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Month: August 2009

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Wither Now Health Care?

Wither Now Health Care?

[originally posted on Huffington Post] The Patriarch of the Kennedy Dynasty has passed.   Whither now health care reform?  Why is this important? For the last 40 years Edward Kennedy was the voice of the under-represented.  His lifetime goal was a more perfect and accessible health care system in the United States.   He worked tirelessly to achieve these goals.  We are told that he counseled Barack Obama in the early days, “I will support you openly under the condition that you…

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Health Reform — temperatures rising

Health Reform — temperatures rising

Remember Monte Hall and Let’s Make a Deal?  Behind No. 1,  door No. 2 or door No. 3.   Behind door No. 1  is the path to political nirvana — health Care reform.  Behind door No. 2 is political hell — socialized medicine.  And behind door No. 3 is — a mirror.   Somewhat facetiously stated.  What is the mirror all about?   It is — you and I.   A collective look at ourselves and how we can decide make a better future….

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August Recess Health Care Update

August Recess Health Care Update

Congress is in August recess.  Hot as a pistol in Washington, DC. Where are we this week?  All the players have staked their positions.   The president and the administration have not articulated a definitive plan.  They have offered a dreamy vision.  As we have noted, both strategically and rhetorically, this vision keeps evolving. Most recently, the focus has shifted to insurance reform.  An easier sell.    As one commentator said this Sunday, “nobody likes their insurance company.” Who are the players?  …

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More economic thoughts

More economic thoughts

It is difficult staying focused. What is the Democratic message?  We know the Republican message.  What is the goal? Representative Henry Waxman was featured on the on The daily Show with Jon Stewart last night.  He was asked a simple question — what is the plan?  What is the goal?  A series of litanies followed without a crisp,  definitive answer. Initially it was about covering 40+ million Americans who are currently uninsured.  But the nagging question, how this will be…

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Health Care reform: shifting sands

Health Care reform: shifting sands

Watch the bouncing ball.  In an earlier post I cautioned my gentle readers to keep your eye on the ball.  A difficult task. What is the goal? The goal started with a political strategy and calculation based on a lofty ideal.  Cover everybody.  It is becoming clearer to more people that coverage alone does not guarantee access nor quality.   Does universal coverage remain the goal?  Or universal access?  At what cost? Now the debate shifts even more subtly  to insurance…

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