Browsing articles tagged with " Healthcare Reform"
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Guns, Government, Race and Rights. ‘The Demographics, Stupid’.

Mar 24, 2015   //   Box 1, Politics, Tolerance  //  Comments Off

In unapologetic fashion, this paper makes the case that the time has come for activist groups to abandon business-as-usual tactics and go on the offensive to change the political landscape in Washington, D.C.

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NC Voter ID Law: Beyond Civil Rights

Oct 22, 2013   //   Politics, Tolerance  //  Comments Off

As laws like NC Carolina’s recently enacted Voter ID Law can be tied to a long history of discriminatory treatment of African-Americans that in turn create or sustain adverse socio-economic conditions directly tied to premature death, the issue becomes whether such laws should be viewed as something far more serious than an obstruction of civil rights.

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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?

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JFK on the Press

Jun 19, 2012   //   Politics  //  Comments Off

More than ever, we need a press with ‘abrasive’ qualities, one that fact checks, digs for answers and participates in creating an informed public. But, has Joltin’ Joe left and gone away?

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The Common Denominator of Right Wing Policy: Lost Lives

Apr 15, 2012   //   Politics  //  Comments Off

Politicians on the political right continue to pursue multiple areas of policy despite the well-documented, often substantial, and unnecessary loss of American lives associated with those policies.

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Our Unrepresentative Representation

Dec 18, 2011   //   Politics  //  1 Comment

The Occupy Wall Street movement has reason to protest. Special interest-driven deregulation policy was at the heart of the recent economic collapse. It has been the “99%” that has paid the price for this policy failure with lost employment, devalued housing prices, retirement accounts being cut in half, and increased levels of poverty while the wealthiest in America continued to do well. A valid question is why our elected representatives are not working together to put a stop to failed policy that has been so damaging to the majority of Americans. This article will examine the disproportionate number of the wealthy who hold elected office in Washington and the conflict of interest they face in setting policy versus their own financial interests as well as the special interests that finance their campaigns. And it will explore an incentive that politicians have to stay in office where they can act on non-public information to their own financial benefit. It examines the issue of whether our Congress has become ‘Our Unrepresentative Representation’.

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Deregulation, Special Interests, and Gay Marriage with NC House Majority Leader

Oct 31, 2011   //   Politics  //  Comments Off

Last week I attended a function where Representative Paul (Skip) Stam (R), the NC House Majority Leader was the guest speaker. I just happened to sit at the same table with him and we exchanged a few comments. In listening to his presentation there were several issues, not just at the state level but also relevant nationally, that were too much to get into there. So I issued the following to his office. In looking at two of the issues, 1) deregulation to the benefit of business at the expense of the public, and 2) special interest contributions to legislators during the healthcare reform debate, I wondered why there would be any question about the emotion being expressed at the Occupy Wall Street movements around this country.

Job-Killing or Job-Destroying Healthcare Law? Missing the Larger Point

Jan 19, 2011   //   Politics  //  Comments Off

During economically troubled times when individuals and families are suffering, the unilateral application of the term ‘job-killling’ to the Healthcare Law repeal bill, without debate, is irresponsible and increases the risk of hostile public behavior.

A Dangerous Political Double Standard: Workplace vs Public Environment

Jan 14, 2011   //   Politics  //  Comments Off

Law requires employers to maintain a workplace environment that is free of intimidating and threatening behavior. Yet, the rhetoric and actions of lawmakers, political candidates and pundits have fostered a hostile environment that threatens the safety of our citizens.

Fostering a Hostile Environment

Jan 12, 2011   //   Tolerance  //  5 Comments

It has been said that our government should be run as a business. Let’s begin with the leadership addressing the issue of ‘hostile environment’.

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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.