Browsing articles in "Healthcare"

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


Healthcare and GOP Cognitive Dissonance

Sep 20, 2012   //   Featured Story, Healthcare  //  Comments Off

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


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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Mass Incarceration, Race and Gun Background Checks. Reenforcing Implicit Bias

The combination of the Tough on Crime laws of the 1980s and 1990s (still partially in effect today) and federal gun background checks contribute to a double victimization for many African-Americans.

Boehner’s Resignation. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah?

Speaker Boehner was apparently oblivious to the origins and racial controversies surrounding the song he was singing during his resignation announcement.

From Charleston to Newtown to Human Rights, US Failing its Legal Obligations

There’s been a lot of talk recently, by our President and others, about gun violence and race relations. How to simultaneously address both? Have our country live up to its legal obligations under ICERD by putting a National Plan of Action in place.

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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.