Healthcare

The police murder of Iraq War veteran Brian Easley

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

More rural Tennessee hospitals face closure under Republican health care plans

By Warren Duzak, 10 July 2017

Tennessee is the “canary in the coal mine” for rural hospitals across the country.

Illinois Democrat’s health care roundtable event marked by frustration, anger

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.

Republican Senator Pat Toomey defends health care cuts in phony Town Hall event

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.

Studies reveal stark health divide in Australia

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

The policy of “social murder” behind the US health care debate

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.

Hepatitis A on the rise in California

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”

Western Massachusetts nurses still face fight over staffing and health benefits

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

Democrats appeal for bipartisan compromise to slash health care costs

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.

Anger and frustration over Trumpcare at Louisiana town hall meeting

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.

The emerging class struggle over health care in the US

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.

US Senate Republicans delay vote on draconian health care bill

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.”

Congressional Budget Office report: Senate bill will strip 22 million of health insurance

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.

Sanders promotes Democratic Party at rallies opposing Republican attack on health care

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”

Pittsburgh rally attendees discuss impact of health care cuts

By Samuel Davidson, 26 June 2017

Workers, students and health care providers discuss the impact of the destruction of health care on their communities.

Health care and the fight for socialism

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.

US hospital visits due to opioid issues top one million a year

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.

The Democrats’ fraudulent opposition to Trumpcare

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.

Senate Republican health plan could make deeper cuts to Medicaid than House version

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.

US Senate health bill drafted in secrecy: A conspiracy against the health care of millions

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.

US Senate Republicans moving forward on Obamacare repeal bill

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.

Pregnancy-linked death rate in Texas is highest among industrialized nations

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.

US surpasses most of the world in health care inequality

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.

Mylan may have overcharged US government by $1.27 billion

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.

Trump rule denies birth control coverage to hundreds of thousands of women

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.

UK: Attack on NHS would continue under Labour government

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.

Illinois’ largest hospital system plans $200 million in cuts

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.

Prices of US branded prescription drugs rose 13 percent in 2016

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.

Republican health plan would leave 23 million uninsured, budget office says

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.

Planned Parenthood to close 10 clinics in Iowa and the mountain West

By Gary Joad, 24 May 2017

Wyoming will become the second US state without any Planned Parenthood facility, joining North Dakota.

Trump administration seizes on Aetna pullout from ACA to push Republicans’ health plan

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.

Veterans Affairs to close more than 1,110 facilities

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.

Life expectancy study shows 20-year gap between richest and poorest US counties

By Naomi Spencer, 10 May 2017

Counties in the eastern Kentucky coalfields registered the sharpest declines in life expectancy between 1980 and 2014.

Hypocrisy and lies: Barack Obama accepts “Profile in Courage” award in Boston

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.

A new stage in the US health care counterrevolution

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.

The destruction of the National Health Service and the role of NHS FightBack

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.

Republican health care bill targets millions with preexisting conditions

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.

House Republicans pass draconian health care legislation

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.

House Republicans scramble for votes to pass draconian health care bill

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.

Health workers and residents in Bournemouth speak out against health service cuts

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.

Bournemouth health workers attend NHS FightBack meeting against redundancies and cuts

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.

UK adult social care system on verge of collapse

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.

Maine to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients

By John Marion, 24 April 2017

Governor Paul LePage expects to receive federal approval for an attack on Medicaid.

Over 8.3 million American adults suffer from severe psychological distress

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.

UK nurses in online vote over strike in protest at low pay

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.

Private ward opened in UK National Health Service in Bournemouth Hospital

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.

Trump makes pro-insurance company changes to Obamacare

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.

Trump’s new federal law blocks state funding for Planned Parenthood

By Kathleen Martin, 15 April 2017

The move is part of a broader attack on healthcare and the right to abortion services.

Super-rich in America live 15 years longer than the poorest 1 percent

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

UK: Oppose health care cuts, redundancies and privatisation of the National Health Service

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.

Occupational therapist and service user condemn attack on Bournemouth Intermediate Care Team

By Ajanta Silva, 11 April 2017

A resident said, “The loss of this team should be of grave concern to everybody in Bournemouth.”

UK: Demonstration in Leeds opposes attacks on the National Health Service

By our reporters, 3 April 2017

Those organising the Leeds protest offered a political amnesty to the unions and Labour.

UK: Protesters at Leeds demonstration denounce attacks on National Health Service

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.

UK: Health workers denounce attacks on Bournemouth Intermediate Care Service

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.

Australian private health insurance premiums soaring

By Michelle Stevens, 28 March 2017

Many working class people are now being forced to consider dropping their coverage, intensifying the healthcare crisis.

Facing defeat in Republican-controlled House, Trump scuttles Obamacare replacement bill

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.

Trump, Republicans postpone vote on Obamacare replacement bill

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.

Pittsburgh Town Hall: Democrats cover for attack on health care

By Samuel Davidson, 24 March 2017

Over 500 people attended a Town Hall meeting in Pittsburgh to express outrage over cuts to health care.

UK: Bournemouth Intermediate Care Services axes staff

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.

Key House Republicans and Trump agree to Medicaid block grants, work requirements

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

Over 3,000 yearly deaths in Pennsylvania expected from repeal of Obamacare

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.

Australian public hospitals relying on private patients

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.

US health care debate: A bipartisan drive to lower life expectancy

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.

Nominee for US Food and Drug Administration commissioner has deep ties to drug industry

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.

US government agency projects 24 million to lose health coverage under Republican plan

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.

Republicans push plan to gut Medicaid and slash taxes for the wealthy

By Kate Randall, 13 March 2017

The Republican bill to replace Obamacare will slash taxes for the wealthy by $600 billion.

A socialist policy for universal health care

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.

Obamacare replacement plan targets Medicaid

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.

Waiting times worsen in Australian public hospitals

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.

UK: Up to 250,000 protest attacks on National Health Service

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.

NHS protesters ask: “Why have we got money for war? Where is the money for our NHS and schools?”

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”

US coal miners face loss of retiree health coverage, black lung benefits

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.

UK: The fight to defend the NHS means building a new socialist party

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.

UK: Rising mortality rates and rationing across 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.

US: Republican governors call for dramatic changes to Medicaid

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.

Behind the UK government attack on “health tourism”

By Richard Tyler, 24 February 2017

The government announced it is seeking to recover £500 million a year from overseas visitors for health treatment.

Republican health care plan guts Medicaid, shifts funds from poor to rich

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.

Patient at Britain’s Newham Acute Day Hospital launches campaign to fight closure

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.

Australian disability workers strike against privatisation

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”

Protests in support of Planned Parenthood draw tens of thousands nationwide

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.

UK: Privatisation and cuts agenda exacerbates NHS staffing crisis

By Ajanta Silva, 13 February 2017

Junior doctors repeatedly stressed the implications of understaffing in hospitals during their industrial action last year.

Opponent of Medicaid, Medicare sworn in as Health and Human Services secretary

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.”

UK: Spending cuts deepen crisis in NHS mental health services

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.

Trump plans rollback of drug industry regulations

By Brad Dixon, 6 February 2017

Trump met with pharmaceutical industry lobbyists and executives at the White House last week.

Drug distributors fined for failing to report suspicious orders of opioids

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.

US deaths from cervical cancer higher than previously thought

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.

Trump nominee defends administration’s assault on health care

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.

Carers cut off services under Australian disability scheme

By Max Newman, 20 January 2017

Carers of people with a disability are being denied support programs under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Trump nominee reaffirms support for assault on Medicare and Medicaid

By Zaida Green, 19 January 2017

Representative Tom Price, named to head the Department of Health and Human Services, testified before a Senate committee.

Pledging “insurance for everybody,” Trump prepares to escalate attack on health care

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.”

Millions face dire consequences of rundown of Britain’s National Health Service

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.”

US Congress moves to repeal Obamacare in order to impose even deeper health cuts

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.

Millions of disabled Australians to be denied national insurance support

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.

Trump taps anti-vaccine activist to chair vaccine safety panel

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.

US trails other developed countries in access to health care

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.

Death toll mounts as UK National Health Service deliberately destroyed

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.

Democrats offer to work with Republicans in revamping Obamacare

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.

US Senate report details price-gouging by pharmaceutical companies

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.

Obamacare defenders extol health care overhaul as boon to corporate 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.