Health Care Policy Articles

Regulatory boards need to keep their independence

Austin American-Statesman, March 2, 2011

Facing a $27 billion budget shortfall, Gov. Rick Perry has revived a failed and tired idea from past legislative sessions. To save a paltry $7 […]


Midterm election campaigns all about health care bill

Austin American-Statesman, October 29, 2010

The midterm elections seem to be all about health care. Republicans spew venom toward Democrats for passing the reform bill. Democrats distance themselves from the […]


Controlling health care costs needs to happen from within

Austin American-Statesman, July 2, 2010

The White House nomination of Dr. Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seems to be imploding. If it does, it […]


This is What Leadership Looks Like

Austin American-Statesman, March 30, 2010

‘This is what change looks like.” Reflecting on 13 months of rancor and preparing us for the months ahead making sense of it all, that’s […]


The uninsured can’t afford delay

Austin American-Statesman, March 3, 2010

I refuse to nail the coffin shut on health care reform.

I chose neonatal intensive care as my professional home because it’s the perfect world. It’s a wonderful mix of high technology and caring, and every infant needing intensive care has access because the care is universally covered by private or public insurance. I could never work in an area that people couldn’t access because of lack of insurance.


Health reform must address primary care shortcomings

Austin American-Statesman, September 11, 2009

As a 30-year neonatal intensive care unit nurse, I know that America funds and delivers the finest high-technology care in the world. But when I admit so many babies of working parents with no insurance and work way too hard to find primary care providers for the babies we send home, I know our country has a terrible problem.


Don’t lower Texas’ RN standards

San Antonio Express-News, April 10, 2009

The 81st Legislature is weighing legislation that would lower nursing basic educational standards to help fight the nursing shortage in Texas. Bad idea. Some background: […]


CMS Reimbursement Changes Shine the Light on Patient Safety and Nursing Care

Texas Nursing Voice [Vol. 2, No. 4, p. 5], December 1, 2008

The hammer comes down this month. Beginning in October (the start of the federal 2009 fiscal year), Medicare will no longer reimburse hospitals at the […]


Texas professional nurses don’t need unions

Fort Worth Star Telegram, November 13, 2008

Continuing a campaign to unionize Texas nurses, today the California Nurses Association is holding a rally on the Capitol steps in Austin. This out-of-state union’s […]


Dewhurst doesn’t waste sympathy on the uninsured

Austin American-Statesman, February 8, 2007

Just when I think I can no longer be shocked by what an elected official says, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst goes and proves me wrong. […]