The Health Costs of Inequality

The word is out–according to economists from Standard & Poor, the stalled economic recovery in America after the Great Recession could be due to our staggering income inequality. The rich get richer, and they already have everything they need, so they do not buy any additional goods and services, but instead put their money into…

Super-Hero for Health! From a Doctor-Writer-Educator-Advocate

Who am I? So begins the zero-to-hero blog challenge.  Hope you enjoy my monthlong January jumpstart to master blogging basics! Let’s start with my hyphenated professional identity. I am a physician-writer-educator-advocate. And person. I am a family physician working two days a week in a federally qualified health center on Chicago’s South Side, and just finished…

Got Coverage?

Chicago Family Health Center has busily been signing up patients for health insurance. Each Saturday, we’ve been hosting Affordable Care Act Enrollment Fairs. The first one was November 16. After seeing my patients in clinic that morning—including two who had previously been uninsured, now covered through the Cook County early Medicaid expansion called County Care—I…

October 1, 2013

October 1, 2013 A seemingly innocuous day. And a momentous one. It began like any other, if you could ignore the news of a federal budget showdown: postponing Obamacare for a year (stretching to forever) vs shutting down the federal government. The Great Government Showdown was on! In the morning, I drove to clinic listening…