In his review of Jared Diamond's new book, David Brooks is appropriately horrified by the stories of tribal women who were left to die rather than be cared for by their communities. He's so horrified that he seems to reject Diamond's core thesis that these tribespeople have something to teach us about ourselves.
In his Inaugural Address, the president called the Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs commitments we make to each other that strengthen us. Are Medicare and Social Security safe now? They are for the moment.
The critical role of government in securing our inalienable rights is as rooted in the Declaration of Independence as is the assertion of those rights themselves.
Social Security should be discussed in the sunlight and considered by Congress and the president through an open process with full hearings and debate. It is too important to address any other way.
"As times change, so must we," President Barack Obama said in his eloquent and inspiring inaugural address. In many ways, President Obama's speech was a continuation of his campaign to engage women, gays, immigrants and the middle class.
We must address the future of Social Security as a separate debate, with the goal of strengthening it to help people achieve a secure retirement, not to reduce the budget deficit it did not cause.
When you visit your physician -- or general practitioner -- what usually happens? They usually give you a referral. Even if you don't have the type of insurance that requires referrals, if you have anything that requires a skill set beyond giving a flu shot, you will be referred elsewhere.
In fact, Americans age 75 and older are the only group in our survey for which credit card debt actually increased over this time period. Why? The Greatest Generation didn't suddenly become recklessly spendthrift and go wild on eBay.
Medicare covers a wide array of preventive services to help you stay healthy, but it's important to know which services are totally covered and which ones will generate some out-of-pocket costs.
It's time to end corporate welfare before forcing our most vulnerable citizens to face unnecessary cuts in programs they rely upon to survive. It's time to pull together to prepare America for the future. Together, we must be part of the fight to make that happen.
Even if you grant that the politics of the grand bargain idea are good for President Obama, they are poison for Democrats in Congress who have to run again in 2014 and 2016.
It is time to rationalize both the financing and delivery of services to meet the needs of today's aging American population that will live longer and with more functional limitations, but who want to spend these years living to their fullest without being treated like patients.
The health insurance industry fought President Barack Obama's health care reform law tooth and nail during congressional debate in 2009 and 2010 and c...
After watching the so-called "fiscal cliff" negotiations, I am very concerned that during the next four years you will address only America's immediate needs and maintain the status quo.
We hear a lot about how Medicare spending is out of control and will bankrupt the federal government if left unchecked. Against that backdrop, a report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services today includes findings that might surprise some people.
Right-wing think tanks will continue to decry people who receive benefits as "takers" and disparage safety net programs for "breeding a culture of dependency." But a solid majority of Americans, have had different life experiences and reject this view.