Category Archives: Hospitals

One year ago tonight, a brave heart was stilled. The Brandi Nicole Stanley story.

This is a story that begins with the ending. I have been working on the Brandi Story for twenty-five years. I write a few pages, and then start over. I made up a kind of biographical essay that we gave … Continue reading

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Wendell Potter: Court Case Against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Shows How Insurers Rip Off Working People and Their Employers

By Elaine Magliaro Wendell Potter is a former CIGNA executive who became a healthcare industry whistleblower. He is an outspoken critic of the US private health insurance industry–“particularly HMOs, and the sometimes-hidden tactics insurers can use to increase their profits by creatively denying policyholders their … Continue reading

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When Catholic Health Care Systems Own Your Doctor: The New Threat to Affordable Birth Control for Women

By Elaine Magliaro Patricia Miller has a chilling article over at Salon titled When the Catholic Church owns your doctor: The insidious new threat to affordable birth control. Miller’s article opens with a story about a woman named Angela Valavanis. … Continue reading

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“I Saw My Husband Die”: When a Patient’s Death is Broadcast Without Permission

By Elaine Magliaro Imagine that it’s four o’clock in the morning and you can’t sleep…so you settle down on your couch to watch television. You’re elderly and a big fan of NY MED, “the popular real-life medical series set at … Continue reading

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Catholic Bishops and Religious Rights vs. Women’s Rights…and Women’s Health

By Elaine Magliaro NOTE: I originally posted the following article at Res Ipsa Loquitor on March 4, 2012. I decided to repost it at Flowers for Socrates after reading Mike Spindell’s article Proof Most “Right to Life” People Are Liars. In … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity, Conservatives, Equal Rights, Health Care, Health Care Insurance, Hospitals, Politics, Religion, Reproductive Rights, Roman Catholic Church, Society, United States | Tagged , , , , | 19 Comments

Louisiana, Moving Forward In Reverse

by GENE HOWINGTON If the war against women’s rights concerns you, avoid Louisiana. In yet another strike against the rights of women, a bill came before Gov. Bobby Jindal this week that is truly horrifying. Of course, he is expected … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Estate Law, Fundamentalism, Health Care, Hospitals, Jurisprudence, Local Government, Louisiana, Reproductive Rights | 25 Comments