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Pathology, Premiums, And Pedagogy — ACA Repeal As A Teaching Moment

Pathology, Premiums, And Pedagogy — ACA Repeal As A Teaching Moment

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Mea culpa! Mea culpa! Mea maxima culpa! I owe the Republican Party an apology.  I have long believed and said, both verbally and in writing, that the Republican Party, supposedly tainted by its association with conservative-evangelical / -fundamentalist, anti-intellectual Christianity, culminating in essentially unanimous Republican support for Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education, has styled itself the anti-education Party, the Party that has become the political home of people like HUD Secretary Ben “Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Big Bang” Carson, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry who, fortified with a C grade-point average earned on the way to an animal husbandry baccalaureate degree from Texas A&M University (football cheer: “Whoop-Haw!”), assumes the custodianship of the Nation...
Barack Obama:  A Proactive Diagnosis

Barack Obama: A Proactive Diagnosis

ACA / Obamacare, activism, awareness, Change, Christianity, citizenship, civics, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, courage, critical judgment, culture, Discernment, election year, Enlightenment, Equality, Evangelicalism, Evidence, faithfulness, First Emanuel AME Church, Freedom, Fundamentalism, hate, health insurance, Hillary Clinton, Hope, Ideology, injustice, justice, law, peace and justice, political rhetoric, Presidency, Rationality, Religion, republic, Resistance, Science, Secularity, separation of Church and State, Supreme Court, Trump
I am writing this late in the evening before Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States. But this column is not about Trump. It is about President – as he still is, as this is written – Barack Hussein Obama.  It is customary among professional historians to wait a decent interval, usually on the order of at least a generation, before attempting to assess the legacy of any President … or any scientist … or any military leader … or any artist … or any philosopher … or … etc. There are good reasons for this, having to do with avoiding the "tyranny of the recent" by allowing for the growth of some historical perspective. But my purpose is not to assess the legacy of the President. My purpose is to assess the man himself, and delay can dull memories and dim recol...
Lessons from the Hospital Stay of a Lifetime

Lessons from the Hospital Stay of a Lifetime

activism, health insurance, Healthcare
I thought I posted last week. I could have sworn I had. I remember writing a post for y'all.  But I don't see it. So apologies if I went missing and someone missed me. I've been back from the hospital since Sunday afternoon. (If I ever figure out what happened to my other post, or if it is still sitting in drafts, I'll try adding it.) My neurosurgeon who isn't God didn't even know I was still there when they woke the poor guy up because I needed acid reflux medication at 3 am on Sunday morning. I felt terrible to wake him up, but I was in that limbo of discharged, but still needing certain meds to be able to get along until I got home. I was in that limbo from Friday morning until my partner and her friend showed up with a four wheel drive on Sunday afternoon to "bust me out." Our ...