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Health Disparities Round-Up – September 18, 2015

Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week. Latina.com: Wow! Study Reveals Black Children Are Less Likely to Receive Pain Meds in the ER – “A distrubing study reveals that race may be in a factor in the treatment of children with appendicitis, a painful condition which requires surgery. According to findings published in the Journal of…

Health Disparities Round-Up – September 11, 2015

Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week. Journalist’s Resource: Health disparities: Race and asthma – “In the United States, racial minorities tend to experience poorer health compared to their white counterparts. For example, the death rate for all cancers is 30% higher for African Americans than it is for whites, according to the national Centers for…

Roe v Wade: An Invaluable Healthcare Legacy

Folks – today is the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. While the debates for the Republican Presidential primary continue to stoke the flames of dispute about the human right for universal healthcare, it’s time to pause and reflect on an important human right that was reaffirmed on this date, 39 years ago, in the historic ruling ofRoe v. Wade – specifically the right to privacy regarding the medical decision…

Health Disparities Round-Up – August 28, 2015

Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.   NPR Shots: Texting Helps Diabetes Patients Fine-Tune Insulin Dosing – “For people with chronic conditions, mobile technology can provide crucial support and lower costs. Doctors have used mobile messaging to prompt hypertensive patients to measure their blood pressure and to remind HIV-positive people to return for regular lab…

Could Removal of the Confederate Flag have Tangible Impacts on Health Equity?

Yesterday the South Carolina State Assembly finally agreed on a vote to take down the confederate flag from the State House. Although it took the murder of a fellow State Senator in a church to create the political will to get this done, it is a welcome change, and one that has the potential to both improve race relations and possibly even reduce racial health inequalities. While touted as an artifact…

Supreme Court Deals Final Death Blow to Republicans over Obamacare

In a 6-3 majority decision, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the federal health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act that are currently being received by an estimated 6.4 million who live in states with Federally-run insurance exchanges. Most revealing was the short and curt decision, written by one of the court’s staunchest conservatives, Chief Justice John Roberts: “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance…

Tax Season Heralds New Supreme Court Challenge to the Affordable Care Act

As tax season approaches, so does another Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This time the challenge is focused on the new tax subsidies that many Americans will be filing for in their tax returns this year. Once again, the fate of the ACA and the subsidies that millions of Americans are now receiving that have made it possible for them to more comfortably afford health insurance,…

Finally Owning Obamacare?

In his much talked about State of the Union Address, President Obama finally owned his signature health care law by pointing to two of the biggest achievements of the Affordable Care Act so far: First, that in the past year, ten million uninsured Americans gained health coverage. Second, that health care inflation is at its lowest rate in fifty years. These are both important accomplishments no doubt, but more importantly…

The Fleecing of Single-Payer in Vermont: Are Americans too stupid to understand universal health coverage as some health economists think?

What began with a bang in 2011 ended with a whimper last month when Governor Peter Shumlin tabled legislation that would have brought the nation’s first tax financed, unified health system to the state of Vermont. Shumlin, who narrowly won reelection in a too close to call race by vote of the Legislature, was greeted in his inaugural address by the jeers of single-payer advocates protesting his repeal of single-payer…

Another Unsuccessful Spin for the Democrats: Implications of the Midterm Elections for the ACA

The results of the midterm elections show that the Democrats have once again allowed the Republicans to control the narrative on the health of the nation. They further squandered an opportunity to counter the false rhetoric that the country has been on the wrong path under Democratic control. The Republicans now control both the House and the Senate for the first time since 2007 and by some of the widest…