Is Telehealth The Future of Medicine?
Affordable Care Act / Aging / Healthcare / Home Health Services / Regulation / Technology

Is Telehealth The Future of Medicine?

According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, 20 percent of Americans live in an area with an insufficient number of primary care physicians and 30 percent live in an area with insufficient mental health providers. Additionally, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that by 2020 the nation will be facing a shortfall of … Continue reading

The Problem With Wellness Initiatives
Affordable Care Act / Constitution / Economy / Healthcare / Labor Force / Politics / Regulation

The Problem With Wellness Initiatives

In an attempt to decrease health care costs, wellness initiatives have become increasingly popular programs offered by corporations. Health and wellness is an extremely important issue and when it comes to health care reform there should to be a larger personal responsibility component. Unhealthy lifestyles, such as inactivity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol … Continue reading

Keystone Pipeline: The Time to Act Is Now
Economy / Energy / Environment / Environmental Regulation / Presidency

Keystone Pipeline: The Time to Act Is Now

President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union address, mentioned the administrations efforts to reduce America’s energy dependence on foreign nations. The president’s energy section in the State of the Union was small, lackluster and dodgy. The president avoided any mention of one of the best ways for the U.S. to increase our import … Continue reading

The SNAP Trap, “Non-Excessive” Funding
Fiscal policy / Regulation

The SNAP Trap, “Non-Excessive” Funding

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program The 2009 Recovery Act was scheduled to have its boost to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) reduced when it expired on November 1. For households of three, this will be reduced by $29/month reducing monthly assistance from $63 to $37, Single person households’ SNAP benefits will be cut $11/month, and two-person … Continue reading

Airline Prices are “Fly-High” in the United States… Why Not in Europe?
Regulation / U.S. Domestic Policy

Airline Prices are “Fly-High” in the United States… Why Not in Europe?

I wanted to visit my significant other, who is studying abroad at the University of Limerick, in Ireland. Not to my surprise, my flight research came to a screeching halt when I saw the digits perpetuating across the computer screen, making me wonder if the amount was a phone number, or the ticket price—and I … Continue reading

Improving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
CFPB / Regulation

Improving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

It has been more than two years since the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a Dodd-Frank requirement intended to regulate financial services and to protect Americans from another financial crisis. Despite start-up challenges, lawsuits questioning its legitimacy, accusations that it is too powerful, and the controversial recess appointment of Director Richard Cordray, … Continue reading

ACA Individual Mandate: Penalty Finalized
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Regulation

ACA Individual Mandate: Penalty Finalized

On Tuesday, August 27, the IRS issued its final rule regarding the individual mandate to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The rulemaking formally establishes the IRS requirement for most Americans to be subjected to a financial penalty if an individual does not acquire “minimum essential coverage.” The rule will be published … Continue reading

Who Will Replace King Coal?
Economy / Energy / Environment / Environmental Regulation / Politics

Who Will Replace King Coal?

On Wednesday, President Obama gave a speech at Georgetown University announcing a new climate change policy.  The announcement fulfills a promise he made in his State of the Union Address to move forward with executive regulation if Congress failed to act on climate change.  It also makes good on his promise to bankrupt the coal … Continue reading