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Opinion: Paul Ryan’s Problem with Medicare

Mar 15, 2017
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Several months ago I wrote that Paul Ryan, in his arguments against Obamacare, was showing his hand that he also wants to do away with Medicare. In the last week, he was trying to defend his recent health care proposal, which I’ll call Republicare, and provided more evidence for this view.

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One of the things that separates professionals, like doctors and lawyers, from other occupations is the additional responsibilities they take on. The nature of these responsibilities depends upon the profession and the particular professional’s role within the profession, but they all fall under the general category of working in the best interest of their client or patient.

Opinion: Repeal or Reform?

Jan 25, 2017
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I can remember watching as the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) was passed. I was watching on our small kitchen TV in Brooklyn. I remember watching the numbers of votes for and against rise higher and higher until in the end, the law passed.

Since that time, I have given more talks than I can count about Obamacare, what it is, and what it isn't. The misconceptions and misunderstandings about Obamacare continue to this day. 

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Like many people, I’m looking forward to the end of 2016. I’m not typically one to put much stock into the relatively arbitrary distinction between one calendar year and the next, but I’ve gotten a bit desperate for the iconic figures in my life to stop dying.

Opinion: A Sucker is Born Every Minute

Nov 22, 2016
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Paul Ryan has repeatedly criticized Obamacare because it has “an architecture, a foundation, that's just not workable” and that “it’s borne on such a fundamentally flawed premise.” Ryan has repeated these claims o

Opinion: The Ethics of Accountability at IPFW

Nov 4, 2016
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Jeff Gruettert is one of my favorite students from my time at IPFW. He’s good-natured, curious, smart, and hard-working. He minored in Professional and Applied Ethics, and as part of the course work, interned at 3BG—a small business in downtown Fort Wayne. Since graduation, he has worked at 3BG as Operations Manager and was even given company equity, which is rare in the small business community.

Opinion: A Theocratic View of Abortion

Oct 19, 2016
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During the Vice Presidential Debate, Mike Pence was asked to give an example of a time when his religious beliefs and his responsibilities as a public servant had come into conflict. He articulated no such example. As I’ve written elsewhere, this demonstrates a general lack of respect for all faiths, moralities, and perspectives other than his own.

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I’ve never really gotten into gossip publications or TV shows. I can kind of understand the appeal—the desire to live vicariously through the rumored celebrations and, perhaps more so, the rumored failures of celebrities. Similarly, I don’t really care to see the medical records of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Maybe if I could understand the reasoning behind seeing them, I’d have a different view.

Opinion: The Cognitive Dissonance of Marijuana

Aug 17, 2016
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You’d be forgiven for being confused about whether marijuana has medicinal qualities. On the one hand, 25 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized the use of marijuana specifically for medicinal purposes (Indiana isn’t one of them).

The Mercenary Markets of US Healthcare

Jul 19, 2016
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I never thought that I’d consider buying drugs from Canada. For years I’ve heard rumors about people getting medications from over the border, and now I find myself considering it. You see, we spent $2800 of our health plan’s $3500 deductible on Epipens this Spring. And since those Epipens are only good for about a year, we’ll spend another $2800 (or more) next Spring. And then again the Spring after that. And so on.

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