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 the CBO’s Report on the Repeal of Obamacare Is Irrelevant

Last Friday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report outlining the financial impact of repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”). According to the study, a repeal of ACA would cause the federal deficit to increase by $137 billion between 2016 and 2025. Supporters of Obamacare may view the report in a positive light. The … [Read more...]

McDonald’s and Marijuana Bring You the McBrownie: I’m Lovin’ It

Happy Meal

“There is no harm in repeating a good thing.” — Plato Well, Plato never got to see the cinematic classics Super Size Me or Reefer Madness. For the un-ordained, Super Size Me is an award-winning documentary chronicling one man’s 30-day consumption of food and beverage, sourced strictly from McDonald’s.  Not surprisingly, he gains weight, becomes irritable, and loses his … [Read more...]

The Pill: Ironic Reliance on a Non-Feminist Drug

The Pill: No other drug has the audacity to co-opt a generic word all for itself. Pfizer, the nation’s largest pharmaceutical company, lists over 215 products on its website. Yet the Pill’s notoriety as a female contraception drug is so ingrained in the American consciousness, no other descriptors are necessary. Too bad for that also-ran helper Viagra; the erectile dysfunction … [Read more...]

Employee Based Healthcare: An Obsolete Entitlement

Advocacy for universal healthcare in America has stirred up the debate over the government’s role in society. Should the government require that all Americans are medically insured? If so, those who cannot afford it will get their insurance paid by the government. It won’t take long for the collective chorus to start chanting, “Entitlement!”So-called entitlement programs are … [Read more...]