The Oberlin Review

Mercy Endangers Patients with Religious Ideals

Cyrus Eosphoros, Contributing Writer

May 6, 2016

Editor’s Note: This op-ed contains discussion of medical malpractice, ableism, transphobia and homophobia. In February of this year, The Guardian acquired a leaked report describing how a single Mercy Health Partners hospital in Muskegon, MI, endangered the lives of five pregnant women in 17 months (“Abortion ban linked to dangerous miscarriages at Catholic hospitals, report claims,” Feb. 18) when its healthcare providers refused to induce labor in women who were going through a miscarriage on the grounds that it would be tantamount to abortion. These five women almost died. Our closest local hospital system, Mercy Health — unrelated to the one in Michigan — is comprised of Catholic hospitals. It takes s...

For-Profit Healthcare Not the Fault of Disabled People

Cyrus Eosphoros, Contributing Writer

April 8, 2016

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s staff tweeted against the Affordable Care Act Wednesday: “Obamacare guarantees $400bn in profits for insurance companies by creating a captured market. A profiteering, private system isn’t reform.” A statement claiming that 17 million people gaining insurance after the ACA makes a bad policy wouldn’t be amiss from one of the Bernie Sanders-supporting social scientists I follow, like Michael Oman-Reagan (“The thing I disliked the most about ACA is that it forces Americans to prop up the for-profit healthcare industry”) or Holly Wood (“Great, [the ACA] made it that much harder to defeat for-profit healthcare”). The first sentence of Stein’s tweet even ...

Disparities in Ebola Response Reveal Broader Health Care System Flaws

Editorial Board

October 31, 2014

At first glance, the swift diagnosis and isolation of Craig Spencer in New York City last week seemed to demonstrate improvement in the United States’ response to Ebola, the disease which has now killed nearly 5,000 people worldwide. Yet much remains unanswered in wake of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan’s death and the infection of two health care workers in Dallas earlier this month. The slip-ups that likely contributed to these events suggest that containment of the virus itself, while critical, is only the tip of the iceberg. Nearly everything about Ebola is terrifying — nearly. From the illness’s gruesome effects on the body, to the lack of testing laboratories in Liberia, to the pessimistic projectio...

Stop Resisting Change

Sean Para, Columnist

May 10, 2013

People should stop resisting the healthcare law and other reforms. State governments around the nation have consistently opposed implementing the new law. States such as Oklahoma, Mississippi, Florida and Louisiana have either created opposition to the bill in their courts or declined to set up the mandatory health-insurance exchanges. Even after the Supreme Court upheld the bill, resistance remains. This is indicative of a larger trend to oppose the administration’s reform agenda that goes back to the beginning of the administration. The conservative opposition has become increasingly distanced from most of America’s goals, dreams and basic needs. The example used here, the Healthcare Reform Bill, is going to bring...

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