Healthcare Is Not A Cellphone Plan

The Affordable Care Act is far from perfect and there is currently a bill to implement Universal Healthcare or Medicare For All (H.R.676). The Republican majority and the 45th President of the United States are still bent on removing many of the protections in the ACA. They seem to think shopping for health care is like getting a cellphone plan. It is not. It is not even

Congressional Democrats Owe Us A Strategy

The atmosphere everywhere we turn is replete with rancor and vitriol, and every effort we make is met with a standard retort, “You lost, get over it.” These are not standards times. We accept that Donald Trump is President of the United States, even if we don’t like it.

We do not, however, accept the implication that his win comes with autocratic authority, or that we no longer have a place in our government. The United States remains a democracy where all opinions matter. They cannot all prevail, but they must all matter.

Let's Cause Good Trouble

Once inside I made my way to the front. There I stood just a dozen feet away from the lectern from which one of the most influential politicians of modern times was going to deliver his message to the fully packed Maine State Theater. I was here to see Bernie Sanders, for whom I caucused and who was the catalyst for my own renewed interest in giving a damn about politics.

Becoming A Meme: The Imagery of Protesting

Some people get memed after just a single photo of them surfaces to the public worthy of meming. Others, like myself, become iconic images of the movement by showing up consistently to demonstrations with a powerful visual message. I didn’t set out on this journey with either in mind, but here I am, a year into resisting Trump, and I have become a poster-child of the resistance.

Don't Forget to Budget for Oxygen

Trump, we are redeclaring our rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

You have tweeted that global warming was “invented by the Chinese“, is “nonsense”, and is “a hoax”. Aside from your flat Earth rejection of what 97% of scientists consider true, your proposed budget cuts based on this pseudoscience are a direct threat to our existence.

How to Improve Voting in the US

The United States has a very complicated way of registering voters. You have to re-register for voting each time you move to a different address instead of having everything moved over automatically. This is very inconvenient for most people. For example, in our home state of New Jersey we have no form of online registration for new voters or for re-registering voters. We can

Why Millennials Need to Get Involved in Politics

Millennials have been unjustly characterized as apathetic and disconnected from politics. This assessment is based on false assumptions.  Pundit analysis suggested fewer Millennials turned out to vote after Bernie Sanders lost to Hillary Clinton. These claims were not based on concrete numbers as shown by the Brookings Institute’s data.

Death Penalties Are Real

One misconception people have about single payer healthcare is that private health insurance won’t deny services while a public option will. In fact,  insurance companies consistently deny critical services. These often life-saving services include therapy, medication, surgery, medical devices and treatment. This practice is essential to any insurance company’s bottom line, even for expensive, “premium”, private insurance.

Dear America, Don't Be THAT Guy

At every large gathering of people there always seems to be that one guy who is obnoxious, boisterous, and a bit too over-aggressive. These completely insensitive turd birds know they are too much and make no apology excuses for being rude and overbearing. For the sake of peace, everyone else acquiesces to their inclusion and quietly wonders who the hell invited them anyway.

Humpty Trump, D. Sat On A Wall

The Trump wall will create tens of thousands of new jobs!  Most of which will not be for American laborers. In an attempt at isolating the United States from our southern neighbor, we will end up using international construction corporations to complete the task. 

 Some folks will be glad to have a physical barrier to hide behind and even fewer will capitalize off of this fear to enrich themselves by ensuring that suffering of disenfranchised people continues .