Commentary & Opinion

Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Coates: Political Divisions Harm Health

The government shutdown and the disconnect on health care By Andrew D. Coates, M.D., F.A.C.P.

I’d like to offer some thoughts this week about the discussion over health care in Washington. We’re heading into the second week of the federal government shutdown, in which the right wing of Congress has demanded that President Obama step back from his health reform.

This reveals to me the shocking disconnect between the center-stage discussion in Washington and the everyday discussion we have at our kitchen tables, at our jobs, and with our friends.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Sean Philpott: Safely Shutdown

Unless a miracle happens, but the time this commentary airs the US federal government will enter its tenth day of shutdown. Nearly 800,000 workers will remain furloughed, important social service and educational programs will remain unfunded, national parks and monuments will remain closed, and the National Zoo's panda cam will remain offline.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Herb London: UN Week in New York

Today, commentator Dr. Herb London discusses U.N. Week in New York City…

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Commentary & Opinion
3:59 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Our Stake in Each Other’s Welfare

Do we have a stake in each other’s future or only in our own? That is a central question of American politics. The Tea Party’s tossing of the entire American budget into the sea over the issue of Obamacare is an effort to say no, we have no stake in each other’s welfare. To claim a stake in each other’s welfare is socialism. Although the political waters warrant silence from many elected officials about it, that same cry has been leveled and is being leveled against other American efforts to help each other. Social security, socialism. Medicare and Medicaid, socialism. Indeed, there is no logical reason to draw the line there and many don’t. National parks, socialism. Veterans’ benefits, socialism. Head start, socialism. Why stop there? Public schools, socialism. Public hospitals, government health departments and laboratories, socialism. It’s all socialism in the heads of the true believers. So let me repeat that question – do we have a stake in each other’s future or only our own?
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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Paul Elisha: In Our Congressional House...No Traitors Allowed!

On September 24th, 1942, three months shy of his 20th birthday, this combat veteran of WWII in the Pacific stood with several dozen other enlistees, at Fort Dix, N.J., prepared to join the United States Army.  It had taken me eight months after the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, by the Japanese, to convince my father to sign the permission paper my lack of seniority demanded.  Preliminaries: medical and routine completed, we were called to attention to be sworn in by the officer in charge.  I still recall the oath, by which I swore to defend the United States from all enemies – foreign and domestic.  For me, it has been a life-long impetus for service.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Blair Horner: The Government Shuts Down, Will The Nation Default?

The big news of the past week has been the shutdown of the federal government.  The rationale for the gridlock has been well reported:  The House Republican Congressional leadership has decided to block funding of the federal government as its leverage to defund, cripple or delay implementation of the health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

David Nightingale: Considering Oliver Sacks

In his book “The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat” Oliver Sacks decribes how a patient with agnosia – or one who couldn't recognize faces – (quote) “reached out his hand … and took hold of his wife's head.. [and] tried to lift it off, to put [the hat] on...”

I mention Dr Sacks, a Professor of Clinical Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as one more in the genre of scientist/artists, like Alexander Borodin or Richard Feynman.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Michael Meeropool: Crisis Prompts Fringe Groups To Push Medicare Cuts

If this commentary sounds like a broken record, it’s because the folks who are out to gut Medicare  --- the “let’s have a grand bargain and introduce more austerity” crowd --- have returned with a vengeance.   Because of the current stand-off between the President and House Republicans, the two leaders of the failed Simpson-Bowles Commission are back at it again.   Over the summer, the White House has hosted dinners with Senate Republicans in hopes that a new grand bargain can be reached.   Former Senator Alan Simpson and former Clinton Administration Official Erskine Bowles, in a recent OP

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Commentary & Opinion
3:18 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Meeropol: Beware Cuts To Medicare Amid Current Crisis

Michael Meeropol
Credit Michael Meeropol

If this commentary sounds like a broken record, it’s because the folks who are out to gut Medicare  --- the “let’s have a grand bargain and introduce more austerity” crowd --- have returned with a vengeance.   Because of the current stand-off between the President and House Republicans, the two leaders of the failed Simpson-Bowles Commission are back at it again.   Over the summer, the White House has hosted dinners with Senate Republicans in hopes that a new grand bargain can be reached.   Former Senator Alan Simpson and former Clinton Administration Official Erskine Bowles, in a recent OP

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Keith Strudler: Government Shutdown Halts Sports Too

For the past several years, the military academies, Army, Navy, Air Force, have been at something of a disadvantage in sports, at least in the context of major Division I football. There’s a whole lot of reasons for that. They’ve got that unseemly burden of training both for football and for war. There’s not a lot of gut majors to work with. And as a recruiting pitch, coaches can promise high school stars guaranteed employment upon graduation, most likely in Iraq. That’s not a great sales pitch for any kid dreaming about a different kind of uniform, namely one with an NFL logo on it.

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