Posted in Columns Health Care Rathke: Chief Organizer Report SCOTUS

The Rules of Law

by Wade Rathke New Orleans  The rule of law has been getting a rough ride during Trump time. Now with Supreme Court decisions dropping like flies all around us with one mixed message after another, many…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Lag in Coronavirus Research Puts Pregnant Women and Babies at Risk

After months of asserting pregnant women were not at high risk for the coronavirus, the CDC recently released a study with sobering findings for expectant mothers. Experts say the data gaps are almost as worrisome as…

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Data shows that Black Brazilians and Indigenous people are getting sick and dying at much higher rates.
Posted in Coronavirus News The Conversation

Brazil’s Bolsonaro has COVID-19 – and so do thousands of Indigenous people who live days from the nearest hospital

Land grabs, insufficient health care, deforestation and stigmatization all threatened Indigenous Brazilians before the pandemic. Genocides can be that way. They are a process, not sudden, isolated events.   Satere-mawe Indigenous men in face masks paddle…

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President Donald Trump looks on as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 outbreak at the White House on February 26, 2020. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Worker Safety

Trump, Health Secretary, say US healthcare workers ‘Don’t get infected’ with Covid-19

94,000 healthcare workers have contracted the virus. While the true toll Covid-19 has taken on healthcare workers is not yet known, one investigation found that more than 760 have died from the virus. by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Rathke: Have Doctors and Hospitals Joined Banks as Fraudsters?

New York City     It’s the holiday season when old time movies used to give us hope that miracles might happen.  Santa might climb down from the chimney, if you had a chimney anymore.  There were…

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Rathke: The transplant system is needlessly allowing patients to die

New Orleans       There are no good ways to die, but emphysema is a tough way to go. I watched my grandfather die that way as a child.  He was weak and housebound in his last…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health Public Policy

US Covid infection rate hits record high for 27th straight day

Fears of Going ‘Through Hell Again’ “With American lives on the line, the question now is whether members of the Republican Party will continue to stand by in silence as the President peddles fiction about a…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Restart 2020 Safety Net

Sanders calls on ‘Do-Nothing’ Senate to approve $2,000 monthly checks, cancel rent, and expand Medicare

“This I know: nothing will happen unless the American people stand up, fight back, and demand, in overwhelming numbers, that the Senate act.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, July 6 Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday…

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Bottles of a trial Covid-19 vaccine on a table in a lab in Brussels on June 18, 2020. (Photo: Vincent Kalut)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Contracts show Trump giving Big Pharma free rein to price gouge taxpayer-funded Coronavirus drugs

“The amount of money the government is throwing at companies is unprecedented. Normally when you write bigger checks, you should have more leverage, not less leverage.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, July 2, 10:30am MST…

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Posted in 2020 US Senate Campaign Analysis Fact Checker Kaiser Health News

In Arizona race, McSally makes health care pledge at odds with track record

“Of course I will always protect those with preexisting conditions. Always,” — McSally in a TV ad released June 22. Martha McSally, who was appointed by the governor to take over John McCain’s Senate seat in…

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Posted in Coronavirus Op/Ed Racism The Conversation

As Arizona coronavirus cases surge from early reopening, Indigenous nations suffer not only more COVID-19 but also wrongly from blame

At the Navajo Nation town of Fort Defiance, Arizona, staff pack food boxes. The Navajo Nation now has the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rate in the U.S.   (Getty Images/Mark Ralston) by  Lisa Hardy, Northern Arizona…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Reveal

How a national health crisis fell onto the backs of local leaders

With a leadership vacuum in Washington, the San Francisco Bay Area’s shelter-in-place orders led the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. by Lance Williams, Laura C. Morel, Marisa Lagos, Caitie Switalski, Melissa Lewis, Emily Harris, Soo…

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, at a March 22 briefing, displayed a projection that New York could need 110,000 hospital beds. At the peak, fewer than 19,000 were hospitalized with COVID-19. (Screenshot via YouTube)
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Hospitals Pro Publica

How America’s hospitals survived the first wave of the Coronavirus

ProPublica deputy managing editor Charles Ornstein wanted to know why experts were wrong when they said U.S. hospitals would be overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. Here’s what he learned, including what hospitals can do before the next…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Justice

Coronavirus deaths and those of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery have something in common: Racism

In Minneapolis, the memorial near the spot where George Floyd died while in police custody. Getty Images / Kerem Yucel by April Thames, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences The…

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Posted in Analysis Community organizing Human Rights Justice The Conversation

The 2020 uprisings join a long river of struggle in America

Protesters filled the newly named Black Lives Plaza, near the White House, on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images by Matthew Countryman, University of Michigan The river was the metaphor that best captured…

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For demonstrators in Washington on Tuesday, the death of George Floyd was evidence of the same structural racism that has also led to African Americans dying from coronavirus at more than twice the rate of others. (Julien Henderson)
Posted in Coronavirus Justice News Pro Publica Social Justice

On the minds of Black Lives Matter protesters: A racist health system

Black lives are being lost to COVID-19 at twice the rate of others. For protesters we talked to, that’s one more reason to be on the street. “If it’s not police beating us up, it’s us…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica

100,000 lives lost to COVID-19. What did they teach us?

Each person who has died of COVID-19 was somebody’s everything. Even as we mourn for those we knew, cry for those we loved and consider those who have died uncounted, the full tragedy of the pandemic…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Safety Net

Democratic congressman calls for probe into former White House official’s $3 million mask deal

Trump’s former deputy chief of staff won a $3 million federal contract just days after registering his company. He delivered masks to Navajo hospitals that may not work. Rep. Gerry Connolly asked the HHS inspector general’s…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health Public Policy

‘150,000 Americans sacrificed for the stock market’: Kushner reportedly advised less Covid-19 testing to calm Wall Street

“Kushner’s advice did nothing to prevent a market crash, and it’s likely that the administration’s refusal to act in time only threw the economy into more chaos.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Thursday, May 14 President…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Masks and food for the people

by Wade Rathke May 14 Pearl River ACORN and its affiliates are direct action, mass-based organizations. Some now ask, how do we explain the fact that we also, especially now, deliver what many would only expect…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Care Hospitals News The Conversation

Fearing coronavirus, patients are delaying hospital visits, putting health and lives at risk. ‘I thought I could wait this out’

The ultimate cost for delaying treatment can be loss of life. Data from the CDC shows the U.S. had 66,000 more deaths than expected from January through the end of April, with only about half of…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Care Labor News Pro Publica

Healthcare workers getting sick across US. 31,000 and counting

A lobbying campaign driven by scarcity pushed the CDC to relax protective gear guidelines. Now tens of thousands of health workers are infected.   By Jennifer Gollan and Elizabeth Shogren May 11, 2020 Rick Lucas’ cellphone chimed, alerting him…

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Posted in Columns Hightower OtherWords

CEOs aren’t Pigs. That’s unfair to — to pigs —

—Pigs are intelligent animals with a sense of social responsibility. CEOs are looting taxpayers funds meant for small businesses.   by Jim Hightower Wednesday, May 13, 2020 There’s a general sentiment today that multimillionaire corporate chieftains…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Navajo News Rez Life

As Covid-19 Devastates Navajo Nation, Doctors Without Borders Dispatches Team to Battle Outbreak

“You’re telling people, ‘Wash your hands for 20 seconds multiple times a day,’ and they don’t have running water.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, May 12 As the virus continues to lay bare systemic inequities…

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