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Do We Invest in Preschools or Prisons?

Do We Invest in Preschools or Prisons?

CONGRESS is often compared to pre-K, which seems defamatory of small children. But the similarities also offer hope, because an initiative that should be on the top of the national agenda has less to do with the sequester than with the A.B.C.’s and Big Bird. Growing mountains of research suggest that the best way to […]

John F. Kennedy's Vision For Mental Health Never Realized

John F. Kennedy’s Vision For Mental Health Never Realized

The last piece of legislation President John F. Kennedy signed turns 50 this month: the Community Mental Health Act, which helped transform the way people with mental illness are treated and cared for in the United States. Signed on Oct. 31, 1963, weeks before Kennedy was assassinated, the legislation aimed to build mental health centers […]

Obamacare's coverage gap: The poor caught in between

Obamacare’s coverage gap: The poor caught in between

I met a woman named Yvonne in Greenville, South Carolina, where the CNN Express was reporting on the rollout of Obamacare. Yvonne had a big smile and was very excited — you couldn’t miss her. I first noticed her standing in line, waiting patiently to ask a few questions about health care. Most of the questions I […]

No, Doctors Don't Hate Obamacare

No, Doctors Don’t Hate Obamacare

Forbes has published another slam against health reform. This one is written by Sally Pipes, president, CEO, and Taube Fellow in Health Care Studies at the Pacific Research Institute. She is the author of a forthcoming book, The Pipes Plan: The Top Ten Ways to Dismantle and Replace Obamacare, put out by the conservative publishing juggernaut, Regnery. This […]

Obamacare premium rates lower than expected

Obamacare premium rates lower than expected

The Obamacare premiums will cost less than predicted, according to data released Wednesday by the Obama administration. The release provided the first look into rates for consumers buying individual insurance on the 36 federally run exchanges. The national average premium for the benchmark plan will be $328 a month before subsidies, 16% less than projected by the […]

Nazis, Lynching and Obamacare

Nazis, Lynching and Obamacare

You might think that the methodical extermination of millions of Jews by a brutal regime intent on world domination would resist appropriation as an all-purpose metaphor. You might think that genocide, of all things, would be safe from conversion into sloppy simile. You’d be wrong. After Paul Ryan’s fact-challenged address at the Republican National Convention […]

Obamacare open enrollment: Here's everything you need to know

Obamacare open enrollment: Here’s everything you need to know

Amy Braun-Gross is counting the hours until October 1. It’s not her birthday nor her anniversary. October 1 is the day that marks the first time ever she will be allowed to buy health insurance. Like more than 48 million other Americans, the Wisconsin stay-at-home mom does not have insurance to pay for doctor bills […]

Is the end near for small community hospitals?

Is the end near for small community hospitals?

Are the days numbered for Salem Community Hospital and other community hospitals around the country? Recently, a local story happened that made me think of this. The announcement was made that the Akron General Health System was being purchased by a joint venture of Cleveland Clinic and Community Health Systems (CHS). CHS is a Tennessee-based hospital […]

WIC Programs Shutting Down As Federal Government Comes To Halt

WIC Programs Shutting Down As Federal Government Comes To Halt

WASHINGTON — The federal government shutdown already has led at least one state to shutter a nutritional food program for struggling women and infants on Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Saturday that a shutdown would hobble the $7 billion Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. The program, known as WIC, provides healthy-food […]

What the Affordable Care Act Means for You

What the Affordable Care Act Means for You

One of the most hotly debated public health topics during the past few years has been the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA–or ACA, for short), the landmark legislation aimed at reforming our complex health care system. No matter what you think about the issue, the ACA will–or might already–affect you, even if you […]