Category Archives: Health Care

I’m Back

The past several months have been filled with family events, travel, presenting a paper at a conference, and a lot of reading. The Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court decision upholding it got a lot of my attention.

Back in the early 1960s, I was a student teacher in a combined English/Social Studies 9th grade class, and I was asked to teach a unit on the Constitution. I thought nothing could be duller. But I was saved by the discovery of a small book that summarized leading U.S. Supreme Court cases. Copying some cases, and withholding the Court’s decisions, I gave them to the students and told them they were the justices—it was their job to decide the cases. It was the spring of 1962. We had a great time together discovering the logic and drama of the law.

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Shortages of Critical Drugs Becoming Worse

Today’s New York Times has a good (and scary) article reporting that essential drugs are becoming scarce or simply unavailable:

Drug Scarcity’s Dire Cost, and Some Ways to Cope. New York Times, by Roni Caryn Rabin. Tuesday, November 13, 2011. When Jenny Morrill, who has been battling ovarian cancer since 2007, went to the hospital for her scheduled chemotherapy treatment in June, the nurse greeted her with both good news and bad.

“She said, ‘The good news is that you’re doing really well on this drug Doxil. The bad news is that we have no Doxil to give you,’ ” said Ms. Morrill, 55. “My jaw dropped.”

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