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Giving a Voice to Rare Disease Patients

November 23, 2016 - 6:00am

Two years ago, I held a series of roundtable meetings in Lutz, Florida with physicians, advocates, patients, and families from our area to hear about the challenges of finding cures for the thousands of deadly and chronic diseases impacting millions of Americans. Diseases like cancer, ALS, Alzheimer’s, and the 7,000 rare conditions. These discussions were eye-opening to me. I got a true sense of how difficult it is to get new medicines to market, and how painful it can be for families desperate for treatment.

The Lynching of Dwight Bullard

November 16, 2016 - 6:00am

OK, I get it. Some Jewish people are upset with Dwight Bullard because he traveled with the Dream Defenders to Israel and their tour guide had ties to a terrorist organization.

Quality and Value in Health-care Explained

November 16, 2016 - 6:00am

The congressional echo chamber, on both sides of the aisle, constantly talks about the great reform fad: “payment for value” and “quality” care. And the Medicare version called MACRA passed nearly unanimously, with cheers from the marbled halls of the AMA tower. Obamacare too constantly harps on “quality.”

Let's Not Replace Constitutionally Proper Elections With Mob Rule

November 16, 2016 - 6:00am

The goal of the recent, sometimes-unruly protests over the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States of America is unclear. Is it to make President-elect Trump preemptively resign? Is it to ensure that he never takes office—by any means necessary? Is it to exercise the protesters’ self-defined right to vandalize the property of others?

Democratic Leaders Diss Conservative Democrats at Their Own Peril

November 14, 2016 - 6:00am

Democrats are in trouble, but not for the reason you might think.

Dan Gelber and Susanna Randolph Are Inelligible; Will Debbie Wasserman Schultz Stick Her Nose in Again?

November 13, 2016 - 10:15am

Let's face it, Debbie Wasserman Schultz has a history of interfering in party politics. She put her thumb on the scale in two races that we know of.

Mrs. Buttinsky Wasserman Schultz tipped the scales in favor of Allison Tant in 2013, sending the Florida Democratic Party to wander the desert since. The party has been beaten like it stole something in every race that mattered. It is totally irrelevant at this point. 

The System WAS Rigged - and America Understood That

November 10, 2016 - 10:15am

As many of you know from my past columns, I haven’t been a fan of Donald Trump. Regardless, I always said I would vote for him given the alternative, which was much, much worse.

Keeping Our Nation’s Promise to Veterans

November 5, 2016 - 6:00am

Each time I have the privilege of meeting the heroes who wore our nation’s uniform, I am reminded they represent the very best of America. From World War II and Korea to Vietnam and Iraq and Afghanistan, we would not be the nation we are today without those who served. 

What Does $6.2 Million Buy in Tallahassee?

November 4, 2016 - 8:45am

Amid the chaos of a national election season, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s going on at home here in Florida. This year, all 40 of Florida’s state Senate seats and all 120 seats in the state House of Representatives are up for re-election -- though, granted, a few seats were uncontested.

Clinton’s Email Scandal Asks: Are We A Nation of Laws?

November 4, 2016 - 6:00am

FBI Director James Comey has caused consternation by his public actions. There is much discussion trying to understand what is really going on. One explanation, I believe, is that Director Comey is at war with the Justice Department.

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