Wall Street as a Matter of Life and Death

Wall Street as a Matter of Life and Death

Bobby Tolbert is a New York City-based activist who draws from his own experience as an HIV positive and formerly homeless man to educate his peers and build a movement for better health care policies. He also serves on the boards of VOCAL New York and the recently...
Hillary vs. Bernie vs. the 1 Percent

Hillary vs. Bernie vs. the 1 Percent

The deep pockets that make up America’s top 1 percent have been on quite a run. Their share of the nation’s wealth, as economist Gabriel Zucman details in a new Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality analysis, has soared from 25 percent in the 1970s to 42 percent...
New Report: Corporate Pirates of the Caribbean

New Report: Corporate Pirates of the Caribbean

DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT HERE CEOs with the dubious lobby group “Fix the Debt” are pushing for cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and the social safety net, painting themselves as the good guys in the budget debate. But as they ask for everyday Americans to...
Romney Runs away from his Running Mate

Romney Runs away from his Running Mate

Poor Paul Ryan — he successfully rammed a budget bill through the U.S. House of Representatives that gutted Medicare, thus earning him the undying adulation of the far-right Republican fringe, whose unrestrained enthusiasm for him compelled Mitt Romney to name...
Corporations Score another Supreme Court Victory

Corporations Score another Supreme Court Victory

As a physician, I find it very odd that the debate over the Affordable Care Act has focused on the effect the law will have on the presidential election rather than the impact it will have on patients, health professionals, and health outcomes. The Supreme Court case...
If Health Care Reform Falls, Look in the Mirror

If Health Care Reform Falls, Look in the Mirror

Supporters of Obama’s health care reform are “keeping a stiff upper lip” reports The Hill as reaction to three tough days of oral argument and questioning on aspects of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). The entire health reform...
Ryan’s Medicare Hot Air

Ryan’s Medicare Hot Air

There’s a scary graph in Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s new budget blueprint that shows the federal government’s “unfunded promises” rising from $76.4 trillion in 2010 to $99.6 trillion in 2011. That’s $23.2 trillion in just one year....
Our Health Care Racket

Our Health Care Racket

Patients pay me Well indeed; Getting tests That they don’t need. In most countries, health care is aimed at curing the sick. Here, not so much. In the United States, health care is a profit center, one of our nation’s few growth industries. Young people...

Scrapping America’s Bootstraps

Tiffany Williams The deal is done. It features billions in cuts over the next decade, and the threat of more cuts if the bipartisan “Super Congress” fails to agree on a way to reduce the deficit by an additional $1.2 trillion. While discretionary spending...
All Those Who Care: Campaign Launch Shows Depth of Interdependence

All Those Who Care: Campaign Launch Shows Depth of Interdependence

Interdependence is the single word that embodies the Caring Across Generations (CAG) campaign, for me. Solidarity! Faith! History! Unity! Women! These are the words that resonated with other supporters of the movement. In a circle in the ballroom of the Washington...
The GOP’s Medicare Lies

The GOP’s Medicare Lies

In an astonishing observation, Rep. Paul Ryan recently declared: “Washington has not been honest with you.” Gosh, Paul, that possibility never occurred to us! What makes the Wisconsin lawmaker’s observation astonishing is the fact that he is...
A Winning Strategy: Voters in Upstate New York Rebuke Radicalism

A Winning Strategy: Voters in Upstate New York Rebuke Radicalism

Earlier this year, New York’s 26th House district was left without representation following the resignation of conservative Republican congressman Chris Lee. You remember Lee. He was the congressman who was forced to resign after it was revealed that he had...
Deconstructing a Paul Ryan Sound Bite

Deconstructing a Paul Ryan Sound Bite

Rep. Paul Ryan from Wisconsin revels in his reputation as America’s ultimate conservative policy “wonk.” He plays the part well. At the drop of a hat, the Republican lawmaker can rattle off a stream of stats that make his rich-people-friendly budget...