Our grandparents gave their children the world — then took it back again

When I stopped being able to relax, I didn’t even notice it happening. Between one childhood summer and the next, I went from walking to places just to be there and watching fish swim in shallow water…


You know it, I know it, and it’s time we all admitted it

Today, millions of Americans seem convinced that healthcare should only be provided to those they consider to be worthy of such support — and those lucky few usually don’t include the long-term poor. …


As a patient, I’ve often struggled to get adequate access to my local pharmacist, given how overworked most community pharmacists are. As someone who takes multiple drugs, this can be a difficult problem.

After all, the likelihood of medication-related concerns rises the more meds you take, and even the most…


In his widely-read book on protecting yourself from violence, “The Gift of Fear,” author Gavin de Becker describes how people focus on high-profile events and tune out day-to-day threats:

We all watched as bodies were carried away from the Oklahoma City bombing, and by the end of that week we…


As a patient, I’ve often struggled to get adequate access to my local pharmacist, given how overworked most community pharmacists are.

As someone who takes multiple drugs, this can be a difficult problem.

After all, the likelihood of medication-related concerns rises the more meds you take, and even the…


Decades of experiments prove that our current system doesn’t work

Every decade or two, U.S. healthcare industry talking heads insist that this time, they’ve found a way to make money and deliver great patient care.

The latest strategy getting healthcare execs worked up is the value-based care model, which assumes…


I was almost ejected from my health insurance by a system increasingly designed to drop consumers

Back in 2017, my husband and I became eligible to enroll in a Marketplace plan, the coverage made available through the Affordable Care Act. …


Over the past seven years, as we’ve struggled to get solvent, mentally well and credit-worthy, we have lived in four different basement apartments. And over those years, they’ve gone from a quick fix for an untenable housing situation to pure misery.

Initially, we saw basement living as a relief. The…


Tonight, I saw David Crosby on tour with the Sky Trails band at a music hall in Virginia. My husband and I seldom blow our budget on concert tickets but come on, this is The Croz. He’s almost a part of my family.

Not only is he a seminal figure…


It’s all about efficiency, not ideology

Most of the arguments regarding the establishment of a universal healthcare system in the US are ideological. …

Anne Zieger

Anne Zieger has been a writer for almost 30 years. She's interested in life, the universe and everything.

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