Republican Health Care Proposal Would Remove Employer Coverage From One Million And Increase Deficit
Feb26

Republican Health Care Proposal Would Remove Employer Coverage From One Million And Increase Deficit

The Affordable Care Act is a great idea in principal, increasing the number of people with coverage and eliminating the abuses from insurance companies which had destroyed the individual market. So far it has been working out well as policy beyond the initial IT glitches. Republicans have repeatedly brought up horror stories, but each time they have turned out to be false when the details were examined (see here and here). Considering...

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Rankism Can Be Harmful to Your Health
Feb25

Rankism Can Be Harmful to Your Health

This is the eleventh part of the serialization of All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity (Berrett-Koehler, 2006). The ideas in this book are further developed in my recent novel The Rowan Tree. CHAPTER 6: RANKISM CAN BE HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH Doctors are seen as somebodies. What separates them from healers is that healers bridge the gap between somebody and nobody by forming a partnership with patients based on...

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Fake Right Wing Claims Of Losers Under The Affordable Care Act, Revisited
Feb25

Fake Right Wing Claims Of Losers Under The Affordable Care Act, Revisited

Last week I looked at the right wing’s inability to present losers under Obamacare. There certainly are some losers in a major overhaul of the healthcare system, however they just don’t help the Republicans with their line of attack. The losers, i.e. people paying more in premiums, are affluent Americans who don’t qualify for subsidies but, as I pointed out in the previous post, we still receive significant...

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UN denounces Uganda anti-homosexuality law
Feb24

UN denounces Uganda anti-homosexuality law

The United Nations has denounced the draconian anti-homosexuality law signed into force in Uganda today because it will encourage violence against lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people by formalizing discrimination against them. Navi Pillay, the UN Human Rights chief said the law “will institutionalize discrimination and is likely to encourage harassment and violence against individuals on the basis of their sexual...

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Soft Drinks: The Beginning of the End? (Guest Voice)
Feb24

Soft Drinks: The Beginning of the End? (Guest Voice)

Soft Drinks: The Beginning of the End? Tyrades! By Danny Tyree According to the Los Angeles Times, California state Senator Bill Monning on February 13 introduced a controversial bill that could make California the first state in the nation to require prominent health warnings (about obesity, diabetes and tooth decay) on sugary drinks. Monning sees his proposal as a model for the rest of the nation, so suddenly I see my history with...

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‘Disabled Veteran’  Meets  Disabled Veteran.
Feb23

‘Disabled Veteran’ Meets Disabled Veteran.

Some of our readers may have watched it. Regardless, it is timeless and priceless. Especially in view of the shameful backlog our injured combat veterans face when applying for or trying to get disability status, benefits or medical treatment. It is about a contractor who hurt his foot playing football in military prep school many, many years ago. Who never served on active duty, who somehow still managed to play football in college...

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