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Neoliberals' ideological agenda of forcing Americans into their impossible healthcare situation will cause massive, permanent damage to poorer Americans health and chances of future productivity, as well as accelerate health problems of aging

As I've been pointing out, one of the main reasons the US is trapped in private, for profit healthcare is the need to be able to argue IN SECRET TRADE NEGOTIATIONS, that "privatization (of all formerly public services) is the future", and point to the US healthcare system as an example of its "success" (perhaps in giving the people less and less and taking more and more.) no matter what the cost is in human suffering, Read below the fold...

toritto: In Defense of 'Hysterical' Lefties

The following is by one of my favorite writers (and human beings) -- toritto!!!

Yes. I busted my ass for Obama the first time around.

Opened my checkbook, campaigned, knocked on doors. Did everything I could to see that he carried Florida in the Presidential election.

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Income, Poverty, and Healthcare 2012: The Patient Did Not Get Worse But Remains Seriously Ill

The Census Report “Income, Poverty, and Healthcare” covering the year 2012 came out on Tuesday. Overall, the picture was little changed from 2011, which is to say that the recovery which did not happen for most Americans in 2011 continued not to happen for them in 2012. The situation for women remained poor. (All amounts are expressed in 2012 dollars. Incomes and earnings are pre-tax.)

Income Read below the fold...

Dr. Margaret Flowers Helps Clear the ‘Fog of Greed’


In a 1/24/13 article in Aljazeera entitled “Top CEOs plan to loot US social programmes”, Dr. Margaret Flowers powerfully calls out the motives of a mendacious “Fix the Debt” campaign launched by 80 CEOs who are determined to cut their corporate taxes even further by decimating social programs beneficial to us, the lower whopping 99% of the American citizenry.

Flowers writes: Read below the fold...

Census Report on Income, Poverty, and Healthcare for 2010: Damning

Here is a quick overview of the Census data on income, poverty, and healthcare for 2010. The "year" for this report extends from March 2010 to March 2011.


Real median household income in 2010 was $49,445 a decline of 2.3% from $50,599 in 2009. You would have to go back 15 years to 1996 to find a lower number. Conversely, the high for this number occurred in 1999 ($53,252). The 2010 figure marks a 7.1% decline from that high. (Table A-2, p.34)

Healthcare Insurance

In 2010, the percentage of those without healthcare insurance was 16.3%, up from 16.1% in 2009. The number of uninsured increased from 48.985 million to 49.904 million, an increase of 919,000. Read below the fold...

DCblogger's picture

Health whatever reform


Firms to cut health plans as reform starts: survey

30% of companies say they’ll stop offering coverage

LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — Once provisions of the Affordable Care Act start to kick in during 2014, at least three of every 10 employers will probably stop offering health coverage, a survey released Monday shows.

While only 7% of employees will be forced to switch to subsidized-exchange programs, at least 30% of companies say they will “definitely or probably” stop offering employer-sponsored coverage, according to the study published in McKinsey Quarterly.

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Medical bankruptcies in Massachusetts


Massachusetts reform hasn’t stopped medical bankruptcies: Harvard study

Considering health-whatever reform was based on the Massachusetts model we can see where we are going. Read below the fold...

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Oceania has always been at war with the Washington Generals, 9/11 responder edition

The Senate Republicans did what they said they'd do today -- they blocked a bill aimed at providing over $7 billion in federal money for 9/11 responders and their families because it came before a vote on taxes. But despite the almost scripted outcome, Democratic Senators behind the bill seemed shocked at the outcome. Read below the fold...

Why, thank you, Democrats

This, right here, is why I will vote third-party in November:

From my mom, this morning:

"This is nuts. Our health insurance will cover the cost of "treatment for cancer." However, it will not cover the cost of incision and biopsy to determine if an apparent tumor is cancerous. We have been going round and round for over a month, and have one more appeal, but this is where we stand. Ridiculous. Why are we going thru this hell?"

My step-dad will be 55 in September. He has a past history of lung and colon cancer and now tumor has been found in his upper jaw. There is a good chance the tumor is benign, but we can't know that without a biopsy. Read below the fold...

madamab's picture

The Hits Just Keep Coming

An Image from The Handmaid's Tale

On the one hand, the President has just signed an Executive Order extending and legalizing the illegal Hyde Amendment (and "segregating" evil abortion funding from pure Christian-like funding); on the other hand, it's Obama's FDA, refusing to follow the federal judge's orders to allow the emergency contraception pill to be sold over the counter without a prescription. Read below the fold...

madamab's picture

Report from the Field, and Lessons Learned

Report from the Field

Last night, I attended the PNHP NYC Chapter monthly forum, entitled "Where's Labor Been in the Year of Health Care Reform?" LibbyLiberal from Corrente met me there, and we both brought flyers for my Rep. Carolyn Maloney "Yes" vote protest on Saturday afternoon, which she and other Correntians will be attending.

The room was packed, and expectations were high as Bill Henning got up to speak. Read below the fold...

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The Stuff About Single Payer That We Don't Like To Discuss

(Hi - I usually post at my own blog, but I've been growing into a regular Coreente visitor and commenter. I could give a long explanation of how I got here, but basically, I've been writing a blog for 3 years or so, I'm very liberal, and I feel very strongly about healthcare issues, which I've been exposed to for a really long time. Read below the fold...

vastleft's picture

Massive takedown of Obama's and Baucus's playing footsie with Big Pharma


Cenk Uygur at "The Young Turks":

Suggests that Axelrod's directly on the gravy train, too. And an interesting call-to-action at the end. Read below the fold...

vastleft's picture

Single-payer advocate meets the progressive blogosphere

[In view of the ongoing blogosphere-wide zombie infestation, I'm belatedly cross-posting this November, 2009 item from my blog.]


An OFFICIOUS GENTLEMAN sits at a desk and regards a VISITOR'S somewhat awkward entrance. An empty chair faces the desk.


Hello, is this the, uh... progressive blogosphere?


Oh, yes indeed! In fact, this is the A-list of the selfsame!


Ah, very good! Very good.


I had some questions.


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