Startling new data from the National Academy of Sciences suggest that inequality may be exacting a much steeper price on our health than we thought.
A new online petition drive is protesting the incredibly high prices that enormously overpaid pharmaceutical company CEOs charge for cancer drugs.
Sometimes a socialist solution to a problem might actually be good for capitalism and for ameliorating inequality. A great example of this is the Affordable Care Act. By socializing access to health insurance, the ACA has improved both our economic and moral health as a nation.
Today’s super rich engorge themselves on federal dollars and evade billions in taxes while ordinary Americans work themselves to the bone. Professor of Law and Public Policy Sheila Suess Kennedy maintains it’s high time we rethink who are the ‘makers’ and the ‘takers.’
If the United States were able to reduce its health care spending from 17.8% of national income to a more normal 11.8% of national income, we would be spending $905 billion less on health care every year. Obamacare won’t do that. Neither will the Medicare “reform” proposals currently under consideration. Only one policy proposal would bring the US healthcare system into line with those in other countries: Medicare for all.
Expect life expectancy in Greece and other austerity-hit countries to drop in coming years. Suicides are only the first symptom of austerity syndrome. The worst is yet to come.
Sugary soft drinks, as Michael Bloomberg reminds us, do our nation no good. But if we really want to narrow our waistbands, we’re going to have to narrow the income gaps that divide us.
New research has helped answer a nagging question among scientists who study population health: How much time has to elapse before a society growing more unequal starts paying the price — in higher rates of illness and death? The best estimate: five years after inequality spurts.
We obsess over health care in the United States, because we all want to be healthy. In the process, new evidence suggests, we’re ignoring the social dynamics that actually determine our health.