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HEALTH & EDUCATION

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The American Health Care “System” 

March 27, 2017
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The American Health Care “System” 

The word system is in quotes for a reason. There is no “system.” The Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) did not create a system. It is a program to extend health insurance to people who do not have insurance.

There …

Most Cancer is Due to “Bad Luck”

March 25, 2017
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Most Cancer is Due to “Bad Luck”

When someone who does not smoke, says that he or she has cancer, it is often a surprise. There does not seem to be a reason. A new study about cancer also has a surprise. It is that most cases …

Race in America: White Privilege – White Despair

March 24, 2017
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Race in America: White Privilege – White Despair

In parts of the Middle East and Africa, life is cheap. Violence and hunger strike down hundreds of thousands every year. At the same time, thousands seek a new life because they have the will to live.

Life is much …

Selling Kids on Vegetables

March 18, 2017
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Selling Kids on Vegetables

How to get kids to eat vegetables? Marketing is the answer. You can call it tricks or just good ideas. Whatever works.

School lunchrooms are the testing place. Here are some of the things they are doing.

Fruits and vegetables …

American School Wars (2)

March 17, 2017
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American School Wars (2)

How we got here.

The last seventy years saw a lot of change in American education. The first great change came in 1954 from the U.S. Supreme Court. It was Brown vs. Board of Education. The Court ruled that “separate …

American School Wars (1)

March 16, 2017
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American School Wars (1)

Where America is Now.

Kids go to school to learn how to succeed in life. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are the basic skills they need. That is the easy part to describe.

The background. For many years, the states oversaw …

Millions will lose health insurance, but...

Republican Health Care Plan Saves Money

March 15, 2017
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Republican Health Care Plan Saves Money

Everyone waited for the CBO report on the cost of the Republican’s American Health Plan. It came out Monday. It showed that over time the plan would save money. Saving money is big news. Republicans welcomed the finding.

There was …

Republican Health Care for Lower-Income People

March 10, 2017
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Republican Health Care for Lower-Income People

The Medicaid program pays for health care for poor people in every state. Federal and state governments pay for the program.

The Affordable Care Act

(ACA, Obamacare) expanded the Medicaid program. It made more people eligible for the program. Medicaid …

Republicans Roll Out Obamacare Repeal

March 9, 2017
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Republicans Roll Out Obamacare Repeal

Financing Health Insurance

 

Health care is not a right in the U.S. That is, unless you are sixty-five years of age or older. At that age, you go on Medicare. With Medicare, the federal government pays most of your …

Republican Replacement for Obamacare Taking Shape

February 21, 2017
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Republican Replacement for Obamacare Taking Shape

An observer sums it up in one sentence. She said the Republican plan for health reform would take money from the poor and give it to the rich. That is a lot easier than taking money from the rich and …

In Brief

Selling Kids on Vegetables

How to get kids to eat vegetables? Marketing is the answer. You can call it tricks or just good ideas. Whatever works.

School lunchrooms are...

What Do You Call Yourself if Your Mother is White and Your Father is Black?

On the 2010 Census, President Barack Obama, identified himself as  “black.” But millions of Americans consider themselves “bi- or multi-racial.”  And their numbers are...

Mending Walls, By Robert Frost

Robert Frost (1874 – 1963) was a great American poet. Just before he died, he read his poetry at the inauguration of President John...

Pineapple on Pizza? The Global Debate

The President of Iceland started it. Last week he joked that pizza topped with pineapple should be outlawed. His remarks set off a debate...

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