Why Destigmatizing Medicaid is So Important

Public health insurance, which includes both Medicare and Medicaid, covered 34.4% of the American population in 2018. Even with those numbers, there’s still a strong stigma against receiving public health coverage.

Unfortunately, this stigma keeps millions of Americans from seeking — and receiving — the health care they need. People aren’t willing to go to the doctor because they have to admit they use Medicaid or Medicare, and they feel shame about it.… [Read more]

Why Does the US Tax Expatriates?

Benjamin Franklin is famously quoted as saying, “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” A lot has changed in the hundreds of years since that quip was first spoken, but Ben’s sentiment continues to be relentlessly American. Nearly all of the world’s nations tax their citizens in some way, but the U.S. system is unusual.… [Read more]

Income Disparities for the Elderly Affect their Health and Quality of Life

Economic conditions and income inequality in the United States have been a heavily debated topic over the past several decades, especially since the post-recession economy has further made the most wealthy in the U.S. more wealthy, and has drastically decimated the wealth of the middle class and the poor. Perhaps no other population has been affected more than the elderly, who have seen significant increases in financial inequality.… [Read more]

How Our Political Discourse Today Leaves the Elderly Out

Today, the way we talk about politics is heated, to say the least. Many political discussions devolve into name-calling and cherry-picked numbers from both sides of the aisle. And almost all of those heated discussions take place online. A topic that is frequently brought up in our political discourse today is marginalized groups — and for good reason.… [Read more]

Is Single-Payer the Answer to Our Broken Health Care System?

The current state of health care in the U.S. is broken. Between the issues that arose with Obamacare and the mostly defunct ideas behind Trumpcare, the average American finds the system overwhelming and confusing. Neither one of these programs is ideal. It’s obvious that we need a better solution as quickly as possible.

Embracing the Single-Payer Platform

Many experts support the concept of the single-payer health care system.… [Read more]

Lobbying Part II: Where’d the money go?

K Street—the lobbying capital of our country. If you want something done, no matter what it is, you’ll be able to find someone on K street to lobby Congress on your behalf. But, is this a benefit to our political system?

It depends. If you’re a senior citizen, you probably belong to the AARP and like it that the AARP lobbies on issues concerning senior citizens.… [Read more]

Part I-The business of lobbying

Whether we like it or not, lobbying is part of our government. If it’s an issue that we like (education?) or one we don’t care too much about (taxes?), the fact remains that there is probably a lobbyist working on the issue. But, how big and pervasive is the business of lobbying? I know it’s a stupid question, but I get to ask it anyway because this is my post.… [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]

Paving the Way to a Legacy: Beyond Inauguration Day

With the eyes of the nation focused on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, Barack H. Obama will be sworn in for his second term as the 44th President of the United States.

Whether we agree with his politics or policies there is one thing about which we should all agree: we are bearing witness to a powerful, historic event – one which is a significant reminder of the greatness of a democracy.… [Read more]

S#!t Just Got Real

There is a lot of talk these days about the sandwich generation — people of a certain age who have both children and aging parents whom they care for. Some, like myself, may only have parents to care for. Even without the added duty of child rearing one may still feel ‘squeezed’ in the middle, only the last thing it feels like is being between two soft pieces of bread!… [Read more]