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The Health Care Debate

Okay, I guess it's time I waded into the healthcare debate.  This one has been on my mind for awhile, and with congress hotly debating your healthcare future, I felt compelled to share my own experience. 

I am a bit shocked by the amount of fear being

The part that made me cry.

"[Ted Kennedy] never forgot the sheer terror and helplessness that any parent feels when a child is badly sick; and he was able to imagine what it must be like for those without insurance; what it would be like to have to say to a wife or a

Health for All - a Community based perspective

Last night, I was rummaging through my files, looking for a backup disk to restore the blog files on my website (didn't find), when I came across an old collection of papers from my Community Health class at NIAOM in 1998. I pulled out the folder, sensing possible relief in

What the Government did today..

There was a mood of general jubilation in my clinic yesterday as patients learned of the defection of Senator Specter to the Democratic Party. Most of them had been sleeping as the radio played the announcement and we all pictured the cat that got the canary face that Obama

Group Report from WCA Health Care Community Discussion

This is the group statement that we generated from our Health Care Community Discussion on December 31st at Working Class Acupuncture in Portland, OR to send to the Obama/Biden transition team (see www.change.gov).

First, we want

"Doctors Within Borders"

The link to the Newsweek article that shows the widening gap between those w/ health-care   and those who don't.   Gov. Kaine of VA says "2/3 of the 46 million uninsured in the U.S. have jobs but can't afford health insurance."


Beauty and The Beast

This last winter, and now this summer, like many others, I have caught some nasty bugs.  After being sick for quite some time in March, I finally brokedown and went to an M.D. to have some tests done.  I had received my tax refund, so I decided to

Further Evidence of the Collapse

Hospital closures are no longer limited to New Orleans:

New York Times story. 

This story reminds me of my trip to an emergency room at UCLA Hospital in 1989. An elderly wanderer friend without health insurance was in need of urgent care. It was a 12 hour

The Lunatic Fringe + Insurance = Pay Cut

So, as a typical community acupunk, I get each issue of Acupuncture Today, but I rarely ever read the thing. More so than most mainstream magazines, this "publication" strikes me as a rather transparent vehicle for vendors and other monied interests to have a forum to push their agendas.