Clarification... this not to say that the psychological issues associated with these physical disorders are not real, just that in determining insurance coverage their physical nature should be recognized. Complete treatment of an eating disorder - or many other disorders - must include covered psychological care, as the article points out.
I know Amy and it is a joy to see her find her strength. She is an incredible woman. Everyone with an eating disorder deserves appropriate treatment, because everyone who has one is also an incredible person who deserves to be treated respectfully for a *physical* illness. I don't think distinguishing between "mental" and "physical" illnesses is reasonable: mental illnesses are brain disorders with behavioral consequences. Eating disorders bring additional physical consequences. A failure to cover treatment based on such an arbitrary distinction is cruel, immoral, and not cost-effective for society. Amy is lucky - but she shouldn't have to be.
"facilitate homelessness by allowing panhandling"? Surely I'm missing the context or point of his comment. I'm pretty sure that banning panhandling isn't going to put anyone in permanent housing. If he really believes that, he needs to do some real homework on the issue. NC State has a distance ed class on Hunger & Homelessness (SW495)...
I believe the name of the NC State newspaper is The Technician, not The Chronicle.
The date on this quote is wrong. It's 1987, during the Reagan years, not 1978 when AIDS wasn't identified.
"The subject matter is so obscene, so revolting, it's difficult for me to stand here and talk about it. I may throw up."
--Discussing an AIDS prevention comic book, quoted in the Los Angeles Times, 1978
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