Black People : "Deadly Monopolies": Medical Ethicist Harriet Washington on How Firms are Taking Over Life Itself

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  1. RAPTOR

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    October 31, 2011

    Democracy Now: One of the major themes raised by the Occupy movement is the increasing power of large corporations over more and more aspects of our lives. We spend the hour looking into the issue of the corporate control of life itself. Our guest, Harriet Washington, is a medical ethicist and has just published a book that examines the extent to which what she calls the medical-industrial complex has come to control human life. In the past 30 years, more than 40,000 patents have been granted on genes alone—many more patents are pending. Washington argues that the biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies patenting these genes are more concerned with profit than with the health or medical needs of patients. Her new book is called "Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself—And the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future."

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    The facts she mentions on this show, indicate that we will without question; need our own Black Health Care System, and hospitals in each state for our people
     
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    *bump*
     
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    the problem is when you apply capitalism to anything, the rules of capitalism apply. some things just should not be a part of the free market. Healthcare for a nations citizens is one of those things. Education for a nations citizens is another. Crime and Punishment for a nations citizens is another.
    but Healthcare, Education and Prisons are three of Americas largest industries.. go figure.
     
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    death has always been big business....
    hospitals have just taken on the role of the undertaker in those old western movies....
    thas why i believe in holistic heath practices....even though i'm paying out the @ss for health care that i barely use....
    but again...thas part of their grimy hustle....

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    When one looks at the hospitals in NYC; Private and Civic;
    1/5 of all doctors, specialists and surgeons are African;immigrants
    2/3 of all nurses are African: American and Carribbean
    1/5 of all medical record techs are African; " "
    1/2 of all custodial staff are African; " "
    1/10 of all adminstrative staff are African; " "

    At the rate these HMOs are extorting the African community in this nation,
    and the medical aparthied that continues, at a rate to make Tuskeegee 626 ,
    pale in comparison ,

    we have a need for our own HMOs, and our own hospitals nationwide;

    Many med students coming from Jamaica, and Trinidad and other Caribbean nations have been awarded free med education in Cuba.
     
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