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You Won't Believe that Doctors Are Denying This Exists

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You don't have to be a doctor at Johns Hopkins to know black lung disease when you see it. I know firsthand because I've seen it. I've seen it kill my father, my grandfathers and uncles. They were all coal miners who breathed coal dust for years until their scarred lungs could no longer work and they suffocated.

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Poor Health Is a Stark Byproduct of Income Inequality—and We’re Striking Back

Photo of nurse with patient by Lewis Jacobs.

Health is a class issue. As the rich have become even richer, they’ve enjoyed better health and longer lives. In 1980–1982, the most affluent Americans could expect to live 2.8 years longer than those in the poorest group; by 1998–2000, the gap had increased to 4.5 years. Just imagine how much the chasm has widened since 2000.

It’s hard to imagine a more stark class dividing line, or a more poignant reminder of the heartbreaking consequences of income inequality.

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Tacoma Joins Campaign for Paid Sick Days

Tacoma Joins Campaign for Paid Sick Days

Workers, businesses and community groups in Tacoma, Wash., have made that Northwest city the latest to mobilize around a paid sick days campaign. Meanwhile, the Washington, D.C., City Council is exploring strengthening the district’s paid sick leave law.

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MedStar’s NNU Nurses Win Rollback of Health Care Cost Hikes

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In 2012, MedStar Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center—where some 1,850 registered nurses and members of National Nurses United (NNU) work—unilaterally instituted sweeping reductions and changes in the nurses’ health benefits.

A federal judge last week upheld an arbitrator's ruling that MedStar acted unlawfully and must reimburse the nurses for any increased costs they paid and roll back the reductions and changes.  

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Daily Job Death Toll: 150 Workers

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Today, 150 people will likely be killed on the job or die from job-related illnesses and disease. That deadly toll will continue tomorrow and the next day and the next until the nation “renews the commitment to protect workers from injury, disease and death,” and makes it a high priority, says the 2013 edition of the AFL-CIO’s Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect.

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Our Health Care Prices Are 'Ludicrous'

Our Health Care Prices Are 'Ludicrous'

Wonkblog's Ezra Klein published 21 charts yesterday from the International Federation of Health Plans that illustrate just how ridiculous our health care prices are in the United States.

Klein writes:

This is the fundamental fact of American health care: We pay much, much more than other countries do for the exact same things. For a detailed explanation of why, see this article. But this post isn’t about the why. It’s about the prices and the graphs. 

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Earned Sick Leave Measure Passes in Portland

The Portland City Council approved unanimously a measure today to allow employees to earn paid sick time off. 

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Are We Really Living Longer?

Studies show life expectancy is directly to related to wealth.

Are people really living longer? That depends...how much money do you have?

Media pundits and Washington elites love to point to their own lives and say, "Hey, we're living longer, why not raise the Social Security retirement age and Medicare eligibility age?"

What they fail to realize is that large gains in life expectancy are closely related to how wealthy a person is. Just look at the case of the two counties in Florida that Washington Post reporter Michael A. Fletcher examined in Research Ties Economic Inequality to Gap in Life Expectancy.

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Astronomical Health Care Costs: Pay No Attention to the Chargemaster Behind the Curtain

Astronomical Health Care Costs: Pay No Attention to the Chargemaster Behind the Curtain

While many Republicans balked at passing $60 billion in relief for Hurricane Sandy cleanup (they eventually passed a little higher than $50 billion), TIME’s Steven Brill wrote that the United States spends nearly that much in health care costs each week.

In Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us, Brill asks the question very few people raise: Why does the United States pay so much for health care?

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How Do We Control Rising Health Care Costs? It's Medicare, Stupid

Photo courtesy of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare: www.ncpssm.org

Americans overspend $750 billion in health care each year. One-fifth of our economy enriches very few at the expense of everyone else. Labs, drug companies, medical device makers, hospital administrators and purveyors of CT scans, MRIs, canes and wheelchairs are some of the entities and people reaping the financial rewards by gaming the health care system, writes Time magazine's Steven Brill in a fascinating, in-depth look at why health care prices are just "too damn high" in Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

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