Health care in the US
By Douglas Lyons, 24 July 2014
Chloe Jones, a fourteen-year-old cystic fibrosis patient, has been denied the use of a life-extending drug by the state of Arkansas.
By Kate Randall, 23 July 2014
Striking down subsidies on the federal health care exchange would do away with one of the few remaining supposedly progressive features of Obamacare.
By Kate Randall, 16 July 2014
New revelations of manipulation of disability data point to systemic corruption at the VA that extends beyond the scandal over the agency’s medical treatment of veterans.
By Henry Allen, 12 July 2014
A growing number of whooping cough infections could be the start of the worst pertussis outbreak in 70 years.
By Kate Randall, 8 July 2014
Many ACA plans have “closed” drug formularies that exclude some drugs to treat chronic diseases, saddling patients with the full cost of these medications.
By Kate Randall, 1 July 2014
Robert McDonald has been chosen to lead the VA not for his experience in health care or civil service administration, but as an executive at a Fortune 500 company.
By Nick Barrickman, 30 June 2014
Union officials welcomed the government intervention.
By Kate Randall, 25 June 2014
Psychiatric patients languished for years without treatment at one VA facility, while “deceased” records were removed from files at another so veterans would not be counted as having died waiting for care.
By Kate Randall, 21 June 2014
A new study by the Commonwealth Fund ranks the US last or near last on access to care, efficiency and equity of treatment between the rich and poor.
By Douglas Lyons, 13 June 2014
In states that have not expanded Medicaid coverage under Obamacare, the very poorest have been left without health care coverage.
By Kate Randall, 11 June 2014
The audit found that 13 percent of schedulers at hospitals and clinics reported being told by supervisors to falsify appointment records.
By John Andrews, 10 June 2014
A federal judge ruled that the US Department of Health and Human Services lacks the authority to enact a rule to lower the price of certain prescription drugs and medications sold to hospitals servicing low-income patients.
By Danielle DeSaxe and Nick Barrickman, 7 June 2014
Veterans at the Community Clinic Southeast, which serves the neighborhood of Anacostia, spoke to the WSWS.
By Kate Randall, 6 June 2014
Under a two-year trial, veterans who live 40 miles or more from a VHA facility “will be able to go to the doctor of your choice, under the direct supervision of the VA.”
By Kate Randall and Barry Grey, 2 June 2014
The real scandal at the US Department of Veterans Affairs is the social catastrophe reflected in the thousands of veterans seeking treatment for injuries from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
By Kate Randall, 31 May 2014
The moves to privatize the government program underscore the hypocrisy of the official glorification of veterans.
By Matthew MacEgan, 30 May 2014
A report from the VA’s inspector general shows that patients waited an average of 114 days for a primary care appointment.
By Kate Randall, 28 May 2014
New tweaks to Obamacare regulations virtually guarantee that any dent in insurance company profits will be offset by “risk corridor” and other funds.
By Tom Carter, 26 May 2014
Calls for the privatization of veterans’ health care make clear that the VA scandal will be exploited to accelerate the dismantling of the American health care system.
By Eric London, 19 May 2014
Recent revelations have exposed a policy of denying care and covering up for extremely long wait times in the Veterans Affairs health care program.
By Kate Randall, 16 May 2014
Virtually every ACA policy covers only a narrow range of doctors and hospitals, or charges steep premiums for the right to go to any provider.
By Kate Randall, 7 May 2014
New research shows that the ACA legislation provides an opportunity for corporate America to end traditional employer-sponsored health care and shift health insurance costs to workers and their families.
By Douglas Lyons, 5 May 2014
Governor Tom Corbett has submitted a plan to cut benefits and ration care for Medicaid recipients.
By Kate Randall, 19 April 2014
Rationing of health care, including moves by medical groups to establish guidelines rating medical treatments according to cost, has accelerated under Obamacare.
By Kate Randall, 12 April 2014
The HHS secretary’s ouster is a crass political maneuver by the White House aimed at damage control in advance of the mid-term elections.
By Trent Novak, 11 April 2014
Upon its initial launch in October 2013, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange website crashed almost immediately, and it has since been plagued by a wide variety of technical glitches.
By Andre Damon, 7 April 2014
The Affordable Care Act constitutes a handout to major insurance companies, an attack on bedrock social programs and a pretext for companies to drop their existing health insurance coverage.
By Kate Randall, 4 April 2014
Both big business parties are eyeing Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid for not only sweeping funding cuts, but ultimate destruction through privatization and other means.
By Kate Randall, 31 March 2014
Ezekiel Emanuel, former adviser to the White House on health care reform, predicts that few private-sector employers will still be providing health insurance to their workers by 2025.
By Thomas Gaist, 25 March 2014
The merger was unknown to the public until it was reported in the press, indicating that the hospitals’ management preferred to keep the deal under wraps as long as possible.
As retired city workers are forced onto private exchanges
By Lawrence Porter, 24 March 2014
Several hundred workers, retirees and unemployed workers attended a publicly sponsored health care exposition at Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit last Wednesday.
By Kate Randall, 18 March 2014
About 4.2 million have signed up, far short of the Obama administration’s projected 5.7 million, and only 25 percent of these are young people.
By Andre Damon, 13 March 2014
President Barack Obama appeared in an episode of the comedy interview web series Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis Tuesday in an effort to salvage the pro-corporate Obamacare program.
By Kate Randall, 7 March 2014
The Affordable Care Act has been tweaked multiple times in the interests of insurance companies and employers.
By Kate Randall, 28 February 2014
Moves to implement cuts in Medicare Advantage reimbursements have faced an annual challenge from the insurance industry lobby.
By Kate Randall, 22 February 2014
Obamacare, whose ostensible aim was to extend health coverage to millions of workers, is apparently having the opposite effect in the public sector.
By Kate Randall, 12 February 2014
For the second time in less than a year, the Obama administration is granting certain employers additional time to comply with a mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
By Kate Randall, 5 February 2014
Low-wage workers are most likely to be affected, as some reduce their working hours to qualify for government subsidies to purchase health coverage on the ACA exchanges.
The impact of Obamacare
By Kate Randall, 24 January 2014
The retail giant’s dumping of health care for part-timers indicates how Obamacare is undermining the employer-sponsored health care system in the US.
By Dan Brennan, 22 January 2014
Hospital workers occupied part of Interfaith Medical Center last Friday in response to the diversion of ambulances away from the financially troubled hospital in Brooklyn, New York.
By Barry Grey, 20 January 2014
New York Times columnist Bill Keller and his journalist wife wrote on the case of a terminal cancer patient to argue against ordinary people receiving life-extending medical care.
By Clement Daly, 13 January 2014
A group of radiologists at Johns Hopkins University Hospital has been instrumental in preventing thousands of coal miners from receiving black lung benefits.
By Trent Novak, 10 January 2014
Users of the DC Health Link web site have reported a range of issues, including finding out that their electronic applications have gone missing.
By Kate Randall, 8 January 2014
HealthCare.gov fails to transit proper information to the states about Medicaid eligibility, leading to dropped enrollments.
By Kate Randall, 3 January 2014
Obama’s health care “reform” was aimed from the start at cutting costs for the government and corporations, resulting in reduced medical care and rationing for the vast majority of Americans.
By Kate Randall, 31 December 2013
The revelations of the high costs and shoddy coverage being offered through Obamacare expose the fundamental basis of the Affordable Care Act—the for-profit health care system.
By Kate Randall, 23 December 2013
People whose policies have been canceled will be allowed to purchase “catastrophic” coverage or be granted a “hardship exemption” to avoid a penalty for not having insurance.
By Kate Randall, 17 December 2013
A new poll finds shows growing opposition to Obamacare, which is serving as a model for a further gutting of the health care system.
By Kate Randall, 4 December 2013
People who thought they had enrolled at HealthCare.gov may find they are not covered when the insurance goes into effect January 1.
As deadline for HealthCare.gov “fix” arrives
By Kate Randall, 30 November 2013
The Obama administration has announced another setback for the Obamacare web site, a one-year delay for small businesses to sign up online for insurance policies.
By Archie Stone and Toby Reese, 26 November 2013
Those currently on health plans not meeting ACA requirements will be cut off and forced to find new coverage.
By Clement Daly, 25 November 2013
A recent report by the Trust for America’s Health details the burgeoning epidemic of prescription drug abuse in the United States.
By Kate Randall, 20 November 2013
The health care overhaul is aimed at drastically reducing medical services for ordinary Americans, resulting in a deterioration of the health of workers and their families and needless disease, suffering and death.
By Kate Randall, 16 November 2013
Thirty nine Democrats joined Republicans in approving legislation that would allow insurers to offer health care plans to new and existing customers that do not meet Obamacare requirements.
By Kate Randall, 15 November 2013
Insurers will be allowed to offer health plans through 2014 that do meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act and will be able to raise premiums on these policies.
By Kate Randall, 13 November 2013
Less than 50,000 people had successfully enrolled for insurance coverage through the HealthCare.gov web site as of last week, according to unofficial figures reported Monday.
By Kate Randall, 12 November 2013
Every day brings new proof that the promises President Obama made about his health care “reform” were lies aimed at sugarcoating an historic assault on health care for working people.
By Kate Randall, 8 November 2013
Obama’s claim that the health bill will provide anything approaching “universal health care” is an insult to the intelligence of the American people.
By David Walsh, 6 November 2013
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius asserts that the programs created by the Affordable Care Act are not federal health care plans, thus putting them beyond anti-kickback regulations applicable to such plans.
By Kate Randall, 6 November 2013
The Times and the well-off layers that it represents continue their support of Obamacare with calls for reducing “unnecessary” medical services for working families and the poor.
By Kate Randall, 5 November 2013
Less than three months after the health care overhaul’s passage, Obamacare regulations estimated that “40 to 67 percent” of individual customers would not be able to keep their coverage.
By Kate Randall, 1 November 2013
Policy papers arguing that Americans live too long and undermine US military spending by receiving pensions and medical care give a glimpse of the reactionary interests driving Obamacare.
By Thomas Gaist, 31 October 2013
The administration’s defense of the overhaul came amidst intensifying criticism over the non-functioning of the healthcare.gov web site and news that hundreds of thousands of people will lose their current policies.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 29 October 2013
Food assistance benefits for over 45 million Americans will be slashed starting Friday.
By Kate Randall, 28 October 2013
Private insurers are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who presently buy their own coverage and forcing others to buy more costly policies.
By Kate Randall, 25 October 2013
A “fix” on HealthCare.gov has been deliberately designed to provide low estimates of insurance premiums in many cases.
By Mike Ingram, 23 October 2013
The Obama administration has released no official figures on how many people have successfully signed up for insurance through the HealthCare.gov web site.
By Kate Randall, 22 October 2013
Healthcare.gov, the main government site serving 36 states, has been plagued by technical difficulties since it opened for business three weeks ago.
By our reporters, 18 October 2013
Several poorly-attended events were held in the city of Detroit to roll out the Affordable Care Act.
By Kate Randall and Barry Grey, 16 October 2013
In both Detroit and Chicago, city workers are being robbed of their health benefits and shunted onto Obamacare exchanges.
By Kate Randall, 15 October 2013
In the two weeks since the launch of the web site for people to sign up for Obamacare, tens of thousands of people have been unable to access the site due to programming flaws.
By Philip Guelpa, 14 October 2013
The federal government shutdown will cause severe, and in some cases, irreparable harm to a vast amount of medical research and to many critically ill patients.
By Kate Randall, 5 October 2013
The uninsured will include people left out of Medicaid expansion, victims of an employer coverage “family glitch,” and undocumented immigrants.
By Kate Randall, 27 September 2013
Premiums will vary widely from state to state, with many plans carrying steep out-of-pocket costs while limiting the choice of doctors and hospitals.
By Kate Randall, 24 September 2013
Lobbyists and “strategic advisers” to the health care industry include former Obama administration officials who helped draft the Affordable Care Act.
By Kate Randall, 20 September 2013
The health care legislation has been increasingly exposed as a regressive measure tailored to cut costs for the government and corporations at the expense of medical care for ordinary Americans.
By Kate Randall, 13 September 2013
The move is part of a growing trend by corporations to dump employees off company-administered plans and shift costs to workers.
By Trent Novak, 29 August 2013
A recent review of the state of Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) in Washington, DC indicates that the district’s shortage of ambulances and trained paramedics is rapidly becoming a serious public health hazard.
By Dan Brennan, 28 August 2013
Angered by layoffs and health care cuts in New York neighborhoods, workers and patients denounce the spate of hospital closures.
17 August 2013
A reader explains: “For thousands of state employees in Virginia, President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act will not only leave them without health insurance, but also without the means to survive.”
In latest cave-in to big business
By Kate Randall, 14 August 2013
A one-year grace period has been granted on a requirement for insurance companies to adhere to limits on the out-of-pocket costs of health care for those they insure.
By Kate Randall, 7 August 2013
The ranks of doctors accepting Medicare are steadily decreasing under the impact of the Obama health care legislation.
By Dan Brennan, 31 July 2013
Brooklyn’s hospital system is in deep crisis, with two closures imminent and up to four more possible.
By Kate Randall, 31 July 2013
Detroit’s emergency manager is seeking to shift retirees into inferior coverage on the insurance exchanges.
By Kate Randall, 24 July 2013
Nearly 500,000 doctors serving Medicare patients will be evaluated on their performance in cutting costs and trimming services.
By Kate Randall, 19 July 2013
Obama’s touting of modest rebates and reined-in premiums is at odds with the entire trajectory of the health care overhaul, which is aimed at cutting costs for big business and the government while reducing care for ordinary Americans.
By Norisa Diaz and Clodomiro Puentes, 6 July 2013
California medical workers are growing dissatisfied and angry with their union.
By Richard Vargas and Barry Grey, 4 July 2013
In the latest concession to corporate interests, the Obama administration has delayed for one year implementation under its health care overhaul of a requirement for businesses to provide health insurance to full-time employees.
By David Brown, 18 June 2013
Although presented as a “progressive” union by various pseudo-left groups, the California Nurses Association has suppressed the struggles of health care workers while subordinating them to the Democratic Party.
By Tom Hall, 12 June 2013
Louisiana's Civil Service Commission recently voted to approve the privatization of four hospitals, which will result in the layoff of thousands of state employees.
By Kate Randall, 7 June 2013
The health care overhaul has been crafted to benefit private insurers and cut costs for corporations and the government at the expense of working families and the poor.
By Kate Randall, 5 June 2013
Mounting evidence shows that the Affordable Care Act will slash medical care and leave millions uninsured, while the private insurers hike premiums and boost their profits.
By Danielle DeSaxe and Marc Wells, 3 June 2013
California is the first state to implement its own health insurance market, named Covered California, in line with Present Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act.
By Kate Randall, 31 May 2013
More that half of those currently without health insurance live in states that are not planning to expand Medicaid to provide additional coverage.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 May 2013
Chartered Health Plan, the District of Columbia’s largest health management firm, has been bought out after spending the greater part of the past year in financial difficulty.
By Norisa Diaz, 24 May 2013
Workers at UC Medical Centers across California went on a two-day strike this week
By Evan Winters, 23 May 2013
In yet another effort to isolate its own membership, the California Nurses Association has called a weeklong strike.
By Kate Randall, 21 May 2013
US employers will be able to avoid penalties under the Obama-backed health care legislation, while offering token plans to their workforces.
By our reporters, 21 May 2013
Some 13,000 patient care workers are set to strike on Tuesday and Wednesday at University of California Medical Centers after voting by 97 percent to walk out.
By Kate Randall, 15 May 2013
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has asked insurance companies, foundations, consumer and business groups to donate to help implement the health care overhaul.