The love story of June Carter Cash and her husband Johnny inspired another young family, keeping them close and providing the soundtrack to their lives in dark times. Decades later, Jennifer Nix looks back on the kidney disease and estrangement that wracked her family, wondering how to come back to the music....more
Posts Tagged: Health Care
That’s how hard it is to see a doctor in Southeast Texas. People take a day off work to drive two hours to a student-run clinic that can only provide basic care.
In a brutal portrait of the personal reality of all those grim-health care statistics, Rachel Pearson writes about working at a low-income, student-run health clinic, where patients struggle with and often die from illnesses that they simply don’t have the money to treat....more
If you haven’t yet read the Time exposé of the American health-care industry, you’re missing out.
It’s easy to see that something’s wrong with the way we do health care in the United States, but hard to understand just how deep the dysfunction goes....more
In the fall of 2008 I was chatting with a woman I know about the upcoming presidential election. She was in her 60s, single, a funky dresser, world traveler, and amateur artist—what my mom would have called a “free-spirited Auntie Mame type”— so I was surprised by what she had to say: She was voting Republican....more
“I think a lot of those people (protesting against the bill) today demonstrated this is not about health care. It’s about trying to extend a basic fundamental right to people who are less powerful.”
— House Majority Whip James Clyburn, after anti-health care protestors resorted to ethnic and homophobic slurs against Democratic members of Congress....more
Hey! You! I love doing these political links, but no one clicks on them. So I want to hear from you: What kind of political links do you want to see? What are you interested in? I will scour the Internets for you if you tell me....more
Jeffrey Wigand, in case you don’t remember, is the Brown & Williamson chemist who accused his company of intentionally manipulating the tobacco blend to increase the amount of nicotine in cigarette smoke, thereby increasing the so-called ‘impact’ to the smoker, and was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the movie “The Insider.” He’s one of the biggest corporate whistleblowers in recent history, and he helped bring about some pretty major change in the tobacco industry....more
If you only read one article on health care this year, consider making it the same one as everyone else: Atul Gawande’s “The Cost Conundrum.”
Gawande is great on paradoxes, mysteries and ethical conundrums in the practice of medicine, and this greatness of analysis extends to our health care delivery system....more