Archive for the 'Health Care' Category

NEVER TRUST ANYONE WHO HAS THE ANSWERS…

August 12th, 2017

When I was an undergrad at Ohio University during the Reagan years, I learned never to date psychology students because they seemed to be focused on finding cures for what ailed them. Oliver Burkeman, writing in his weekly essay This column will change your life for The Guardian expands my epiphany to include the authors […]

WILL WARREN BUFFETT RESCUE HEALTHCARE…?

August 2nd, 2017

Personally I have greater faith in individuals like Bernie Sanders than I do anyone with more money than they know what to do with, but maybe Ralph Nader has insights that I lack. Writing in Will a Mega-Billionaire Rescue America from GOP’s Insurance Mayhem?, Nader explores his question: Before recommending a practical way to reverse […]

WHAT I SAID TO SEN. ROB PORTMAN THIS MORNING…

July 18th, 2017

After reading of the cowardly plan by Senate Majority Leader Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. (R-Ky.) to duck-and-cover by repealing the Affordable Healthcare Act without a viable replacement I called and wrote to my Republican senator, Robert Jones Portman, to let him know how I feel. This was my message: Good morning, My name is Jeff […]

IN THE U.S. WE PAY MUCH MORE FOR MUCH LESS…

July 3rd, 2017

Writing in America’s broken healthcare system—in one simple chart for The Guardian, Mona Chalabi explains: Healthcare in America is more expensive than in any other rich country. In 2016, the average American spent $4,571 on their health—a figure five times higher than the average out-of-pocket spending of other countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation […]

BILLIONS FOR DEFENSE BUT BUPKIS FOR CHILDREN…

May 3rd, 2017

President Donald John Trump famously changed his mind about nation building and America first and getting involved in civil wars in other countries—perhaps because he understands our own so well—after he saw tragic pictures of children injured and slaughtered in Syria. He was so moved that he ordered our Navy to launch nearly 60 million […]

MEDITATION ON KURT VONNEGUT: XIV…

April 29th, 2017

I first, knowingly, encountered clinical depression in the early ’90s when a co-worker shared that she was taking Prozac so that she didn’t need to spend her lunch hours crying in her car parked at the back of the parking lot. Since then I’ve known quite a few people who suffer from Depression, some so […]

TRUMPCARE MAY HAVE SAVED SINGLE-PAYER…

April 17th, 2017

I never imagined myself saying this privately, let alone in public, in print, but here I go: Thank you House Speaker Paul Davis Ryan and President Donald John Trump for awakening the sleeping giant and making Universal Healthcare a real possibility in America. Ralph Nader, writing in Crash of Trumpcare Opens Door to Full Medicare […]

TO SLEEP, PERCHANCE TO DREAM GET SOME REST…

December 30th, 2016

I can’t recall the last time I got a restful eight hours of sleep. If I get a solid six hours I’m ecstatic because most nights I hit five, maybe five-and-a-half hours and can then choose to either stare at the ceiling or get up and write. By mid-morning I’m drowsy and need a nap. […]

[UPDATED] MAKING THE CASE FOR BEING BORED…

October 20th, 2016

I found this podcast series via James Hamblin’s video for The Atlantic titled: Creative Ideas Happen When You Stop Checking Your Phone that features Note To Self host Manoush Zomorodi and artist Nina Katchadourian. (Katchadourian was one of Walter Mischel subjects in the marshmallow study.) I was taken by her exercise for creating a state […]

OUTSIDE IS WAY HEALTHIER THAN INSIDE…

October 19th, 2016

In addition to my daily early morning walks with Buster along the Cleveland Metroparks trail that passes adjacent to our backyard, I also spend time between students circling the campus at the high school where I teach. The primary goal is physical health, but I also recognize the mental health benefits of these walks. While […]

WHITE SUBURBANITES LEARN TO SING THE BLUES…

September 1st, 2016

The BBC sent writer Linda Pressly to Northeast Ohio to report on the long-term opioid/heroin problem in the former colonies. The headline set me off: Smack In the suburbs. Like so many other social problems that only become problems when they affect the white suburbs, the current epidemic has been a problem for decades. (My […]

RALPH NADER KNOWS WHAT THE MEANING OF IS IS…

July 20th, 2016

Ralph Nader writes in Harvard Lawless School and You: Harvard Law School professors love to use hypotheticals in their classes. So let’s try one that they have not subjected their students to in its 200 years of storied history. What if the Law School split itself into two parts—each with different professors and students on […]

YOU HAVE TO BE CRAZY TO BE HAPPY…

March 2nd, 2015

The blues are not depression. To a person not suffering from either, the difference can be hard to distinguish, and that is part of a problem in matters of brain wellness. This year marks the 20th birthday of a medical paper making this argument, and it’s worth dusting off, not least as an antidote to […]

MORE HATING ON OBMACARE A POLITICAL LOSER…

September 17th, 2014

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HATING ON OBMACARE A POLITICAL LOSER…

September 16th, 2014

For members of Congress like my representative Republican Jim Rencci (OH-16) who put “voted to repeal Obamacare over (sic) 40 times” as his top legislative accomplishment on a recent piece of campaign literature, the above chart is very bad news. What can Renacci say when 74 percent of Republicans with the new coverage report speak […]

FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK…

August 26th, 2014

I recently posted a question on my Facebook page asking people who’d suffered from depression to describe what it felt like so that those who’d never experienced it could understand it better. Here were the [50] responses: Depression is seeing no future, and no answer for any of the problems in your life. When you […]

CAN BE DANGEROUS, MIGHT WORK, MIGHT NOT…

June 26th, 2014

At the Children’s Hospital Colorado, doctors have reported cases of children who have gotten worse on Charlotte’s Web, and, in some cases, gone into intensive care units. Kim Clark says that dozens of families have had to give up the Charlotte’s Web treatment and move back home because it was either too expensive or didn’t […]

LARKS VS. OWLS…

June 17th, 2014

In your 20s it’s more acceptable to leave a party because you want to eat a kebab rather than because you want to go to bed. In fact, it’s better to be leaving a party to steal your neighbour’s Amazon deliveries than to admit to being too tired to stay out. Because going to bed […]

THE VIEW FROM THE INSIDE…

June 16th, 2014

From the moment I entered the insane ward on the island I made no attempt to keep up the assumed role of insanity. I talked and acted just as I do in ordinary life. Yet strange to say, the more sanely I talked and acted the crazier I was thought to be by all except […]

LEAPING BACKWARD 127 YEARS…

June 16th, 2014

I thought the top front-page story in Saturday’s Marietta Times was spot on. So much so that I’ll be checking this week for a similar course here in Cuyaghoga County because I think such training will benefit me both as a citizen and as a professional. The comment exchange below perfectly illustrates the challenge our […]

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