The oft-repeated slur about gays, "You're sick" actually has some truth to it, though not in the way bigots would have us believe. As we talked about a few weeks ago, gay people, in part due to prejudice and stigma, suffer poorer general health compared to their heterosexual counterparts. Not only t ... More >>
More than one million children in California do not have health insurance coverage, according to a report released this month by the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine. The figure represents around 11 percent of the states minors. That rate, 1.5 percent higher than the nat ... More >>
Now is the time to take back all the really mean things you have said about Justice John Roberts. The very conservative Supreme Court Justice gave us a reason to think that thing just might be okay when he not only sided with the liberal justices on Obamacare, but wrote the majority opinion upholdin ... More >>
While the U.S. Supreme Court debates the constitutionality of Obamacare over in D.C., GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has made sure to keep his distance from the debate -- literally. The former Massachusetts governor, who has been criticized himself over "Romneycare," traveled some 3,000 mil ... More >>
Angel Raich is busy dying. The famous marijuana activist -- who took the federal government to the Supreme Court of the United States for the right to use medical cannabis -- was, earlier this year diagnosed with an inoperable terminal brain tumor, a condition that causes frequent seizures as wel ... More >>
umpp.orgStanding Up Against... Medical MarijuanaMedical marijuana can be good for the brain. No less an authority than the federal government's Department of Health and Human Services says so: HHS awarded to a group of doctors in 2003 a patent titled "Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotect ... More >>
Human Rights Commissioner Cecilia Chung stars in the video on LGBT healthcare equality. Here is some good news coming on the heels of Gay Pride: Hospitals in the Bay Area -- San Francisco in particular -- are way ahead of the curve when it comes to how they treat LGBT patients, according to a Hum ... More >>
Republicans are just paranoidWashington Republicans say they're shocked -- shocked that San Francisco restaurants obtained healthcare reform waivers handed out last month by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. They've even spun a conspiracy theory that says Congresswoman Na ... More >>
Muni riders stopped grousing, and started adapting to shoddy serviceIs the recession over in San Francisco? There are still some 40,000 people without jobs, business is slow, and yes, food stamps are increasing. But here's a ray of hope. In December, the value of construction projects in the city ... More >>
Bring a magazine. It's going to be a while. New patients now wait 30 days for an appointment at San Francisco public health clinics. That marathon delay is thanks in part to challenges incorporating new patients added to the government system as a result of Healthy San Francisco, the 2006 program ... More >>
How healthy is Healthy San Francisco?Officials in the office of the Board of Supervisors' Budget and Legislative Analyst have suggested that San Francisco's universal health-care program -- along with such topics as excessive overtime pay and the future of the city's public golf courses -- receiv ... More >>
The U.S. Supreme Court this morning delivered a major victory for gun ownership rights -- and also denied to hear a challenge to San Francisco's universal health care plan. So if you're uninsured and shot within city limits, this is your lucky day.
As in, 'Dr. No, He's Not In; He's Furloughed.'Mayor Gavin Newsom's pending deal with unions to give workers 12 yearly unpaid days off could mean reduced staffing for everything from guarding swimming pools to issuing marriage certificates. But the effect might be most obvious at city-run clinics, ... More >>
Yours, sooner...No sooner did SF Weekly report that the city's universal health care program Healthy San Francisco had contributed to long lines at public clinics, than a new city report came out this week showing that waits had been reduced during recent months.According to the the San Francisco ... More >>
Yes, Virginia, she's infected -- with socialism! Health care, undoubtedly, is the subject du jour. We are in the midst of a crescendo of health care coverage so overpowering and unrelenting -- well, it could make you sick. But are we learning anything via the nonstop written and televised coverag ... More >>
Will Yo Mama Care cover my tatoos?Except for the hipster provision, extending to 26 the age brakeless track bike-riders get to stay on their parents' health insurance, most of the effects of the federal health-care legislation on its way to final passage won't be seen for several years.So for a v ... More >>
Dan Choi's not gonna take it anymore ... and neither is Uppity Fag The raucous events of last week -- protests at Nancy Pelosi's offices and the arrest of Dan Choi and Jim Pietrangelo at the White House - indicate that the LGBT community is no longer willing to abdicate its power to advocacy grou ... More >>
Alaskan street credSarah Palin, Least Intelligent Megalomaniac of All Time, reacts to the House's passage of landmark health-care reform. A teaser: "Next will be the cap-and-tax energy restrictions, and amnesty for illegals, and, um, uh, things, like, uh, card-check that union bosses will allow t ... More >>
Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, might soon have some explaining to doWith House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco promising to deliver enough votes to pass landmark federal health care legislation by the end of the week, one of her Democratic colleagues to the east continues to keep observ ... More >>
Of course you know, this means warIn anticipation over today's pending battle at the Board of Supervisors meeting over whether or not to spend $8 million to save 40, 100, or 500 SEIU jobs at the Department of Public Health, the union has sent out a glossy, campaign-style mailer. And Gavin Newsom ... More >>
Yesterday we wrote about a "Whip List" leaked to the media of Congressional Progressive Caucus members who had confidentially promised party leadership to only vote for a health care proposal that included "a robust public option." Scanning the names on the list, most of the Bay Area representatives ... More >>
Those of you who grew up here in the Bay Area may feel a nostalgic tear run down your cheek when you view the above video: A 1970s-era KTVU "Charlie and Humphrey" Bits & Pieces short culminating with the message "1,002 stupid things to do: borrowing without asking!" Perhaps Gavin Newsom didn't w ... More >>
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy today informed San Francisco restaurant owners that he found their legal petition to be cold, undercooked, and full of gristle -- before sending it back. Kennedy spurned the Golden Gate Restaurant Association's application for an emergency order that would have ... More >>
Assemblyman Tom AmmianoAssemblyman Tom Ammiano knows you're angry -- he's angry too! But as many members of the progressive community, his natural base, begin to gripe about the city's plan to plow ahead full-bore with Healthy San Francisco -- the city's universal health care plan -- while slashing ... More >>
The doctor will be seeing you ... sometimeTo many, the city's aggressive adoption of the Healthy San Francisco universal health care plan while simultaneously applying draconian cuts to the Department of Public Health's workforce and budget feels a bit like giving everyone a free pass to the amuseme ... More >>
The president told Gavin Newsom that universal health care is a capital ideaIn our story about the city's plastic bag ban, this paper said it best: San Francisco is a city that likes to be scratched behind the ears by an adoring world. The city got its adoration from high places today: Preside ... More >>
This man wants to sell you health insurance. More of it.Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced an unexpected new initiative -- the expansion of San Francisco's universal health care program, Healthy San Francisco, to cover all city residents with incomes below five times the federal poverty level. Call ... More >>
SF is out of the health-care business if the governor's new plan goes through.
Could there be a secret deal with Arnold on health care that will inflate union rolls?
Week of June 11, 2003
As of April 14, the national security police can monitor your medical records without your knowledge. So can the local police.
The immigration crackdown has Latinos fleeing mainstream medicine