The frequently imbibing comedian W. C. Fields once proudly declared: "Everything I do is either illegal, immoral, or fattening." The adjectives used by Fields perfectly characterize the role of the private health insurance industry in the debate about health care reform.
[Society] For A Woman On The 6 TrainTo start, I admit to being a thick-skinned New Yorker. After nearly forty-years here, there is little that this city can offer which would evoke even an emotion. This is particularly true in the New York City subways. Rats run across the subway tracks....
The were two big winners at the recent “town hall” healthcare meeting held in the North Bronx, New York City, neighborhood of Parkchester on August 17 – the lunatic right wing and the private health insurance industry. These victories came despite the fact that the vast majority of those who lined up to participate in the meeting supported either a single-payer system or a public option. Most came away disappointed. I got kicked out....
Billy Wharton is the editor of The Socialist and the Socialist WebZine. His articles have recently appeared in the Washington Post, Monthly Review Webzine, Dissident Voice, The Indypendent, Common Dreams and Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal. Billy lives in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx.
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