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Veterans Face High Suicide Risk

A new study of American veterans who served between 1917 and 1994 found that returning soldiers are more than twice as likely to kill themselves, compared to civilians. While the research did not include veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the overall trend and reports of poor mental health care are cause for concern.

Posted on Jun 11, 2007 READ MORE


Moore and Oprah

Michael Moore, Oprah and ‘Sicko’

Documentarian Michael Moore takes clips from his latest to Oprah for a discussion of the healthcare crisis and why even Republicans are responding warmly to the film: “I don’t want this to be a political issue. ... When you get sick, you get sick. The illness doesn’t care whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican.”

Posted on Jun 11, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth

Moore Takes ‘Sicko’ to Sacramento

Director Michael Moore will use his new documentary “Sicko” as an advocacy tool for healthcare reform on June 12, when he will testify before the California State Legislature in Sacramento about his film—a scathing critique of the U.S. healthcare system.  Moore will also join nurses’ and doctors’ activist groups, as well as state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, for a rally at the state Capitol.

Posted on Jun 9, 2007 READ MORE


A Tale of Two Parties

So when Democratic presidential candidates get together, they argue about who has the best healthcare plan. When Republicans have a big discussion, it’s about torture and who’ll use it when.

Posted on Jun 1, 2007 READ MORE


Obama Hops on the Healthcare Bandwagon

How did the third rail of American politics suddenly become the must-have political accessory in the 2008 election? It might have something to do with skyrocketing healthcare costs and the tens of millions of uninsured. Thus Barack Obama has become the latest candidate to call for universal health coverage.

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


In a Perfect World, Al Gore Is President

In this “Family Guy” homage to “Back to the Future,” a trip back in time triggers an alternate reality where Al Gore is president, crime has disappeared, cars can fly and Halliburton Chairman Dick Cheney has shot Justice Scalia, Karl Rove and Tucker Carlson in a tragic hunting accident.

Posted on May 21, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Chitose Suzuki

Moore Pays Foe’s Health Bills

Michael Moore is enjoying major buzz at the Cannes Film Festival for his new film, “Sicko,”  about the U.S. healthcare system.  Meanwhile, one of his staunchest detractors has discovered that the anonymous benefactor who paid off his sick wife’s $12,000 yearly medical insurance bill was none other than the documentary filmmaker.

Posted on May 18, 2007 READ MORE


OxyContin Maker Fined for Pushing Misinformation

OxyContin, also known as “hillbilly heroin,” is an effective drug for pain sufferers but also a highly coveted addictive opiate. Just ask Rush Limbaugh. Now the company that makes “Oxy” will have to pay $634.5 million in Justice Department fines for claiming that the painkiller, which has been linked to hundreds of overdose deaths, is less addictive and subject to abuse than the competition.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE



southofboston.net

VA Exaggerates Quality of Care, Study Finds

An exhaustive study of the VA health system and its administrators has found a pattern of overstating the quality of care, arguably at the expense of veterans. If Congress is under the impression that VA medical care is top notch, it is less motivated to appropriate resources for much-needed improvements.

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johnmurneysblog.blogspot.com

Moore Slams Bush & Co. for Cuba Investigation

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore ripped into the Bush administration Friday, demanding that it “immediately end” its investigation into his recent trip to Cuba with 9/11 responders to have them medically treated.  The trip is part of his latest film, “Sicko.” 

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE


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U.S. Investigates Michael Moore

The Treasury Department is investigating documentarian Michael Moore over a recent trip to Cuba that the government says may have violated the trade embargo. Moore brought a group of ailing 9/11 rescue workers to the island nation in making his latest film, “Sicko,” an exploration of the healthcare system.

Posted on May 10, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Maher

Bill Maher: Vive La France!

The “Real Time” host says that conservatives have to stop rolling their eyes at the French, who have the best healthcare system, an informed and active electorate, public intellectuals and, above all, the common sense to stay out of Iraq.

Posted on May 6, 2007 READ MORE


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Bill Clinton Warns on Disaster Preparedness

Hillary Clinton and other presidential candidates might do well to heed the cautionary advice of former President Bill Clinton, who warned of coming disasters of both the man-made and natural varieties.  He spoke during a conference Friday at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Posted on May 5, 2007 READ MORE


Jim Lehrer

Shortchanging Veterans

Jim Lehrer reports that the Army may be underestimating the severity of disabilities, denying servicemen and -women lifetime benefits. The Veterans Disability Benefits Commission found that disability ratings made by the Veterans Affairs Department were typically higher than those of the Army.

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 READ MORE


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if.com.au

Moore’s Cuban Tour

For his next documentary, “Sicko,” provocateur Michael Moore apparently invited a group of 9/11 responders to accompany him to Cuba and sample the country’s socialized healthcare system.  Harmful stunt or good medicine? 

Posted on Apr 15, 2007 READ MORE


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Podcast: California Pioneer on the Healthcare Crisis

Sheila Kuehl, former child star, Harvard legal scholar and California’s first openly gay legislator joins Truthdig’s James Harris and Josh Scheer for a discussion on the urgent need for public healthcare, the myths about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan and the details of her own proposal.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


California Pioneer on Public Healthcare and More

This week regular panelists James Harris and Josh Scheer are joined by California’s first gay legislator, Sheila Kuehl, for a discussion on the urgent need for public healthcare, the myths about Gov. Schwarzenegger’s plan and the details of her own proposal.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Playing Walter Reed

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Vets’ Healthcare Inquest Begins

Mea culpas, heated exchanges and reform pledges marked the first day of congressional hearings about the treatment of American veterans in military facilities like the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Meanwhile, Washington Post journalists Anne Hull and Dana Priest are following up on their Reed report with similar stories from vets across the country.

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


The War at Home

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An Amnesiac Healthcare Plan

John Edwards’ proposal for universal healthcare suffers from the same flaws as Hillary Clinton’s ill-fated plan of 1993.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Two Taxed Americas

John Edwards’ plan for running a higher budget deficit to pay for universal healthcare coverage has the virtue of being honest.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


E.J. Dionne Jr.: We’re Not Ready for Bipartisanship

Before Democrats and Republicans can come together to solve our nation’s problems, they’d have to agree on common goals. Don’t hold your breath for that….

Posted on Jan 8, 2007 READ MORE


Schwarzenegger
petrukhine.ru

Universal Healthcare—Sort of—for California

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced details of his healthcare plan on Monday, continuing a leftward swing that began shortly before the election. Under the plan, all Californians would be required to have health insurance, with costs spread across the private and public sectors.

Posted on Jan 8, 2007 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: Ignoring the Medicare Fiasco

A new study suggests Medicare will lose $30 billion in overpayments to private companies over the next five years.  While Republicans made the mess, the Democrats have threatened to do little more than spray Windex on a landfill.

Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE


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Truthdig Podcast: The Hadley Memo, Healthcare, Truthdig’s Birthday and More

Robert Scheer digests the Hadley memo, Dennis Kucinich’s healthcare plan, media anxiety, Truthdig’s birthday and more.

Posted on Dec 1, 2006 READ MORE


Videocast: Robert Scheer on the Hadley Memo, Truthdig’s Birthday and More

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer digests the Hadley memo, Dennis Kucinich’s healthcare plan, media anxiety, Truthdig’s birthday and more.

Posted on Dec 1, 2006 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Robert F. Bukaty

Rep. Dennis Kucinich Tackles Healthcare

Rep. Dennis Kucinich speaks with Truthdig about the state of healthcare in America, his bill with Rep. John Conyers to provide universal coverage and why progress is inevitable: “It is going to happen, because there is an awareness that government has failed the American people in this regard, and it’s an economic issue, it’s a moral issue and it’s central to who we are as a nation.”

  • Exclusive: For the first time, the Ohio congressman describes his behind-the-scenes struggle with the party to overcome corporate influence and promote healthcare reform.

  • Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Ellen Goodman: Men Are From Mars, Women Want to ‘Make Things Better’

    Post-election polls show that while men were angry at Bush, women cast their votes seeking real improvement.  But will the Democrats be able to deliver on women’s expectations?

    Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: A Prescription for Congress

    The Medicare prescription drug program is the single totem that best represents the ugly excesses of the now-defeated Republican-controlled Congress.

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: America’s Other Civil War

    A bipartisan panel has concluded that most Americans want exactly the kind of universal healthcare system that Hillary Clinton was vilified for trying to create over a decade ago.

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Michael Moore
    From pub.tv2.no

    Michael Moore: Going Beyond ‘HMO’s Suck’

    The guerrilla documentary filmmaker’s next movie, “Sicko,” will be “a comedy about 45 million people with no health care in the richest country on earth.” But it’s not just “a movie that tells you that HMOs and the pharmaceutical companies suck. Everybody knows that. I’d like to show you some things you don’t know.”

    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    CDC and pre-pregnant women
    From the BBC

    Sunsara Taylor—CDC to Women: Prepare to Give Birth!

    A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control recommends classifying all women as pre-pregnant—whether they intend to conceive or not. It’s an audacious leap along the logical fault line that values women as mere fetal incubators.

    Posted on Jun 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Breast Cancer More Deadly to Blacks Than Whites

    Black American women are 19% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women, according to a new study. This is just the most recent of many studies illustrating that within our healthcare system, even after controlling for socioeconomic factors, blacks still receive a poorer quality of healthcare than whites.

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Big Bucks Being Made on Cancer Pain

    The New York Times brings us another example of how those drug companies that the president loves so much are ripping off the elderly.

    Posted on Mar 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Bad Medicine

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    Kucinich on the State of the Union

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) blasts the president’s speech in an exclusive Truthdig podcast. | podcast

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    Posted on Jan 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Rep. Dennis Kucinich
    From commondreams.org

    Kucinich Blasts Bush’s State of the Union

    In an exclusive Truthdig podcast, Rep. Dennis Kucinich swings away at the president. Excerpt: “[Bush] hasn’t gotten the message that all his underpinnings of the war have been knocked out. They’re standing totally on lies.” | podcast and transcript

    Posted on Jan 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Primary Care ‘on the Verge of Collapse’: Doctors

    The American College of Physicians says that the business of administering routine physicals and treating minor problems could fall apart without immediate reforms. | story

    Posted on Jan 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq War Could Cost $2 Trillion, Study Finds

    Long-term costs like healthcare for vets could push the war’s cost far above White House projections. | story

    Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Righteous Opportunism

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