Category Archives: Health

Why all the fuss about NFL concussions?

bullis_headgear_2_360_usl_strohAnd next to no consideration of how concussions affect women?

I wrote this for Connecticut Health Investigative Team, C-HIT. Once again, it looks like the research money goes to the dudes.

Many families would have difficulty paying insurance premiums

indexA new Kaiser Family Foundation study says that one of the things that is credited with keeping healthcare costs low — higher cost sharing with consumers — is crippling for families struggling to make ends meet.

Which raises the question, what means the “affordable” in “Affordable Care Act?”

You can read the report here. And thanks, Leftover, for the link.


A graphic that explains health care spending


Get your $*&^ kids vaccinated

From Jimmy Kimmel.

The death of Obamacare? I didn’t even know it was sick.

indexArguments are ongoing at the Supreme Court in King v. Burwell, the third Obamacare (Affordable Care Act to precise historians) case to reach that august body.

Add to that some 56 attempts to repeal the thing by elected officials who oughta know better. And because they don’t, I will helpfully post this.

A tinge more disquieting is this Wall Street Journal interview with Michael Carvin, one of the lawyers arguing against the Afford Care Act (h/t to Jezebel):

Wednesday’s argument involves “a statute that was written three years ago, not by dead white men but by living white women and minorities,” Mr. Carvin said. “It hasn’t had time to ‘grow’ or ‘evolve,'” he adds, mocking terms liberals have invoked for constitutional doctrines that conservatives deride as unsupported by the 18th century text.

He cites an unlikely inspiration for his fight: Atticus Finch, who in “To Kill a Mockingbird” defends a black man charged with raping a white woman in small-town Alabama’s racist justice system.

Uh…golly. From this living white woman, I can only say: Bite me, Michael Carvin.

At question in the case is whether the IRS can issue tax credits inĀ  health exchanges established by the federal government. If you want more discussion in easy-to-understand language, go here. You can follow a live-blog on the proceedings here.

And thanks, Leftover, for the links.

A father’s letter to an anti-vax family

disneyland-00-fullDr. Tim Jacks wrote a letter to the parent(s) of an unvaccinated child with measles, who exposed Dr. Jacks’ child to the illness. Dr. Jacks’ child has cancer. From the letter:

I assume you love your child just like I love mine. I assume that you are trying to make good choices regarding their care. Please realize that your child does not live in a bubble. When your child gets sick, other children are exposed. My children. Why would you knowingly expose anyone to your sick, unvaccinated child after recently visiting Disneyland? That was a bone-headed move.

Officials count 102 cases of measles, most stemming from Disneyland. And, just to get a little politic, here’s a little bit on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the anti-vax crowd. And here‘s Sen. Rand Paul’s stance on vaccinations, hwich includes a concern that vaccines can cause “profound mental disorders.”

Penn and Teller on vaccinations (NSFW)

Here’s a fascinating history of the anti-vax movement. Note the role that religion has played (which is why this YouTube video has been deemed DatingJesus-worthy).

The discussion has heated up since more than 70 cases of measles were traced to Disneyland

H/t to KevinMD.