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Why Health Care Mandate Will Lower Health Care Cost for All

June 11, 2012 by fidlerten

Much about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s health insurance mandate has caused a great deal of concern for Americans of all stripes. The mandate is viewed by many as government overreach and it very well may seem like that. What we must realize though is that the health care bill was brought before Congress because health care costs were spiraling out of control and almost 50 million people were without any health care whatsoever – still are until the health care bill completely kicks in come 2014.    Read more

Looking Forward into a Mitt Romney Presidency

May 27, 2012 by fidlerten

We all have a good idea of what a second term for President Barack Obama would be like; Possibilities of overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and a new look at the Dream Act that he attempted to get passed earlier in his term. I have faith that not only will those things get passed through his second term but before he leaves office in 2017 this country will be on the road to prosperity for decades to come.    Read more

No, Virginia, cancer care in Europe doesn't suck, contrary to what a recent paper implies [Respectful Insolence]

April 24, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

The U.S. is widely known to have the highest health care expenditures per capita in the world, and not just by a little, but by a lot. I'm not going to go into the reasons for this so much, other than to point out that how to rein in these costs has long been the proverbial political hot potato. Any attempt to limit spending or apply evidence-based guidelines to care runs into a buzz saw of criticism.    Read more

Health Care Mandate is Conservative Idea

April 2, 2012 by fidlerten

When the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act passed Congress and signed into law by President Obama, you would think the mandate for all Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty, was something that came from the deep bowels of Liberalism. In fact it was originally a conservative idea and has been until Obama and a Democrat-controlled congress took it up.    Read more

Health Care Mandate is Conservative Idea

April 2, 2012 by fidlerten

When the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act passed Congress and signed into law by President Obama, you would think the mandate for all Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty, was something that came from the deep bowels of Liberalism. In fact it was originally a conservative idea and has been until Obama and a Democrat-controlled congress took it up.    Read more

Voting Rights: Republicans Attack on Democracy

March 30, 2012 by fidlerten

After the midterm 2010 election when Republicans gained control of several state houses and governor seats, they began working on legislation; not to create jobs for the unemployed as many of their campaigns promised, but to introduce new abortion restriction laws and contraception laws, pass legislation to limit the power of unions, passed legislation to take bargaining rights away from public workers, and to restrict voting rights of poor people by passing Voter ID laws and putting more restrictions on voter registration and early voting, and legislation to give more tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires.    Read more

Partisan Supreme Court Decides America’s Access to Health Care

March 28, 2012 by fidlerten


The United States Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States, in 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Into the hands of nine people the future of health care has been laid. Those nine justices are made up of conservatives and liberal justices and the conservatives have the majority, with Justice Anthony Kennedy sometimes moving to the left but not often.    Read more

Acupuncture: Not an "essential health benefit" in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [Respectful Insolence]

March 28, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

This week, the Supreme Court is hearing a case that can only be described as historic. Any of you out there (in the U.S. anyway; I realize that my readership is international) who have paid even a passing attention to the news can't help but avoid reporting, debate, and polemics related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which is often disparagingly referred to as "Obamacare." If the law is upheld, or even if most of the law is upheld, it will radically reshape health insurance in this country. Having spent 13 years in the trenches at cancer centers that see a high percentage of uninsured patients, I've come to the view that I hope the law is given a chance to go into full effect, because what we were doing before sure wasn't working.    Read more

Democrats Want a Rick Santorum Nomination

February 14, 2012 by fidlerten

It’s obvious that former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is gaining momentum in the Republican nomination race for president. Let’s be clear; Democrats are quite confident that our candidate – incumbent President Barack Obama can beat any of the current candidates in November, but our confidence goes up with a Rick Santorum nomination. Why? Because we well know that Mr. Santorum is far right of the majority of Americans.    Read more

Contraception Fight: Religious Freedom or Religious Domination?

February 10, 2012 by fidlerten

I, like many Americans, never thought I’d see the day that we’d be arguing over birth control – I thought this had been settled long ago. Surely, most women have used birth control in their lives, mainly so that they don’t go having a pile of children they can’t take care of and yet still have an enjoyable sex life; this includes even married women so it’s not about promiscuity but about controlling the number of children one wants to have and when they want to have them.    Read more

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