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10 07, 2012

What Obamacare Means for One Mom

By | July 10th, 2012|Mom Vote 2012|2 Comments

The Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the Supreme Court, even though there was considerable media confusion about that at first. When the first reports came out when the decision was handed down, emotions ran high all across the country -- both for those who were praying for it to remain law and for [...]

28 06, 2012

Supreme Court and “Obamacare”: A Win/Win for American Families

By | June 28th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|6 Comments

American families across the country are breathing a major sigh of relief. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as "Obamacare") is constitutional and that Congress was within its power to mandate that Americans buy health insurance or be subject to a financial penalty. Now, there are all sorts of [...]

20 04, 2011

Why Does Jon Kyl Hate Women?

By | April 20th, 2011|Republicans|4 Comments

In light of Jon Kyl's ongoing outrageous public comments, I've come to the conclusion that the junior Senator from Arizona must hate women. Odds are that unless you live in Arizona, you either don't know or don't pay a lot of attention to Kyl, but he's gotten some serious media airtime in the last year [...]

5 01, 2011

Mothers of Intention — Another Change We Need in Health Care is Insurance Coverage for Lymphedema Sleeves

By | January 5th, 2011|Changing the World, Mothers of Intention|2 Comments

This is cross-posted from Toddler Planet where my amazing friend Susan Niebur, a breast cancer patient herself and a true Mother of Intention, is trying to make it possible for other breast cancer patients to obtain lymphedema sleeves and other services to manage their disease that aren't usually covered by health insurance.  Please read on [...]

14 10, 2010

Mothers of Intention — Uninsured and Pregnant, by Casey of Moosh in Indy

By | October 14th, 2010|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mothers of Intention|26 Comments

I haven't had any guest posts written specifically for Mothers of Intention for a while.  But when my friend Casey (you may know her better as Moosh in Indy) told me about her current insurance situation, I asked her if she would become a Mother of Intention for me.  About two seconds later I had [...]

29 04, 2010

WellPoint and Your Ta-tas?

By | April 29th, 2010|Democrats|0 Comments

Sadly, I've been putting off my annual mammogram while I'm pushing to get the writing done for the Mothers of Intention manuscript.  But that doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about it.  It's been even more on my mind since I heard the story about how WellPoint, the country's largest health insurance company, has been [...]

19 12, 2009

Snowpocalypse 2009 (With Health Care Crisis Thrown in for Good Measure)

By | December 19th, 2009|Democrats, Republicans|3 Comments

One good thing about this "snow event" on the I-95 corridor this weekend -- legislators are stuck here and have to keep working away on the ever evolving health care bill (not that that's going to do us a lot of good on the reproductive rights front). Just a few miles away as the crow [...]

15 12, 2009

Mothers of Intention — Thinking Edition

By | December 15th, 2009|Mothers of Intention|2 Comments

Not that I don't try to make all the Mothers of Intention features thinking posts -- be they guest essays or a round-up of great posts I've found on my blogosphere journeys -- but there's some really deep thinking to be had with the selection I've got this week: -- Crunchy Domestic Goddess takes on [...]

4 11, 2009

I am Not a Pre-Existing Condition

By | November 4th, 2009|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard|1 Comment

The National Women's Law Center has made today a national day of action to call on our lawmakers to demand that they get rid of the ridiculous inequities in the health care system that impact women, calling their campaign "I am Not a Pre-existing Condition." A couple of weeks ago, I shared my story about [...]

14 10, 2009

Congress & Health Industry Lobbyists: They Make a Cozy Couple

By | October 14th, 2009|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|1 Comment

It's no secret that the insurance  industry has dispatched as many lobbyists as possible to prevent a public option from becoming a health care reality.  But did you know how really cozy Congress and the lobbyists are? Just something to keep in mind when people say they can't make something happen.  Maybe it's more that [...]

7 10, 2009

More Good Reasons Health Care Has to Change

By | October 7th, 2009|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Why are women really being treated like second-class citizens in the world of health care and insurance? I don't hear the women Senators and Representatives calling for an end to coverage for male-only maladies.  There is a serious lack of compassion and understanding about women's lives today among the older generations of men on Capitol [...]

5 10, 2009

Want to Read the Health Care Bill?

By | October 5th, 2009|Changing the World, Democrats|1 Comment

Think you have then stamina to read the Senate Finance Committee health care bill that will probably get voted on later this week? Here are all 262 pages of it. I'm going to try to take a stab at it after my panel on Gaining Power through New Media.

28 09, 2009

Reflections on Jon Kyl and Type-A Moms

By | September 28th, 2009|Changing the World, Moms & Politics|5 Comments

I had a great time at the Type-A Mom conference this weekend.  I'm a bit "conferenced" out after attending several this year, but I've come to realize that I'm much better at the smaller gatherings than the big extravaganzas.  I still feel anxious and a little out of place, but if I see a few [...]

25 09, 2009

Michelle Obama – The New Secret Weapon on Health Care?

By | September 25th, 2009|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|7 Comments

In the battle for health care reform, the White House has unleashed its new secret weapon -- Michelle Obama!  She gave an amazingly inspired speech to the White House Council on Women and Girls last week.  The First Lady shared the speaking duties with three women from around the country who shared their stories that [...]

13 09, 2009

How Much Reform Will There Be in President Obama’s Health Plan?

By | September 13th, 2009|Democrats|1 Comment

Polls taken immediately after President Obama's health care speech to Congress indicate that many were pleased and excited about what he had to say about health reform. Congresswoman Maxine Waters thinks he hit it out of the park and rallied the Democrats. Surprisingly the online commentary isn't really showing that. Lindsay Beyerstein at RHRealityCheck was [...]

31 07, 2009

Health Reform — You Say ToMAYto, I Say ToMAHto

By | July 31st, 2009|Changing the World|12 Comments

Things always get a little heated in the nation's capital this time of year.  July and August along the Potomac tend to be humid and steamy and that makes it hard for anyone to compromise and negotiate in a bipartisan way.  Not to mention that it's awfully difficult to find happy people when they're all [...]