ramara's blog

Weekly Healthcare Series: The "Thou Shalt Nots" of Reform

Monday night I took part in a conference call in which our own Dr. Aaron Roland was interviewed my David Belden of Tikkun magazine about his article in Tikkun.  After the interview, there were questions from participants, and a final word from Rabbi Michael Lerner, the editor of Tikkun.  It was a very informative call with a number of very committed people with strong viewpoints.

A Fairness Doctrine for Healthcare?

I have been following the healthcare reform debate with increasing fear that this opportunity to produce meaningful change in the way healthcare is paid for in this country will be squandered.  Considering that this is the first real chance of making serious change since Harry Truman was President, it would be reasonable to guess that if we pass this one up, it will be decades before we have another such chance.  

Health Insurers' Strategy Divide and Conquer?

I received this in an email on May 8 but inadvertently did not post it. Now however it is more timely than ever in its message about why it is not a good move to trust health insurers.

I subscribe to the weekly Top Ten Headlines from the Women's Health Policy Report, which provides links to the daily articles attached to them.  Both the daily and weekly reports are published by the National Partnership for Women and Families.  In today's report there was a piece about Tuesday's Senate hearing on healthcare reform

A Passover Health Care D'var Torah

The Torah reading this week is from Exodus, and begins with God telling Moses that the Israelites have made the golden calf, and that Moses had better get down and deal with them before God gets really mad.  And deal with it he does - he makes the Israelites drink water containing the ashes of the golden calf, the Levites kill thousands, and when Moses ascends the mountain to intervene on the people's behalf,

The Lord sent a plague upon the people for what they did with the calf that Aaron made.  Exodus 32:35

Plagues abound in the Passover story.  There are ten plagues in Egypt before Pharaoh will let the Israelites leave, culminating with the plague of the first born.  At the seder we remember the plagues by taking a drop of wine out of our wine glass as we name each one, because our joy is diminished by the suffering of others.

Blue Willow

<Update: Ramara just joined ePm. Originally published 2009-03-18 09:25:35 -0500This is now being posted under her name, but as I originally edited it I am leaving the intro as was. Welcome Ramar! carol>

Ramara will be posting with us directly in future, but this time she asked me to post this for her. Here are two posts which appeared first on Daily Kos (the most recent on Mar. 15, 2005, with a link to the earlier one. With her permission I am posting the first one which is linked in the most recent commentary so that our readers can be fully tuned in.

Health Series:  Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Saturday my son will turn 24.  He lives in a group setting here in Tucson, receives SSI, and I don't know if I will hear from him so we can do something to celebrate.  He receives case management through the mental health network, and that treatment is court ordered.  The court order expires next month, and I worry that his treatment providers will not seek to have it renewed for another year.  Last time he was not committed, he spent most of his time living on the streets.  Occasionally he was in jail because he missed court dates or violated the restraining order I have.  When he was in jail I breathed easier because he was off the streets.  He needs the structure of the court commitment and the restraining order in order to function at all.