"Establishing" Health Exchanges: Ways Out of the King v. Burwell Trap

Must-Read: Keith Hampton: Is Technology Making People Less Sociable? NO: Relationships Are Being Enhanced, not Replaced: "Consider ‘what a strange practice it is…

that a man should sit down to his breakfast table and, instead of conversing with his wife, and children, hold before his face a sort of screen on which is inscribed a world-wide gossip.

These words ring as true today as when they were written, in 1909. They were the observations of one of America’s first and most renowned sociologists, Charles Cooley, about how morning delivery of the newspaper was undermining the American family.... We are now no more addicted to communication and ignore our relationships as a result than we did 100 years ago.... Social ties that we once would have abandoned as we left high school, changed jobs and moved from one neighborhood to another now persist online.... The same is true for professional acquaintances, distant relatives and friends from all phases of our life. In our closest relationships, today’s technologies don’t replace in-person interaction, they supplement it.... We shouldn’t fear information overload as a result.... In fact, for some, especially women, the exchange of informal support and opportunities for social sharing online contribute to lower levels of stress. All that information also contributes to our awareness of the world around us...

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