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‘Enough to Make Me Gag’: Warren and Sanders Decry Latest Big Pharma Giveaway (Video)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren vows to fight the 21st Century Cures Act “because I know the difference between compromise and extortion.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 READ MORE



What’s on Your Ballot? Truthdig’s Voter Guide

Choosing the next president isn’t the only important decision the American electorate has to make in the 2016 election. In this article members of the Truthdig team share their opinions on other key issues.

Posted on Nov 6, 2016 READ MORE



Insurance Prices for Many Obamacare Customers Will Rise by Double Digits in 2017

In Arizona, unsubsidized premiums for a “second-lowest-cost silver plan” will rise 116 percent, from $196 to $422, the Department of Health and Human Services reports.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE


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Rapid Burnout, Dissatisfaction of U.S. Doctors Threatens Public Health Crisis

Half of U.S. physicians are “disengaged, burned out, and demoralized and plan to either retire, cut back on work hours, or seek non-clinical roles,” according to a new survey.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE


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Why a Single-Payer Health Care System Is Inevitable

Our real health care choice is either a hugely expensive, for-profit oligopoly or a government-run, single-payer system—like those in place in almost every other advanced economy.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE



Aetna Shows Why We Need a Single-Payer System

The decision by the giant insurer to bail out from 11 of the 15 states where it sells Obamacare plans provides the best argument for changing our approach to health care in America.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE



Californians to Experience a 13 Percent Obamacare Price Hike in 2017

Wasn’t the Affordable Care Act meant to make health care ... affordable?

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE



Berned Out? Don’t Mourn—Organize

Fighting to uphold our values is a lifetime commitment and requires year-round work. If we want Bernie Sanders’ stated goals to be realized, we have to work hard to manifest them.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 READ MORE



Millennials Jeopardize Their Health by Choosing Urgent Care and Internet Resources Over Primary Care

Instead of checking in with a primary care provider, busy young people, many of whom lack adequate health insurance, often consult WebMD or Google before heading to a retail clinic or urgent care center.

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 READ MORE



Nonprofit Hospital Stops Suing So Many Poor Patients: Will Others Follow?

A story by ProPublica and NPR and a Senate investigation prompt a Missouri nonprofit hospital to change its policies and forgive thousands of patients’ debts. But without similar scrutiny, it’s unclear if other hospitals that sue the poor will change.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE



Big Pharma Is Pushing Prescription Drug Prices Up, Up, Up

Wall Street’s drive for profits is diminishing the benefits to society of new life-enhancing medications for which companies can charge patients hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE



Why My Mother Supports Bernie Sanders for President

“... Too many people have checked out of politics. Bernie is changing that, and with the enthusiasm he’s creating, with the ground he’s making with your generation, we could make it very difficult for those politicians to keep screwing with us.”

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE



10 Reasons Marco Rubio Is No Moderate (Video)

The Florida senator is being positioned as a moderate alternative to Ted Cruz or Donald Trump. Baloney.

Posted on Feb 27, 2016 READ MORE



Right-Wing Attacks on Abortion Access Driving U.S. Clinic Closures

“At no time since before 1973 ... has a woman’s ability to terminate a pregnancy been more dependent on her zip code or financial resources to travel.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



Why ‘Berniecare’ Has Legs

Achieving Medicare for all won’t be easy, and the Wall Street-backed medical industry will fight it every step of the way, but don’t count Sanders’ health care plan out just yet.

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Is Sugarcoating Her Disastrous Record

Former Secretaries of State Clinton and Henry Kissinger have a lot in common in taking the American empire to brutal levels. He orchestrated an assault on Cambodia that destabilized the peaceful country and led to the slaughter of millions. Her actions on Libya led to a tragedy that continues to this day.

Posted on Feb 13, 2016 READ MORE



The Choice for Democrats: Hillary Clinton’s Evolution or Bernie Sanders’ Revolution

On issue after issue, Clinton proposes incremental solutions that take into account our political system as it is. Sanders proposes dramatic solutions that will only be possible when power is wrested from “big money” interests.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE



Tell the Truth About Bernie’s Health Care Stand

The Clinton campaign just made a serious mistake: It sent Hillary and Bill Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, out on behalf of her mother to bash Sen. Bernie Sanders on the issue of health care—and the ploy backfired.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE



Paul Ryan’s 7 Terrible Ideas (VIDEO)

These seven ideas for “a complete alternative to the left’s agenda” would harm most Americans. Speaker of the House Ryan is wrong.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz Uses House Leadership Power to Protect His Drug Company Backers

Republican Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Governmental Reform, has been accused of protecting drug companies Valeant and Turing Pharmaceuticals from a congressional investigation into alleged price gouging.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



The Cost of Obamacare’s Most Popular Insurance Plan Is Set to Rise 13 Percent

Premiums for some plans in the exchanges set up by the so-called Affordable Care Act will have double-digit rate hikes in 2016.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE



Catholic Hospital Denies Woman Potentially Life-Saving Treatment on Religious Grounds

The case is an example of what many experts have been saying for years: that religious control of medical care is a burgeoning public health crisis.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE



Killer Care: How Medical Error Became America’s Third Leading Cause of Death

Each year in the U.S., a quarter of a million deaths are attributable to medical error. This exclusive excerpt from a new book by James B. Lieber examines how, in the fourth quarter of the 20th century, a series of medical errors captured public attention and drove change in unprecedented ways.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: All Those Who Piled on Martin Shkreli

The drug company CEO who announced a 5,000 percent increase in the price of a lifesaving drug was forced to back down after Twitter users, the industry and others exploded in outrage. We have three words for these sometimes rude commenters: Good for you.

Posted on Sep 26, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders: Stop Soaring Drug Prices

Earlier this month, the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate said he would introduce legislation to halt skyrocketing pharmaceutical prices, which the industry raised 12.6 percent last year.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE



When Robots Run the Show

In “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future,” Martin Ford predicts that the next wave of job losses will be caused by advances in artificial intelligence, making robots the most efficient way to perform routine work now done by humans.

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 READ MORE



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Let’s Celebrate Medicare’s Birthday by Recognizing the Truth About the Program

Medicare turns 50 next week and it’s more popular than ever. Yet it continues to be blamed for America’s current and future budget problems.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE


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Top 6 Achievements of Obamacare (Hint: Millions More Insured)

Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) has beaten back all judicial challenges, it is worth revisiting its vast success.

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 READ MORE



Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

UPDATED: In a major victory for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the federal subsidies that help nearly 6.4 million people pay for their health care.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Why Medicare Isn’t the Problem; It’s the Solution

Again and again in the upcoming election you’ll hear conservatives claim that Medicare — the health insurance program for America’s seniors — is running out of money and must be pared back.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE



Five More Years of Tory Government: What Fresh Hell Is This?

Now free to pursue a radical agenda, David Cameron will lead Britain even further down the murky path of austerity, privatization, increased surveillance and jingoism.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE


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British M.D.: Privatization Compromises the Quality of Health Care

A year spent working as a doctor in India taught Hannah Fox “how a publicly funded healthcare system creates an optimal environment for ethical decision-making,” especially in end-of-life care.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE


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U.S. Companies Are Leading Bidders in British Health Service Sell-Off

Cancer and end-of-life services relied on by some 3.8 million beneficiaries of the British National Health Service may be sold off to private U.S. health care companies that will be free to restructure the services along lines of profitability rather than quality of care.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE


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The Inept Reforms of the New Ukrainian Westernizers

Previous Ukrainian governments did not engage in radical reforms because the population would not easily let the remains of socialism be dismantled.

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Senator to Hospitals: Stop Suing Poor Patients

Prompted by an investigation by ProPublica and NPR, Sen. Charles Grassley asks a Missouri nonprofit hospital to explain why it seizes the wages of thousands of its patients.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 READ MORE



Obamacare Site Gives Personal Data to Outside Websites

Just as President Obama is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections, the government’s health insurance website is passing registrants’ personal information to outside websites.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE



This Public Alabama Hospital Sues the Poorest of the Poor

More than a century ago, Alabama enshrined a basic protection in the state’s constitution shielding its poorest citizens from being forced to pay debts they couldn’t afford. But a public hospital in the mostly rural southeast corner of the state has found a way around the law.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE



How Nonprofit Hospitals Are Seizing Patients’ Wages

One Missouri hospital has sued thousands of uninsured patients who couldn’t pay for their care, then grabbed a hefty portion of their paychecks to cover the bills. “We will be paying them off until we die,” one debtor said.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE


President Obama Hosts ‘Colbert Report’ to Show Colbert Up…and Spread the Word About Obamacare

As Jon Stewart mentioned on the “Daily Show” on Tuesday, the decision to time the president’s appearance on the “Colbert Report” to air before the Senate’s CIA torture report was released may not be purely coincidental.

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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