I have been fighting a PEG tube for long time. But never in my wildest imagination would I think the experience would turn into a gore fest. So, what did I learn from all of this?
Too many policymakers still fail to realize that job and social service investments are a more effective public safety strategy than building more jails and prisons.
The truth is simpler than it seems. Latino families want what all Americans want: opportunity. They want a chance at a good job, access to a good education, a better life for their kids, and security for themselves and the people they love.
In less than a week, the deadline to apply for coverage under the ACA will be upon us. It's our last window of opportunity to do something great -- to better the health of those most likely to live with chronic, untreated health conditions while simultaneously improving the bottom line of our nation's health care system.
Despite the online technology glitches, Bishnu worked through the application process with the help of a dedicated application counselor. When her insurance card arrived at her home, Bishnu's happiness was palpable.
Regardless of what cause came first -- be it the rising of a sharing culture or the innovation in the technology -- there is a monumental shift taking place in wellness and healthcare approaches. What was once meant to protect has become not only obsolete, but is now the unintentional roadblock to a healthier life for all. Set the data free.
Americans on the whole are decent folk and selfishness or other immoral motives therefore do not likely underly their anger. Instead, I believe much of their anger turns on the myth of the self-made man. Let me explain.
I am writing today as a mother, and thinking of my own daughters as they enter the work force. Let's think about the potential impact of a Supreme Court decision finding that a secular, for-profit company does not have to follow a federal law of general application on the grounds of religious freedom.
Statistics can and should be used as a tool to determine possible health risks for patients, but it should be noted that they can only be used as a tool, and not as a definite indicator of an individual's health. Each of us is more than a number.
This isn't to suggest that all Republicans are easily-misled simpletons. They're not. Yet their party consistently panders to its easily-misled simpleton base with the most egregiously dishonest ideas in American politics.
Thirty-two quickly became the year my sense of invincibility ran out rather suddenly. Sure, I had some unpleasant and expensive dental surgery a few years ago but nothing ever that serious.
Transparency can only happen if consumers have access to credible, accurate, and well-sourced information. The market for this kind of data is potentially enormous, so it's no surprise that information companies are rushing to fill the gap. There's big money to be made.
Be sensible -- build a sense-able, not a wearable.
The campaign of fear, uncertainty and doubt -- or FUD, to use its acronym -- continues to this day against the Affordable Care Act, and it will be waged in coming months by cynical politicians who believe it will be the surest way to win votes in November.
Slated to go into effect in 2018, the mere threat of the Cadillac Tax has already decreased the income of millions of American workers, according to the Towers Watson/NBGH report.
In campaigning for the Affordable Care Act, President Obama famously promised that if you like your current health insurance, you can keep it. Republicans have had a field day with the relatively small number of cases where an insurance policy fails to meet the ACA's minimum standard and a consumer is asked to buy a better plan -- often at lower cost if the person is of modest income and qualifies for subsidies, but sometimes at higher cost. The administration insists that these cases are the exception. Now, however, comes one of the White House's own advisers who help craft the ACA -- saying not only won't many people get to keep their insurance but that Obamacare, over time, is likely to drive out employer-provided insurance altogether.