Marilyn M. Singleton

CP Op-Ed Contributor

The Road to Serfdom is Paved with Good Intentions

What do TSA groping, NSA data-mining, and mercury-laced fluorescent light bulbs have to do with keeping your doctor? They are the products of seductively entitled but flawed laws. As Daniel Webster said, "good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority."

Loss of Medical Care Leads to Unsympathetic Apology

In Law and Order re-runs after some tragedy has occurred, prior to grilling the victim's family the police officer quickly states the obligatory phrase, "I'm sorry for your loss." It is sterile, meaningless, and as heartfelt as the streaming digital "Thank you" at the automated gas pump.

ObamaCare: Sold to the Highest Bidder

The Affordable Care Act is like the television show Storage Wars, where unclaimed items in storage lockers are auctioned off after a quick peek through the door. People bid top dollar and hope for the best. Some find a goldmine, but the unseasoned bidders usually receive a Pandora's Box.

Medicare: The Bundlers Are Coming!

My long-time self-paying patient opined that the end of fee-for-service payments (payment for what you get) was imminent. I lightheartedly asked her how physicians would be paid. Would they be housed in military barracks and given vouchers for necessaries?

Black History Month Tribute: Strength, Persistence and Talent

Black history in American has certainly had its ups and downs. It's troubling when, for political theater, those who should know better fail to emphasize the inspirational stories that highlight the strengths of blacks and the humanity of whites. While it is undeniable that cruelty and suffering are part of this country's history, at some point it is counterproductive to paint blacks as weak victims of the white man's callousness.