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Neoliberalism Is Killing Us: Economic Stress as a Driver of Global Depression and Suicide

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It's time we addressed the economic drivers behind the global spikes in depression and suicide. 

Noelle Sullivan, Truthout

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http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2011/01/31/2014092742.gif  Sunday, April 02, 2017 | In anticipation of World Health Day on April 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report showing rates of depression increased 18 percent between 2005 and 2015, now estimated to afflict over 300 million people worldwide. Approximately 800,000 people commit suicide each year. According to the WHO, poverty and unemployment are leading causes.

To be sure, mental health services are in critically short supply globally. While often correlated with poverty, mental illnesses can cause misery regardless of one's socioeconomic status.

Noelle Sullivan is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in Global Health Studies and Anthropology at Northwestern University and a Public Voices Fellow with The Op-Ed Project.

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Series | The Crisis of American Healthcare - Part Two

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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: The Crisis of American Healthcare - Part 1
  • Related: Column: The fake freedom of U.S. health care

Parson Young, Socialist Appeal

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https://i.cbc.ca/1.2004704.1381560363!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_1180/hi-hospital-elderly-852-cp.jpg Monday, March 27, 2017 | The “market-based” solution to healthcare pursued by the US government had a formative effect on how medical facilities are run in the US. The passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1966 offered federal reimbursements to hospitals caring for patients of age 65 or older, or deemed “medically indigent” by the state. This qualitatively pivoted the way medicine and public health developed in the US. The AFL-CIO participated in the campaign for Medicare, but its participants were primarily retirees rather than active workers. Medicare to this day remains the primary single-payer health insurance provider in the US. While it was indeed a byproduct of progressive struggles in the 1960s, just as all positive reforms, it falls short of being a comprehensive system for all, and remains heavily reliant on the fluctuations and anarchy of the medical market.

With the rising costs of constantly improving technology, the financial incentives provided by Medicare drove most privately owned hospitals to create a variety of business models to game the system. This led to the practice of creating a variety of medical services that can be mass produced and sold repeatedly to elderly patients. Hospitals became increasingly profit-driven—even non-profits. Physician-owned specialist clinics centered on lucrative fields like orthopedics, surgery, and cardiology also began to rise. Less profitable departments and disciplines were sidelined, then shut down. Starting in the 1980s, a process of centralization began in which hospitals were closed or absorbed in a wave of hospital mergers that continued into the 1990s. In 1996 alone, as many as 768 hospitals were involved in 235 merger deals.

Parson Young is from Taiwan.

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The Crisis of American Healthcare - Part 1

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Column: The fake freedom of U.S. health care, Anu Partanen, New York (NY) Times

No health care system is perfect. But in a nation that purports to champion freedom, the outdated disaster that is the U.S. health care system is taking that freedom away.

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The Only Way to Win Single Payer is to Leave the Democratic Party

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  • When supermajorities find that they cannot move their “own” political party to represent their interests, then it’s time to cut that party loose. “The best thing that the national majority and the Democratic super-majority can do, for the sake of everyone’s health and the future of democracy, is to leave the Democratic Party.” A national health disaster is looming. Single payer is the only solution.
  • “Sticking with the Democrats only encourages them in their loyalty to their corporate masters.”
  • Related: Nothing Short of a Single-Payer Health Plan Will Do

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report / Greanville Post

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March 16, 2017 | Sixty percent of the American people – three out of every five adults — favor some form of single payer health care. They are a clear majority, but they have no major political party to represent them. More than 80 percent of the Democrats — four out of very five – support a Medicare-for-all, single payer health care system, but their party refuses to represent them on this life and death issue. The best thing that the national majority and the Democratic super-majority can do, for the sake of everyone’s health and the future of democracy, is to leave the Democratic Party.

Sixty four members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on to Congressman John Conyers’ Medicare-for-all bill. But, none of them are actively pushing the legislation. Instead, they’re trying to resurrect the ghost of Obamacare — just like Bernie Sanders is doing.

Glen Ford: executive editor,  Black Agenda Report

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The right wing will fund their oracles, that's a given. We are told that we will always be without means, never never know stability, never be able to provide. One more lie, after another.

We know what to do with a budget. We know how to apply it, how to grow something of value to the community with it. Let's give them something to talk about.

Thank you all sincerely.

Dave & the Crew



Nothing Short of a Single-Payer Health Plan Will Do, elnwebmaster, The Labor Fight Back Blog

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The Democrats have refused to lift a finger for a health plan that would actually benefit the people who vote for their party. It’s time for working people to tell the Democrats—and the Republicans and their demagogic President Donald John Trump—that if they refuse to provide us with a health care plan that actually benefits us, we will elect people who will, independent candidates whom we choose and who are responsible to us, not to the insurance bosses, pharmaceutical executives, and Wall Street speculators. The time is now.

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Column: The fake freedom of U.S. health care

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No health care system is perfect. But in a nation that purports to champion freedom, the outdated disaster that is the U.S. health care system is taking that freedom away.

Anu Partanen, New York (NY) Times  / Tampa Bay (FL) Times

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | The United States is home to some of the world's best medical schools, doctors, research institutes and hospitals, and if you have the money for the coverage and procedures you want, you absolutely can get top-notch care. This approach might result in extreme inequalities and it might be expensive, but it definitely buys you the best medical treatment anywhere.

Such is the cost of freedom. As Vice President Mike Pence put it: "Obamacare will be replaced with something that actually works — bringing freedom and individual responsibility back to American health care."

Anu Partanen is the author of "The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life."

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Nothing Short of a Single-Payer Health Plan Will Do, elnwebmaster, The Labor Fight Back Blog

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The Democrats have refused to lift a finger for a health plan that would actually benefit the people who vote for their party. It’s time for working people to tell the Democrats—and the Republicans and their demagogic President Donald John Trump—that if they refuse to provide us with a health care plan that actually benefits us, we will elect people who will, independent candidates whom we choose and who are responsible to us, not to the insurance bosses, pharmaceutical executives, and Wall Street speculators. The time is now.

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