To get back to that level and maybe even surpass it, we need someone in charge at the Federal Reserve who understands that creating conditions that increase the purchasing power of American workers' paychecks is a part of her mandate. From what she's said and done so far, it appears Janet Yellen is exactly that kind of Fed chair.
Rauner's 2016 budget proposal is far from law -- any spending plan must first pass the Illinois General Assembly, which will happen sometime over the course of the coming months. Until then, Illinois will prove a testing ground for how to dig out of debt without undue harm to the state's most vulnerable residents.
You may not have heard the name Peter Harbage before. But if you are one of the millions of people getting health insurance because of Obamacare or some other government program, it's possible Peter had something to do with it.
Failure to adequately protect transgender students means that transgender people and their families often face hostile, unsafe, or unwelcoming school environments. Harassment and violence make it difficult for transgender students to obtain the skills and education they need to succeed.
The Republican-controlled House is poised to strip funding to expand the Medicaid health insurance program from Gov. Bill Walker's budget, the first shot in what's expected to be a contentious debate over one of Walker's central campaign planks.
Let's hope that state and federal regulators don't put too many roadblocks in the way of many more hospital systems becoming insurers. Extending Medicare to everyone might be the most cost-effective reform but Washington will prevent that, at least for the foreseeable future.
Recently I found myself in a situation that many transgender people dread: I was in an accident and required emergency medical care.
With the Supreme Court scheduled to hear oral argument in King v. Burwell next week, those looking for clues as to what the Court will decide later this year when it rules in King need look no further than a very different case.
The basic principles were ratified in Obamacare and are no longer under serious challenge. The change hasn't relied entirely on government action, but reflects private sector movement in the same direction.
Extending CHIP funding until 2019 could go a long way to sustain and expand CHIP-related gains for children as CHIP enrollment grows in conjunction with further implementation of the ACA. Extending CHIP funding, however, is only an interim measure. In the long run, it will require additional actions.
This new "bottom-up medicine" forever changes the patient-doctor relationship to a partnership on equal footing.
No matter your political point of view on the law, basic humanity dictates that we not leave millions of people without insurance and thousands who are getting needed medical care with no option to continue to buy health insurance and/or get the medical care they need.
Health conscious consumers who have proven their value to insurers over the course of twelve months deserve to receive financial reimbursement for their efforts. Even a year's worth of successful compliance by those patients facing on-going conditions such as diabetes would prove beneficial to patient and insurer.
The lawyers challenging the Affordable Care Act (ACA) haven't only invented a new interpretation, but they have concocted an entire theory that Congress and the President intended this result. This is preposterous and defies the statutory language, the context and design of the law, and the legislative history.
There is good news to report for California's children as we make our way through National Children's Dental Health Month: more kids than ever will have dental coverage in 2015.
When I was an industry PR guy, I was part of a never-ending effort to defame the NHS, usually by citing a few anecdotes about Brits who claimed to endure long waits for needed care. The industry's propaganda got little resistance from the media or the American public.