Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen has some serious concerns with Republican lawmakers’ proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act.
After last year’s bungled rollout, Maryland’s public healthcare exchange is back for another try. This week, the exchange is in “window shopping” mode, meaning you can browse for plans, but can’t sign up yet. Let’s see how it’s doing so far:
As Goucher writing prof Kathy Flann endured five years of tenure-track hell, her health fell apart and she began to question her own creative work–you won’t guess what happened next.
When I landed what’s known as a “tenure-track” job teaching creative writing at Goucher College, it was the culmination of long and arduous quest. There were so many fiction writers clambering for university teaching positions that several hundred people would sometimes apply for an opening.
I will be the first to admit that I don’t know
much basically anything about website functionality. But what in the heck is up with this Maryland health-insurance exchange website? It is so broken — and has been since Oct. 1 — that even after fixing nine “major” problems, all Gov. Martin O’Malley can say is that the site is “now functional for most of our citizens.”
Well, that’s what the Affordable Care Act is all about, isn’t it — getting “most” Americans health insurance.
To be fair, those nine — nine! — major fixes include an end to the website’s “tendency to freeze just as users seeking to obtain insurance plans clicked the ‘Enroll’ button.” An improvement, to be sure.
Coming Out about Parkinson’s: Public Health Visionary Peter Beilenson on Ambition, Obamacare, and What We Can Learn from “The Wire”
Dr. Peter Beilenson — the high-profile Howard County health officer — prefers to keep his personal life out of the press. When he announced publicly his Parkinson’s diagnosis last month, he did it for one reason: to support Obamacare. Diagnosed five years ago, Beilenson, 52, made public his health status the same day the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the central provisions of Obama’s federal health care overhaul.
“I disclosed it because I was so disgusted by the right wing’s constant vilification of the uninsured as ‘getting the poor health they deserve,’ and wanted to make the point that I have Parkinson’s but am fine — because I have insurance,” Beilenson says.
Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore is leading Catholic bishops in a national campaign to — as they see it — protect religious liberty, a lobbying effort that is largely a response to a measure in the 2010 Health Care Reform Act that would require all health care plans to cover birth control. At a convention in Atlanta on Wednesday, he called on bishops to refrain from partisanship in their efforts, and to instead focus on principles.