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]

Obamacare is the Law of the Land: The Battle Begins

Today the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favour of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare”. Surprisingly, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the more liberal justices when he provided the fifth vote in this 5-4 decision that argues the federal government can require citizens to buy health insurance or face a fine. Chief Justice Roberts said in the decision:

“Our precedent demonstrates that Congress had the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A (the individual mandate) under the taxing power, and that Section 5000A need not be read to do more than impose a tax.… [Read more]

Republicans: Mainlining on Viciousness

Where Republicans are concerned, their insane “policy positions” aren’t just shockingly out of touch and out of date, not just hypocritical and baseless, not just designed to humiliate President Obama and win the next election, not just a pack of lies and targeted manipulation to trick an uneducated voting base (although they’re all of that and more):  They’re startlingly cruel.… [Read more]

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]