Democrats do not seem up to the task of taking on this new breed of crazy. With the freak show called the GOP primary season in full swing, the time has come to offer up a political counterbalance to dangerous right wing extremism -- beyond what traditional Democrats can muster.
This new research provides one more compelling argument in favor of expanding Social Security. In addition to its possible impact in reducing or delaying Alzheimer's and other dementia in some seniors, expanding those modest benefits addresses other serious challenges facing our country.
Unfortunately for children's programs, Congress has chosen to subject the programs on the discretionary side of the budget to significant cuts and hard spending limits or "sequestration" in an effort to cut the federal budget deficit.
Whatever you may think about how we pay for health care, everyone can agree that staying out of the emergency room is a good thing. Maintaining good health through access to primary care and healthy policies is better not only for individuals, but also for health care's bottom line.
Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey show the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working and helping get people health coverage. This is a welcome stark contrast to new census data showing children remain our poorest age group and the younger they are the poorer they are.
This week's Senate Finance Committee hearing on Puerto Rico's financial and economic challenges brought overdue attention to the island's inadequate Medicaid funding. Unlike the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico is limited to a low, fixed amount of funding.
In New York, there's an extremely diverse mix of innovators including accelerators, startups and hospitals. Here's a glimpse of some great organizations that are paving the way for the future of health care.
Perhaps it's time to bust the myth that universal, or government-run, or 'socialized' medicine is somehow less desirable than the present U.S. system of private health insurance.
Many of us have had questions about our coverage. How do I select a doctor or other practitioner from my health plan's list of providers? What kind of care comes free of additional costs, and when may I be charged out-of-pocket payments - and how much will those payments be?
Because our instinct to put children first is strong, we often ignore our own needs as parents. Even the Sustainable Development Goals, several of which* relate to family, do not mention parents or parenting. When will policymakers, practitioners -- when will we all -- recognize parenting and family life education as our collective blind spot?
Every single one of us -- because we are alive and we are human -- runs the risk that at some point in our lives something will happen to us, making it impossible for us to take care of ourselves. This something can be any one in a long list of disabling events.
Pharmaceutical companies had a chance to be part of the solution -- they could have innovated amazing cures. They could have worked to solve major health care crises and earned a place of honor among the world's greatest problem solvers. Instead they chose profit over humanity.
This kind of continuity of care in turn helps medical teams proactively manage at-risk patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Used consistently, such personalized care innovations can keep an emerging symptom from becoming a serious or potentially life-threatening situation.
Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Illinois is making life even harder for parents of kids with special needs who purchased their insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchange. And if you think it won't happen in your state, think again.
Health care is not a commodity -- it is our lives. Giving consumers the full picture of quality and price information gives them "value transparency" and ultimately makes the health care industry more effective and efficient at serving patients. As Warren Buffett put it, "Price is what you pay, value is what you get." We believe that our members deserve the highest value care possible.
The recent New York Times article on Amazon's "bruising workplace" sparked a firestorm of reaction. While I admire the giant retailer's singular accom...