healthcare

Freedom Socialist editorial — Ebola: fruit of poverty and racism

October 2014

On Sept. 16, President Obama finally announced increased, but still woefully inadequate, aid to West Africa to fight the devastating Ebola epidemic. It came only after the president of Liberia desperately appealed for U.S. help. A few days before, the Defense Department announced with great fanfare that it would build a 25-bed field hospital —… Read more »

Labor Weather Report — A glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle

December 2014

November 2014 — Locked out and ticked off. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, as chair of the G20 Summit, takes the unprecedented step of excluding labor from the proceedings attended by government and financial heads of the world’s major economies. International union leaders condemn the decision as insulting. November 2014 — Ebola protection NOW! National… Read more »

Witches, midwives, & reproductive freedom

October 2015

Are you a good witch, or a bad one? Historically speaking, this was a trick question, with no hope of a Halloween treat. During the time of the European witch hunts, you were condemned to death either way. It was a battle by the patriarchy against pre-Christian, communal traditions in which women were leaders and… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial — Defend Planned Parenthood

October 2015

Congressional anti-abortion crusaders are threatening to shut down the U.S. government unless President Obama defunds Planned Parenthood. These misogynists would grind the country’s economy to a halt in a rabid attempt to destroy abortion rights. It’s medieval! The latest attacks revolve around a highly edited and inflammatory video that appears to show clinic staffers selling… Read more »

For-profit schemes threaten universal health care

December 2015

May 2014. Medical students were among over 2,000 people protesting the Australian government’s plan for co-payments on doctor visits. Photo: Freya Michie / ABC News See more photos of the Hands Off Medicare rally at the FSP-Australia Facebook page. Australians are about to lose a universal health care system they’ve depended on for decades. It’s… Read more »

Fake reform from the healthcare industry and Congress

Summer/Autumn 2010

Per person, healthcare costs in the United States are the highest of any country in the world; U.S. spending is twice that of countries such as France and Germany. What does all that money buy? Not much! The U.S. ranks only 42nd for life expectancy among highly developed countries and 29th for infant survival. So… Read more »

Right to choose: In Victoria, lesbians and all women win historic rights. Now we must defend them.

Summer/Autumn 2009

2008 ended with a stunning double victory for reproductive justice in Victoria: the decriminalisation of abortion and access to Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) for lesbians and single women. Both took years of unflinching organising. Up against the terrible twins of “pro-family” reaction — misogyny and homophobia — the pro-choice forces won out. Bravo! Most people… Read more »

Oh, what a system! Defence of Medicare is crucial, but why stop there?

Winter/Spring 2003

Recently I heard either a politician or a journalist describe the current Medicare scheme as being in need of an overhaul. Talk about an understatement — it needs much more than an overhaul, and don’t I know it! Two years ago I was informed by my friendly general practitioner that, added to the woes of… Read more »

After SARS: working class and democratic struggle revives in Hong Kong

Winter/Spring 2003

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), like cholera and most other diseases, arises as a consequence of the conditions of poverty. In this instance, from the initial transference of the disease from wild animal markets into the slum conditions created by capitalism in Guangdong — where 40% of China’s manufacturing is based. Now diners are back… Read more »