Raising the minimum wage would pump billions of dollars of consumer spending into the American economy. And unlike the vast government subsidies to businesses, this would be at no cost to taxpayers.
This week was a time of penance. President Obama apologized for having given the impression that insurance policies would not be cancelled due to Obamacare. And 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan apologized for a Benghazi report that included an apparently false account by a security contractor. It's a good start; maybe these apologies will open the floodgates. Like maybe Sen. Lindsay Graham can apologize for using the faulty CBS report as an excuse for placing holds on all administration nominees. Or how about an apology from the GOP for the 47 million people affected by painful food stamp cuts that just took effect? Or, wider still, one for all the budget stunts that have cost the economy an estimated $700 billion? And why stop there? How about one for the financial crisis? Or for the mother of all unapologized-for misdeeds, the Iraq War? Wouldn't it be great if accountability were contagious?
Regardless of your general disposition toward the president, let's make sure your anger isn't just a little bit misguided.
So I asked the experts: "Please explain to me how Medicaid expansion wouldn't have helped me or the state Medicaid budget?" The silence was palpable, their apology for my situation was seemingly sincere, but they had no solutions.
Personal stories are a central battleground for the public perception of the Affordable Care Act. And it is increasingly clear that this battle will be fought through the prisms of class and race.
You need to beware of other websites posing as marketplace look-a-likes. The policies may be real, but they won't necessarily be the same plans available through your state's marketplace, and you may be passing up a chance at getting a better deal and financial help with your premiums or out-of-pocket costs.
Ladies and gentlemen, one cannot provide true reform, change we can believe in, or dramatically improved health care with bills that are insurance industry productions, passed with political payoffs, compromising our highest ideals.
For you startup founders and benefits administrators, here's the good news: you have options. In this brave new world of defined contributions, private exchanges and the individual mandate, there are plenty of ways for you and your employees to get good coverage at an affordable price.
Change is always what motivates philanthropy, and Bravewell is no exception. We have been united from the start around a single goal: to bring about optimal health and healing for individuals and society.
Health care is going through a process of re-grounding itself in patient-centric care. All rhetoric aside, we have to enable multidisciplinary teams w...
Frankly, it's not so much nuance as it is putting a priority on getting the facts right. At the outset I asked why didn't CNN get the facts right. Given that their ratings remain in the tank despite new leadership, that question may not matter much longer.
As the week began, another "Obamacare" horror story hit the press, instigating a fleet of outrage-pornographers to continue self-flagellating and screeching about the disastrous Affordable Care Act -- selectively forgetting about actual healthcare horror stories that existed before the law was implemented.
Advancing telemedicine is a good step in the right direction which will allow the medical field to fully harness the promise of new and innovative technology no matter where the patient or her doctor are.
Obamacare is not going to be repealed -- not now and not in the future. However, there is real risk it could collapse under its own weight. Whether or not you support this president, this could seriously harm the health of our citizens and America's fiscal stability.
Okay, I get it. The Healthcare.gov website is still glitchy; there are evidently people who are losing their current health insurance plans; premiums continue to rise; and the Republicans along with irresponsible members of the press are blowing it entirely out proportion. Enough!
Tax rates fell on the wealthy after 1980, while their incomes skyrocketed. But how strong is the correlation between falling tax rates on the wealthiest among us and economic inequality?