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We’ve nearly returned to our uninsured past

Remember the uninsured? Those 45 million among us dominated the 2008 presidential campaign, then the 2012 campaign. What could the nation do? We had...
Joan Retsinas

Grim U.S. stats we can do something about

COVID-19 has plunged us into the Age of Impotence. A government that once upon a time spearheaded the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after...
Joan Retsinas

Charting our own course to our detriment

We Americans believe we are exceptional. The notion is bred into our psychic DNA. The history textbooks that have passed the scrutiny of local...
Joan Retsinas

COVID-19 has exposed weakness in health insurance system

Before the coronavirus, advocates for national health insurance did not convince a swath of the electorate to support them. The employer-based system, after all,...

Beware of the retroactive denial

Behold another entry in the arcana of insurance fine print: retroactive denial. Your insurer OKs a procedure: we all know the importance of getting prior...
Joan Retsinas

The new health mantra for 2020: Think locally

Forget the federal government, no longer the champion of health. It’s more of an adversary. Healthwise, the motto for 2020 is: think locally. Here are...

The comforting myths of health care costs

After this season of shopping, we Americans have shown our savvy. We know that steep markdowns are illusory, that the “real” price to the...

The status quo on health care is a sure disaster

Cassandra, of Greek mythology, predicted disaster. As Democrats debate Medicare for All versus the public option versus expanded “Obamacare” versus a yet-unnamed option, the...

Uncle Sam can’t whip us into shape

I trust government to soften the harshness of capitalism via subsidies , to provide health insurance , to build roads and bridges, to maintain...

State bans not enough to combat vaping

Tobacco. Heroin. Opiates. We didn’t know. Initially, we didn’t know that those substances would turn into addictions. The beauty turned into a beast. In...
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