Op-eds
The Costly Burden of Illegal Immigratio​n
The Costly Burden of Illegal Immigratio​n
By: Shelley Kais The rest of the nation is beginning to see what we in Southern Arizona have known all along: the border is not secure. What most Americans don’t yet understand is that the arrival of tens of thousands of Central Americans is no surprise: not to the President, not to the federal government’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), not to the many other federal agencies whose budgets have increased in recent years in preparation for it, and not to Congress, which approves those budgets. I reached this conclusion following a thorough analysis of budgets for the Department of... read more
Will Medicare Become Like the VA?
Will Medicare Become Like the VA?
Most veterans get most of their medical care from private doctors through Medicare or private insurance. Just think what those secret waiting lists would be like if they didn’t! Still, a VA-like system for all has been proposed as a replacement for our unsustainable current system—at least until the recent scandals broke. One enormous difference between the VA and Medicare is that veterans are free to go elsewhere—if they pay privately. Some veterans use their VA doctor only to get free medications. Medicare patients, on the other hand, are trapped. There is virtually no private coverage available to persons over... read more
Bobbing and Weaving on Hobby Lobby
Bobbing and Weaving on Hobby Lobby
By Alieta Eck, M.D. - http://EckForCongress.com/ The recent “Hobby Lobby” Supreme Court decision defended the rights of the owners of a company to refuse to fund a health plan that covered abortifacient “contraceptives.” The Hobby Lobby owners argued that such medications violated deeply held religious beliefs. So for now, by a disturbingly close 5-to-4 vote, the Supreme Court has asserted that government has no right to force business owners to violate their conscience—provided that the business is “closely held.” The response of the leaders of both parties demonstrates why medical decision making and politics are not compatible. It also represents... read more
TB, Swine Flu Assaulting Border Agents: Rest of Us Next?
TB, Swine Flu Assaulting Border Agents: Rest of Us Next?
By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. - http://HerPlace.com Border Patrol agents have long been at risk for violence from drug cartels and criminals. Just last week Tucson sector agents were fired upon by Mexican aircraft inside the U.S. border. But now there is a new, insidious threat to Border Patrol agents, families and communities from the crush of illegal immigrants at our southern border, which has become a gateway for disease entry. Border agents have tested positive for tuberculosis (TB), H1N1 (“swine”) flu and chicken pox. Other diseases like dengue and Ebola virus also may be in this wave of illegals,... read more
Emotionitis: a Political Malady
Emotionitis: a Political Malady
By Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD Today’s political debates are extremely polarized and emotional. One person’s charming, clever, and assertive is another’s manipulative, cunning, and ruthless. Consider the opposing perspectives on some of the most important issues:Did the politician lie or merely misspeak?Is the NSA perpetrating an obscene invasion of privacy or deploying a crucial tool against terrorism?Is supporting voter identification laws resurrecting Jim Crow or ensuring legitimate votes are not diluted by fraudulent votes?Do federal regulations stifle business and entrepreneurship or do they ensure Americans’ safety?Why is it racist to disagree with the policies of President Obama or Attorney General... read more
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