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Claudia Chaufan, M.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also a member of Physicians for a National Health Program-California (http://pnhpcalifornia.org/).
Gaza 2 - History repeats itself
This article presents a chronology of the events leading to the current attack on the Gaza Strip and challenges the premise that it constitutes an act of self-defense by the State of Israel.
The health law at one year: Should we celebrate?
On March 23, a year after President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), "the most expansive social legislation enacted in decades," according to the New York Times, it's worth looking at the Massachusetts health plan, a garden variety of PPACA's model of compulsory commercial insurance.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011(2 comments)
From the Middle East to the Midwest, let's stand up for the rights of women and workers.
As the world celebrates International Women's Day, the U.S. House of Representatives has just launched the most devastating assault on women's health in the history of our nation -- a real case of state terrorism, or use of violence on a civilian population to achieve political goals. It needn't be this way. Let's stand up for the rights of women and workers everywhere.
Sunday, March 28, 2010(3 comments)
Change You Can Believe in? Single-payer Appraisal of healthcare Reform
This essay challenges the corporate media portrayal of the recent "health care overhaul" as "the major struggle towards egalitarianism" of the last half a century", pointing to the many ways that Wall Street has reasons to celebrate what is yet another major corporate handout. Change indeed, but not of the sort ordinary Americans have any reason to believe in.
Friday, April 3, 2009(2 comments)
Why "chocolate or vanilla"? Put Single Payer on the table!
This Monday April 6, Los Angeles will host the last of five White-House sponsored healthcare forums, whose alleged goal is to find out "what Americans want" in terms of healthcare reform. Moderators in this "grassroots-from-above" movement will go out of their way, as they have so far, to rule single payer out of the "menu" of "permitted options". It is up to the people to demand that it be brought back.
Friday, March 27, 2009(5 comments)
Change we can believe in: Americans need single payer now
This essay discusses the basic health policy principles necessary for health care reform to work, pointing out that the United States is the only developed country that so far has failed to adopt them. It argues that single payer, the only social insurance model on the table, is the only proposal that can control costs and afford universal health care for all Americans.