My Unselfish Act of Not Buying Health Insurance

This article was first published on LinkedIn on January 27, 2020. I’m in my second year of violating Obamacare’s “individual mandate,” which is the part of the law that requires us to buy an ACA-compliant health insurance plan. When the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed, the financial penalty for not having health insurance was removed. The first year I could – 2019 – I … [Read more...]

Most Generic Drugs Should Be Sold Direct-to-Consumer

This article was first published on LinkedIn on October 2, 2019. Drug pricing is one of the most frustrating aspects of the health care system. A variety of proposals are being considered to address the problem including: pegging the prices of some drugs in America to those in other countries; importing some drugs from Canada; allowing Medicare to negotiate prices for some … [Read more...]

How to Best Use Crowdfunding to Pay for Medical Expenses

This article was first published on LinkedIn on September 16, 2019. According to a recent article from The Wall Street Journal, "How to Make Health-Care Crowdfunding Work for Everyone," about a third of the dollars raised on the platform GoFundMe in 2017 were for health care. It’s a sad state of affairs when Americans have to appeal to friends, family and strangers to help … [Read more...]

Freedom, Equality and Measles

This article was first published on LinkedIn on August 28, 2019. It has been viewed over 1,000 times. In the coming weeks, the United States may lose its elimination status for measles. Thirty states had measles outbreaks in the last twelve months. Continuous recordings of measles cases, especially in New York, have caused the World Health Organization to re-evaluate … [Read more...]

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

This article was first published on LinkedIn on August 5, 2019. It has been viewed over 1,000 times. Lots of talk is underway about breaking up big tech companies like Alphabet and Facebook because of their influence and size. Health care has a big influential organization and it’s not a for-profit company. It’s the U.S. government. In 2018, Facebook’s revenue was $56 … [Read more...]

Freedom and Equality in Health Care

This article was first published on LinkedIn on July 1, 2019. Freedom and equality. Two words that define the American spirit. Two words that contradict each other when it comes to health care. As we celebrate Independence Day, we reflect on our nation's initial struggles, contemplate how we’ve evolved and consider whether we’re still living up to the dreams of our … [Read more...]

Using Socially Responsible Investing to Combat Obesity

This article was first published on LinkedIn on June 24, 2019. It has been viewed over 1,000 times. The latest news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is disturbing: the death rate from cardiovascular disease has fallen only 4% since 2011. In contrast, it dropped about 70% over the past 60 years. Decades-worth of anti-smoking campaigns and clinical … [Read more...]

Replace the ACA – but Not with Medicare-for-All

This article was first published on LinkedIn on June 11, 2019. Wherefore art thou support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Less than ten years ago, President Barack Obama signed the ACA into law. It was a watershed achievement for Democrats, enabling them to deliver on their decades-long pledge to expand health care coverage. Today, few politicians want to touch it. The … [Read more...]

Health Care Is Not a Right

This article was first published on LinkedIn on June 6, 2019. It has been viewed over 4,000 times. As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we honor the bravery and fortitude of the soldiers who helped safeguard our freedom. Their service secured our right to free speech. Our right to bear arms. Our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But here’s a … [Read more...]