Should Birth Control Pills Be Sold Over-The-Counter?

Is it time to start selling birth control pills over-the-counter (OTC)? The easy answer is, yes.  But is it really an easy question to answer? No. Remember, we are living in a country where many parents are still against condoms being available to students, and where many schools are teaching abstinence only in place of sex-ed classes....more

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Woman Shoots Herself: How Far Would You Go to Treat a Problem Without Medical Insurance?

It's the sort of story that makes people ask what the hell is wrong with America. A woman sustains a small but painful injury to her shoulder but -- unable to pay the medical fees to have the problem fixed -- resorts to creating a bigger problem in order to finally get the medical attention she needs. Namely, shooting herself. ...more

Pelosi Gets Personal On 'Obamacare' And This Uninsured American Is Glad!

I’m so glad being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition! ...more

Healthcare: Beware of Fake Medical Insurance

A few weeks ago, I noticed that I was seeing an increasing number of commercials advertising inexpensive "easy to get" health insurance.  The first thing that came to my mind was ... this has got to be some sort of scam.  Otherwise, wouldn't everyone be getting cheap insurance? It's sad really, with over 46 million uninsured in America, there is no shortage of scammers lining up to exploit them. ...more

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Uncounted and invisible

Got a college degree but can't get work?I'm lucky because I'm single and understand it is much harder for families, HOWEVER,anyone who has not been fully employed following graduation - either high school, community college, or 4 year college is NOT COUNTED in any statistics about the U.S. unemployment rate!What can we do to get government to recognize that we too have needs - but are not entitled to anything because we never worked full-time! Help - I can only rely on friends and family for so long. Any advice on how we can unite?...more

Memo to Rep. Joe Barton: Young adults need health insurance, too.

Of all of the claims and counterclaims spouted during yesterday's floor debate in the House of Representatives, I was most stunned by Rep. Joe Barton's assertion that 10-15 million uninsured young adults don't want health insurance: ...more

Wal-Mart, Our Surprise Salvation, Part II

(The continuation of Dr. Patricia Allen's proposal that Wal-Mart administer the public option in health care reform. The first part is here.) Never one to shrink from audacity, Dr Pat, our Medical Mentor and Wise Woman called for recognition that Wal-Mart can be the solution to our health care crisis yesterday. Here is Part II of her compelling argument that Wal-Mart could actually make America healthier. ...more

Wal-Mart Could Be The Surprise Salvation of Health Reform; Part 1

by Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen In America, we have 43 million Americans without health insurance.Ultimately, the political infighting about our health care crisis isn’t the point. The possibility of solving it is. I am as surprised as you might be to be believing that the best hope lies with Wal-Mart.First, a few facts: ...more

Health Care Reform Now: Our Voices At The Table

by Chris Lombardi On Friday, as President Obama's push on health care reform began, the White House hosted a high-powered roundtable of women's organizations for a "Stakeholder Summit." Former WVFC editor Christine Cupaiolo points out the high caliber of the groups in the room: ...more

I Knew the Economy Was Bad, But This is Ridiculous

In the past few days, several things have happened which have left me very disillusioned with our country. Since I have had my son I've had quite a few health problems. We are currently uninsured because the cost of the insurance is so high, that it is a choice between that and eating. Well, yesterday, I went to a local medical facility which is supposed to base what you pay on what you make. My husband's income is the only income we have for a family of 5, and we don't qualify for medicaid. They told me after reviewing his check stubs that I would have to pay 78.00/visit. ...more