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Healthcare Reform Death Panels? The Tables Turned

Oct 21, 2009   //   Healthcare, Politics  //  Comments Off on Healthcare Reform Death Panels? The Tables Turned

The ‘death panel’ tactic by opponents of healthcare reform was offensive and a scare tactic. ┬áIt was a manipulation of proposed legislation and an absurdity to believe that legislators and […]

Healthcare Reform Will Increase Insurance Premiums? A Scare Tactic.

Oct 20, 2009   //   Healthcare  //  Comments Off on Healthcare Reform Will Increase Insurance Premiums? A Scare Tactic.

A recent report claims that healthcare reform would increase insurance premiums; but we are already experiencing exorbitant increases. Free market choice is fine, as long as you’re not sick.

Intolerant Behavior and the Media – Published Letter

Oct 12, 2009   //   Healthcare, Tolerance  //  Comments Off on Intolerant Behavior and the Media – Published Letter

The following was published on-line by the Raleigh News & Observer: http://blogs.newsobserver.com/opinion/health-care-reform-rage-relentless-0. I wrote the piece after attending a town hall meeting on healthcare reform in Durham, NC in August […]

Healthcare Reform: Taking Care of Those Who Fund our National Priorities, Our Citizens

Oct 6, 2009   //   Healthcare  //  Comments Off on Healthcare Reform: Taking Care of Those Who Fund our National Priorities, Our Citizens

We need to make affordable healthcare coverage not only a priority but a right for every citizen in this country. We can not have it both ways. If all of our citizens are required to fund our national priorities to the extent required by law, then we have an obligation to assure that all of them are taken care of as well.

Keynote Address to the Graduating Class of Campbell University’s Department of Clinical Research

Oct 4, 2009   //   Healthcare, Personal  //  Comments Off on Keynote Address to the Graduating Class of Campbell University’s Department of Clinical Research

Below is the text of the Keynote Address I gave at the graduation ceremony for Campbell University’s Department of Clinical Research at the Duke University Searle Conference Center in 2005. […]

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The Cruelty of NCs House Bill 2

North Carolina’s House Bill 2 is fundamentally flawed. Quite the opposite of legislators bogus claims that public facility non-discrimination laws create safety concerns from sexual predators, the law actually increases the risk of abuse, both verbal and physical, to the already vulnerable transgender population. Further, in the state of NC that houses the Research Triangle Park and multiple world class medical institutions, legislators have pandered to religious factions and organizations that have stigmatized, ostracized and even demonized transgenders, some of whom suffer from a recognized medical diagnosis. The situation for transgendered youth is particularly grave, a population that already suffers a high rate of both abuse and suicide attempts. The law is cruel and untenable from both business and civil/human rights perspectives, and should be repealed.


NC’s Anti-LGBT Law and the Legislature: Little Business Sense

In this published Letter to the Editor (Raleigh N&O), powerful members of the North Carolina legislature have demonstrated little understanding of the importance of customer retention in building the business base of the state.


North Carolina’s LGBT Discrimination Law HB2: Its Folly and Motivation

By using sex on a birth certificate to define sexual identity, NC’s legislature and governor have shown much ignorance about the complexities of biologic diversity. But it is the pandering to LGBT hate groups by ranking members of the GOP at both the national and state level that reveals the underlying discrimination that motivated the law.

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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.