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A Crucial Balancing Act: DACA and Enhanced Border Security

September 18th, 2017|

Securing the border along with resolving the legal status of Dreamers who have been living in the shadows of America for many years would build public confidence in the government's ability to manage our immigration system. Public confidence is the necessary pre-requisite to a comprehensive 21st century immigration reform plan.

Compassion Combined with Enforcement Can End DACA Crisis

September 11th, 2017|

The Trump Administration created a "Dreamer crisis" and then gave Congress six months to "fix" the problem. That's not constructive. The Trump Administration must work with Congress to fashion a legislative process which builds the trust of the American people and sets the stage for future legislation to modernize our antiquated immigration system.

The Real Truth Behind the Health Care Battle

July 8th, 2017|

Contrast the national median income for a family of four -- $55,775 -- against the average bureaucrat or congressional or presidential staffer, who earns twice what the average American family does (members of Congress earn 3.2 times their average constituent), and the picture becomes clear. They can't possibly understand the daily life of the average American. In this context, the GOP proposal to "repeal and replace Obamacare" makes perfect sense. From their cushy perch -- $16000 a year for health insurance is not such a big number.

Trump versus the People

July 2nd, 2017|

Accepting the Republican nomination, Donald Trump promised to be the "voice of the forgotten" American. But he has forgotten that promise. The Trump Cabinet agenda includes some praise worthy ideas and initiatives but they are completely subsumed by President's impetus behavior, incoherent tweets, and blatant nepotism. This cannot go on unchecked by Congress.

Biggest Hurdle Standing in the Way of Obamacare Reform

May 29th, 2017|

The people who are coming to town halls have a point. Their justifiable anxiety (some of it sparked by politicians and the news media) stands in the way of a down-payment on reforming Obamacare in short run and reforming our health care delivery system in the medium to long term. These vocal town hall participants are part of the 1 percent of the USA population that incur 23 percent of the cost of health care in the United States. Here's how we can help these people without raising insurance premiums for the other 95 percent!

Importing Cheap Labor Eliminates American IT Jobs

May 4th, 2017|

The debate was focused on whether or not to protect undocumented aliens in the United States because they do "jobs Americans won't do" – for example agriculture, food processing, and unskilled construction. But no attention has been paid to protecting jobs Americans are doing from documented alien labor. Despite the loss of +/- 200,000 US technology jobs, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proceeded to awarded 85,000 "temporary high skilled knowledge worker visas (H1-B) last year

Public Option is Part of Fix for America’s Broken Health Care System

April 13th, 2017|

It is an axiom of American politics that Americans reject a public health care option. Rhetoric to the contrary: 49.6 percent of the American people get their health care paid for by a government-run insurance program. The dictionary definition of a public option! Instead of railing against it -- why not seize the opportunity?

Health Insurance Drives Sky-Rocketing Health Care Costs

March 25th, 2017|

Recently my allergy doctor suggested a vapor treatment for my pollen-driven tightened chest. I said okay. It never occurred to me to ask how much does the treatment cost because I won't get a bill. The charge will merely be an object of curiosity when the insurance company sends me an explanation of benefits they paid. If the insurer is required to pay – no questions asked – for tests and treatments, our profit-making health care eco-system is going to prescribe more at a higher cost each. That leads directly to rising insurance premiums. If I had to pay the bill for that treatment, I would have asked more questions about the cost and efficacy.

CBO Waves Yellow Flag at GOP Healthcare Bill

March 20th, 2017|

By the time I had printed out a copy of the just released Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate of the GOP proposal to "repeal and replace Obamacare" my inbox had filled up with draconian headlines. A complete reading of the 27 page report paints a more complicated picture but does urge caution as the House of Representatives moves to debate. But, if we examine the CBO's underlying assumptions, their analysis, itself, is complicated and more conjecture than fact.

Here’s What GOP American Care Act is not — Affordable

March 11th, 2017|

Healthcare is 20 percent of the United States economy. It impacts each and every American. It's a huge problem and it can only be solved through a bi-partisan debate in full view of the American people. The GOP bill does nothing to address the health care affordable crisis: It does nothing to reduce the cost of health insurance because it does nothing to change the underlying healthcare cost crisis. It does nothing to reduce the employer-based premium increases triggered by Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Obamacare mandates.

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