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OpEdge: The Make-Busy Congress

by Marc Jampole THERE MIGHT BE some possibility of convincing Donald Trump and the Republicans not to build a wall along the Mexican border if they sincerely felt threatened by an invasion of undocumented immigrants. Once they learned that more of the undocumented have been leaving the U.S. than entering over the past few years, […]

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Reflections on Rehab

by Harold Ticktin HERE IN CLEVELAND we have the mightily named Montefiore complex, a charitable megalith combining all the various kinds of succor to  aging, mostly (but far from only) Jewish recoverees from falls, bladder infections, muscular failings and, of course, diabetes-related impairment. I write at the tail end of a four-week excursion after an […]

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March 2: Senator Russ Feingold

Russell Dana Feingold, who served as U.S. senator from Wisconsin from 1993 to 2011, was born in Janesville, Wisconsin on this date in 1953. Feingold was a left-leaning legislator, significantly more so than most Democrats, and was the only senator to vote against the USA PATRIOT Act. He worked on campaign finance reform, in opposition […]

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Poverty and Older Women

Basic Solutions to a Shameful Situation by Louise Cooper From the Spring 2014 issue of Jewish Currents Poverty among American women 65 and older is no longer just a problem, but a crisis. As of 2012, there were more than 733,000 elderly women living on $15 per day, or less than $5,500 annually — an […]

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Sentient Beings: A Justice Story

Why I, who benefited the least from my uncle’s estate, was the one to gift his caregivers Bernett Belgraier Upon disbursement of my uncle’s estate, a year and a half after his death, the personal checks that I sent were accompanied by notes expressing gratitude from him, his wife, and me. Lorene was the longest-serving […]

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Living as Long as Possible

by Marc Jampole The New York Times opinion page seems to be on a full-bore campaign against radical extension of human life. For the second time in less than a month, the Times has decided that the voices in favor of not pursuing life extending technologies and therapies need to be heard. Three weeks ago […]

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April 20: Rick Brown, for National Health Insurance

E. Richard (Rick) Brown, founder of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a longtime advocate for national health insurance, died at 70 on this date in 2012. He was “a tireless advocate for the uninsured,” notes a UCLA Newsroom obituary, “and he promoted the development of health data surveys to both dispel persistent […]

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O My America: Just in Time

by Lawrence Bush “Just in time, I found you just in time . . .” — Jule Styne, Adolph Green, Betty Comden My mother is dying tonight, or in the next 24 or 36 or 48 hours, just short of her 92nd birthday this Saturday. She’s on oxygen and morphine, and not conscious, and I’ve […]

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A History of Health Care Reform

by Marc Jampole With the Supreme Court considering multiple challenges to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 next week, OpEdge readers might want to delve into the long-term history of health care reform in the United States. If so, there is no better place to go than Paul Starr’s recent Remedy and […]

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