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A story about our broken health care system.

We have a broken health care system. People can’t get the help they need, and the broken parts don’t communicate with each other – as witness this story. A woman, married and with a child, got pregnant. Her family’s income was about the median for her county, which made her eligible for Medicaid as a […]

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We need comprehensive health care for all

Our health care system is so broken that people who desperately need medical help may not be able to get it. My blogging here has bee a bit irregular lately. That’s because we’ve been preparing for my wife Sue to have cornea transplant surgery. She has Fuch’s Dystrophy, which clouds the cornea and eventually leads to blindness. They did […]

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Health care: sparrows and cardboard boxes

Several years ago I sat next to a Frenchman on a flight from Paris to Washington DC. He stated that his country considered access to health care a human right and asked why my country didn’t provide it to its citizens. Two years ago we got a watered-down version officially known as the Affordable Care […]

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Specialty MDs turn away most children with public insurance

Sixty-six percent of publicly-insured children were unable to get a doctor’s appointment for medical conditions requiring outpatient specialty care including diabetes and seizures, while children with identical symptoms and private insurance were turned away only 11 percent of the time, according to an audit study of specialty physician practices in Cook County, IL. “We found […]

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Climate Change: How bad can it be?

It is easy to become lulled into intellectual somnolence by the seemingly gradual changes we are incurring in our weather. After all, just how bad can a couple of degrees be? Oh, we wake up every once in a while when our catastrophe leads media reports on some hurricane, flood or tornado, especially if the […]

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HR676: We Want Health Justice

Health care and health justice rap by Lonnie Ray Atkinson who says “This song is under the Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0. You are free to download this song and share it with as many people as you like (please respect and include attributions). I don’t want any payment for its use. I just want to […]

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Virginia judge rules mandatory health insurance is unconstitutional

A U.S. District Court judge has ruled the “individual mandate” which says Americans must purchase health insurance by 2014 is unconstitutional. “An individual’s personal decision to purchase — or decline purchase — (of) health insurance from a private provider is beyond the historical reach” of the U.S. Constitution No specifically constitutional authority exists to mandate […]

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