Dad was certainly a visionary, and I have inherited that particular gene, or curse, or blessing, depending on your perspective. At times it’s all three. It’s a wonderful thing because visionaries can see a beauty that isn’t yet, and be driven by that beauty, and try to make it real. It’s a horrible thing because there can be few or no others who can see anything similar, and when others pay any attention at all, it’s likely to scoff or worse.15Mar2011 | Deborah Alicen | 0 comments | Continued
To date, every time a Vatican spokesman or other defender of the Pope opens his mouth, what comes out is a clear demonstration of how much they do not comprehend about the experience of sexual abuse; and, more to the point, how little they attend to what’s necessary for healing from sexual abuse.3Apr2010 | Deborah Alicen | 0 comments | Continued
Every now and then a bureaucracy finds out that they’ve messed with the wrong person, and now it’s Cigna’s turn to find out they shouldn’t have messed with Dawn Smith.2Oct2009 | Deborah Alicen | 0 comments | Continued
MoveOn.org has released a new “insurance company public service announcement” featuring Will Ferrell. This one competes for top spot along with the Insurance Company Rules video. Here’s the new one–check it out and then look at the old one for an additional dose of hoot: Protect Insurance Companies PSA from Will Ferrell22Sep2009 | Deborah Alicen | 0 comments | Continued
Crystal Lee Sutton, whose labor organizing efforts inspired the movie Norma Rae, died September 11 in North Carolina at age 68.14Sep2009 | Deborah Alicen | 0 comments | Continued
Why, oh, why, has the Gang of Six–the six Senators working on the Senate Finance Committee’s version of a health insurance reform bill–why on earth, why in heaven’s named, would they do anything (as they have) to accommodate him and his wingnuts?!?
Battered Woman Syndrome.11Sep2009 | Deborah Alicen | 0 comments | Continued
I’m not someone who needs all the latest electronic toys. Only once did I do a 30-day trial of an upper tier cell phone plan. All the little extra charges made me faint, so I ditched that for a Tracfone.1Aug2009 | Deborah Alicen | 0 comments | Continued
Vermont’s Catamount health insurance option is truly a wonderful thing for many people who would otherwise have no health coverage. And I haven’t heard any horror stories about them such as one reads about private insurance companies refusing to pay for medical treatment for people who’ve paid in their premiums faithfully.29Jul2009 | Deborah Alicen | 1 comment | Continued
Tim Geithner has apparently been cutting deals with some of the banks that received bail-out funds and which are now posting significant profits. That level of recovery is great news–their profits are up, which means taxpayers’ investment should be receiving a nice return, yes? Um, not so much.21Jul2009 | Deborah Alicen | 0 comments | Continued
ProPublica writes of extreme problems in California regarding professional regulation of nurses. One option for dealing with the problems is that of installing an “enforcement monitor” in the regulating agency to keep things moving along. The article says the California medical board had once done that for a period of time. Perhaps some such person(s) [...]15Jul2009 | Deborah Alicen | 0 comments | Continued
Having been clear, I hope, in presenting my progressive/liberal credentials, I’ll say that for some things there simply is no middle road. Transparency and accountability are among those things.
President Obama has so far signaled, if not outright opposition, at least considerable foot-dragging when it comes to undoing some of what can be undone of Bush’s legacy, and pursuing accountability for Bushies who may have committed crimes.18Feb2009 | Deborah Alicen | 0 comments | Continued
There weren’t many of us who witnessed the Arkansas National Guard facing down school children, to prevent school integration in Little Rock, who would have imagined we would see an African American president in our lifetime.19Jan2009 | Deborah Alicen | 1 comment | Continued