Category Archives: Health Care

It Matters: The Individual Mandate

It appears that, barring some action by the Courts, the Republican Tax “Reform” will become law. While there is much to criticize about this bill, including the massive transfer of wealth from the middle and working class to the rich, … Continue reading

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A Poor Neighborhood In Chicago Looks To Cuba To Fight Infant Mortality

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By Miles Bryan, WBEZ JANUARY 10, 2018 REPUBLISH THIS STORY Dr. Kathy Tossas-Milligan (left), an epidemiologist with the University of Illinois at Chicago, interviews Yolanda Flowers as part of a pilot project to study the high infant mortality rate in … Continue reading

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The Continuation of Hope

My last column noted the amazing work performed by Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors without Borders), detailing the Jahun, Nigeria Project. The picture was a sweeping one, the 30,000 foot view of that project. You might ask – you should … Continue reading

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Hope

One of the various, non-religious, definitions of “hope” found in the Oxford English Dictionary is “grounds for believing that something good might happen”. Perhaps the Biblical definition (Hebrews 11:1) is more interesting, “…the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction … Continue reading

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The Graham-Cassidy Bill: Yet another Attempt to Remove Health Care from Americans and Cut Taxes for the Rich

It had been my intention to write a multi-part series on Health Systems as a way to lead into further discussion about the direction our health system should take. There are also issues related to women’s health, the opiate crisis, … Continue reading

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The Health System of the United States of America – Can We Do Better than This ? A Five Part Series

Part 1 (857 words)   “There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”   Those over a certain age will remember this phrase from then Presidential-candidate … Continue reading

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The Collapse of “Repeal and Replace” and “Just Repeal” – Was There Ever a Plan ?

Now we know. Despite eight years calling for repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Messers McConnell (R-KY), Ryan (R-WI) and colleagues had no plan, actually no clue, of what to do. This is unsurprising. The ACA is an amalgam … Continue reading

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This Man Has No Sense of Irony

In Britain this morning, there is an 11-month old child named Charlie Gard with a genetic disease that condemns him to death. The disorder, Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome (MDS), is a group of disorders caused by abnormalities in various genes … Continue reading

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Why Has the Senate Kept Us in the Dark about the American Health Care Act ?

The House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act of 2017 (House Resolution 1628) on 4 May 2017. While the Senate is in the process of re-writing this legislation, it is being done completely in secrecy. Democrats, Independents and … Continue reading

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Maybe Death Isn’t All That Bad: Trump’s Budget Proposal Slashes Spending by $3.6 Trillion Over 10 years – Guess Who Pays ?

The “oil spot” theory of counter-insurgency asserts, in brief, that if we take an area and make it safe for the population, the effect of this improved safety would spread beyond the confines of the area made safe(er), kind of … Continue reading

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