Category Archives: Health apathy

Obama’s attack on Social Security and Medicare

by Dave Lindorff Summer 2011 (appearing in Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, edited by Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank) When Barack Obama was running for president, back in 2008, he was pretty definite about his seemingly progressive position on Social Security. While he… Continue reading →

The Election reflects America’s conservative era

by Jack A. Smith editor, Activist Newsletter This year’s presidential campaign is taking place within an extremely conservative era in American political history that will substantially influence the domestic and foreign priorities of the next administration, regardless of whether it’s headed by… Continue reading →

Dying younger than we should

by Stephen Bezruchka, speech delivered at Olympia Community Center Olympia, WA 29 May 2010 available from Alternative Radio Stephen Bezruchka is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. He worked for many years as an emergency physician in Seattle. His… Continue reading →

Mass psychosis in the U.S.

Stop Big Pharma and the parasitic shrink community from wantonly pushing these pills across the population. See the Al-Jazeera piece by James Ridgeway. Continue reading →

The Progressive Caucus proposal: The only honest plan on the table

Check out this article in Rolling Stone, with illustrative graphs: The budget has more of what Americans say they want — new taxes on the rich and cuts to defense — than either the GOP’s or the president’s budget. And it has none of what Americans say they hate: changes to the social compact that’s… Continue reading →

Wow! Vermont passes single-payer healthcare law

Check out this. Uh oh, but what about Medicare’s math problem: Taxes – benefits = trouble on NPR? Yeah, yeah, just look at the comments that follow: “America will never improve their inefficient, expensive health care system as long as it is based on runaway profits, and all Americans do not have… Continue reading →

FDR’s second Bill of Rights

See this short video. This is how a president should talk: To hell with wars, let’s feed and clothe the world with all the military money. How far we have fallen since the New Deal! Continue reading →

Don’t punish the poor: Economist slams budget deal

from Democracy Now!: President Obama has failed the American people. He hasn’t led. His job in our constitutional system is to help show a way forward and help to explain, help to say why we need to go this way, not to stand in the back and then announce how historic an agreement is…. That’s not his… Continue reading →

Leading health advocates decry GOP plan to privatize Medicare, gut Medicaid

from Democracy Now!. Reactionary Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), apparently a reincarnation of Herbert Hoover, is worried that we are transforming “our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.” Such were the arguments against Social… Continue reading →