As the partisan warfare in Washington continues over the government shutdown and looming debt ceiling, it is important to examine some of the deeper i...
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Asking some sacrifice from seniors would be understandable if the country were in a situation where it was really strapped for resources and we were asking for everyone to do their part. However this is clearly not the situation we are in today.
As it became clear during the first week of the shutdown that the president was not going to sacrifice access to quality health insurance for millions of Americans, Republicans realized they had to redraft their ransom note.
We know the shutdown is not about fiscal responsibility. If it was, Republicans would not have run up the deficit under W by trillions of dollars with two unpaid wars, unpaid Medicare prescription plan, and the Bush tax cuts.
As we face what's become known as the silver tsunami, the aging of the 77 million American baby boomers, soaring long-term care costs will leverage the future for our children and grandchildren by putting their own American dream at risk.
Without my Social Security check arriving on the third Wednesday of the month, I would probably be dead... and I certainly wouldn't have been able to finance my first documentary. This is a cautionary tale, about being "one bad thing away."
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.