Repealing the Affordable Care Act Is Immoral

Through the Affordable Care Act, I was able to stay on my parents’ healthcare until I was 26, and then buy healthcare for myself and pay it every month as I worked full-time building my business and career as an adjunct professor of English and a freelance magazine writer. My brother was able to buy his insurance through the ACA to work full time at a job that does not offer health insurance, while still writing and creating comics and recording and selling music, building his own career and business rather than being forced to work for an employer to get healthcare. Millions of others were able to afford payments for care through the ACA even though they suffer from cancer or another terrible disease, because of the provision not to deny healthcare based on a pre-existing condition. Repealing the ACA harshly punishes people who put everything into their own small businesses and dreams, and sentences others to bankruptcy and death. The ACA is imperfect and should be revised and improved in many ways, but that does not mean repealing it. In my opinion, repealing the ACA with no replacement is not only irresponsible but also completely immoral.

 

Esquire article on the repeal here: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a52234/senate-obamacare-vote/

Why You Should Try Meditating While Running (and How to Do It)

meditationrunningginaI’m running down Kelly Drive in Philadelphia on an unseasonably warm fall day, my purple sneakers softly thudding against the ground. As I run, I notice a young boy skateboarding on the street, and the way his red hat flops to the side. I pass dry-looking trees and plump geese gathered in the grass next to the trail, and a couple kissing on a rock overlook. I notice the way the water ripples as a racing shell cuts cleanly through the center of the Schuylkill River and glides away from me.

Would you guess that I’ve been meditating this whole time?

Read the rest of my article in Runner’s World.

Be Well Philly: The 19-Year-Old CHOP Patient-Turned-Playwright Whose Poetry Will Make You Cry

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I enjoyed interviewing Elizabeth Kennedy on both her medical issues and her creative process. Check out my latest post for Be Well Philly here.

Be Well Philly: This Is City Hall’s Best Kept Secret

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Short piece on Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown’s Noonwalk exercise initiative at City Hall for Be Well Philly on Philadelphia magazine.

Get Inspired: Kinzey Lynch Is Blind — But That Doesn’t Keep Him From Running Marathons

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This Drexel student, who has been blind since birth, runs on Kelly Drive every weekend. This is Kinzey’s story in his own words, which I put together for Be Well Philly and Philadelphia magazine based on a run (he is FAST) and interview I did with him.

How to Laugh at Your Worst Days (and Why You Should)

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A Q & A with 22-year-old author and nonprofit founder Shane Burcaw in Philadelphia magazine’s Be Well Philly.

Fitness/Weddings feature: “The Shape Shifter”

Photo by Rania Matar for Boston magazine
Photo by Rania Matar for Boston magazine

Check out my latest Boston Weddings Q&A with trainer and fitness pro Katie Boyd of Style Network’s Wicked Fit for expert advice on getting fit for your wedding. The interview appears in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of Boston Weddings.