Chris T. Pernell
Doctor and Clergywoman

Chris T. Pernell

Chris T. Pernell is a doctor and an ordained clergywoman in New Jersey. Two of her recent projects include a prison-based wellness program and a faith-based childhood obesity initiative.

Archive: Chris T. Pernell

We hold these truths to be self-evident

When it is all said and done, though we have journeyed many miles, and hit major milestones, even so we have miles yet to travel.

By Chris T. Pernell | March 31, 2010; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lights, camera, action: Health-care arguments on display

On Thursday, we listened to lawmakers from opposing camps articulate how best to achieve health-care reform. We heard philosophical differences from the right and left, some legitimate, others doused in party rhetoric and well-rehearsed talking points. We witnessed a deft...

By Chris T. Pernell | February 26, 2010; 04:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

Right-sizing health care

What cannot happen is that we walk away empty handed. The rest of the Obama agenda cannot afford this nor can the majority of Democratic incumbents who will risk being labeled inept.

By Chris T. Pernell | January 21, 2010; 01:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

The little engine that could

True and radical change will surface when we confront the care culture where health promotion, wellness and prevention take a back seat to cure and disease management.

By Chris T. Pernell | January 6, 2010; 03:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

The push for American Exceptionalism

It is a disservice to all Americans and the iconic American brand if we fail to forge a solution or at least make considerable progress in that direction, similar to the spirit that enacted Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

By Chris T. Pernell | December 16, 2009; 02:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

No need for abracadabra

Every day in the status quo is another day someone is denied access, loses coverage, avoids treatment or halves a pill because they cannot afford to be healthy.

By Chris T. Pernell | November 17, 2009; 06:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Keep health alive

As the health-care crusade approaches the homestretch, and the House and Senate work in tandem to deliver on the President's promise of change, no one is quite certain what reform, if any, will materialize. Will legislators balk at the public...

By Chris T. Pernell | November 4, 2009; 11:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

14-9 and Still Counting

The Baucus bill, the least politically offensive, won the coveted moniker of bipartisan, though barely.

By Chris T. Pernell | October 13, 2009; 10:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Davids and Goliaths

Though he emerged on the Washington scene a long shot, a virtual David in a crowded room of Goliaths, President Obama quickly out-lapped veteran opponents. But then came the summer of partisan bickering, outlandish hyperbole, and sneakily Goliath regained stature and bravado.

By Chris T. Pernell | September 11, 2009; 02:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Do the Right Thing

Will his mandate pass away in the night? Or will his booming voice continue to ring true as legislators drag themselves back from a summer recess where it seems more was lost than was gained?

By Chris T. Pernell | August 27, 2009; 04:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

"Dear Mr. President..."

When health care is overtly politicized, good health is sacrificed under the guise of preventing an abuse of government power and distorting the American brand.

By Chris T. Pernell | August 25, 2009; 02:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

Belaboring the Fix

Health-care cooperatives have been offered as middle ground, but in practice, it is questionable whether co-ops fit the scope and gravity of the problem.

By Chris T. Pernell | August 20, 2009; 06:05 AM ET | Comments (2)

Survival of the Fittest

Frankly, what is surfacing is a survival of the fittest mentality. One demographic, being pitted against another, risks any true reform of the system and compromises the pursuit of good health for all.

By Chris T. Pernell | August 11, 2009; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (37)

Separate and Unequal Rights

Though I am in no way a big government zealot, or naively misguided to think that government action will be flawless, on the other hand, I am not frightened by a public-private partnership.

By Chris T. Pernell | August 4, 2009; 08:51 PM ET | Comments (3)

Delay Is Not Denial

If we framed the system of health care as a patient, albeit one which has coded and desperately needs resuscitation, then in the push to overhaul it, viability would not be made a casualty of demagoguery.

By Chris T. Pernell | July 29, 2009; 02:08 AM ET | Comments (1)

Divided We Fail

Truthfully, we will not achieve the perfect health plan, but we owe our countrymen something better than the limited access and skyrocketing costs that plague our current system.

By Chris T. Pernell | July 21, 2009; 06:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

Brother Can You Spare A Dime?

Bullying the haves with excessive taxes and pitting the have-nots as their proverbial foe is, frankly, dated and unimaginative.

By Chris T. Pernell | July 14, 2009; 01:11 PM ET | Comments (4)

In Pursuit of Good Health

But just like the death penalty has not deterred crime, individual mandates will not make us a healthier nation necessarily, rather a more insured nation.

By Chris T. Pernell | July 7, 2009; 01:56 PM ET | Comments (3)

Ode to Health Care

Choice, whether in choosing a physician or a private or government-backed insurance option, cannot be framed as the adversary of quality or cost-effective care, but as its foundation.

By Chris T. Pernell | June 30, 2009; 07:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

Lives in the Gap

Living life in the balance, wedged between necessity and cost, sadly has placed good health at too high a price for some of the most vulnerable among us. For many, the pang of the health-care crunch is felt not at the doctor's office but when paying for prescription medicines.

By Chris T. Pernell | June 23, 2009; 06:02 AM ET | Comments (2)

Physician Heal Thyself?

Armed with a mix of ego and duty, he championed all stakeholders -- specifically physicians -- to own the problem so that we may move forward to create solutions.

By Chris T. Pernell | June 16, 2009; 04:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Lessons of an Uninsured Physician

Legislators would best serve the American populace through a government-backed public option.

By Chris T. Pernell | June 9, 2009; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (4)

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