Like a resolution that has little hope of being achieved, these political gambits will look wrong for the country and foolish in hindsight. I only hope my colleagues choose to spend the rest of 2016 more productively. The American people need their business done, and a year would be a terrible thing to waste.
As we close 2015, let's reflect on how we harmed and helped each other's health and wellness with two Top 5 lists for the year: the first for our shortcomings, and the second for our successes.
The American people won't elect a vulgar/bullying/blowhard for President even if the ultra-right wing of the Republican Party manages to nominate him. We have never before seen the kind of campaign we are seeing this year within the Republican Party.
While no significant legislation will pass because it is a presidential election year, a feel-good bill or two might. However, the debate in 2016 is important as it will shape what happens in 2017 where the real action will happen.
Most people who have explored options or purchased health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges learned quickly that premiums and deductibl...
The Menendez/Roberts fix offers a ray of hope. But, more members of Congress must sign on to make this happen. If you are concerned about home health quality and access for yourself or your loved ones please urge your Senators and Representatives to take action.
Rationing, the hated R-word, evokes widespread resentment and debate whenever mentioned in connection with health care in the U. S. There are many who hold that we don't ration care now, never want to, and that the free market will work its magic and be fair to all without rationing if we just keep the government out of health care.
One would think, in this holiday season, a spirit of compassion for those with less access to resources would be a guiding light. But apparently some lawmakers would rather cut off their constituents' access to health care than give them support
The ACA is an imperfect instrument. But it goes a long way to correcting access and affordability of health insurance. This bill would throw out the baby with the bath water.
The chattering class, while consistently predicting Donald Trump's demise, is enthralled by his antics like a month to a flame. The verbose, ill-informed and narcissistic musings of Trump make former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, at times, look like Winston Churchill.
There is a pervasive myth generated by conservatives that the private sector is more efficient and less bureaucratic than government. This is perpetuated by those seeking to continue the "free market" in U. S. health care, which simultaneously exploits public programs through privatization of Medicare and Medicaid.
To protect patients, "financial informed consent" must be integrated into the established medical informed consent process. Almost six years after th...
As Puerto Rico's financial crisis deepens, so will its impact on the most vulnerable populations, including the poor, seniors and the chronically ill. Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico deserve the right to access healthcare.
With threats to health reform and its Medicaid expansion continuing to loom, it's worth looking at some of the successes that such an effort would endanger. Specifically, the 30 states and the District of Columbia that have expanded Medicaid under health reform have realized big drops in their uninsurance rates and substantial budget savings.
Positive outcomes in patients with obesity and multiple chronic conditions are among the findings in an investigation recently reported out as "Protot...
The Senate-passed budget reconciliation bill would boost the number of uninsured Americans by at least 22 million starting in 2018, relative to current law. Thus, virtually all (at least 92 percent) of the historic health coverage gains that CBO expects health reform to achieve by 2018 would be lost.