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Welcome to Code WACK!

featuring host Brenda Gazzar


Shining a light on America's wack healthcare system

and what we can do about it.


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Aug 31, 2020

Why is it that 60% of the women living on Skid Row are African-American?  What happens when women become too sick to work and lose their health insurance? What programs promote access to health care for those experiencing homelessness? Amy Turk, a social worker and chief executive officer of the Downtown...

Aug 25, 2020

What special challenges do people without permanent housing face with coronavirus? And what programs have served to protect them during the pandemic?  How has the expansion of Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act impacted healthcare access for women experiencing homelessness?  Amy Turk, a social worker and chief...

Aug 17, 2020

What are the root causes of homelessness among women? What role does gender-based violence play? What policies would reduce the risk of women becoming homeless?  Amy Turk, a social worker and chief executive officer of the Downtown Women’s Center, and host Brenda Gazzar discuss the factors that drive women and...

Aug 7, 2020

Did Gov. Gavin Newsom change his mind on single payer? Is the Healthy California for All Commission meeting its mandate? Where are the major California healthcare foundations when it comes to reform?  Michael Lighty, founding fellow of the Sanders Institute and former healthcare constituency director for Bernie 2020,...

Aug 4, 2020

Why won’t our legislators take up the political fight against health insurers and pharmaceutical companies? How can we shift the definition of what’s politically possible when it comes to our health care? In this third episode in a podcast series with host Brenda Gazzar, Michael Lighty, founding fellow of...