Hillary Clinton speaks up for mental health care equality

Hillary Clinton has just released a plan would treat mental health care with the same priority as physical health care. It’s a well-thought-out, comprehensive policy that deserves attention and support. And, according to some observers, it actually has a chance of becoming a reality. Unfortunately, the announcement of the plan came in the midst of…

Media does for Bernie Sanders what it never did for Dennis Kucinich

The first question that Anderson Cooper asked Bernie Sanders was, “A Gallup poll says half the country would not put a socialist in the White House. You call yourself a democratic socialist. How can any kind of socialist win a general election in the United States?” Sanders responded in part by saying, “Democrats at the…

Abortion: Focusing on the real issues, not the distractions

Abortion opponents often like to dwell on minutia, such as whether or not Planned Parenthood profits from making embryonic organs available for life-saving research. If not that, then they like to have absolute answers to esoteric questions like what is the meaning of life. What most opponents of abortion do not do very well is…

Some wins for Obama are better than others

June 2015 was a remarkable month for President Obama. In particular. the last week of the month was a real “winner” for the president. Among the topic victories or accomplishments for the president are: U. S. Supreme Court once again upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) U. S. Supreme Court ruling same-sex…

New rules for Medicaid managed care: What do they mean for Missouri?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has just released new rules, the first in over a decade, for Medicaid managed programs. These rules “would cap insurer profits, require states to more rigorously supervise the adequacy of plans’ provider networks, encourage states to establish quality rating systems for plans, allow more behavioral healthcare in…

More health insurers offer “Obamacare” plans, shifting the political landscape

Good news for health-insurance shoppers, bad news for Obamacare haters. For the 2015 enrollment period [which begins on November 15, 2014], healthcare shoppers will have more options. In state after state, more health insurance companies are getting on board and offering plans. In fact, HHS, which oversees the Affordable Care Act, reports that, nationwide, insurance-company…