SOURCE: The Baffler
Elaine Schattner examines the work of activists who brought cancer diagnoses into the light and demanded that resources be invested in treating patients. It's not clear what can be done to help a typical American affort those treatments, though.
"Since about the 1940s, Americans have been encouraged to look to their jobs for nearly all of life’s necessities: a living wage, health insurance, and retirement benefits, as well as intangibles like friendship, identity, and a sense of purpose." Historians Nelson Lichtenstein and James Livingston explain why.
SOURCE: Boston Review
by Caley Horan
America's health insurance morass is a result of the replacement of the ideal of mutual, universal risk sharing with the privatization of risk in pursuit of profit.
by Liz Theoharis
Here’s the simple truth of twenty-first-century America: all of us live in a time and in an economic system that values our lives relative to our ability to produce profits for the rich or in the context of the wealth we possess.
SOURCE: New York Times
by Quoctrung Bui and Sarah Kliff
Mr. Sanders is right: All these countries provide universal coverage. But what he doesn’t talk about is the excruciating battle they went through to get there.
by Christy Ford Chapin
What history tells us is that the system is broken.
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