Op Ed

Obamacare: Politics Unseating Policy

Obamacare: Politics Unseating Policy

Sumit R. Kumar   Three legs support a stool. Cut one leg off, and the stool falls. The Republican Party has continuously attempted to cut off the “subsidy leg” from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). By dismantling part of a necessarily interconnected plan, they threaten financially feasible health coverage for […]

 
 

The Absence of Diversity in Law: The Solution

The Absence of Diversity in Law: The Solution

Josh Schaier   The legal profession has an abysmal reputation: Knowingly overbilling clients (“churn that bill, baby!”), consistently demonstrating a flawed management structure, and turning a blind eye to insider trading. A more systemic issue, though, is the lack of diversity of most senior lawyers. As noted in the Wall Street Journal, the […]

 
 

Why We Need the Humane Cosmetics Act

Why We Need the Humane Cosmetics Act

Melody Cherny   Animals used for cosmetics testing are condemned to a frightening and painful life. They endure chemical burns on their skin and eyes, and chemical poisoning due to forced inhalation and ingestion – all without any form of pain relief. And after all of this, these sentient beings […]

 
 

Dear Higher Ed: Why We Need to Move from Diversity to Social Justice

Dear Higher Ed: Why We Need to Move from Diversity to Social Justice

Part One of a Series on Diversity & Social Justice in Higher Education Zara Nasir   There has been a lot of national conversation around lack of diversity in higher education in recent years, revived by the recent release of the film Dear White People.  After decades of being plagued […]

 
 

A New Approach to the Homelessness Crisis in New York City

A New Approach to the Homelessness Crisis in New York City

#86362856 / gettyimages.com   Kristy Brown & Liz Casey   On November 19th, 2014, the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) shelter census reported a little over 58,000 people experiencing homelessness–which includes over 12,000 families with children and 11,000 single adults. These numbers are representative of the homelessness […]

 
 

Midterm Elections Bring Good News for GOP, Bad News for Climate Policy

Midterm Elections Bring Good News for GOP, Bad News for Climate Policy

#171251746 / gettyimages.com   Barbara Ioannidis   Eyes and ears around the world were on climate change this September during the United Nations Climate Summit. As President Obama spoke of the United States’ progress toward the reduction of carbon emissions by 2020, he promised to meet the target to cut […]

 
 

The Secret Formula for Medicaid Reform: DSRIP+ACO= Better Safer Hospitals

The Secret Formula for Medicaid Reform: DSRIP+ACO= Better Safer Hospitals

Daniel B. Shulkin   In addition to expanding Medicaid and reducing the number of uninsured, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) included a number of initiatives to expand already existent coordinated care models including Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH). An additional incentive program, omnipresent in US […]

 
 

Is the U.S. ready to handle Ebola?

Is the U.S. ready to handle Ebola?

#516287193 / gettyimages.com   Kathleen Graham   If you haven’t noticed, Ebola has been in the news recently. The media hype surrounding cases in the U.S. has spun out of control, creating a online frenzy. Personally, I’ve overheard distressed New York City transit riders discussing arming themselves with Lysol to […]

 
 

Would you vote for a president who didn’t speak English?

Would you vote for a president who didn’t speak English?

Stephanie Henning   As I sit in front of my computer on Election Day, waiting for the results of senate races across the country, I can’t help but think about one race that will not be decided today. The Navajo Nation Presidential election has been postponed after candidate Chris Deschene […]

 
 

Oil and Women: Could Keystone XL Impact More Than Just the Economy?

Oil and Women: Could Keystone XL Impact More Than Just the Economy?

Keely Gerhold   The proposed TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline would bring energy-intensive oil from Canada’s tar sands through South Dakota, increasing the risk for oil spills, natural resource degradation, and further allowing our dependence on oil to impact climate change. The potential damage to communities impacted by Keystone XL extends […]