Butter Me Up, Because the American Healthcare System Surely Will Not

I ate popcorn today for the first time in over two years. About a month ago, I sat in my kitchen while a dentist who didn’t speak my language injected copious doses of a numbing agent (meant to be given to women in labor) into my gums, all so that two of my teeth could literally be pulled out with a pair of pliers.… [Read more]

That’s a Good Idea, Senator Grassley!

Since 2009, Senator Chuck Grassley has offered this advice as a solution for those who cannot afford medical care:… [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]

Government Health Care at its Finest

Former Vice President Dick Cheney received a new heart this past weekend. After several heart attacks — the first of which occurred in his 30s — it appears that the underused? overstressed heart he had was in need of a replacement. I wish him well; failing health is no joke.

Being ever hopeful I’m wondering if, with this change of heart, perhaps he will have a change of heart in various other matters?… [Read more]

What’s Good for the Goose…

Not long ago, a few brash and gutsy Democratic legislators stood up to Republican lawmakers who were trying to add insult to injury by forcing UAs on U.A.s- That would be “urinary analysis (also known as drug tests) on “Unemployed Americans.”  They went so far as to want those being screened for drug use to pay for the testing too!… [Read more]

I’m Pro-Choice, Not Pro-Abortion

Ok.  I am confused.

Why are women’s reproductive rights suddenly at the center of national debate this election year?

I mean, it’s been over 40 years since all this has been established, yes?

Forgive me, I wasn’t born yet when the Roe vs Wade verdict came down, and I wasn’t around when women began having access to contraceptives that didn’t involve going without sex.… [Read more]

Get AWay-Way From My VaJay-Jay

Ladies, how great was your most recent visit to the gyno? How relaxing was it? How lovely was the awkward small talk you might have engaged in with your doctor as he strapped you in the stirrups and went to town? That good, huh.

Here’s the thing about your annual gynecological visit… it’s a necessary evil.… [Read more]

It’s A Wrap – Week In Review February 5, 2012

Open mouth, insert foot. The thing about primary season is that those of us who are interested and affected observers will be presented with several sides of the same face. There is the side the candidates want us to see; the side the media chooses to reveal; the version presented by the comedians who, thankfully, make us laugh at the folly of it all; and, of course, the real side that the candidates want to keep hidden.… [Read more]

Why Is Healthcare So Hard?

Last year, I was involved in a car accident in which I’m lucky to have survived.  Both me and another car tried to merge into the same lane at the same time; our cars kissed on the side and then after bouncing off his car, I over corrected and went off the road and into an embankment, totaling the Ford Explorer I was driving, breaking two vertebrae and tearing my right rotator cuff.… [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]