My Autistic Child Isn’t ‘Diseased’

My Autistic Child Isn’t ‘Diseased’

Finding out that your child is autistic is usually presented as a disaster, a financial and emotional drain that needs a long period of grief to come to terms with. And with one in every 68 children — one for every three classes of primary school kids — receiving this...
For Women of Color, the ‘Healthcare Gap’ is Real and Deadly

For Women of Color, the ‘Healthcare Gap’ is Real and Deadly

International Women’s Day, observed each year on March 8, is supposed to be about celebrating the achievements of women worldwide. But some of the stories that connect us aren’t a cause for celebration. For example, African-American women share a similar fate as women...
Health Care Repeal Is a Stealth Tax Break for Millionaires

Health Care Repeal Is a Stealth Tax Break for Millionaires

Great magicians are masters of diversion. They attract our attention with one hand while using the other to trick us into thinking a supernatural act is taking place. But even the best street performers could learn a lesson from the folks in Congress who are trying to...
Obama Tips His Hat to FDR

Obama Tips His Hat to FDR

Whatever happens over the next two years, you can bet that 22nd century school children will know more about President Barack Obama than kids learn today about, say, Calvin Coolidge. He made history just by being the first non-white man to occupy the White House. What...
Dreamers Need Not Apply

Dreamers Need Not Apply

With the second open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act coverage underway, millions of Americans are gaining new access to health care. But there’s one group of people that won’t be signing up anytime soon. These are young immigrants in the United States —...
Defense Contractors Venture into Health Care

Defense Contractors Venture into Health Care

The new champions of the Affordable Care Act are — so the Washington Post’s Business section reported last weekend — defense contractors? As their diet of military contracts gets leaner, the major feeders have been fattening up on new work helping to implement health...
The Accessibility of Health Coverage

The Accessibility of Health Coverage

My friend Brian — who uses a mobility device to move around — can today gain access to more stores than a mobility-impaired person could two decades ago. Thanks to social movements and federal policy changes, many public locations are now required to make...
Mental Healthcare: Underappreciated and Underfunded

Mental Healthcare: Underappreciated and Underfunded

For millions of low-income Americans, Medicaid is the only means of addressing healthcare needs. Only 25 states have agreed to Medicaid expansion in the United States as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — and while this would mean an expansion of healthcare...
Our Health Care System is Still Sick

Our Health Care System is Still Sick

Not much system To our care; Can’t find treatment Anywhere. It’s great living here in our rich country, as long as you’re rich yourself. Take our health care system. Unlike other wealthy countries, our nation’s medical apparatus allows those at...
Bosses Gone Berserk

Bosses Gone Berserk

The sky is falling! The End Times are upon us! It’s all over for America! And it’s all because of you working-class voters. That’s the wretched wail of a few corporate chieftains who claim to be somewhere between flummoxed and furious that Barack...
Voting Can Be Good for Your Health

Voting Can Be Good for Your Health

I always had a sensitive stomach growing up. Until I got to college, I never imagined it would cost me tens of thousands of dollars per year. My first semester at the University of California, Berkeley should have revolved around making new friends and experiencing...
Why John Roberts Upheld the Affordable Care Act

Why John Roberts Upheld the Affordable Care Act

Health law’s safe, As it can be; Now don’t blame,This Court on me. Many Republicans expressed shock, even betrayal, when Chief Justice John Roberts himself turned out to be the Supreme Court’s turncoat Republican who upheld the Affordable Care Act....
Lifesaving Law

Lifesaving Law

Steve Gepner almost died four times. His health care saga began mundanely enough, as many do. After all, how many of us expect we could be hours or days away from life-threatening illness? Steve and his wife, Sue, live in Colorado Springs. He’s an auto mechanic....
The ‘Freedom’ to Refuse Health Insurance

The ‘Freedom’ to Refuse Health Insurance

As the writer Anatole France once said, “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges.” The right to refuse to have health insurance — something Republican leaders tout as a fundamental freedom...