Benefits of a Public Healthcare System

Public health and the availability of healthcare services have become increasingly prominent issues in recent years. In the US, the controversial debate regarding the possible establishment of a public healthcare system has sparked many to revaluate their opinions towards public healthcare.

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How public healthcare works

The fundamental principle behind a public healthcare system is that the tax payments which individuals make to the State will be allocated towards the payment of their healthcare.… [Read more]

Diagnosing the Causes of Medical Debt in the U.S. (Infographic)

With the rollout — and consequential fallout — of Obamacare, the real importance of healthcare reform had been temporarily swept aside to clear the stage for politics. While the dust settles on the budget battleground, we are revisiting the initial reasons behind the reform. As the average age and weight of the people in the United States increases, health issues become more pressing.… [Read more]

Positively 4th Street Revisited

I wish that for just one time You could stand inside my shoes And just for that one moment I could be you

Yes, I wish that for just one time You could stand inside my shoes You’d know what a drag it is To see you.

A friend of mine told me that when she was on a dating website, conservative Republican men would contact her despite the note in her profile that she was a liberal thinker who isn’t interested in a Mary Matlin, James Carville type of relationship.… [Read more]

Oldest Serving U.S. Senator, Frank Lautenberg, Passed Away

Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) passed away earlier today. At age 89, the five-term senator who had decided to not seek re-election at the end of his term, was the oldest official in the United States Senate and the last of the World War II “Greatest Generation” serving in the Senate.

Some of the more recent items on Lautenberg’s agenda included helping to secure federal aid for New Jersey’s Hurricane Sandy victims and various environmental, infrastructure and economic development projects for his state but Lautenberg was known as a very liberal Democrat who helped usher in broad legislation for health care and gun safety reforms.… [Read more]

Mental Illness and ‘Expendable’ People

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), almost a quarter of adult Americans suffer some type of diagnosable mental illness in a given year.

They also state that mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the US and Canada.

And that 45% of people with a mental disorder suffer from more than one mental illness at a time.… [Read more]

“It’s a Sad Day for Conservatives,” a.k.a Good news for healthcare reform

The  attention-grabbing title, “I am very disappointed in Governor Rick Scott” was enough to let me know that I would soon have something to smile about. Red State’s Eric Erickson’s morning e-newsletter said the following:

I was one of the few national conservatives to support Governor Scott in 2010 during his primary. He is a fundamentally great person.[Read more]

Yo, America! How Health Care (Really) Works in the Great White North – Your Myths, Misconceptions, and Misstatements (Part One)

Nothing like the often brutal and largely ill-informed American commentaries about “Canadian socialized medicine” to set yer obedient scribe’s teeth on edge and raise serious questions (not for the first time) about the most remarkable of intellectual inconsistencies – the United States as the world’s (still) leading economy, a seething cauldron of spirited intellectual exchange, resolute defender of free speech, where the erudite and the idiotic (hi, Nancy G) have equal rights….and its numbing insularity, one that rivals the penetrating world view of a newly discovered Iron Age Amazon tribe.… [Read more]

Wrap It Up, July 1, 2012

We started the week with a simple question: “Where’s the humanity?” What made us think about this was an article from an overseas newspaper that reported a man died because of the lack of access to health care — caused, in part, by policy. We found ourselves understanding that processes and procedures allow organisations to run more efficiently, but when those same means of operational effectiveness result in loss of life, all for the sake of following codes, then those procedures should be re-evaluated.… [Read more]

Changes

Change is defined as to make or become different: “a proposal to change the law” and to alter, convert and transform. It also means to chart a new course.

With this week’s announcement by the Supreme Court that “Obamacare” is officially the law of the land, we think that this David Bowie song about change is quite appropriate.… [Read more]

Don’t Fall Down

This is the last installment in what has turned out to be a series of articles detailing my experiences as an employee in a right-to-work state. I didn’t write these stories to complain or to get sympathy – although at this point, I wouldn’t turn down any kind of sympathy. This has been a tough time in my life, and I hope that my story will serve as an illustration of the extreme imbalance in employer-employee relationships.… [Read more]

It’s Not Going Away

Just because something isn’t discussed much anymore does not mean that it is no longer a problem.  HIV/AIDS has not disappeared and, in fact, segments of some communities are experiencing an increase in the rate of escalation.

There has been much discussion about, and lots of opposition to, proposed reforms to the nation’s health care system. … [Read more]

Health Care Reform: Round 2

Ultra conservative Tea Bagger households won’t be places of happiness and joy tonight.  Why?  The ‘Party of NO’ was just dealt a blow by the U.S. Court of Appeals HAHAHA!!!  I LOVE it!  Couldn’t happen to a more foul bunch of obstructionists!!: President Obama’s Healthcare Reform Law stands.

Disclaimer:  When the issue of healthcare reform was tackled after President Obama’s inauguration, I wanted to see a single payer system passed.  … [Read more]

What Now?

I thought I would end up posting the very minute that the latest governmental fiasco deal was strong-armed and threatened debated into existence but, frankly, I’ve spent the last few days trying to find any upside to this latest episode.  I’m still searching and, given some of the reports that are not getting any mention in the press, maybe there’s more to this than meets the eye.  … [Read more]