Explaining the Rise in Median Wages

Explaining the Rise in Median Wages

Good news can be elusive when reporting on the steady rise of inequality. So its heartening to see that median household incomes in the past year jumped more than 5 percent in the past year, now up to $56,500 according to a just released Census report. The income...
Does This Definition Make Me Look Rich?

Does This Definition Make Me Look Rich?

How much income do America’s households take in? How much do they have left after taxes? Do federal taxes leave the nation less or more unequal? Questions don’t get much more basic than these. Or more complicated. How, for instance, do we define income? Anything...
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...
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...
Health Care Access Shouldn’t Require Good Luck

Health Care Access Shouldn’t Require Good Luck

I may have lupus, but I’m lucky. When I was 13 and growing up in Augusta, Georgia, I began to experience the same symptoms of the chronic inflammatory disease that my mother was diagnosed with in her early 30s. A group of capable doctors identified the problems...
Corporations Score another Supreme Court Victory

Corporations Score another Supreme Court Victory

As a physician, I find it very odd that the debate over the Affordable Care Act has focused on the effect the law will have on the presidential election rather than the impact it will have on patients, health professionals, and health outcomes. The Supreme Court case...
This Ruling Is Good for Your Health

This Ruling Is Good for Your Health

The most conservative Supreme Court in history just upheld the Affordable Care Act as constitutional. This is a victory for American families. It means lower costs, more coverage, and that insurance companies can’t rip us off anymore. It’s the law. Health...
Our Health Care Racket

Our Health Care Racket

Patients pay me Well indeed; Getting tests That they don’t need. In most countries, health care is aimed at curing the sick. Here, not so much. In the United States, health care is a profit center, one of our nation’s few growth industries. Young people...
Big Corporation, Tiny Heart

Big Corporation, Tiny Heart

How small can a giant corporation get? I don’t mean in size, but in spirit. Once again, America’s biggest commercial empire — Walmart — is displaying its incredibly shriveled ethical center by whacking the already meager health care benefits...
With Poverty on the Rise, this is no Time to Slash the Safety Net

With Poverty on the Rise, this is no Time to Slash the Safety Net

The increasingly extreme conservative ideology pervading Congress and the tea party is infused with a dogmatic creed of rugged individualism, used to justify policies that benefit only the super-rich and large corporations, while hurting — even killing —...

America Needs a Single Payer Health Care System

More than a year after President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, our nation’s health care delivery and coverage remain the disgrace of the industrialized world. There are more than 50 million uninsured Americans. Even...

We Must Preserve Health Care Reform

Katie H. in Texas suffers severe seizure-like attacks that last as long as 11 hours, caused by an undiagnosed neuro-developmental disorder. She’s also deaf in one ear, has an eating disorder, and requires daily medication for asthma. In her short life, she has...

Denying Health Care to Americans is Un-American

Critical issues demand high levels of dialogue that political debate seldom provides. For instance, the profound legislative step forward of health care reform has been pounded with shallow, misleading attacks. There may be honest questions about plan’s...