Health Care Policy Articles

‘Conscience’ division at HHS aims to reignite culture wars

Austin American-Statesman, February 6, 2018

Did you know that health care workers are complaining to the federal government that they’re suffering from discrimination by employers for declining to give care […]

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CDC’s banned-word list shows Trump’s contempt for science

Austin American-Statesman, December 20, 2017

Just when I think the Trump administration can no longer surprise me, they go and do it. But the latest stunt is more a shock […]

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Ending individual mandate raises questions of morality

The Houston Chronoicle, December 8, 2017

As Congress debates getting rid of the individual mandate to buy health insurance to better afford a tax overhaul, I’m reminded of one of the […]

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Health partnership responds when parents react to fewer RNs in schools

Austin American-Statesman, October 1, 2017

Since the Gallup Poll began ranking “most trusted professions” in 1999, nurses have placed No. 1 every year with the exception of 2001, when firefighters […]

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In America, pursuing health care reform is like Sisyphus pushing the stone

Austin American-Statesman, July 23, 2017

In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was condemned to ceaselessly roll a giant stone to the summit, only for it to roll back down of its own […]

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Bills would allow nurses to offset doctor shortages

Austin American-Statesman, March 28, 2017

While Congress proved incompetent to improve health care, Texas legislators have a golden opportunity right now to dramatically increase access to care. How? By substantially […]

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Ann Richards warned us; now we march to protect women’s rights

Houston Chronicle and Austin American-Statesman, January 19, 2017

I’ll be marching in the Texas version of the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21. Why? Because women’s reproductive rights are being taken away, […]

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Lasting health care legacies built by two caring, faithful Austinintes

Austin American-Statesman, October 28, 2016

If Austin had a Top 10 Most Influential Women in Health Care Award, Dr. Mary Lou Adams and Trish Young Brown would certainly rank high […]

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Criticism of women’s health study woefully misplaced

Austin American-Statesman, March 10, 2016

After the Oscar victory for “Spotlight,” let’s shine one on the effects of excluding Planned Parenthood affiliates from the Texas Women’s Health Program and the […]

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Politicians need to butt out of medical board investigations

The Dallas Morning News, December 8, 2015

Texas politicians have a nasty habit of interfering with medical board investigations. They need to butt out. The health professions boards exist to protect you […]

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