Category Archives: Health Policy

Ed Roberts, first severely disabled student admitted to UC Berkeley

This is the time of the year to celebrate Ed Roberts’s birthday. Ed was admitted to UC Berkeley after one of the faculty members said, “We tried cripples before and it didn’t work.” Schoolwork wasn’t a struggle, but keeping up … Continue reading

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Election 2014 Comments: Social Security

by Olivia LaRosa, October 6, 2014 As we are nearing this 2014 “off-year” election, I decided that I would take some time from my busy schedule to respond to right-wing candidates and their supporters in the hopes of straightening out … Continue reading

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Able Peter Orszag Opines: Employers should take care of disabled: What! Oh dear!

By Olivia LaRosa, September 5, 2014 (Updated from 2010) Dear Peter Orszag, I hope you never become disabled, without assets due to your disability, and unable to receive disability income. Your prescription for making disability “work” is completely wrongheaded. The … Continue reading

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How cuts in global public health measures endanger us all; cuts in WHO hurt response to ebola

By Olivia LaRosa, September 2, 2014 Today, a headline caught my eye. Cuts in WHO hurt response to ebola.  (NYT 9-2-2014) What is WHO? Why, it’s the World Health Organization, which is supposed to respond quickly and effectively to outbreaks of … Continue reading

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Claim your disabled adult child as a dependent on your tax return

In order to continue to claim your disabled adult child on your income tax return, the following five tests must be fulfilled. First, the child must be your legal child. Second, the child must be permanently and totally disabled at … Continue reading

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Ted Cruz’s hate-mongering speaking tour whips up animus toward seniors

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/matt-miller-the-gops-obamacare-youth-hoax/2013/08/21/39a5a3a2-0a5a-11e3-8974-f97ab3b3c677_allComments.html?ctab=all_& The GOP has sent out the psychopath Ted Cruz on a multi-city speaking tour to whip up hate for “Obamacare” among young people. His job is to convince them that they are suckers if they sign up for health … Continue reading

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