Health Reform

Health Justice for Boston ~ Number 8. August 2014

Community Meeting: RoxComp, Biolab, Campaigns

Thursday, August 21, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
Jobs with Justice Jamaica Plain Office
3353 Washington Street corner Green

Focus on the Future

This is a good time to review the principles upon which our nurses' movement was founded. Forged in the fights to get away from the American Nurses Association (ANA) and then to build a progressive national voice for nurses, these statements of principle can be reread here, appended to the presentation Quest for a Voice from the 2008 pre-convention program of the Massachusetts Nurses Association. Primary importance has always been given to winning enforceable RN staffing limits and then to creating a just healthcare system. To these ends, we built first the American Association of Registered Nurses (AARN) and then the National Nurses United (NNU).

Quest for a Voice

Material presented to Massachusetts Nurses Association annual convention, October 1, 2008.
Addenda: Documents pertaining to founding of National Nurses United, 2009.

In the Beginning was the ANA

  • Origins of Collective Bargaining for Nurses
  • Tensions Mount
  • Dispersal (SNAs shed collective bargaining)
  • Connecticut - 1984
  • New Jersey - 1985
  • Maryland - 1990
  • Pennsylvania - 1991
  • Kentucky - 2008

Industrial Changes

WCCATV's Soapbox: Sandy Eaton defines dysfunctional

Sandy Eaton defines dysfunctional, as in Massachusetts health care, on June 30, 2014. ... WCCATV

Lean And Mean Health Care

A thorough look at how the Affordable Care Act will change health care beyond just the consumer interaction. A useful resource for health care consumers, health care workers and reform activists. Greg Chern, Against The Current, May/June 2014 ... Lean

Your Health Care: Choice or Chance? - Patient Safety

Ellen Kagan and Sandy Eaton, RN discuss the Patient Safety Act, to protect you when you are a patient in a Massachusetts hospital. The only state to have a safe staffing law like this is California and it is working wonderfully for the people who live there. It is necessary to your good health! ... Your

Your Health Care: Choice or Chance? - Hospital Transparency

A discussion of the Hospital Profit Transparency & Fairness Act between host Ellen Kagan and Sandy Eaton, RN. Also, Ellen discusses her billing issues at a noted Harvard teaching hospital. ... Your

Struggles for National Health Reform in the United States

Highlights in a century of popular efforts to achieve a national system of health care in the United States. Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Theodore M. Brown, Elizabeth Fee & Walter J. Lear, American Journal of Public Health, January 2003. Some key moments stand out in a century of popular efforts to achieve a national system of health care in the United States. These efforts began with the Socialist Party’s endorsement of accident, unemployment, sickness and old age insurance at its founding convention in 1901, an endorsement that was included in the Socialist Party presidential platform in 1904, 1908 and 1912. ... Struggles

Hold the Date! LCSP National Strategy Conference August 22-24

Hold the Date! LCSP National Strategy Conference August 22-24

How did America end up with this health care system?

How did America end up with this health care system? Bill Toland, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 27, 2014 Pennsylvania in the late 1800s and early 1900s was an unsafe place to work, with a quarter-million recorded industrial calamities a year. So dangerous were the trades, and so gruesome were the accidents, that the chronicling of injuries suffered by workers became its own muckraking genre. A short-lived publication of the Inter­national Association of Factory Inspectors got some its best stories from the steel industry ... How

How Many Die From Medical Mistakes in US Hospitals?

How Many Die From Medical Mistakes in US Hospitals?
An updated estimate says at least 210,000 patients die from medical mistakes in US hospitals a year.
Marshall Allen, ProPublica, September 19, 2013

It seems that every time researchers estimate how often a medical mistake contributes to a hospital patient’s death, the numbers come out worse.

Ten Theses on Health Care

Ten Theses on Health Care
Sandy Eaton, RN, January 2010 (revised 2014)

Contradictions in US Health Care: Syllabus

Contradictions in US Health Care: Syllabus
Sandy Eaton, RN, Center for Marxist Education, 2014

Session 1. April 14, 2014: Health Care USA: Social Good versus Corporate Wealth

The Neoliberal Turn in American Health Care

The failings of the Affordable Care Act are rooted in a long shift away from the idea of a truly universal health care. AW Gaffney, Jacobin, April 15, 2014 Last year’s three-ring Congressional shutdown circus - for many little more than a desperate rearguard action by an isolated rightwing fringe to undo the fait accompli of Barack Obama’s health care reform - reinforced with each passing day the gaudy dysfunction of the American political system. ... Neoliberal

Watch Out: The ACA is Coming!

The Labor Campaign for Single Payer Briefing Paper, 10 Things Unions Need to Look Out for When Bargaining Under Obamacare, has just been released. The paper examines ten threats to union-negotiated health benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It elaborates on the concerns expressed in Resolution 54 passed at this year's AFL-CIO Convention. ... Watch Out

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