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Eggs Widening Class Gap in Health Care Insurance

Egg Storage for IVF

Houston      Here’s the very good news for women. Apple and Google, the mega-billion dollar worldwide tech conglomerates have announced that they are now going to pay up to $20,000 to allow their female employees to freeze and store a couple of their eggs so that they can postpone having children until [...]

Walmart Dropping Part-timers Maybe a Win for 30,000 Workers

New Orleans    I stand second to no one as a critic of Walmart’s employee and labor relations policies, but it’s hard for me to join the boo-bird chorus about the company’s latest Scrooge-like action in dropping part-time workers averaging less than 30 hours per week.  The company just may have done most of them a favor [...]

Are Peoples’ Services a Prelude to Peoples’ Empowerment for the Poor?

Managua         The Organizer’s Forum in Nicaragua will start with a bang on its first full day with a meeting with the head of the informal workers’ union followed by a visit with a representative of the Nicaraguan cooperative movement. Waking up early it was still sprinkling after more than a dozen hours of intermittently hard [...]

Coming Healthcare Dilemma: High Deductibles and Short Turnaround for Coming Year

Montreal          Having felt like a voice in the wilderness raging at these high deductible plans that through some kind of loophole or chicanery have managed to be seen as qualified and acceptable under the Affordable Care Act in the US, it’s absolutely no comfort to stumble onto news’ reports that acknowledge that this has largely [...]

Continuing Confusion on Companies and Affordable Care: Walmart Example

New Orleans            Reading continuing reports on the number of people seeking coverage directly in the marketplace or through their employers under the Affordable Care Act makes it clear in many fundamental ways, people still don’t get some of the dimensions of the healthcare contradictions.  Nothing made the case for this argument more conclusively than a [...]

Too Much Data in Too Many Hands for Both Good and Evil

New Orleans      An observation decades ago always stuck with me. It was a comparison of Americans and people who live elsewhere. The point made by the author, whose name fittingly has long ago left me, is that we have too much information at hand and too little ability to process it. Ironically, that was then, [...]