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Help Make Sure Working Families Are Part of the Health Care Debate

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Every year, Modern Healthcare magazine names the 100 most influential people in health care. The exposure of appearing on the list not only recognizes hard work or importance in the field, it also helps determine which voices get heard in the conversation. Modern Healthcare is asking for your input in determining the list, and it is often dominated by CEOs and politicians. 

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AFL-CIO Joins Broad Coalition to Fight for Affordable Medicines

AFL-CIO Joins Broad Coalition to Fight for Affordable Medicines

Yesterday, the AFL-CIO’s own Thea Lee joined AARPDoctors Without BordersOxfam America and the Generic Pharmaceutical Association in urging President Obama to fix proposals in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a trade and economic governance deal currently under negotiation—that could leave us all paying more for life-saving prescription medicines.

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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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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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Are We Really Living Longer?

Studies show life expectancy is directly to related to wealth.

Are people really living longer? That 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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