What mouthwash has to do with the CVS Aetna Acquisition

This commentary was first distributed through The Powers Report on December 12, 2017. Please sign up here to receive my newsletter in your inbox! Link to the Newsletter here. The makers of Listerine are not going to like this.  A recent study found that using mouthwash twice a day can increase your risk of developing prediabetes or diabetes by 55%. Yes. Someone thought to … [Read more...]

Thoughts for Your Thanksgiving Dinner

This commentary was first distributed through The Powers Report on November 20, 2017. Please sign up here to receive my newsletter in your inbox! Link to the Newsletter here. I am grateful for every Thanksgiving celebration because without this holiday, I might not be here. Decades past, the man who would be my father wooed the woman who would be my mother over a Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

November Thoughts – Elections et. al.

This commentary was first distributed through The Powers Report on November 10, 2017. Please sign up here to receive my newsletter in your inbox! Link to the Newsletter here. "I don't mean to be rude, but when exactly are you going to finish your book?" Thanks to my daughter for her sensitive query about the status of the slog...known to many of you as Health Care: Meet the … [Read more...]

Lessons from the French President about American Health Care Spending

Last weekend, political newcomer Emmanuel Macron became the new President of France. He's got some ambitious plans. President Macron seeks to strengthen the economic fortune of the European Union (EU) by creating a common budget to be followed by its member nations. Such a plan could create a disciplined, streamlined fiscal infrastructure across EU nations, enabling the EU to … [Read more...]

Say Good-Bye to Health Insurance as We Know It

A modified version of this post was sent out via The Powers Report. Please subscribe to get the latest updates! I, like many of you, am wondering what's going to happen to the health insurance market now that steps have advanced to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare). As many of you know, I voted for Trump with the hope that ACA would be replaced. … [Read more...]

Why Lebanon May Be ISIS’s Next Target

This article first appeared in The Huffington Post on September 4, 2015. ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is sometimes referred to as ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The term Levant refers to the geographic region in the Middle East that includes Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. If ISIS seeks to expand its would-be caliphate outside of … [Read more...]

Family Leave Programs Should Favor Women Over Men

This article first appeared in The Huffington Post on August 27, 2015 President Obama, during his State of the Union address earlier this year, bemoaned the fact that the United States is the only high-income nation in the world that does not offer a paid maternity leave program. Around Mother's Day, Hillary Clinton released a video passionately declaring her support for … [Read more...]

He Gave Me a Breathalyzer Test That I Couldn’t Refuse

This article was originally posted to The Huffington Post on July 24, 2015. Less than a week after July 4, a day when Americans celebrate our freedom and liberty, Sandra Bland was pulled over for a traffic violation. The lawful traffic stop that escalated into an arrest and culminated in Ms. Bland’s untimely death in a jail cell on July 13 has everyone talking about civil … [Read more...]

An Economic Solution to a Humanitarian Crisis

This article was first published to The Huffington Post on May 20, 2015. Photo credit to Romeo Gacad via Getty Images. "For the displaced of Southeast Asia, the outlook remains dark. Even by the most optimistic estimates no more than half the present refugee population will be resettled in the foreseeable future. What's to become of the others?" That quote is from an … [Read more...]

Why Power Women Should Stop Writing Memoirs

This article was first published to The Huffington Post on November 20, 2014. 'Tis the season to be shopping for holiday gifts, and books are a perennial favorite. If you're looking for something for that special woman in your life, you'll have plenty of choices. In particular, the sub-genre of "power-woman memoir" has a lot to offer: Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, … [Read more...]