Kathy-Ellen Kups

Kathy-Ellen Kups

Kathy-Ellen Kups is the breast cancer blogger for Everydayhealth.com.

Archive: Kathy-Ellen Kups

Power to the people

For those of us who advocate for a universal system, it may not go far enough or fast enough, but the new health-care bill is a vehicle that is moving health care in the right direction.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | March 31, 2010; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

A mixed victory

When the dust settles and Americans really review the legislation to reform health care in this nation and all the time and effort wasted on compromise, I am convinced that most people will see it for what it is; a lost opportunity.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | March 19, 2010; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

They have all the power

The insurance industry has had decades to get it right and instead they decided to get as much as they could.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | March 9, 2010; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (4)

Bold but not Reform

This week's health-care summit is an opportunity for both parties to open dialog on one of the most significant issues that has ever faced America. President Obama's decision to merge the bills from the house and the senate is a...

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | February 25, 2010; 12:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Small step for Nancy, big step for reform

Even so, health-care reform is more than just an important issue in America right now; it's a necessity. If taking small steps is the only way to get there, then it's time to take the first one.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | February 5, 2010; 08:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hail to the Chief

The president's call to action was loud and clear. The only thing that I found disappointing as I watched the State of the Union was how totally disaffected the Republicans were.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | January 28, 2010; 09:50 PM ET | Comments (1)

Provide real leadership

It's time to regard health care not as a product to be sold to the American people, but as it truly is; an essential human service.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | January 20, 2010; 04:13 PM ET | Comments (3)

A lot of Americans will die

This Sunday, the Detroit Free Press ran a story about a mother and daughter who had both been diagnosed with breast cancer and neither had health insurance. In the next three years, we will hear a lot more of these stories.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | January 12, 2010; 10:46 PM ET | Comments (2)

It's a nightmare

Funny, I thought the goal was to ensure everyone in America had access to health care, just like the senators have. With all of the compromise and negotiation to win 60 votes, the most significant part of health-care reform was lost.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | December 22, 2009; 10:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Listen to the people

If anything we have learned that saving lives is far more important than saving money. The people are talking--shouldn't our representatives be listening?

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | December 8, 2009; 09:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

We need a strong public option

It will take courage and commitment, but I am banking on the majority of senators to realize that most Americans don't have the Cadillac health-care coverage that they enjoy and is paid for by tax-payer dollars and many of those Americans would settle for the smart car version.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | November 25, 2009; 09:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pro-life and pro-universal health care

It is my hope that publicly funded health care be made available to all citizens and legal residents of the United States, and that includes the unborn.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | November 11, 2009; 11:04 PM ET | Comments (3)

Let's get on with it

If something could be done now to improve the health of the nation without health-care reform, then we probably don't need health-care reform. The idea however that health-care reform could take years to implement even if it is enacted now...

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | November 4, 2009; 05:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Canada is best -- but not why you think

I want to tell you something about Canadian health care that you may not have considered: the fact that Canadians totally take their universal one-payer system for granted.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | October 20, 2009; 10:44 PM ET | Comments (15)

It's Missing the Point

Without a public option, it is not what can be called reform. If the democrats continue to woo Snowe and her cohorts it is clear we won't see a public option in any final reform either.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | October 14, 2009; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Keep Sight of the Goal

Employer health plans are no longer the solution as these same plans have contributed to the downfall of many of those companies that offered them.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | October 7, 2009; 07:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Call It a Punishment

Imposing a huge tax on expensive insurance plans is simply a punishment for those who want the best for their families. This isn't health-care reform, it is a money shift.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | September 23, 2009; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Lot of Passion But Little Action

Without question, President Obama showed passion and commitment in his speech on health-care reform this evening.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | September 9, 2009; 11:17 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Cause of a Champion

It is a sad day when America lays to rest a champion. For his untiring years of devotion to the American people, Sen. Kennedy was indeed a champion. Even growing up in Canada I was well aware of the Kennedy family and their place in both American politics and American history.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | August 26, 2009; 06:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

It's Time for Courage

Tweaking and adjusting the bill to appease every concern is not the answer. It's time for a courageous bill that addresses the real problem of lacking health care.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | August 25, 2009; 10:45 PM ET | Comments (3)

It's Complicated

When people such as Sarah Palin warn Americans that they will stand before a "death panel" to determine if they will get treatment, things are getting a little ridiculous. This is America, this is a democracy, we don't euthanize seniors here.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | August 12, 2009; 06:27 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Only Option

Let's put this in perspective: Canadians and the British have enjoyed universal health care for over 50 years. To say that these plans aren't working after they have met the needs of a generation of people is laughable.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | August 5, 2009; 09:50 PM ET | Comments (4)

The Current System Can't Be Tweaked

It is an insult to the American people to insinuate that the current health-care system only needs a few tweaks to rein in escalating costs.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | July 21, 2009; 11:06 PM ET | Comments (1)

Lets Tax Everyone Instead

Taxes are essential to pay for infrastructure, defense and other important services that contribute to the progress of this nation. It is my conviction that health care is as significant as these and warrants the same status.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | July 14, 2009; 10:58 PM ET | Comments (4)

Mandating Coverage Is Not a Solution

What does mandating health insurance really mean? It's like trying to fix the auto industry by passing a bill mandating all Americans to buy a car.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | July 7, 2009; 10:20 PM ET | Comments (5)

Treating Patients Like Consumers

Shortly after moving from Canada to Michigan, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The hospital saw me as a client and the staff was trained to ensure that I was not only given the best care, but that I was a satisfied consumer.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | July 1, 2009; 09:27 AM ET | Comments (1)

Drug Deals Not a Good Idea

This move simply guarantees that drug companies can limit regulation and have a voice in health-care reform.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | June 23, 2009; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Innovation, Not Compromise

I applaud the President's efforts, but compromising to appease big business is a sure-fire way to fall short of the goal of delivering the best and equal care to every American.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | June 15, 2009; 09:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Equal Health Coverage For All Americans

Legislation that ensures equal coverage to all Americans regardless of socio-economic status will ultimately lead to a stronger and healthier population.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups | June 8, 2009; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (5)

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