Health and Public Safety

TennCare Vs. The Wal-Mart Low Road

June 29, 2005 - In what could become a landmark case, the state of Tennessee is going to federal court today seeking approval to cut back on coverage offered by the state-paid TennCare health program.

Frontiers

June 9, 2005 - President Bush recently condemned South Korean researchers who developed a process for cloning human embryos: "I'm very concerned about cloning. I worry about a world in which cloning becomes accepted."

Corporate Responsibility

June 9, 2005 - The SEC lawsuit against HealthSouth for accounting fraud has been settled, the company agreeing to pay the government $100 million, less than a sixth of its annual cash flow.

Miracle Vine

May 24, 2005 - So it seems that the answer to the epidemic of binge-drinking among teenagers and college kids is, literally, all around us, at least if you live in the South.

Behind the Wal-Mart Campaign in Maryland

April 16, 2005 - Katrina vanden Heuvel at The Nation has a post up today about the recent victory in the Maryland General Assembly, which passed legislation requiring companies with 10,000 or more employees to spend at least 8% of their payroll on health benefits for workers.

Wal-Mart's Blue Light Bluff

April 8, 2005 - Yesterday, Wal-Mart warned the state of Maryland (an honorary Southern state in our book) that "approval of a bill that would require it to boost health care spending in Maryland could endanger its plans for growth in the state," reports the Washington Post.

Punishment Is Forever

April 7, 2005 - The St. Petersburg Times reports on how the Hillsborough County (Florida) commission has voted to ban three-time felons from an indigent health care program run by the county. The health plan has fallen into financial crisis, and the change was presented as a way to cut costs.