Charles Ornstein: Health Gadgets and Apps Outpace Privacy Protections, Report FindsJuly 2016
In 2009, Congress asked for recommendations on what to do about information that falls outside the privacy law known as HIPAA. Today, health officials released their report, but offered no suggestions.
Paul Kiel: For Nebraska’s Poor, Get Sick and Get SuedMay 2016
Cheap court fees and looser rules make suing over medical debts as small as $60 easy. Every year Nebraska collection agencies file lawsuits by the tens of thousands.
P.J. Podesta: Keeping the Devil at BayMarch 2016
Why the Left should be asking for more
David Morris: What Downton Abbey Teaches Us About Health CareFebruary 2016
The importance of community in an age of high tech, specialized medicine
Olga Pierce and Marshall Allen: How Denmark Dumped Medical Malpractice and Improved Patient SafetyJanuary 2016
In the US, patients harmed during medical care have few avenues for redress. The Danes chose to forget about fault and focus on what’s fair.
Robert Reich: Medicare is Not the ProblemJuly 2015
Fifty years later, Medicare is still working and it can work even better.
Stephen Asher: Caduceus at the CrossroadsApril 2015
A lifelong practitioner has a prescription for medicine.
A Louisiana Teacher’s Immodest Proposal for Synchronized Maternity LeaveFebruary 2015
After her workplace, a Catholic school, dropped contraceptive coverage from the employee health care plan, one teacher came up with a proposal of her own.
Paul Kiel and Chris Arnold: Senator to Hospitals, Stop Suing Poor PatientsJanuary 2015
Sen. Charles Grassley asks a Missouri nonprofit hospital to explain why it seizes the wages of thousands of its patients.
Paul Kiel: For Nonprofit Hospitals Who Sue Patients, New RulesJanuary 2015
Under new IRS rules non-profit hospitals must take extra steps to inform poor patients they may qualify for financial assistance.
When a Patient’s Death is Broadcast Without PermissionJanuary 2015
The ABC television show NY Med filmed Mark Chanko’s final moments without the approval of his family."
Robert Reich: Getting a Grip on EbolaOctober 2014
Ebola is not a crisis in the United States.
Robert Reich: Why We Allow Big Pharma to Rip Us OffOctober 2014
America spends a fortune on drugs, more per person than any other nation on earth.
Hippocratic BloatOctober 2014
American Empires: A journalist and a cardiologist discuss healthcare gone haywire and how Americans are medicating themselves to death.
Charles Ornstein: Government Will Withhold One-Third of the Records from Database of Physician PaymentsAugust 2014
Many payments to doctors made by pharmaceutical companies will not be included in the public release of the database next month.
Ann Neumann: How the Other Half DiesJune 2014
Class in America: If a humane death is to become a human right, we have to address the socioeconomic barriers that block so many from proper end-of-life care.
Robert Reich: Healthcare for Pregnant Women is InadequateMay 2014
How right-wing ideology puts pregnant women at risk.
Charles Ornstein: Freed of Disclosure Requirement, Drug Maker Pulls Doctor Payments OfflineMarch 2014
How pharmaceutical companies are waging the privacy war.
Barbara Garson: The Public-Private ProfiteersFebruary 2014
Watching insurance companies fight every local public option to the death.
Lois Beckett: The PTSD Crisis That’s Being IgnoredFebruary 2014
Not all trauma happens in Afghanistan.
Charles Ornstein: As HealthCare.gov Rebounds, New Glitches Hit Medicaid EnrollmentsDecember 2013
Obamacare, like Goldilocks, needs enrollees to be neither too rich nor too poor, but just right.
Charles Ornstein: Six Questions About HealthCare.gov’s FutureDecember 2013
Will the improvements to the site be enough to ensure consumers can get coverage before the December 23 deadline?
Nina Martin: A Dispute at a Catholic HospitalNovember 2013
Gag rules at Catholic hospitals limit what doctors can do—and say.
Charles Ornstein: Why Two Obama Loyalists Lost Their Health PoliciesNovember 2013
Two casualties of the transitioning American healthcare system.
Charles Ornstein: Why Health Insurance Cancellations Shouldn’t Be a SurpriseNovember 2013
An interview with health-care adviser Kip Piper.
A.C. Thompson: Elderly, At Risk, and Haphazardly ProtectedOctober 2013
How assisted living went from humane solution to multibillion-dollar industry.
Robert Reich: The Democrat’s Version of Health Insurance Would Have Been Cheaper, Simpler, and More PopularOctober 2013
So why did we enact the Republican version, and why are they so upset?
Charles Ornstein: A Tale of Two Obamacares — Which Is Right?October 2013
Critics of the Affordable Care Act rollout say its technology problems are overwhelming. Defenders point to the states, where the health insurance marketplaces seem to be working.
David Morris: Let Red States Opt Out of ObamacareOctober 2013
The government shutdown will have demonstrated the willingness, indeed the eagerness, of Republicans to do everything possible to stop the health care law.
Tracy Weber, Charles Ornstein and Jennifer LaFleur: ‘Extreme’ PrescribersJune 2013
An Inspector General's report faults Medicare for not tracking abuses in prescriptions.
Robert Reich: The Hollowing Out of GovernmentMay 2013
When Republicans can’t repeal laws they don’t like, they hollow them out, deny funds to fully implement them, and reduce funds to enforce them.
Charles Seife and Rob Garver: FDA Approved New Drug Despite Ongoing Investigation of Lab MisconductApril 2013
Though agents found blatant fraud in a Houston lab, the FDA refused to question drug safety.
Robert Garver and Charles Seife: Double DoseApril 2013
In a second case of flawed drug research, FDA response was slow and secretive.
Jeff Gerth: “Burn the Data”March 2013
Did a company try to hide risks of MRI dye Omniscan?
Robert Reich: The Minimum Wage, Guns, Healthcare, and the Meaning of a Decent SocietyFebruary 2013
The critical questions we face call for us to think about the kind of society we want to have.
Roe v. Wade at Forty: Beyond Pro-ChoiceFebruary 2013
Her name tag said 'Lynn Paltrow: Reproductive Justice.' Pulling out a sharpie, she added, 'And Drugs.'
Jay Walljasper: Who Needs Government?January 2013
What’s right and what’s wrong with Libertarians’ vision of a volunteer society?
The Caregivers CoalitionJanuary 2013
One of TIME and Newsweek’s most influential people of 2012, Ai-jen Poo works to address a swiftly aging population, and an exploited workforce, by reforming domestic labor standards.
Robert Reich: The Hoax of Entitlement ReformJanuary 2013
Cutting entitlements ignores the real problems behind the deficit.
Robert Reich: Repackaging Mitt as a Compassionate Conservative? It’s Too LateSeptember 2012
No amount of packaging can change what we already know about Mitt Romney.
Marshall Allen: Why Patient Harm Is One of the Leading Causes of Death in AmericaSeptember 2012
In this Q&A, surgeon Marty Makary talks about his new book Unaccountable and explains why patient harm persists, and what to do about it.
Robert Reich: The Wrong Way to Save Money on HealthcareSeptember 2012
Shifting healthcare costs to the workers is not the answer.
David Morris: The U.S. Healthcare Debate – From the Sublime to the RidiculousAugust 2012
The American debate over healthcare seems absurd most everywhere else.
Robert Reich: Why the Supreme Court Will Uphold the Constitutionality of ObamacareJune 2012
Robert Reich predicts that the Supreme Court will come down six to three in favor of the Affordable Care Act.
Robert Reich: Healthcare JiujitsuMarch 2012
With a bit of political jujitsu, the President could turn any such defeat into a victory for a single-payer healthcare system—Medicare for all.