If we were to measure the real wealth of our society -- our health and well-being, the health of the natural world, our level of education, etc. -- we would see that inequality itself is reducing our nation's well being, and the power of big corporations is allowing the degradation of our communities and environment.
I am grateful for the dialogue we had as a nation in 2013, but we will all suffer if it does not proceed in 2014. The need for access to quality behavioral health treatment is critical.
The State of the Union should be the start of a new era in which lawmakers from both sides of the aisle work together to make all our lives better.
Uncle Sam's "We Want You!" finger is pointed directly at the nose of every young adult in America. But do we want him?
Ads supposedly sponsored by the Coalition for Medicare Choices started appearing last week warning that seniors will face higher costs, fewer benefits and a loss of provider choice if Congress and the administration don't take action.
Will 2014 (or perhaps 2016) become known as the "Year Of The Marijuana Voter"? This question can now be seriously asked, because the issue of radically reforming marijuana laws seems to be growing bigger and more imperative with each passing week.
What is happening to patients is that their treatment is being directly impeded by policies that are not in their best interests. And worse, no one in our government or in the health care plans appear to be the least bit concerned.
Inequality threatens the state of our union. Tackling it requires a multi-issue agenda that takes into account the factors that work against equality for women and others disproportionately affected.
Health care reform is a marathon and not a sprint. The initial results, while lower than hoped, are hardly a sign that that the Affordable Care Act is bound for failure. Nor can they necessarily be interpreted to say that success is inevitable.
What do you do when you're an-ultra conservative candidate trying to outdo another ultra-conservative candidate? Do you trumpet your endorsements from conservative groups? Blame your opponent for the Affordable Care Act? Photoshop him in to a picture with the president?
Historically, both liberals and conservatives have blended religion and politics, usually with disastrous results. We would do well to look to the past as we sort out the church-state issues we face today.
The Iowa Caucuses were held Tuesday night. No national cameras or crowds, just a dark night, snow and below-zero wind chills.
You have not heard about these nominations, because the Academy really doesn't have a category of Best Health-Themed Movie of the Year. But as a physician, I know that what everyone sees on the big screen causes us to think about our personal lives and experiences and informs many of our conversations.
Physicians and their patients don't have failsafe access to the medical information they need when they need it. And researchers, ready and waiting to solve the medical challenges of today, simply cannot turn the trove of data the government is sitting on into the healthcare advancements of tomorrow.
Despite performing important jobs, frontline workers in health care -- ranging from phlebotomists to medical assistants, certified nursing assistants to housekeeping staff -- typically earn less than $40,000 each year and may not be getting the support they need to advance in their careers.
Maria Shriver's report this past week on the economic crisis plaguing American women reinforces what those of us who work with vulnerable women see every day.