Stop Shouting and Think

A handful of judges are in the midst of deciding whether the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to buy health insurance is legal. Some say it is, some say the government can’t legislate this. Stop and think. We already have mandates– they’re called Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and unemployment. All are “contributions” deducted from our paychecks every two…

Health Literacy For the Rest of Us

Do you know your rights as a patient and consumer of health services? Last year, I began writing about The Patient’s Bill of Rights, a series of protections also known as the Consumer Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. This bill was adopted by the US Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health…

Policy for the fine print

Worsening vision is yet another sign we’re getting older. I picked up my new glasses last week, and was easily able to read this NY Times article about that topic. The photo on the right shows normal range of vision. If I take off my glasses, the picture loses its sharpness (courtesy National Eye Institute).…