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Series | The Crisis of American Healthcare - Part One

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  • Why is the healthcare system in the US so chaotic and prohibitively expensive? The answer lies in the fact that the market, rather than state intervention, is the primary factor that shaped how healthcare is provided for the majority.
  • Related: On Defending Medicare, The Best Defense Is A Good Offense

Parson Young, Socialist Appeal

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http://socialistappeal.org/images/money_pill.jpgWednesday, February 15, 2017 | To say that the American healthcare system is criminally expensive and convoluted would be an understatement. Earlier this year, the New York Times reported that 20% of people under the age of 65, although insured, have trouble paying medical bills. 75% of them reported that, as a result, they had had to cut back on household spending, and 63% of them used up all or most of their savings to pay a medical bill. In 2015, an average family of four had to shell out $24,671 for medical expenses. An ambulance ride costs $164 per mile, on average. An emergency room visit by itself could cost you around $1,233. The national average for a vaginal birth is now $8,775, and a c-section will set you back $11,525.

At the same time, medical and healthcare professionals are relentlessly overworked. Nurses in the US often work shifts that can run as long as 24 to 36 hours. Only 16% of nurses in a national survey think they are adequately compensated. There is a chronic shortage of doctors, who spend an average of just 12 minutes per patient during appointments. Moreover, the for-profit system creates incentives for doctors to provide add-on services, often medically unnecessary, which leads to an estimated 210,000 patients dying each year due to medical errors.

Parson Young is from Taiwan.

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On Defending Medicare, The Best Defense Is A Good Offense, Demanding Medicare For All Now, The Pen

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Demonstration%20for%20Single-Payer%20Health%20Care.jpgIt is not enough to demand that Medicare not be cut. That is what 
  • Bernie is calling on us to demand right now, which is fine as far as 
  • it goes. But to really protect Medicare at all our strategy must be 
  • to demand more. We must demand that it be expanded instead. That means Medicare for all. Now.

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A man traveled cross-country to interview homeless people. This is what he learned.

  • "I’m a very sad man now that she’s gone," Leroy explained. He'd been at his wife's side the moment she died of a heart attack. "I wish I could have saved her."
  • Related: 10 things everyone should know about what it’s really like to live on the streets

Robbie Couch, Upworthy

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March 9, 2017 | Leroy, a U.S. veteran, said he'd been doing well staying sober up until that tragedy struck a few months ago. Now he's back on the streets of New Orleans, once again battling alcoholism and homelessness.

Leroy, a U.S. veteran, said he'd been doing well staying sober up until that tragedy struck a few months ago. Now he's back on the streets of New Orleans, once again battling alcoholism and homelessness.

"I don’t have anything from her, no pictures, nothing," he said. "[Her] landlord set everything out on the sidewalk and thieves took it all."

Robbie Couch <http://www.upworthy.com/robbie-couch>: I'm a wandering writer with Michigan roots, an irrational fear of birds, and the belief that the world is slowly becoming a better place. You’ll probably spot my name next to stories about LGBTQ news and pop culture happenings.

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  • Since the recession, San Francisco's wealth gap has become a yawning chasm. The city's homeless tell their stories. 
  • Related: America Keeps People Poor On Purpose

 

 
 

Loving America and Resisting Trump

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  • The New Patriotism
  • Related: How activists have already scored victories against Trump's policies

Frida Berrigan, TomDispatch.com / Tikkun

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Frida%20Berrigan%20%7C%20It%20Runs%20in%20the%20Family%20jacket%20illus.jpgFebruary 16, 2017 | So reality has inexorably, inescapably penetrated my life.  It didn’t take long. Yes, Donald Trump is actually the president of the United States. In that guise, in just his first weeks in office, he’s already declared war on language, on loving, on people who are different from him -- on the kind of world, in short, that I want to live in. He’s promised to erect high walls, keep some people in and others out and lock up those he despises, while threatening to torture and abuse with impunity.

Still, a small personal miracle emerges from this nightmare. It turns out that, despite growing up an anarchist protest kid who automatically read Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States alongside the official textbooks, I love this country more each day.  So I find myself eternally upset about our new political reality-show, about a man so thin-skinned he lashes out at everything and so insulated in his own alt-reality that no response to him seems to matter.

Frida Berrigan, a TomDispatch regular, writes the Little Insurrections blog for WagingNonviolence.org, is the author of It Runs In The Family: On Being Raised By Radicals and Growing Into Rebellious Motherhood, and lives in New London, Connecticut.

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How activists have already scored victories against Trump's policies, Adam Gabbatt, the Guardian

Through marches and dogged pursuit of elected officials, people across the US have helped to block some of the administration’s most anti-progressive policies

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Rocket Kirchner | All Politicians Are False Messiahs

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So what happens when that politician sells out and the people who invested all their faith in him or her won’t hold that politician accountable, but rather choose to look the other way and rationalize the destructive acts despite the flowery rhetoric? They become part of the problem. So here we have it: so called do-gooders obstructing the good, all in the name of the good.

Rocket Kirchner, Dandelion Salad

https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5046/5217412187_8fe295281b.jpg February 9, 2017 | Rousseau said that man is a social animal. Man is also a religious animal. In the socio-religio milieu there exists a deep messianic impulse. This impulse is expressed in a variety of ways. One of them is politics.

It does not matter what the motive of any politician is. What matters is the way we project our hope in that politician. Here in lies the rub. Invariably, sooner or later it is that projection and exaltation we give by supporting a politician that will let us down. It is this let down that makes all politicians false messiahs.

Rocket Kirchner, Writer, Dandelion Salad

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The end of ideology

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  • A diatribe against the cultural decline in America also offers a way out
  • A review of America at War with Itself ~ Henry A. Giroux
  • Related: Table of Contents, Foreword, and the First Chapter from America at War with Itself
  • Related: Will Americans Submit to Despotism in an Urge to 'Escape from Freedom'

Shelley Walia, The Hindu

http://www.citylights.com/Resources/titles/87286100277470/Images/87286100277470M.jpg?1488730866008Hannah Arendt rightly declared that we are living in ‘dark times’ when there is a need to emphasise the value of education to the world that we engineer for future generations. “Education,” she said, “is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it and by the same token save it from ruin which, except for renewal, except for the coming of the new and young, would be inevitable. And education, too, is where we decide whether we love our children enough not to expel them from our world and leave them to their own devices, nor to strike from their hands their chance of undertaking something new, something unforeseen by us, but to prepare them in advance for the task of renewing a common world.”

It is in this context that Henry Giroux’s recent book America at War with Itself can be seen as a diatribe against the decline in cultural values in the U.S. and particularly the demise of revolutionary pedagogies that might give impetus to radicalism endangering the status quo. The sharp shift in American culture is apparently more towards abusive forms of power visible in predatory capitalism, citizen surveillance, domestic violence, gun-massacres by school children, and a deeply post-truth scenario of true lies and misrepresentation.

Shelley Walia is Former Professor at the Department of English and Cultural Studies, and presently, Fellow at Panjab University, Chandigarh.

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Will Americans Submit to Despotism in an Urge to 'Escape from Freedom'? Conor LynchSalon / AlterNet 

  • The pioneering psychologist explained the rise of Hitler with an analysis that seems way too relevant now.
  • Erich Fromm Saw It Coming.
  • Related: Most People Today Want to be Propagandized

 

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