Doctors, hospitals, and insurers have come together to fight the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The bill was passed yesterday in the House of Representatives despite the unity of these groups, who all issued statements condemning the House's move.
“The bill passed by the House today will result in millions of Americans losing access to quality, affordable health insurance and those with pre-existing health conditions face the possibility of going back to the time when insurers could charge them premiums that made access to coverage out of the question,” American Medical Association President Andrew W. Gurman, MD, said.
Carrie Fisher's hilariously tragic autobiographical novel, Postcards from the Edge, opens with the showstopper of a line, “Maybe I shouldn’t have given the guy who pumped my stomach my phone number but who cares? My life is over anyway.” The book lifted a suffocating veil from Fisher's life, and from the lives of countless others who, in reading her words, learned that living with mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. Later, she would speak about her struggles with bipolar disorder with similar candor.
"I shot through my twenties like a luminous thread through a dark needle, blazing toward my destination: Nowhere," she wrote. For a time, it may have seemed that way. The daughter of crooner Eddie Fisher and movie star Debbie Reynolds, who divorced when she was two, Fisher grew up in the spotlight. But when Star Wars catapulted her to stardom––and iconic status––at the age of nineteen, she self-medicated with alcohol and cocaine. That her addictions stemmed from an oft-misunderstood mental illness (the cause of violent mood swings and often frantic thoughts) was a cause to which she would dedicate much of her life. ”I have a chemical imbalance that, in its most extreme state, will lead me to a mental hospital...," she told Diane Sawyer. "I am mentally ill, I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on.”
Boxing legend and former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali passed away Friday, June 3, from respiratory complications at a hospital near Phoenix, Arizona. He was 74. Ali had been an advocate for Parkinson’s Disease more than 30 years after his initial diagnosis. He had also been battling advanced symptoms in recent years. The disease can lead to complications that affect the breathing of patients.