Author Archives: Scott L. Parkin

About Scott L. Parkin

Retired communications professional with more than 30 years background in writing about aging, health and long term care.

One Day Last Month

My father is 94. Although  deaf and partially blind, his overall health has been good. For the past four years, he has lived at home receiving help from paid caregivers, until one day last month. Dad had a very bad urinary tract infection that … Continue reading

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Days of Rage Redux?

In 1970’s America there was a bombing somewhere in America almost every week. It was called Days of Rage. Now there are mass shootings that occur as often as that, but are far more shocking and frightening. Yesterday, I went to … Continue reading

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Loonies of the Right

The Capitol Steps, a riotous comedy troupe based in DC, coined this phrase and use it in a song to the tune of “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera. And, it has been swirling around in my … Continue reading

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Cut Medicare? Cut Medicaid? Why?

In the 1980s, I worked for a health economist named Carl Schramm. His mantra was that the real problem was health care costs, not the cost of insurance. This message landed him a great job with the health insurance industry … Continue reading

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What is Their Vision?

The photo of armed Tea Party members standing in front of the Montana state capitol is chilling and a stark reminder of the insanity of our gun laws, but what is it that these folks really want? What is their … Continue reading

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Health Reform and Secession

I live in Virginia. My attorney general has challenged the legality of the new federal health reform law and a US District Judge appointed by former President Bush gave his case the green light this week. The AG’s case is … Continue reading

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Cutting Social Security Will Hurt Low Income Elders

Social Security Cuts Hurt Vulnerable Seniors Continue reading

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