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
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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]