Recognize healthcare as a human right – make it universal and free

February 23, 2012

Of all the disappointments of President Obama’s three years in office, healthcare “reform” is one of the biggest letdowns for those who hoped for real change. Millions of people, including members of hospital worker unions, backed Obama because they expected him to make good on the promise of affordable healthcare for all. The Great Recession… Read more »

Revolutionary New Year’s Greetings for 2012

December 30, 2011

Dear Friends, Finally, a year worth celebrating: 2011, the year the exploited, oppressed, and abandoned of the world achieved critical mass in fighting back. As we look forward to 2012, the Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) extends hopeful New Year’s greetings to all the rebels who made history in 2011 and all the workers and dispossessed… Read more »

We Need Single Payer Now: Obama’s Failed Approach to Health Care Reform

December 18, 2009

When President Obama announced that health care reform would be a top priority of his presidency, there was a predictable sense of optimism among millions of people. In the course of a year, however, this mood has turned sour, and now many people are just hoping that something, anything, gets passed. Indeed, the Obama euphoria… Read more »

Radical Women responds to President Obama’s speech on health care

September 10, 2009

For Immediate Release “I am mad as hell at how President Obama is scapegoating women and immigrants in order to buy favor with rightwingers. He’s trying to appease forces who will only sabotage healthcare reform no matter what,” says Radical Women National Organizer Anne Slater. Slater objects to Obama’s specific mention in his September 9… Read more »

Financiers axe hospitals

Summer 1977

New York is not only a difficult place to live in, it is a fatal place for the poor and sick. The city managers have been running the city into bankruptcy for years and now the financiers are making up the deficit by robbing from the poor and giving to the banks. “Budget cuts” mean… Read more »

Disgusted Doctors Strike New York City Public Hospitals

Spring 1979

Angry interns and residents struck nine New York City hospitals for 24 hours in a massive January protest against city cutbacks in public health services. This was the first public hospital strike in the city’s history. The Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR), a union representing 4,000 house-staff doctors, has been pressing to include patient… Read more »

Ripping off the elderly

Spring 1981

Running, dodging and trembling for their lives, elderly and handicapped women and men find themselves combatants on a daily battlefront. All-too-easy targets for rapists, con artists, glib salesmen, smalltime hoodlums and delinquent children, the aged also fall victim to cruel and greedy relatives, the thievery of health insurance companies, and doctors who overmedicate and overcharge…. Read more »

The right to abortion

Summer 1982

The dearly-won freedom to choose a safe, legal, and inexpensive abortion may soon be disastrously reversed. Not even ten years have passed since the feminist movement won back this precious and ancient practice. How swiftly has the unholy trinity of church, state, and Big Business retaliated with its regressive crusade to wipe out women’s reproductive… Read more »