By Eric London, 10 July 2017
The murder of Easley exposes the establishment’s ritual worship of veterans as nothing more than propaganda, aimed at building support for wars fought by the poor to enrich the wealthy.
Nine rural hospitals in the state have shut down since 2010
By Warren Duzak, 10 July 2017
Tennessee is the “canary in the coal mine” for rural hospitals across the country.
By a WSWS reporting team, 10 July 2017
Two teachers spoke up to counter Schneider’s complacency about the ACA, explaining that it was difficult to afford and few doctors accepted the ACA plans.
By Samuel Davidson, 7 July 2017
Hundreds of Pennsylvania residents, opponents of the health care bill Toomey co-authored, were blocked from entering the television studio where the event was being staged.
By John Mackay, 6 July 2017
People in working class areas die younger and have almost double the rates of poor health compared to residents of wealthier suburbs.
Ohio politician proposes letting overdose victims die
By Barry Grey, 5 July 2017
Behind the proposals in the Republicans’ health care bills to gut Medicaid and lift the requirement that insurers cover treatment for substance abuse lies a calculated effort to reduce life expectancy for working people.
By Kevin Martinez, 4 July 2017
The disease, which affects the liver, has already claimed four lives in San Diego, making it the largest outbreak in the state in almost 20 years.
“It’s a pretty damning statement when nurses cannot afford health care”
By Jay James, 3 July 2017
Nurses at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center are the latest to face a battle to defend their health benefits.
With polls showing only 12 percent support for Republican bill
By Barry Grey, 1 July 2017
Far from seeking to mobilize popular anger over the assault on health care, Democrats are appealing to Trump and the Republicans to reach an agreement to impose new cuts.
By Tom Hall, 1 July 2017
Republican Senator Bill Cassidy declined to say explicitly whether he supported the Senate bill, but he made clear his support for a reactionary assault on access to health care.
By Joseph Kishore, 29 June 2017
The Democrats and Republicans are continuing their stage-managed debate over measures that will have devastating consequences for millions of Americans.
By Kate Randall, 28 June 2017
There is bipartisan agreement that the current health care system needs to be “fixed,” meaning deeper cuts in spending, including for Medicaid and other “entitlements.”
By Barry Grey, 27 June 2017
The central feature of the Senate Republicans’ “Better Care Reconciliation Act” is a devastating cut in funding for Medicaid, the government health care program for the poor.
By Josh Varlin, 26 June 2017
Bernie Sanders is seeking to corral opposition to the Senate Republicans’ health care bill and channel it behind the Democratic Party.
“A lot of people are going to be left behind who can’t afford medical coverage”
By Samuel Davidson, 26 June 2017
Workers, students and health care providers discuss the impact of the destruction of health care on their communities.
By Barry Grey and Kate Randall, 24 June 2017
The most significant feature of both the Senate and House plans is their effective dismantlement of Medicaid as a guaranteed benefit—a milestone in the ruling class drive to destroy what remains of the social reforms of the 20th century.
By Genevieve Leigh, 21 June 2017
Visits to emergency rooms and inpatient stays for opioid-related issues are skyrocketing, straining treatment facilities in rural areas and urban centers alike.
By Kate Randall, 21 June 2017
The Democrats defend Obamacare as though it were a progressive social reform, rather than a major step in the assault on healthcare, now being carried further by Trump and the Republicans.
By Kate Randall, 20 June 2017
The Senate plan to repeal Obamacare could cut an additional $64 billion from Medicaid by changing the way growth in per-patient spending is calculated.
By Kate Randall, 16 June 2017
The Senate plan maintains the AHCA’s per capita cap or block granting of federal Medicaid funds, which would effectively end Medicaid as a guaranteed program based on need.
By Kate Randall, 13 June 2017
The Senate bill will retain the majority of the AHCA’s reactionary features, including the gutting of Medicaid and tax breaks for the wealthy.
By Trévon Austin, 10 June 2017
According to the research directed by the University of Maryland in 2016, pregnancy-related deaths in Texas nearly doubled within two years, rising from 72 in 2010 to 142 in 2012.
By Kate Randall, 9 June 2017
While poor and working-class Americans have access to substandard care, if they can get health care at all, a growing number of health care companies are catering to the rich.
By Brad Dixon, 5 June 2017
Between 2006 and 2016, Mylan Pharmaceuticals misclassified its EpiPen Auto-Injector, used to treat anaphylaxis due to allergic reactions, as a generic product instead of a branded product.
By Kate Randall, 3 June 2017
The new rule greatly expands the number of employers and insurance companies that could qualify for an exemption to the ACA mandate, simply by claiming a moral or religious objection.
By Jean Shaoul, 3 June 2017
Labour has made no commitment to reversing £20 billion in NHS cuts imposed by Conservative-led governments so far, or ending them.
By Benjamin Mateus and Marcus Day, 2 June 2017
The cuts at Advocate will mean further restriction of patients’ access to health services and an escalation of the attack on the jobs and working conditions of employees.
By Brad Dixon, 2 June 2017
The rise in drug prices is 318 percent higher than the rise in the costs of goods due to inflation, according to a report by health care technology company Truveris.
By Kate Randall, 26 May 2017
The AHCA would leave 23 million fewer insured by 2026, slashing $824 billion from Medicaid and driving up premiums for older Americans and those with preexisting conditions.
By Gary Joad, 24 May 2017
Wyoming will become the second US state without any Planned Parenthood facility, joining North Dakota.
By Shelley Connor, 16 May 2017
If insurers are unable to make an adequate profit under Obamacare, they either hike their prices or pull out of the insurance market.
By Kevin Martinez, 13 May 2017
VA Secretary David Shulkin told Congress the proposal is aimed at privatizing veterans’ health care.
Berkshire Hathaway billionaire: “The amount of waste from overtreatment of the dying is just disgusting”
By Kate Randall, 12 May 2017
That people who have toiled their entire lives should be treated with dignity at the end of their lives is an alien concept to such reactionary minds.
By Naomi Spencer, 10 May 2017
Counties in the eastern Kentucky coalfields registered the sharpest declines in life expectancy between 1980 and 2014.
By Kate Randall, 9 May 2017
Although Obama did not mention the ACA or “Trumpcare” in his remarks accepting the award, it is clear that the passage of Obamacare was one of the main reasons he was chosen.
By Patrick Martin, 8 May 2017
The passage of the American Health Care Act by the House of Representatives sets the pace for devastating cuts in health care for working people, to fund a windfall for the financial oligarchy.
By Jean Shaoul, 8 May 2017
World Socialist Web Site writer Jean Shaoul responds to a series of questions posed by a student journalist regarding the Socialist Equality Party’s NHS FightBack campaign.
By Kate Randall, 6 May 2017
Shameless lies are being used to promote a thoroughly regressive bill that builds on Obama’s pro-corporate Affordable Care Act and expands its assault on health care.
Bill would end Medicaid as a guaranteed program based on need
By Kate Randall, 5 May 2017
The American Health Care Act is a reactionary bill that builds on the regressive, pro-corporate framework of the legislation popularly known as Obamacare.
By Barry Grey and Kate Randall, 3 May 2017
The amended version of the Trump administration’s American Health Care Act would impose an even more savage attack on health care for millions of people than the original.
By Ajanta Silva, 1 May 2017
The following are interviews from some of those who have spoken to NHS FightBack during its campaign to oppose redundancies and the slashing of services in Bournemouth and the county of Dorset.
By our reporters, 27 April 2017
Management has been able to impose the job losses in Bournemouth only due to the treachery of trade unions.
By Dennis Moore, 25 April 2017
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics found that the suicide rate for care workers is now twice the national average.
By John Marion, 24 April 2017
Governor Paul LePage expects to receive federal approval for an attack on Medicaid.
By Kathleen Martin, 22 April 2017
Research released by the Psychiatric Services journal indicates disturbing growth of psychological distress in the United States, correlating directly to the continuing economic crisis.
By Margot Miller, 22 April 2017
Registered nurses earn an average of just £23,319 per year and had their pay kept up with inflation they would now earn £26,584.
By Eric Gauld, 21 April 2017
While boasting about its new private ward, the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has, since 2010, shut down several wards in Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals.
By Kate Randall, 15 April 2017
The giant private insurers claim that Americans are “gaming” the ACA by signing up only when they get sick and dropping out after receiving medical treatment.
By Kathleen Martin, 15 April 2017
The move is part of a broader attack on healthcare and the right to abortion services.
By Kate Randall, 11 April 2017
Income-based disparities in US life expectancy are worsened by the for-profit US health care system.
Attend NHS FightBack meeting in Bournemouth
Statement by NHS FightBack
11 April 2017
Health workers and all those who want to fight in defence of the NHS must build a new leadership, which fights on the basis of a socialist programme.
By Ajanta Silva, 11 April 2017
A resident said, “The loss of this team should be of grave concern to everybody in Bournemouth.”
By our reporters, 3 April 2017
Those organising the Leeds protest offered a political amnesty to the unions and Labour.
By our reporters, 3 April 2017
The WSWS and the NHS FightBack campaign interviewed some of those protesting in defence of the National Health Service in Leeds Saturday.
By our reporters, 1 April 2017
Many workers in BICS, Bournemouth Council and at Bournemouth and Poole hospitals responded enthusiastically to an article by the NHS FightBack campaign, calling for a struggle against redundancies.
By Michelle Stevens, 28 March 2017
Many working class people are now being forced to consider dropping their coverage, intensifying the healthcare crisis.
By Barry Grey, 25 March 2017
Both Trump and the Democrats signaled their readiness to collaborate in devising new means to slash health care benefits.
By Barry Grey, 24 March 2017
The bill has been made more brutal in an attempt to win over the most diehard opponents of health care for poor and moderate-income people.
By Samuel Davidson, 24 March 2017
Over 500 people attended a Town Hall meeting in Pittsburgh to express outrage over cuts to health care.
By Ajanta Silva, 22 March 2017
The discharging of staff in Bournemouth is a sign that further decimation of services are on the horizon in 44 areas throughout England.
By Kate Randall, 20 March 2017
Under a block grant, states would receive a fixed annual amount of federal funding, forcing them to either cut benefits or remove people from the program altogether
By Douglas Lyons, 17 March 2017
Researchers estimate that more than 1.1 million people in the state would lose health insurance and 3,525 premature deaths would result each year from a total repeal.
By Gary Alvernia, 16 March 2017
Funding cuts initiated by the last federal Labor government have forced hospitals to double the number of private patient services since 2008.
By Jerry White, 16 March 2017
The current debate obscures the basic motivation guiding both big business parties: to restrict access to affordable health care and sharply reduce the lifespan of American workers.
By Brad Dixon, 15 March 2017
Scott Gottlieb has close ties to the drug industry and, if confirmed, will work to roll back regulations at the FDA.
By Kate Randall, 14 March 2017
This massive surge in the uninsured would come largely on the backs of the poor through draconian cuts to Medicaid, effectively ending it as an entitlement program.
By Kate Randall, 13 March 2017
The Republican bill to replace Obamacare will slash taxes for the wealthy by $600 billion.
By Niles Niemuth, 11 March 2017
Under the cover of a struggle over Obamacare, the bipartisan attack on health care for working people in America is being intensified.
By Kate Randall, 8 March 2017
Beginning in 2020, the Republican plan would convert federal funding for Medicaid to a per capita allotment, as well as end Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid.
By Margaret Rees, 8 March 2017
Conditions are deteriorating in hospitals as a result of the previous Labor government’s restructuring, which has deepened under the current Liberal-National government.
By Robert Stevens, 6 March 2017
Speakers on the main stage, including trade union officials and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, offered no strategy to fight the onslaught against the NHS.
By our reporters, 6 March 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to a number of those attending Saturday’s protest in defence of the National Health Service.
“If a miner comes between a coal operator and a dollar, they’ll always take the dollar”
By Samuel Davidson, 6 March 2017
Thousands of retired coal miners and surviving widows have been sent letters notifying them that their health benefits will be cut off April 30 when funding for 22,600 recipients runs out.
Statement by NHS FightBack
4 March 2017
The following statement by NHS FightBack is being distributed at today’s London demonstration in defence of the National Health Service.
By Jean Gibney, 3 March 2017
Many seriously ill patients in the UK are being denied drugs and treatments due to increased drives for cost efficiency.
By Kate Randall, 27 February 2017
While agreeing in principle with drastic cuts to Medicaid, the governors want input on how to impose them under any Obamacare replacement legislation.
By Richard Tyler, 24 February 2017
The government announced it is seeking to recover £500 million a year from overseas visitors for health treatment.
By Kate Randall, 18 February 2017
The proposals would roll back Medicaid expansion under Obamacare and convert the program to either a per capita cap or a block grant to the states.
By our reporters, 18 February 2017
The hospital, opened in 2000, has been the lifeline for thousands of people who suffer from mental health problems.
By our reporters, 15 February 2017
Union officials sought to divert the widespread anger into impotent appeals to the state Coalition government, while promoting the opposition Labor Party.
“Health care has been under attack for quite a long time”
By a WSWS reporting team, 13 February 2017
Supporters of Planned Parenthood mobilized nationwide on Saturday to counter demonstrations by right-wing opponents of the right to abortion.
By Ajanta Silva, 13 February 2017
Junior doctors repeatedly stressed the implications of understaffing in hospitals during their industrial action last year.
By Kate Randall, 11 February 2017
Tom Price once wrote, “Nothing has had a greater negative effect on the delivery of health care than the federal government’s intrusion into medicine through Medicare.”
By Jean Gibney, 9 February 2017
Government cuts to mental health services in Britain have produced a situation where there is enormous demand with little capacity to meet the need.
By Brad Dixon, 6 February 2017
Trump met with pharmaceutical industry lobbyists and executives at the White House last week.
By Brad Dixon, 1 February 2017
Drug distributors have repeatedly failed to report “suspicious orders” of opioids, while industry lobbying has curtailed enforcement of the law by the Drug Enforcement Agency.
By Gary Joad, 31 January 2017
Some 12,990 cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed last year and 4,120 women died of the disease.
By Kate Randall, 25 January 2017
Price arrogantly dismissed questioning about the new administration’s planned assault on Medicare, Medicaid and health care in general.
By Max Newman, 20 January 2017
Carers of people with a disability are being denied support programs under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
By Zaida Green, 19 January 2017
Representative Tom Price, named to head the Department of Health and Human Services, testified before a Senate committee.
By Kate Randall, 17 January 2017
The president-elect gave no specifics on how he will achieve “much lower deductibles,” and a less expensive system in which all Americans are “beautifully covered.”
By Robert Stevens, 16 January 2017
More than 20 hospitals have raised alerts that they can no longer provide basic services to the public, as the British Red Cross said the NHS faces a “humanitarian crisis.”
By Kate Randall, 14 January 2017
Trump and the Republicans are opposing Obamacare, itself a pro-corporate attack on health care for working people, from the right, moving to dismantle Medicaid and strip more people of health coverage.
By Max Newman, 14 January 2017
The National Disability Insurance Scheme will deny adequate assistance to many in need, even those with severe mental illnesses.
By Brad Dixon, 13 January 2017
Robert F. Kennedy has for the past decade promoted the debunked claim that vaccinations are linked to autism, which was also supported by Trump during his campaign.
By Esther Galen, 12 January 2017
A recent survey of adults in 11 advanced countries placed the United States dead last in access to medical care and affordability.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 9 January 2017
Having set the NHS up to fail, the government and the media will inevitably insist that the NHS must be made more efficient through the closure of “failing” services and privatisations.
By Kate Randall, 7 January 2017
Obamacare has set the stage for an intensified assault on Medicare, the government insurance program for seniors and the disabled, and Medicaid, the insurance program for the poor.
By Zaida Green, 6 January 2017
The pharmaceutical companies, operating like hedge funds, cornered the markets on drugs for rare and life-threatening conditions to maximize profits.
By Kate Randall, 5 January 2017
Obama’s health care overhaul was never about providing universal or even near-universal, decent quality health care for the American people.