HEJE Overview 11-20-17: Healthcare


“… [I]t’s important to provide publicly funded treatment and comprehensive services to both rural and urban communities. Practically speaking, many people in need of opioid treatment are able to access treatment only using public health insurance programs like the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and block grant programs.”

–“The Opioid Crisis Is at its Worst in Rural Areas: Can Telemedicine Help?”

Our regular HEJE Overview returns to Healthcare after a bit of a break. On the Rx list today: Why everybody will love single-payer (once it’s law); the new nominee to become Sec of HHS (hint: he’s from Eli Lilly); eliminating the individual mandate—in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (aka, tax cut bill); rising obesity among children and the health risks obesity entails, brought to a close by Big Hospital consolidations and closures in rural America (with the Mayo Clinic as chief exemplar), and finally, a cheaper (but not cheap enough to be affordable to many sufferers) approach to opioid addiction: telemedicine. Continue reading “HEJE Overview 11-20-17: Healthcare”


HEJE Overview 11-18-17: Environment


We are entering a period of consequences and are in danger of being too late… I have come to note that greenhouse gas climate forcings are accelerating, not decelerating, and sea-level rise and ocean acidification are accelerating. We confront a mortal threat, now endangering the very existence of island and low-lying nations in the Pacific and around the planet. Accordingly, ambition must be increased and enforced.”

–former NASA scientist James Hansen

It’s been another bad week for the environment, the mother of us all.

In today’s HEJE Overview-Environment: conclusions from COP23 (three links/excerpts); pipelines (DAPL, Keystone XL, Dominion Energy’s proposed pipeline expansions in Appalachia, drilling in the ANWR), and environmental injustice (two links, including one that provides handy charts and data on the most polluted states/counties/cities in the U.S.). We conclude with “Today in ‘we can’t believe we’re reading this’”: the Interior Department’s proposed lifting of the ban on importation of big game/wild animal “trophies” from Zimbabwe and Zambia, plus the president’s yesterday-evening decision to retain the ban, issued via tweet. Continue reading “HEJE Overview 11-18-17: Environment”

HEJE Overview 11-4-17: Health/care

Looking at health/care and poverty: three cases

What do a paralyzed bull rider from Oklahoma, at least 29 victims of the Las Vegas shooting, and many opioid addicts on methadone/buprenorphine have in common?

Right, you guessed it: they’re too poor to pay for medical treatment. Accordingly, in lieu of our QOTD, we begin this Overview by linking to U.S. POVERTY STATISTICS (2016) Continue reading “HEJE Overview 11-4-17: Health/care”

HEJE Overview 11-1-17

Today’s 11-1-17 HEJE Overview: in HEALTHCARE, Bernie Sanders’ visit to Toronto, Canada to inspect the Canadian healthcare system up close, and the state-of-play of the Affordable Care Act as of the end of October; in ENVIRONMENT, Puerto Rico’s contract with Whitefish Energy, Inc. (now cancelled) from several vantage points, and in EDUCATION, more bad Illinois news as charter schools seem to have hired people placed on the CPS “Do Not Hire” list. Also, student stress and anxiety levels have been rising since January 2017. BONUS: A look at two recent long-form pieces on the Secretary of Education. Continue reading “HEJE Overview 11-1-17”

HEJE Overview 10-16-17

DSO: Today we review four long-form pieces, focusing on one per area: Healthcare (Why Medicare for All means freedom); Environment (A just rebuilding in the wake of Harvey, Irma, and Maria); Justice (How Chicago gets a few of its guns); Education (The demise of Midwestern flagship Research I universities).

Selections from Jacobin (Healthcare), The Center for American Progress (Environment), ProPublica Illinois (Justice), and The Atlantic (Education).

Oh, and a bonus piece in “Health” (courtesy Mother Jones) on the opioid epidemic as it plays out on a daily basis in northeastern Ohio.

Enjoy! Continue reading “HEJE Overview 10-16-17”

HEJE Overview 10-14-17

Is Anybody Still Listening?

As a citizen, voter, and human being, I am writing this message to anybody who’s still listening to express my grave concern over a great many issues arising in the past few weeks/days/hours.

These include—but are not limited to—the following. Continue reading “HEJE Overview 10-14-17”

HEJE Overview 10-9-17: Healthcare

 The Bleak Future of the ACA


Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) spoke to a group of high-school students near Milwaukee on Friday morning, and he heard from one student who asked, “Do you personally consider health care as a privilege or a right?” The far-right senator replied:

“I think it’s probably more of a privilege. Do you consider food a right? Do you consider clothing a right? Do you consider shelter a right? What we have as rights is life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Past that point, we have the right to freedom. Past that point everything else is a limited resource that we have to use our opportunities given to us to afford those things.”

responding to a student at West Berlin High School near Milwaukee, Sept. 29, 2017 Continue reading “HEJE Overview 10-9-17: Healthcare”