall, 5 January 2017
Obama’s health care overhaul was never about providing universal or even near-universal, decent quality health care for the American people.
By Brad Dixon, 24 December 2016
Federal agents arrested six former employees of Insys Therapeutics for allegedly bribing doctors to prescribe the company’s highly addictive fentanyl product, Subsys.
By Naomi Spencer, 13 December 2016
It is the latest in a series of devastating attacks on benefits for one of the lowest-paid public sector workforces in the country.
By Genevieve Leigh, 12 December 2016
The year 2015 marks the first in recent history in which more people died from heroin-related causes than from gun homicides.
By Brad Dixon, 12 December 2016
The bill guts the regulatory powers of the US Food and Drug Administration, weakening the standards used to judge the safety and efficacy of drugs and medical devices.
By Gary Joad, 6 December 2016
According to the Centers for Disease Control, as of late November, 182 people in Florida have been infected with Zika by local mosquitos, and in Massachusetts there are 101 cases of travel-associated Zika.
By Kate Randall, 26 November 2016
The attack on Medicare will be a centerpiece of the drive by the Trump administration to destroy all that remains of the social reforms of the past century.
By Marko Leone, 26 November 2016
Nurses are determined to fight, while the union has called a limited strike to let off steam while it works to impose a contract on management’s terms.
By Kate Randall, 19 November 2016
One in seven people in the US will become addicted to drugs or alcohol in their lifetimes, but only 10 percent of them will ever receive any treatment.
By Kate Randall, 31 October 2016
The columnist downplays the impact of skyrocketing premiums, deductibles and co-pays to tout the pro-corporate health care “reform” as a brilliant success.
“They are picking on the most vulnerable sections of society”
By Shannon Jones, 28 October 2016
Scores of retirees protested in downtown Detroit Thursday to oppose management's attempts to slash their health care benefits.
By Andre Damon, 27 October 2016
On Monday, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced that premiums for health insurance plans sold under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will increase on average by 25 percent in 2017, raising health care costs of millions of working people by thousands of dollars.
Two weeks before the US election
By Kate Randall, 26 October 2016
The premium increases are part of a sea change in the US health care system, in which corporations and the government are burdening working families with rising health care costs.
By E. Galen, 25 October 2016
Thousands of retired workers are losing group coverage and being forced onto individual plans offered through a private exchange, at much higher cost.
By Brad Dixon, 21 October 2016
Under the guise of providing “quality” care, the new rules are part of a cost-cutting strategy that incentivizes doctors to ration care for patients.
By Kate Randall, 14 October 2016
Health policy analysts predict that ACA consumers will face premium hikes, higher out-of-pocket costs, and narrowing networks as they shop for new insurance coverage.
By Matt Rigel and Anthony Bertolt, 14 October 2016
The contract presented and supported by the MNA is nearly identical to proposals previously rejected four times by nurses, who had been on strike for six weeks.
By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 12 October 2016
The WSWS calls on nurses to reject the sellout contract and combine this rejection with a political mobilization of the working class in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and beyond.
Defeat MNA sellout!
By Ron Jorgenson, 3 October 2016
The fact that the unions could bring such a sellout agreement to a vote only underscores the need for nurses to take the conduct of the strike into their own hands.
By Ron Jorgenson, 27 September 2016
The federal mediator's recall of both sides indicates that the company, union and Democratic Party are preparing to force through a sellout contract against the resistance of striking nurses.
By Brad Dixon, 23 September 2016
The congressional hearing was called after Mylan acquired the EpiPen from another company and then hiked the price by more than 500 percent.
By Ron Jorgenson, 21 September 2016
The AFL-CIO has long used such campaigns to block any genuine mobilization of the working class against the government-backed corporate attacks.
By Brad Dixon, 17 September 2016
Fewer than 4 percent of US prisoners with hepatitis C receive the newer drugs for the disease due to their exorbitant price.
By Ron Jorgenson, 10 September 2016
The Minnesota Nurses Association is continuing to isolate the strike, now in its sixth day, while appealing to the company to accept the concessions contract the union has proposed.
“Health care is a human right”
By Matt Rigel and Anthony Bertolt, 8 September 2016
As management continues operations with the use of strikebreakers, the union is keeping nurses throughout the region on the job and is doing nothing to mobilize broader support in the working class.
By Jerry White, 7 September 2016
The strike by 4,800 nurses, now in its third day, reveals the sharp class tensions in the United States on the eve of the 2016 presidential elections.
By Patrick Martin, 6 September 2016
The trade unions used the Labor Day events to promote the campaign of Hillary Clinton, the consensus candidate of Wall Street, the military-intelligence apparatus and most of the political establishment.
Mobilize the entire working class in the Twin Cities
By Ron Jorgenson, 5 September 2016
4,800 nurses at five hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area begin a strike today to defend their health care benefits and oppose dangerous patient-to-nurse ratios.
By Matt Rigel, 1 September 2016
The Minnesota Nurses Association has called a strike under pressure from rank-and-file nurses.
By Kate Randall, 31 August 2016
The EpiPen scandal has become a focal point of anger over the subordination of health care to huge corporations driven by an insatiable quest for profit.
By Kate Randall, 30 August 2016
The mass exodus of high-profile private insurance companies from the ACA exchanges is leaving millions with less choice for coverage.
By Catherine Long, 27 August 2016
With the closure of the clinic, the two remaining centers will serve 1.3 million Wisconsin women.
By Brad Dixon, 26 August 2016
Drugmaker Mylan, which increased the price of the EpiPen by over 450 percent, has raised the prices of other drugs by similar amounts.
By Brad Dixon, 25 August 2016
Pfizer will acquire Medivation’s cancer drug Xtandi, which is priced at $129,000 for a year’s treatment.
By Matt Rigel, 22 August 2016
The MNA has refused to call a strike, even though nurses have once again overwhelmingly rejected Allina Health’s demands for cuts to health care benefits and heavier workloads.
By Kate Randall, 22 August 2016
The Obama administration’s signature domestic “achievement” stands exposed as a plan concocted by and for the insurance companies and corporate America to slash their costs and increase their profits.
Critical turning point as nurses vote on concessions
By Matt Rigel, 18 August 2016
Some 4,800 nurses are voting on a concessionary contract, including cuts to healthcare that will save management $10 million.
By Kate Randall, 17 August 2016
Even as giant insurance firms are reducing their participation in the Obamacare exchanges, they are implementing gargantuan premium hikes on their remaining policies.
By Kate Randall, 10 August 2016
The growing rate of death in childbirth is just one manifestation of the human toll taken by the vast and all-pervasive inequality and mass poverty that dominates American society.
By Brad Dixon, 6 August 2016
Purdue Pharma’s marketing of the painkiller OxyContin has made the company billions, while contributing to the opioid epidemic in the United States.
By Kate Randall, 3 August 2016
Any premium increases will affect 345,000 people in Michigan, including Detroit city workers who have been forced onto the Obamacare insurance marketplace.
By Matthew MacEgan, 2 August 2016
Fourteen people have contracted the Zika virus from mosquitoes in a small area north of downtown Miami known as Wynwood.
By Matt Rigel, 23 July 2016
Negotiators for Allina Health are sticking fast to their demands for the gutting of health care plans for 4,800 nurses in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro region.
By Toby Reese, 21 July 2016
Similar leaps in premiums are expected throughout the nation.
By Kate Randall, 20 July 2016
The largest US health insurer has indicated it is drastically scaling back its Affordable Health Care public exchange offerings despite a 13 percent rise in second-quarter profits.
By Kristina Betinis, 18 July 2016
Land of Lincoln Health insurance co-op is set to close after posting more than $1 billion in losses over the last year.
By Eric London, 27 June 2016
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to nurses on the picket line in Los Angeles who were eager to continue the fight against for-profit health care.
By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 27 June 2016
As the week-long walkout by Minnesota nurses concludes, nurses have been ordered back to work without the slightest concession from Allina Health executives.
By Marc Wells, 25 June 2016
Nurses launched a four-day strike at Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center, fighting for back pay, better wages, adequate staffing and patients’ safety.
By Matt Rigel, 24 June 2016
Los Angeles nurses began a four-day strike Thursday, joining 4,800 striking nurses in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 20 June 2016
Minnesota nurses are engaged in a week-long strike to oppose attacks on employee health benefits and chronic work overloads.
By Kate Randall, 18 June 2016
Premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are set to rise in 2017, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).
By John Marion and Mike Ingram, 15 June 2016
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with nurses as more than 2,300 voted in favor of a strike.
By Jessica Goldstein, 7 June 2016
An 11-month budget impasse and funding cuts threaten basic mental health provision in Illinois.
By David Brown, 6 June 2016
The Zika virus continues to spread, particularly in areas of concentrated poverty, as researchers struggle to predict its potential impact.
By John Marion, 24 May 2016
The May 31 vote will determine whether 3,300 nurses at one of the country’s leading hospitals go on strike.
By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 23 May 2016
Allina Health has demanded nurses give up their current union health care plans and replace them with the company’s more expensive program.
By David Brown and Julio Patron, 16 May 2016
Plans to hold the Olympics in the middle of Brazil’s Zika epidemic threaten to greatly increase the global reach of the virus.
By David Brown, 2 May 2016
The CDC has confirmed the first Zika-related death in Puerto Rico as the conditions that have allowed the virus to spread continue to worsen.
By Esther Galen, 30 April 2016
The purpose of Sanders’ proposal is not to transform the US health care system, but to promote illusions that such a transformation can be achieved through the Democratic Party under capitalism.
By Kate Randall, 26 April 2016
Citing big losses, many insurers will ask state insurance commissioners to approve double-digit hikes in premiums under the Affordable Care Act.
Eighty percent increase among middle-aged white women
By Kate Randall, 23 April 2016
The Centers for Disease Control study follows recent reports showing a decline in life expectancy among US whites and sharp increases in lifespan divergences between rich and poor.
By David Brown, 22 April 2016
The Zika epidemic threatens to expand its geographic reach, while scientists describe more severe neurological effects of infection.
By Brad Dixon, 14 April 2016
The activities of Turing Pharmaceuticals and Valeant Pharmaceuticals are merely the most extreme examples of what is a common practice in the pharmaceutical industry.
By Clement Daly, 9 April 2016
Faced with a $120 million budget shortfall, the West Virginia Public Employee Insurance Agency has approved draconian cuts to the healthcare of some 230,000 state workers and retirees.
By Marc Wells, 23 March 2016
Nurses have gone without a wage increase for six years and face chronic understaffing.
By Marc Wells, 19 March 2016
1,200 nurses walked out March 15 at Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center, after six years without a wage increase and complaints about understaffing and back wages.
By Brad Dixon, 18 March 2016
Since 2008, the prices of brand-name prescription drugs have increased by a whopping 164 percent.
By Kate Randall, 12 March 2016
Physician groups say the CMS plan will adversely affect the care of vulnerable Medicare patients being treated for cancer and other complex conditions.
By Kate Randall, 4 March 2016
The president’s argument that signups for Obamacare prove that the law champions health care as a “right for all people” is undermined by an examination of the ACA plans.
By Barry Grey, 15 February 2016
The widening disparity in life expectancy between the poor and the rich is a stark commentary on the growth of social inequality and class polarization in the United States.
By Brad Dixon, 29 January 2016
Expedited approvals reduce the time needed to test a drug’s safety and efficacy by allowing drug sponsors to conduct shorter and smaller clinical trials.
By Brad Dixon, 18 January 2016
Drug makers kicked off the New Year with a new round of drug price hikes despite growing public anger and political backlash.
By Kate Randall, 8 January 2016
Medical bills are straining family budgets to the breaking point, forcing significant numbers of people to go without basic household necessities or to forgo treatment.
By Brad Dixon, 28 December 2015
The move marks the latest episode of the drug industry’s attempts to roll back restrictions on “off-label” marketing practices based on “free speech” claims.
By Tom Hall, 18 December 2015
The 32-year-old CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals became infamous this year for price-gouging lifesaving medication.
By Kate Randall, 16 December 2015
The Obama administration is seeking to use spiking “individual mandate” penalties to browbeat the uninsured into buying private coverage for 2016.
By Brad Dixon, 11 December 2015
The price hikes of a number of generic drugs have limited patient access, according to expert testimony at a US Senate hearing.
By Brad Dixon, 7 December 2015
A report released by the US Senate found that the drugmaker Gilead priced its $84,000 hepatitis C drug to maximize revenue, even as it restricted patient access.
By Fred Mazelis, 27 November 2015
With health insurers leaving the health care exchanges and individuals facing soaring costs, the fraud of Obamacare is being revealed more clearly with each passing year.
By Brad Dixon, 14 November 2015
The Novartis settlement is but another example of the rampant criminality and parasitism found throughout the pharmaceutical industry.
By Joseph Kishore, 4 November 2015
The mortality figures reflect a catastrophic decline in the social position of the working class resulting from the protracted decay of American capitalism.
By Kate Randall, 3 November 2015
As Obamacare enters its third year, its reactionary, anti-working class character is becoming ever more clear. It is a health care counterrevolution.