Trumpcare: The Great American Iceberg

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The United States citizenry is in steerage in the Titanic. The Affordable Care Act “replacement” bill (the amorphous one whose name and details keep changing) is an iceberg, and the only people getting a lifeboat from it are the .001%.  The crew is actively blocking attempts to turn the ship away from the danger. Here we are, sitting in the hull, while the engineers and the company that built the ship are taking apart the ship as it’s sailing headlong into the ice. This the situation today. This is the situation in every single authoritarian country in the world. Wait.…

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The Ebola Argument for Medicaid Expansion

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Embed from Getty Images Full disclosure: I’m strongly in favor of one source health care, preferably a simple expansion of Medicare with optional “gold” insurance add-ons but minimal copays even for the middle class and none at all for the poor. That said, the death of Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas, Texas from Ebola is a perfect demonstration of why it is critical for public health that the remaining states that have not used the ACA (Obamacare) to expand Medicaid. Thomas Eric Duncan was turned away from the hospital with a high temperature (allegedly 103 degrees, according to his brother)…

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The Government Shutdown is Partially My Fault

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(This is long, but don’t worry. I get to why the government shutdown is my fault). Around thirty years ago now, I first discovered the works of Ayn Rand. Like most people who read her stuff, I started with the Fountainhead, and then dizzy from what was to me a new set of ideas about the world, I gulped down all of the rest of her fiction as fast as I could find and get my hand on it. I’ve always been a junk food junkie. A day without chocolate is a day without happiness. A good vampire romance is…

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Other Peoples’ Tragedies: Three Steps to Coping

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Other Peoples’ Tragedies Because this has been a truly terrible week for bad things happening to people I don’t know, I thought I’d share a couple of tips for coping with regional, national or world events that are a big deal but don’t necessarily affect you directly. Be sure they don’t actually affect you directly. Check on friends in the area through phone or text or Facebook or email to ensure they are okay. I have been in the unhappy positioning of discovering that a friend or acquaintance was affected by something that happened far enough away that I thought…

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