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Political Health Endgame: You Deserve Better Solutions

Political Health Endgame: You Deserve Better Solutions

Post-war Britain, and Londoners in particular, had suffered mightily after two years of punishing aerial bombardment.  The East End of London had been reduced to rubble. Winston Churchill, arguably the greatest leader and politician of the 20th century, was turned out of office.  A new day dawned.  Anuerin Nye Bevin, a “firebrand” Socialist, was determined to remake the British health care system.  On July 5, 1948 he became the first Minister of Health.   Out of his uncompromising efforts was born…

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The Law of Unintended Consequences

The Law of Unintended Consequences

As I wrote many weeks ago, the health insurance industry will not lose this battle …  any more than the too-big-to-fail Banks have … all at immense public expense. Max Baucus‘ political contributions from the health care and finance industry are well documented.  Now they have enlisted Tom Daschle and Bob Dole.   What a pair — Tweedle Dee and Tweddle Dum.   I have never understood what qualified Tom Daschle as a health care expert?   His ties to the industry?  A…

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change the metaphor

change the metaphor

Joseph Campbell first offered this sage aphorism: “If you want to change the world, you have to change the metaphor.” – Joseph Campbell The president subtly changed the metaphor this morning in a major financial address.  Instead of the phrase health care reform he used the phrase health insurance reform.  Ah , now we are framing the right debate. Was this metaphorical or strategic? We have argued for months now that this is not about health care reform.  Want real…

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… Waiting for Merlin

… Waiting for Merlin

And now we wait for the speech of a lifetime.  The make or break — defining speech.  We wish this unreal set of expectations on no one. Medicare for all? Let me renew this debate with trilogy of  blogs over the next week.    First with a set of charts and diagrams laying the foundation for the daunting statistics that face us. First consider this simple chart plotting the inexorable rise in yearly total health care expenditures from 1960 to 2016 …

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