Vegas Seven


  • Politics

    Documenting Nevada’s Long History of Intraparty Squabbles

    By Michael Green

    Republicans have been attacking Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts for voting to uphold Obamacare, which is based on a plan put forth by the right-wing Heritage Foundation—a plan that was a signature achievement of then-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (a Republican).

  • Medicine

    Beam Yourself Up, McCoy

    By Heidi Kyser

    For something like 130 years, humans have had the telephone, yet it didn’t occur to the health care industry to formalize phone-based diagnosis and treatment until some 50 years ago. In 1996, the next frontier arrived when the Institute of Medicine said, “Hey, I bet this Internet thing could make it a lot easier to see patients who live out in the middle of nowhere!”

  • Obamacare, Money and the Future of Nevada

    By Michael Green

    Eight Supreme Court justices agreed that the Affordable Care Act has nothing to do with taxes, but Chief Justice John Roberts disagreed to tip the scales to 5-4 to uphold Obamacare, née Romneycare, over the frighteningly medieval dissent of four right-wingers. Now comes the question: What will the cost be for Nevada? Answer: next to nothing, if the Legislature does its job.

  • The Obamacare Exodus

    By James P. Reza

    In 2014, most of the provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—known to its close friends as Obamacare—are set to take effect. Of course, it’s possible that President Mitt Romney or the U.S. Supreme Court would have something to say about that, but health-care reform is close enough at hand that many in Nevada are already beginning to wonder—and worry—what it will mean for them.