Ratify the Disability Treaty for our wounded warriors

If our government had an opportunity to increase accessibility for wounded or disabled veterans and improve the lives of millions of people with disabilities abroad, without changing any of our existing laws or adding a penny to our budget, wouldn’t we expect them to do it?


Regulatory rush job deprives many of health insurance plans they liked

The media-verse is all a-Twitter with the revelation that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) admitted in 2010 that between 40-67 percent of individuals would lose their then-current health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). News coverage focuses on the termination letters sent to hundreds of thousands of holders of individual health insurance policies, along with the substantial premium increases for individuals in the new insurance exchanges. And of course, pundits are pouncing on the stark contrast to the president’s promise that if you like your current health insurance plan, you can keep it—but there’s more to this controversy than what this media coverage conveys.


Healthcare.Gov can't be fixed

Problems with the website being characterized in the media as mere “glitches” are far more serious than the administration wants the American people to know. 

I spent nearly 30 years as a senior IT executive, in both the federal government and private sector. Many of the implementations I managed supported critical national security requirements, while others held the success of multi-billion dollar, publicly traded companies in the balance.


Improving healthcare for seniors through telemedicine

Nowadays we can use our mobile devices to go almost anywhere, which has been a great advantage for many senior citizens. From the bank and the shopping mall to the supermarket and the movies, it’s not difficult to go about the day from the comforts of home. However, when it comes to seeing the doctor - a fairly common occurrence for many seniors - the idea of virtual visits gets a bit more problematic.


Most late-term abortions are elective

Last month, desperate to counter the building opposition to late-term abortion in the grisly wake of Kermit Gosnell, Planned Parenthood tried to construct a roadblock. America’s largest abortion business released polling which attempted to show some of the more “sensitive” pro-choice messaging on the subject.


Ensuring access to phone service guaranteed under the ADA

I am a deaf man and in order to make a phone call I use what is called Video Relay Service, or VRS.  VRS responds to the mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide functional equivalency for telecommunications for people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.  I do not exaggerate when I say that VRS has changed my life.  It has.  Yet, as I write this, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is in the process of making changes to VRS and related services that undermine the mandates of the ADA and will make it harder for me and others just like me to use the telephone.


Make good on mental health parity

The lack of access to quality mental health and addictions services is one of the most important and most neglected civil rights issues confronting the nation. Care of the mentally ill is one of our greatest and most enduring health disparities and one of the country’s most resounding failures. People living with mental disorders and addictions have suffered far too long from discriminatory policies and practices rooted in so many causes – stigma, inadequate services and access, underfunding of research and restricted insurance requirements and coverage.


Time for Congress to put veterans funding first

Whether the government shutdown is long or short, Washington’s continuing failure to resolve budget disputes disrupts processing and delivery of vital benefits to our nation’s veterans.  According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a prolonged government shutdown will close many VA offices to veterans seeking benefits, delay even further the hundreds of thousands of veterans’ claims still awaiting decisions, and soon result in halting disability compensation payments to 3.8 million veterans, their dependents and survivors, many of whom have no other sources of support.  This is outrageous and unacceptable; worse it was predictable and preventable.