Feb 1 2016

‘Single Payer Saves Money by Saying No to the Insurance Industry’

CounterSpin interview with Steffie Woolhandler on media attacks on single payer

Steffie Woolhandler (photo: Rick Friedman)

“We’re paying for national health insurance and we’re just not getting it…. We’re already paying more per capita than the total cost of healthcare, public and private, for any other nation on the earth.”

Jan 30 2016

Media Attacking Single-Payer Are Getting Paid Under Current Health System

Bernie Sanders as depicted by Vox

Many of the outlets pushing back on single payer are owned by large media corporations with sizable investments in private healthcare and its current neoliberal iteration, the Affordable Care Act. They have not just a political and ideological incentive to maintain private healthcare, but a tremendous financial one as well.

Jan 29 2016

Steffie Woolhandler on Media Attacks on Single-Payer Healthcare

Single Payer Now! (cc photo: Michael Fleshman)

We should care what media are saying about single payer—as a lesson in policing possibilities, even apart from what it means for the presidential race.

Nov 3 2015

Black Lives Matter? Not in an NYT Graphic

DyingInMiddleAgeCrop

That deaths among middle-aged whites are rising and falling among other groups is a remarkable story. But the story is complicated, surely, by the fact that the shocking news is that middle-age whites in the US now die 71 percent as often as blacks

Oct 1 2015

‘We Could Have All These Drugs Available at Generic Prices’

CounterSpin interview with Dean Baker about why medicine costs so much

Dean Baker (cc photo: Keith Ivey)

“We don’t think it makes sense to have the fire department come down to your house when it’s on fire and your family is inside, then negotiate how much you should pay them. And that’s in effect what we’ve done with drugs.”

Sep 25 2015

Dean Baker on Drug Prices, Brandon Garrett on Corporate Crime

Martin Shkreli on NBC News

Drug company CEO Martin Shkreli became the target of public outrage by raising the price of a drug from $13 to $750 a tablet. Plus: The Volkwagen case raises yet again the question of whether our legal system can adequately respond to corporate crime.

Jun 30 2015

Everyone Gets Cosmetic Procedures, Says Time–and by ‘Everyone,’ They Mean Almost No One

Time: Nip. Tuck. Or Else.

“Now everyone gets work done. Will you?” reads the front-page teaser for Joel Stein’s piece about plastic surgery, Even by the standards of newsweekly hyperbole, this is ridiculous.

Jun 29 2015

George Will Won’t Throw Out a Perfectly Good Column Just Because Its Premise Is Completely Wrong

Chief Justice John Roberts (photo: Larry Downing/Reuters)

At some point, Will either noticed, or someone pointed out to him, that Roberts’ decision did the opposite of what Will’s column says it did.