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A Certificate of Conception

Oct 26, 2012   //   Healthcare, Politics  //  Comments Off

“If the law is going to say that individual life begins at conception, it behooves those who hold that position to think through the radical expansion of state authority (and diminution of women’s autonomy) that necessarily follows.” Aaron Astor

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Healthcare and GOP Cognitive Dissonance

Sep 20, 2012   //   Healthcare  //  Comments Off

Can one really wish a seriously ill person a complete recovery while at the same time advocating against their insurability?

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Extending Tax Cuts for the Wealthiest While Repealing Healthcare Law: A Morally Untenable Agenda

Nov 16, 2010   //   Featured Story, Healthcare  //  Comments Off

Are we really willing, as a country, to assign a higher value to tax cuts for the wealthiest during economically difficult times than preventing the unnecessary loss of tens of thousands of American lives each year?

An Intent to Drive Medicare Into Insolvency?

Sep 7, 2010   //   Healthcare  //  Comments Off

I issued the following letter to the NY Times earlier this year in response to a column written by Dr. Paul Krugman (a US Nobel Laureate in Economics out of [...]

The Best Healthcare System? Depends Who You Are

Sep 5, 2010   //   Healthcare  //  1 Comment

In a letter to CNBC’s Squawk Box, I used my recent experience with my wife in battling cancer to point out that yes, we do have a great healthcare system, as long one has the means to afford it.

Obamacare? A Derogatory and Undeserved Name

Sep 5, 2010   //   Healthcare, Politics  //  Comments Off

Past Governor George Pataki (R-NY) was a guest on CNBC’s Squawk Box and is an opponent of the healthcare reform legislation.  The segment also included former Governor Howard Dean (D-VT) [...]

The White Coat Count

Mar 18, 2010   //   Healthcare, Personal  //  2 Comments

My wife’s stay at Duke Hospital during her first bout with leukemia in 2005 made for a long and challenging summer.  I stayed in her room using a recliner chair [...]

Have Our Lawmakers Crossed Ethical, Even Legal, Bounds

Nov 16, 2009   //   Healthcare, Politics  //  Comments Off

When I worked at the executive level in the health industry we had to adhere to strict rules regarding behavior with government agencies.  Corporate legal instructed us to be completely [...]

Healthcare Reform: Lobbyists Shape US Debate

Nov 15, 2009   //   Healthcare, Politics  //  Comments Off

On the heels of the article I published regarding objectionable behavior of elected officials during the healthcare debate (1), Robert Pear published an article in the NY Times (2) revealing [...]

The US Senate: It’s Not Just Healthcare That Needs Reform

Nov 12, 2009   //   Healthcare, Politics  //  Comments Off

Introductory Remarks Following last Saturday’s historic vote on healthcare legislation in the US House of Representatives, the headline in Monday morning’s paper read “Health Bill Hits Senate Wall”.   Senator [...]

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Placing Gun Violence into a Human Rights Framework: Our Moral Imperative

Today’s gun violence prevention movement has developed the organizational structures, political connections and deep financial pockets to impact both Congress and public opinion. The use those resources to inject human rights into our political dialog, along with the voices of Congressional allies, becomes a moral imperative for our leaders.


Aligning Gun Violence Prevention and Human Rights for Political Impact

Like any successful merger, synergy exists between the gun violence prevention and human rights movements. Together they are stronger than they are apart and have practical application in shaping Congress to the ultimate benefit of both.


The Link Between Gun Violence, Race and Politics in America versus US Human Rights Obligations

This article explores the interrelationships between gun violence, race and politics in America versus human rights obligations our country assumed following its ratification of the International Convention to End all forms of Racial Discrimination. Our country’s progress under that treaty will be reviewed by the UN’s CERD in August of this year in Geneva, Switzerland. In what was called an act of public shaming by media, in March of this year the UN committee overseeing our country’s obligations under another treaty we have ratified (the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights) cited numerous human rights abuses by our country – included was rampant gun violence and the proliferation of stand-your-ground laws. An important question becomes why our government is not aggressively intervening to put a halt to the grossly disproportionate loss of life and injury to gun violence in a segment of its own citizenry.

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The Year the GOPs Con Game was Exposed

The GOP’s decision to reinstate tax cut policy in 2001 exposed their hand. It was not about deficit reduction, growing the economy, or job creation. It was about ideology and, no doubt, special interests. It was a backdoor approach where government revenue was cut in an attempt to curtail spending on popular programs they otherwise could not take head-on. This while obstructing the work of Congress, spinning a web of deceit about the benefits of their policy, and weakening our country’s financial standing. It’s time to play hardball during ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations and force them to be specific about what spending cuts they are talking about to offset the tax benefits they wish to preserve for the wealthiest. They wouldn’t have the nerve.