We need to pull together as a City to address current disparities. Health care is a basic necessity and should be affordable for everyone.
In coming weeks, we can expect the Republican-controlled Congress to push two Obamacare bills that would hike profits for some businesses. What we can't expect, from either Republicans or Democrats, unfortunately, is any effort to help families, even those with insurance, to stay out of bankruptcy court because of mounting medical bills.
The President has introduced only the grand idea of providing tuition-free education for all students attending community colleges, an idea which, at first glance, seems to have great merit. But at this point we know very few details.
Just to speak the names of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice says more about pain and injustice than we should ever need to say, but these tragedies represent just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
As the lineup is shaping up, it looks like it could be similar to previous elections: There will be a long list of equally unappealing candidates. Some dull person will be selected, having little chance to win against any potential Democratic candidate.
Jeffrey Tambor made a great point this last Sunday -- representation matters. That's also why the ACA matters, and will continue to matter, for trans young adults looking for an affordable path to a healthier life.
More Latinos lack health insurance than any other group in the U.S., so it is crucial that they take the opportunity to obtain coverage under the ACA. While significant improvements have been made to the enrollment process, some Latinos still face challenges.
In fact, Latinos are the ethnic group that is least likely to have health insurance. Without health insurance, it can be hard to afford even basic preventive health care like check-ups. We can do better for the ones we love, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, can help.
With many states opting not to expand the qualification standards for Medicaid, millions were left with no solutions, caught in what's being called the "coverage gap."
It's no secret President Obama is a sports-minded individual; video of him playing golf and basketball are ample proof. So from the moment the president enters the House chambers on January 20, he needs to talk tough, he needs to talk frank and he needs to talk sports.
The role of the Commissioner of Insurance is to protect the interests of those tens of thousands of D.C. residents who paid their insurance premiums to CareFirst and not to find a round-about way to fund public health programs.
Despite all the rhetoric against Obamacare, conservative governors and state officials aren't exactly lining up to join the latest Supreme Court challenge designed to gut the Affordable Care Act. To see why, just listen to Walker, whose comments in 2013 controvert the central claim in King.
IPAB is philosophically suspect among critics of the federal government. To detractors, its unusually broad authority seems like government overreach. The fact that Medicare costs are currently rising too slowly to trigger IPAB intervention is no guarantee costs won't rise faster in the future
Up until last year, insurance companies could -- and often did -- charge women different premiums than men for the same coverage. As of January 1, 2014, the ACA prohibits this gender discrimination.
While I do not *feel* like an artist, I welcome this opportunity to explore my creativity and passion in a (sort of) new medium. It is invigorating to have a chance to use my tenth year of blogging to pursue something entirely fresh and new.
by guest blogger Diana Zuckerman, PhD, National Center for Health Research If you think health insurance should be affordable and you didn't get a...