The government is being shut down for a reason, and we need to examine that reason. We need to ask our Republican Congressmen and women exactly which bits of the ACA are such a threat to individual freedom in America that resistance to them warrants closing down the government?
The harms inflicted by discrimination reveal themselves in our bodies as we age -- as people of color, as poor and low-income people, and as LGBT people. The symptoms manifest as higher rates of high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, depression, social isolation and more.
Before taking office, each member of Congress swears a simple, straightforward oath. It leaves little room for misinterpretation. They vow to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and to "faithfully discharge the duties of the office." High among those duties is paying the government's bills.
We were in Montana last weekend. We had not expected the visit to provide a preview of this week's bizarre performance by the Republican Party.
I am a part of the human services "industry" and, as such, you can count me among those who have this crazy belief that we could live more fulfilling lives (as in "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness") if we had a more rational approach to aging.
Since its enactment 10 years ago, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, also known as Part D, has been one of the federal government's greatest successes.
Whew! And wow! It took an online application that I did on a Saturday, an office visit and a follow-up office visit, and now Karin is taken care of for Social Security and Medicare! We are thrilled that this trailblazing went so smoothly and happened without a lot of hassle.
The contrast between tea party extremism and populist progressives could not be more telling. Both are based in part on the anger tough times stir up, but these two movements are moving in opposite directions.
There are serious complaints about the inadequacy of Obamacare that will have to be addressed in the years ahead. But none of these problems changes the fact that the ACA is an enormous step forward.
Denying food to the hungry, chemo to the cancer-stricken? That is not American. That is what ruthless dictators do. That is the stuff of Kim Jong-il. That is not how Americans treat each other.
The Republicans who are attempting to force a showdown over Obamacare are still railing against the programs they call "entitlements." They're all looking for a face-saving deal, and Social Security and Medicare could very well become its Ground Zero.
Republicans are possessed by an overpowering psychological compulsion to repeal Obamacare even at great cost and harm to America and the GOP despite forty-one previously failed legislative attempts to do so.
The mantra in the health care industry has become "bill, baby, bill"-- taking a page from the oil industry's chant, "drill, baby, drill."
Information technology is negatively affecting productivity and the care delivery process. What happened to real quality improvement and change management process?
The American economy today is a house of cards, wherein each added layer of cards at the top increases the pressure on the lower tiers and threatens the stability of the entire structure.
Medicare coverage goes far beyond what almost anyone would ever need, so buying a Medicare supplemental policy amounts to little more than giving an insurance company your money so that they can keep it.