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Student and Community Activists Respond to Limits in Contraceptive Care

With the closure of Walla Walla General, Providence St. Mary Medical Center is the only remaining hospital in Walla Walla.

Christy Carley, News Editor

April 12, 2018

The closure of Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) in July of 2017 left a hole in the healthcare system of the Walla Walla Valley. Beyond increased waiting times at other facilities, WWGH's closure also means limited access to reproductive health services in town – an issue that senior Politics Major Meg Ri...

Locking Horns with the Past

Wil Kotnik, Blogger

April 4, 2017

This has been a busy few weeks, and Trump has been attempting to assert his competence in the oval office by making true the commitments he made during his campaign. As promised, he immediately went about trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as Obamacare. The ACA has, sinc...

Susanne Beechey on Health Care

Kate Grumbles

March 30, 2017

On March 24, 2017, House Republicans withdrew the American Health Care Act before it was put up for a vote. On Tuesday, March 28 Wire reporter Kate Grumbles spoke with Associate Professor of Politics Susanne Beechey about the bill’s implications. What did you see as the main reasons for why the repeal of the...

Bon Appetit Employees Face Minimal Health Coverage

Bon Appetit Employees Face Minimal Health Coverage

River Sterne

November 21, 2013

In the Whitman dining halls, Bon Appétit employees work long hours in difficult and fast-paced jobs. When injuries occur, they cannot use the Whitman Health Center, and their vacation days and break times are small in number. Though Bon Appétit employees on campus generally have good relationships with higher-up campus officials, nationally the catering com...

Health Center offers free flu vaccinations for staff and faculty

Elise Tinseth

October 4, 2012

On Oct. 2, Health Center staff, with funding from the Human Resources Center, gave a free flu shot clinic to all staff and faculty members in hopes to make vaccination convenient and to encourage people to stay healthy during flu season. Director of the Health Center Claudia Ness, along with other...

Meaningful healthcare must be holistic

Julia Stone

April 26, 2012

That "our healthcare system is broken" is a ubiquitous reality acknowledged across the political spectrum. Healthcare reform has been a hot political issue, especially with the right-wing resistance to Obamacare. What began as an earnest attempt to fix a system that leaves millions of Americans without...

Numbers in the news

Shelly Le

April 19, 2012

$20,000 The average cost to cover a typical family of four under an employer health insurance plan this year. 7 Percent increase that cost is from last year. $9,235 The average cost to cover a typical family of four under an employer health insurance plan in 2002. $7,102 The average p...

Climate change inaction too costly

Credit: Johnson

Lisa Curtis

October 22, 2009

There's a small office on Capitol Hill that is playing a major role in determining whether Americans will have affordable health care or more renewable energy in the coming year. The Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan body in charge of providing economic data to Congress, has an incred...

Senate must pass health care

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October 22, 2009

Remember the debate over President Obama's health care plan? It wasn't that long ago that people were bringing guns to town hall meetings where shouting and jeering dominated civilized conversation. Although the furor over health care may have died down: the newspapers aren't filled with pictures o...

An alternative health care option: single-payer

Bryant Fong

September 27, 2009

The health care system as we know it is out of control. I wrote about the problem this past spring.   I called for action on Obama's part during his crucial first 100 days in office. I suggested that the federal government would have to raise taxes if it were to start a public option to compete ...

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