Donate

This story was originally published on Sludge on July 12, 2019 and republished with permission. At a Florida Democratic Party event for “grassroots activists, elected officials, and major donors” at the Walt Disney World Beach and Yacht Club Resort & Convention Center in early June, U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala...
This New York City subway ad recently caught my attention: “When researching hospitals, consider how much research they do.” The ad for Mt. Sinai Health System advised riders that the research “we do today drives medicine we will do tomorrow,” and the hospital system was proud that it ranked...
The new class of Democratic representatives entered Congress on an independent streak, disavowing corporate PACs and championing grassroots support. Many kept to their words, but major health corporations and associated donors still made their influence apparent. In fact, every Democratic Freshman representative took some form of money from health...
Could President Donald Trump singlehandedly destroy Social Security, the New Deal retirement program that for 85 years has provided critical support to old or disabled Americans — currently numbering 65 million? At first blush, the idea that a president could singlehandedly destroy a program...
The current network of health cares and doctors has prevented people with uncommon conditions and smaller hometowns to lose critical options, Trudy Lieberman writes.
If ever there were an award for the best “buyer beware” story, a tale detailing the pitfalls of short-term health insurance would certainly rise to the top of the list of nominees. Short-term policies — not to be confused with association policies I’ve written about before — are hitting the...
The Senate Special Committee on Aging has just released one of the most damning reports on the nation’s nursing homes that I’ve seen in a long time. The short document should be required reading for any family thinking of moving a relative to a nursing facility. Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey,...
With COVID-19 still raging after having killed over 100,000 Americans, making it one of the worst epidemics since the 1918 Spanish flu, and with a staggering 41 million workers, 27% of the labor force, out of a job — a number still rising at a rate of...
This story was written for Tarbell.org. It was co-published with the Hancock Herald in Hancock, N.Y., and 100 Days in Appalachia. Most of Betty Rosengrant’s extended family needs Medicaid. They’re also mostly Republicans. Rosengrant says she knows Republicans have proposed cuts to the federal/state health care system, but that “people...
I’d like you to meet Jill Eicher and Ron Tanner, two people who inspired me to launch the Lower Out-of-Pockets NOW coalition.  Launched last September, the coalition now comprises more than 50 organizations and businesses with a single mission: ending the uniquely American crisis of financially crippling out-of-pocket health...
Shortly after midnight on Sept. 29, Felisha Walter assumed an identity very much at odds with the fullness of her life: statistic.  Walter was a devoted mother, a chef and caterer; gracious, giving and forgiving; spiritual and kind. And when she passed away, just...
The coveted treat was quietly delivered by lawmakers who had long sought oil extraction in wildlife refuge.
The new corporate media and conservative Democratic argument against front-runner Bernie Sanders’ eminently logical proposal for creating a single-payer government health insurance program that he calls “Medicare for All” is that it would destroy the huge health insurance industry and put 1.8 million insurance industry employees out...
As insurance companies push doctors to save money by switching their patients to generic drugs, complaints about those generics appear to be on the upswing.  That’s the observation of journalist Katherine Eban, who has written a book, “Bottle of Lies,” that tells a very dark tale about...
Rochester Drug Cooperative (RDC) is the first company to be charged for knowingly pumping fentanyl, oxycodone and other opioids into America’s most drug overdosed cities and towns. In the wake of that lawsuit, Tarbell found RDC has been deeply tied to a lobbying organization that presents itself as an...
In December, the Trump Administration announced a landmark trade deal with China intended to ease tensions between the two governments and restore American manufacturing jobs eliminated by growing U.S. trade deficits with the Asian country since 2001. In states like Indiana, Michigan and South...
High drug prices are Americans’ number one health care concern. The average price of a cancer drug rose from less than $10,000 a year before 2000 to more than $170,000 a year in 2017. Between 1995 and 2013, the launch price of cancer drugs increased by 10 to 12...
Without the protections in the Affordable Care Act, many would find themselves back in the "bad old days."
Both American political parties recently concluded their national conventions on the eve of an election that may be one of the most critical in history, not just for the United States, but for the world.  In normal times – meaning the good ole days when only a...
The Food and Drug Administration is stopping more packages at the border. Many are ordered by Americans trying to save money on medications.