One can only conclude that educating people to take control of their own health -- especially people long subject to public health messaging that brands them as unreachable and unteachable -- is something the United States refuses to do.
If the cost of commodities had gone up at the same rate as health care since 1945, a dozen eggs would cost $55, a gallon of milk would be $40 and a dozen oranges would cost $134, according to the Institute of Medicine.
Q. Under Obamacare, will I die? A. Yes. Obamacare did not eliminate death.
We want to see Congress have a conversation about strengthening Social Security and Medicare. We don't want to see more false rhetoric about "entitlement reforms."
What kind of society abandons its own young? What kind of society allows the generations in power to favor themselves over those who follow them, and then lets them claim they're doing it out of selflessness?
In this case the strong support of the public for these programs -- which cuts across party and demographic lines -- overcame the power of corporate money and the political elite. When push came to shove, not enough politicians were prepared to go against the strongly held views of their constituents.
While Angelina Jolie may have more advantages than most of us, the biggest advantage she had was not money, but access to people who provided her with good information about her options.
The Farm Bill that is expected to pass the U.S. House this week explains income inequality in America. The Republican-sponsored proposal slashes food stamps for poor children and pads farm subsidies for wealthy agri-businessmen.
As a group, we men are not known for doing a very good job of taking care of our own health. National Men's Health Week, from June 10 through Father...
Americans are tired of hearing politicians say that the only way to strengthen Medicare is to cut benefits and make older people and future retirees pay more. And, they overwhelmingly oppose a current proposal to cut Social Security as part of a deal to reduce the deficit. There's a better way.
Interest in big data initiatives for healthcare have been increasing over the past few years. A report published by McKinsey & Company in January...
No matter which we use, dependency ratios reveal a critical trend: the aging of America as the Baby Boomer population pushes through the cycles of life.
If we're truly concerned about the costs taxpayers will bear in the future for Medicare, here's something to keep in mind. The highest rates of obesity are found among members of the baby boom generation.
If we are to successfully manage the health care needs of our aging population, we need to pursue options that will cost less, protect people's assets and life savings, keep people in their homes for as long as possible and help to reduce the financial and emotional stress on family caregivers.
No doubt President Obama regrets saying, with equal bravado: "If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan." That was just plain stupid.
Lincoln Chaffee is our Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week award-winner. See, Republicans? Not only will you be welcomed, you'll actually get awards for making the trek across the aisle! Step right up, there's room for everyone!