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Give us your tired, your poor…(just joking! lol)

Give us your tired, your poor…(just joking! lol)

I have nothing new or noteworthy to add to the reports of children being separated from their parents at our nation’s southern border. Outrage from all sides of the political spectrum is at a fever pitch, as it should be. But I’m confounded by the gleeful cruelty displayed by the people supporting this policy. From the president’s word choices (infest?) to Jeff Sessions highly selective Bible-thumping to former campaign chair Corey Lewandowski’s mocking of a child with Down syndrome to the…

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Who’s Crazy Now?

Who’s Crazy Now?

In yesterday’s town hall meeting about gun violence, the NRA’s Dana Loesch called the Douglas school shooter “crazy” and an “insane monster.” These aren’t clinical terms, of course. Loesch isn’t a mental health professional. It is possible this teenager might have benefited from better mental health screenings and intervention, but Loesch isn’t qualified to judge. Anyway it can take months to get an appointment with a therapist. You can buy a gun in an afternoon. Loesch argued that all we…

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Are You With Us? We Can’t Hear You

Are You With Us? We Can’t Hear You

In the year 2000 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission declared that employer-provided health insurance must cover contraception. It was clearly discriminatory to deny women coverage for a safe, widely used, highly effective preventive medication. This was a solid decade before the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) went into effect, eight years before Obama was elected. But this week, Trump announced he would roll back the ACA mandate that insures contraceptive coverage as part of the preventive healthcare provisions. Trump and the…

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An American Proposal: Let the Health Care Games Commence

An American Proposal: Let the Health Care Games Commence

It seems no matter which party is in power, health care in America costs too much and does too little. There’s a lot of handwringing about this lately, but not much action. We could seek solutions by looking to other countries, but we won’t. As Americans we hate being told that someone else is doing something better than we are. We don’t care that a pregnant woman in Texas is more likely to die in childbirth than almost anywhere else…

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American Health Care is Sick and Dying

American Health Care is Sick and Dying

In 2009 my husband and I took a vacation to London. We stayed in an apartment just blocks from the Marylebone Underground Station, where the Beatles filmed the famous opening scene for Hard Day’s Night. We spent a week sipping beer in neighborhood pubs and eating lots of takeaway curry.  We saw As You Like It at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. We saw Billy Elliot on the West End. We took a day trip to Bath where we walked in the footsteps of…

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