Without the opportunity to live a healthy life, there is no opportunity to live the American dream or participate fully in our communities. Without the security of health insurance, there is no economic security for middle-class families, and for so many other families working their way into the middle class.
If it was hard for underwater homeowners to distinguish between bankers and bureaucrats while they were losing their homes, it will be even harder for frustrated sick people to untangle the public and private strands so tightly braided into the Affordable Care Act.
Medical schools almost completely ignore the topic. Biomedical funding agencies mostly give it a pass, at best dedicating only a small percentage of their funding for nutrition research. The public therefore must fend for itself when trying to understand which nutrition information is correct and which is not.
We should also recognize that we, too, are human, and when our recommendations have financial implications, we should ask ourselves: How might this influence our decision-making?
March 31 marks the end of open enrollment for 2014 coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but many Californians aren't waiting until the deadline to sign up for health coverage.
While lawmakers in Washington and state capitals continue to obsess about Obamacare, Massachusetts legislators have focused their attention on the next phase of reform: health care costs.
Each year takes on a unique character, so will this be the year of midterm elections, the year of political revelations, the year of electric vehicles...
My spouse Mark and I begin a new journey this month. The second half of last year kicked my ass and left me in a severely weakened state. I lost 30 pounds in six months. It was weight that I could not afford to lose.
Without policy interventions at all levels of government, far too many families will remain stuck in place -- barely managing to save enough to cover emergencies and with little or no hope of investing in the future. It doesn't have to be that way.
In early 2010, Barack Obama saw the White House physician. This, the presidential check-up, may be an ideal symbol -- and a starting point -- for what ails American medicine.
Instituting ill-conceived changes will not only fail to rein in Medicare's long-term spending growth, but will inflict severe and unnecessary harm on our nation's poor and elderly who are suffering from serious physical and behavioral illnesses.
The Obamacare rollout is like moving houses: Everything is new and unsettled, tempers fray, and for a while all you can see is chaos before you unpack. Ultimately, though, the promise of health reform is to minimize the upheaval of moves in the long run by ensuring continuity of care.
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.
So, who is responsible for our health? The answer seems to be everyone! The problems we face in health care and social welfare are so vast that their solutions must embrace about everything known and in all sectors -- and then all the remedies identified have to be thrown against the wall of ill health in order for a good bit to stick.
Some political leaders turn from talking about "me" and instead talk about "we." They believe in building a movement that will change things rather than just bragging about themselves and furthering their own careers, and because of that they do actually start changing things. That's what Elizabeth Warren does; that is who she is.
Medicare is a federal promise to the American people, offering critical support to 50 million Americans -- and growing. While a dialogue about Medicare's sustainability is vitally important, it must not come at the expense of those who rely on the program.