A few days before Christmas in 2007, Wendell Potter was in his office at the health insurer Cigna’s building in Philadelphia, watching CNN. A protest was being held outside Cigna’s Glendale, California, office—not, as one might expect, to demand health care reform, but to force the company to save the life of a young woman with Cigna insurance, Nataline Sarkisyan.Read More
Presidential debates are not held for the purpose of informing the public about the candidates running for president and their views. They are television shows, designed to do what other television shows do: get ratings, sell perfume and laptops, drill the significance of the wretched Geico lizard into our skulls. Political substance as a by-product of the profit motive: This is what passes for democracy in America.
As Democrats fight over whether to replace our rotting health care system or to instead build on the Affordable Care Act, the slow chipping away at the legacy of Obama’s signature achievement continues: Three of the taxes that were supposed to make the Affordable Care Act work are dead. Or, at least, they will be when Congress passes its year-end spending bill, which, Politico Read originalRead More
It’s 5:30 a.m., and Michael and Lancelot have been sitting on a metal bench in the dark for two and a half hours. At the Beltway Church of Christ in Suitland, Maryland, the two brothers are wrapped in blankets in the December cold; when the sun rises, a faded marble sign will tell us that this patch of grass is called the Fallen Saints Garden. They aren’t homeless, lost, or just very eager to attend church: They’re here to attend a free clinic put on by Remote Area Medical.
What are the 10 biggest companies in the United States? Put that question to a group of younger people, and they’re likely to rattle off tech giants such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook. Older people might mistakenly believe that manufacturing still leads the pack with postwar Goliaths such as Ford or General Electric. Oil companies (ExxonMobil, BP) and megabanks (Citi, Wells Fargo) seem obvious contenders.
The consensus among wonks is that Democratic politicians who support Medicare for All are saddling themselves with an unpopular policy. Never mind whether they’re supporting an effective policy; it’s considered gauche for savvy pundit types to evince concern over the hoi polloi. No, the tried and true know that the electoral fortunes of political elites is America’s paramount concern.
Economist Paul Krugman in 2012 (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)New York Times columnist Paul Krugman uses ‘deaths of despair’ as a partisan bludgeon.
Josef Stalin is reputed to have said, “The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.” In the hands of New York Times Read originalRead More
“Why would anyone go through all the trouble of running for president just to get up on stage and talk about what’s not possible?” This is the question Elizabeth Warren posed to thumb-faced millionaire John Delaney at a Democratic debate in July, as paraphrased by her campaign in a Read originalRead More
It’s a typically perfect day in Santa Barbara, endless blue sky above the mountains and warm sun on the skin. Ady Barkan’s house, set off one of those quaint California streets where the power lines weave themselves around the palm trees, looks like a perfect place for a young family to live. It radiates happiness, a place of contentment and a peaceful life; hummingbirds can be spotted flitting about, drinking the nectar of purple flowers.
A few years after 9/11, while the United States was at war with Iraq and fears about national security were at a fever pitch, the drug industry embarked on a short-lived literary venture. At the behest of a consultant, executives at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Read originalRead More