Socioeconomic Concerns Within the Gig Economy

Today, the gig economy is all the rage, with more millennials opting for short-term “gigs” rather than long-term permanent work contracts. Also sometimes referred to as the freelance economy, the gig economy can be summarised as “an economy in which temporary, flexible jobs are commonplace, and companies tend toward hiring independent contractors and freelancers instead of full-time employees.” Freelancers, independent contractors, and people who take up a variety of small jobs are all part of the gig economy.… [Read more]

Can the Right Wing Get Rid of the Crocodiles? Where Would Their Policy Go From There?

“Draining the swamp” and removing corruption (crocodiles) from Washington is a difficult task. Corruption in politics comes from many things including inaccurate reporting, lobbyist groups with too much power and attention, or people with individual wants that outweigh their love of our nation.

The conservative groups in America have used the “crocodiles in the swamp” analogy to meet some of their needs over the years.[Read more]

Ethical Dilemmas in Healthcare

This past Friday, after only weeks of negotiations over the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Republicans had to admit defeat as they were forced to pull their repeal from the House Floor. The recent turmoil surrounding healthcare in the United States has shed light on my existing issues in healthcare, and defining new terms for the same.… [Read more]

Women’s Health in the Trump Era: What Next?

My Facebook feed is filled with pictures of the Women’s March that took place in the days following Donald Trump’s inauguration. Pictures of slogans, posters, and unique chants flood my newsfeed, and I’m sure this phenomenon is not exclusive to me. Even as I sit in India, half the world away from the sites of action, the women’s march, Trump’s inauguration and the subsequent fervor it’s generated in terms of the resistance, is all anyone can talk about.… [Read more]

That Time Elizabeth Warren Reminded Us What Leadership Looks Like

By now you’ve heard of the 21st Century Cures Act. It’s a 996-page healthcare bill that passed through the House and the Senate in a landslide vote of 392-26 and 94-5 respectively. For those of us not following every little movement in Washington, it feels like the first bipartisan supported bill in ages. President Obama has already pledged to sign it into law.… [Read more]

What Do You Think Would Fix Global Healthcare? Here Is One Suggestion

There is no question about the fact that healthcare is broken in the United States and really has been for many years. It was largely on the issue of unaffordable healthcare that Obama won the presidency in 2008, and it is still largely due to an unaffordable and broken healthcare system that led Donald J. Trump to victory in 2016.… [Read more]

3 Ways A Nursing Degree Helps Your Healthcare Career

The first year of a nursing career is an exciting and overwhelming experience. Nursing is a rewarding career, but requires a great deal of dedication and time. A degree in nursing can also take you many different places with your career path. Below are three ways nursing can expand your skillset and make you more marketable.… [Read more]

How Might Health Care Law Change Under Trump

With Donald Trump now officially the president-elect in the United States, there are a lot of questions regarding what his administration will do in a number of key areas, including health care. With so many people all over the country struggling with rising health insurance premiums and the rising cost of prescriptions, everyone is looking for a solution that will work for all people, regardless of income level.… [Read more]

Myths About the Affordable Care Act Debunked!

Another session of open enrollment for affordable health insurance is running from November 1, 2016 all the way to January 31, 2017. Under the new open enrollment period, you can enroll and acquire proper healthcare coverage. Election results haven’t changed this.

While there is plenty of information you can read to understand this latest open enrollment period and the available plans, there are still a lot of misconceptions and myths surrounding health insurance and the healthcare industry in general.… [Read more]

Veteran Validations: Best Programs that Give Back

There are over 20 million veterans who have served their country in the U.S. and fortunately, there are many helpful programs that offer a variety of services and benefits to help them permanently adjust to civilian life after active duty. Below are some of the best and most well-known for helping out veterans in need. Vocational Rehabilitation The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VRE) service of the VA provides veterans with job training, resume development, and coaching skills needed to obtain gainful employment after military service.… [Read more]

Medical Malpractice in the US and Other Countries

Experts will tell you that medical malpractice occurs when medical personnel or health care providers do not follow the recognized professional standards of the practice in the delivery of their service. It is true that different situations arise in medical emergencies which are not covered by the accepted standards or regulations. However, negligence or malpractice is recorded when a medical practitioner does not follow the same or similar protocol in which a reasonable and prudent professional colleague would have followed being in the same or similar situation, according to the Frank Jenkins Law Office.… [Read more]

What Agencies Aren’t Telling You: Busting The Myths Of Temporary Jobs

More employers are hiring temporary employees. According to the American Staffing Association, “U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.2 million temporary and contract workers per week in 2014, up 5.4% from 2013.”

While staffing agencies will tell you that the rise makes temporary work seem like a positive thing, what they won’t tell you is that there are many cost-effective benefits for employers when it comes to hiring a temporary worker vs.… [Read more]

Militarized Healthcare: National Security’s Future

The military of the future does not fight wars and hunt terrorists—it fights the spread of disease.

At the start of 2015, President Obama made a State of the Union speech thanking, in one sentence, the doctors, nurses, and soldiers responsible for helping control the spread of Ebola. More tellingly, he went on to connect international health with poverty—right in the middle of his discussion of American national security.… [Read more]

Healthcare Today: How Much has Obamacare Actually Affected?

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 created a number of changes in the American healthcare system. Many caused the system to become more consumer-oriented and less profit-oriented for insurance companies. Despite problems with its rollout, Obamacare is helping to make Americans healthier, while helping to reduce costs for the healthcare industry.

Guaranteed Issue Covered Preexisting Conditions Previously, health insurance companies could increase their profits by denying coverage to people who have already been diagnosed with a medical condition.… [Read more]

Congress Calls for Lung Cancer Screening Test Expansion Under Medicare

Preventative care is all the buzz these days in the medical field.  

Think about it: every so often, you take your car in for a tune up so as to hopefully prevent serious problems from occurring down the road. Maybe the mechanic will notice something’s slightly loose in your engine and tighten it. Had he or she not done that, a few more miles of wear and tear and your engine might have overheated—with you bearing the brunt of the bill.… [Read more]

The Future of (Obama) Healthcare: Enrollment Numbers and Penalties

The final hours of tax day are upon us. And, last week, the final days of the open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act came to a close. Enrollment exceeded the 7 million figure the government hoped for, but various surveys suggest that information about healthcare coverage, costs, and enrollment still isn’t as clear to the public as most people would like.… [Read more]

Cost of Drugs

Americans have come to face the harsh reality that health care isn’t cheap. Prescription medications are no exception. On average, Americans pay $983 per year for their prescriptions. In fact, Americans pay up to 100 percent more on medications than any other country in the world. How can that be? The answer lies in the overwhelmingly high costs of research and development.… [Read more]

Poverty: An American Epidemic

It seems hardly a day goes by without another news story about the 1%, the healthcare crisis or picketing laborers. The truth is that a shocking number of Americans are living at or below the poverty line.

By the Numbers

According to U.S. Census data from 2012

  • Nearly 46.5 million people are living in poverty, up from 46.2 million in 2011;
  • 18.9 million are white non-Hispanic, 13.6 million are Hispanic, 10.9 million are Black/African-American, and 1.9 million are Asian;
  • More than 16 million children (under age 18) live in poverty.
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Marathon Man

Another all too predictable Paul Ryan beat down, cue the fact checkers, ‘we got a bleeder’ screed? Well, only a little. After his GOP convention acceptance speech, putative VP Ryan triggered a torrent of criticism centered on his (ahem) fast and furious approach to the facts used to smite the godless, graceless Democratic horde. We that sling stones from the Great White Plexiglas fortress have another idea about the self-promoted MarathonMan.… [Read more]

America as Seen by a Germophobic Comedian

Last week, I had the great privilege of traveling to Las Vegas to network in the world of stand-up comedy, and also do a little myself.  Given that the business of being funny isn’t always so, I began the trip expecting to take a highly observant role.  From the beginning of my trip, this, thankfully, was the case.… [Read more]