FoF: React to the Health Care Acts

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U.S. Capitol Building

Does the mere mention of Health Care send shivers down your spine? Are shivers down your spine a pre-existing condition? Does your policy cover vertebral vibratosis? Is that even a thing? (It’s not.)

Health care has been a front-and-center concern for among parents for about as long as we’ve been parents, and this week saw the debate reinvigorated with the release of the Senate’s version of AHCA, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Funnily enough, for all the bipartisan screaming on Capitol Hill, that many people don’t necessarily think Better Care needs to be Reconciled; polls show the majority of Americans are against the House reform, and we’re bracing for more acrimony once the CBO scores the Senate’s version.

We’re watching the health care conversation particularly closely, because it’s central to a dad’s primary job of protecting our infants, our special-needs children, our elderly parents. From what we’ve seen, both proposed health care re-makes make it much harder for lower- and middle-class families to afford insurance—whether it be lack of tax incentives, higher deductibles, or the ever-lengthening list of pre-existing conditions we all surely have. This affects everyone, and we urge you, regardless of political affiliation or your final opinion on the proposed changes, to do your due diligence and learn more about the pros and cons being presented, and react accordingly. The health of American families is not something that any of us can afford to tune out.


On Father’s Day, co-founder Doug French published this piece acknowledging that reactions to Father’s Day are as diverse as the stories of the fathers we celebrate.

We saw a lot of our friends—including Fatherly‘s Simon Isaacs, our five-time Title Sponsor Dove Men+Care, and NYC Dads Group‘s Jason Greene—on CBS This Morning’s report on millennial dads.

Do older dads have “geekier” kids? Survey says . . .

We always enjoy the Modern Dads Podcast from City Dads Group, but this musical episode is pretty special. Every parent needs a theme song.

It’s a good sign when people can’t decide which awesome memory with their dad was the best.

Matt Sweetwood says it is time to stop thinking of dads as the secondary parent.

A big congratulations to our friends at Life of Dad on winning a Cannes Silver Lion for their Cheerios campaign!

Looking for some great conversation starters with your dad? Try these.

What it all comes down to is that a present dad, biological or not, is a good thing.

A great opener: “There were two secrets in my house growing up: my dad was a spy, and I liked girls.”

Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do, where “do” is putting more happiness in parenting.


Author, host, and Dad 2.016 keynoter Brad Meltzer had the opportunity of a lifetime this week when he threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium [spoiler: he brought the heat]. And really, the only thing cooler than the pitch was the practice (below). Congrats, Brad!

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Top photo: Daniel Huizinga