Caring for my dying husband was the best time of my life

Ten years ago, my world as I knew it ended. My husband of 19 years, the father of my two sons, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Over the course of seven months, Bill went from beating me silly on the tennis court to needing my help to go to the bathroom and bathe. It was […]

Social Security COLA Fails to Keep Pace With Costs of Being Older

Today’s announcement that there will be a tiny .3%  Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase next year means that 40 million seniors who rely on their Social Security to get by will once again find their expenses outpacing their Social Security benefit.  This continues the trend of historically low cost-of-living adjustments for seniors. Over the […]

Football Team at the Buffet: Why Obamacare Markets Are in Crisis

You may have noticed that Obamacare’s health insurance markets are in trouble. Insurers have announced that they are sharply raising prices or pulling outentirely. Many consumers will have fewer choices of insurance plans, and many insurance plans will include fewer doctors and hospitals. The turmoil can’t be explained by one factor alone. But many of […]

What’s Behind a Rise in Ethnic Nationalism? Maybe the Economy

Global economic weakness and a rise in inequality appear to be causing a disturbing growth in ethnic nationalism. Leaders today often do not openly declare themselves to be ethnic nationalists — in which identity is defined by perceived genetic, religious or linguistic heritage rather than democratic ideals or principles. But political appeals to such forms […]