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You really should be reading Zuska’s pieces. As usual, she cuts through the crap to the meat of the issue. Go now and read.

For the last five hundred years, white America has feared black America. When physical chains were broken, the fear only increased. Rumors of black on white atrocities frequently circulate in white communities that live on the edge of black communities. As my home town integrated, rumors of white women being raped weren’t uncommon. One particularly…

China—a (medical) capitalist paradise

China’s a communist country, totally different from the capitalist U.S., right? They probably have some sort of socialized health system that makes Canada look downright libertarian. Right? No. I was talking to a friend (who I’ll call “Pu”) this week. She was surprised that I had to bend over backward to get someone insulin. Pu:…

From time to time we see an article (usually from LA) about hospital patients being “dumped” on street corners. I don’t know how wide-spread this problem is, but the systemic problem that leads to this is common and serious. Most American hospitals are required to render emergency care to anyone who comes in the door.…

The health reform lie that just won’t die

The Right is desperate—desperate to derail any sort of health care reform. Notably absent from their diatribes is any debate on the merits of one plan or another. They know that the only way to convince Americans to keep the terrible system we have now is to make them think that any reform would be…

Recursive nonsense on health care

People who support our current abominable health care system like to cite Canada’s supposed failures as an example of what could happen to us. The argument is a non-starter—it’s a straw man designed to scare people. We are a very different country, with a different economy and different needs. Even with a single-payer system, we…

I’m really trying to understand this. Really. Why is the outcry against health care reform so much louder than the call for reform? I have a very hard time believing that a majority of people are against some sort of improvement in our system. Around here, people are losing their insurance right and left. But…

Last night’s Daily Show was hands down the best discussion of the health care reform insanity on TV, radio, or web. What interested me the most was how McCaughey revealed some of her real agenda, and how she actually brought up some almost-right points. Even more surprising, Jon Stewart misunderstood some bits that need fleshing…

What is “health care”?

In his latest comment, Philip H has accelerated my reluctant discussion of health care reform. In fact, it was Philip who bullied me into writing about this topic in the first place. I’ve been avoiding wading into this mess, but being on the front line, it’s in my face every day. What he says in…

Once again, I’m sucked into the discussion on health care reform. I despise this topic, because so much of what is wrong with our current system could be fixed relatively easily, if Americans could just take an ideologic leap. Most of us have heard of “pre-existing condition (PEC)” clauses—those rules that allow insurance companies to…