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March 31, 2017

It's been about a month since we lost Chez. I know I spoke at his memorial, but what exactly I said is kind of a blur. I do know I emphasized what an incredibly loyal friend he was and how we were kindred spirits from the moment we met at CNN in NYC many many years ago. 

Chez' brilliance lives on in the archives of his work and words. I don't know that he ever appreciated just how talented he was, no matter how many people told him every time he posted something online. He had a spectacular way w...

November 17, 2016

I’m tuned in to CNN in the car, and Brooke Baldwin is interviewing two social media producers who’ve been collecting viewer voicemails about election results.

They decided to highlight a gay man from Tennessee who voted for Trump. The man himself said Trump wasn’t going to roll back gay rights so everyone should just calm down. That in and of itself was enough for me to get annoyed because no one knows yet what Trump will or won’t do, and there is a very real chance a lot of people’s basic human...

November 12, 2016

Let me try to make this as simple as possible.

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) did a lot of things.  Here are just a few:  It set up state-based exchanges so people could compare and contrast private insurance plans. It allowed people under the age of 26 to stay on their parents’ insurance plans. It lowered the out-of-pocket costs of prescription drugs for seniors on Medicare. It expanded Medicaid. And it said insurance companies no longer could refuse people coverage based on so-called preex...

October 26, 2016

Most of today’s Affordable Care Act coverage is driving me nuts. Some basics:

Obamacare is not a thing. It’s a nickname for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – a comprehensive law passed in 2010 that did a lot of good things, including making it illegal for insurance companies to deny coverage based on pre-exisiting conditions they themselves defined. That’s important. Before this law, if you were a freelancer or contract worker or lost your job or didn’t have a job that offered health insurance, you...

March 31, 2016

That’s it. I’ve had it. I cannot listen to one more political analyst, pundit, or reporter pretend Donald Trump is anything but in over his head and out of his league. He’s not “not conservative enough.” He’s uninformed. He’s not revolutionary or unpredictable. He’s ignorant. He’s not strategic. He’s stubborn.

During Tuesday night’s town hall, Trump – when asked the top three functions of the federal government – answered “Security, security, and security.” Not because it’s that important to him...

January 20, 2016

I haven’t been tweeting or commenting much about either (all if we count O’Malley) of the Democratic candidates’ proposed health care plans. You may think that’s odd for someone who spent two years fighting for national health care reform and who devours health care policy information for fun. But truth is I believe – as someone who fought for health care reform  – that either candidate’s stance will be just fine. Here’s why:

I know both Clinton and Sanders will protect the best of the...

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