These landmark rulings are living proof that, given the proper moral compass and support from governing bodies, we can achieve equality. Although we still have a long way to go, a celebration is in order. America has made history -- but it shouldn't stop there!
The purpose of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act taken together is to ensure that as a nation, we at long last have a viable national health care system. Our birthday wish on the anniversary of the government programs that launched us on the journey to universal care is that we strengthen our commitment to ensure every US resident has the coverage she or he needs
Wheaton College has made a profound choice -- belief over people. While claiming a position that values life, the College has made choices that value the potential life of a possible fertilized egg over the actual lives of students who may well require insurance coverage in the present to avoid or treat life-threatening and health-compromising conditions.
We are making tremendous progress, but our work is far from over. We need to make sure every person in America can get health care to prevent illness and to help them get better when they are sick.
Companies will not automatically, dollar for dollar, increase taxable wages to compensate for cost increases passed on to employees. That doesn't occur now when businesses are forced to pass increased health-care costs to its workforce.
My greatest strength is my passionate commitment to helping people -- and I feel so strongly that I had a lot of opportunities and that there are people, particularly women, who are just as talented and hardworking, but who haven't had the same chances that I had.
Rather than continuing the forward momentum toward greater access to affordable medications for all, the TPP threatens to take a significant step backward by including a number of provisions that solely benefit the brand name drug industry. As drafted, the TPP will result in hundreds of billions of dollars in unnecessary spending.
Protecting Medicaid and Medicare is vital. Like other minorities, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are less likely to access health care. Although minorities make up 40 percent of the U.S. population, they account for more than half of the uninsured population in the U.S.
Fifty years ago in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law, creating two programs that would disproportionately improve the lives of older and low-income Americans, especially women. Fast forward to 2015, and both are very much under siege.
130 million Americans -- over 40 percent of the population -- do not have dental insurance. Over the last ten years, millions of patients have been showing up with dental pain to hospital emergency departments instead of dental practices, at the cost of billions to hospitals.
The problem with white privilege is that the concept is painfully easy to refute. I'm referring to white individuals who hear the word "privilege" thrown at them and interpret it as an individual attack rather than as a societal fact.
As part of a pledge to protect the middle class, Hillary Clinton is taking a second look at aspects of the ACA that hurt working men and women. That's good news, and the only responsible position for politicians interested in providing more and better healthcare at lower cost.
When the CEOs of Aetna and Humana announced a few days ago that they had agreed to a deal in which Aetna will pay $37 billion for Louisville-based Humana, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky pointed the finger of blame straight at Obamacare.
It would have been difficult, after the 2014 elections, to imagine that President Barack Obama could achieve much of anything in his last two years in office. After all, the opposition Republican Party had taken control of both houses of Congress in the midterm elections in 2014. The Supreme Court, led by the right-leaning Chief Justice John Roberts, maintained a narrow conservative majority. And the president's approval rating had dropped below 50 percent. And yet here we are, only a few months after the new Congress took up residence on Capitol Hill, with a suddenly resurgent president. Just in the last few weeks, President Obama has been scoring a surprising number of domestic and foreign policy victories. His critics are cowed. The president reached a 50 percent public approval rating for the first time since May 2013.
As a performer, I constantly look for ways to give back to my family, friends and fans who live in rural America. They are the heartbeat of our country.