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Insurance Giveaway?

Insurance Giveaway?

This just in from Robert Reich.  Many of you have received this. Hi. I’m Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under President Clinton and currently a professor at the University of California. You’ve probably heard about a possible “deal” in the Senate to do away with the public option. I’m here to tell you that this is no deal: it’s a gift to Big Insurance, plain and simple. To which Captain Renault of Casablanca would have retorted: “I’m shocked, shocked…

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Trying to Put Genie Back in the Bottle

Trying to Put Genie Back in the Bottle

We have seen the emergence of “evidence-based medicine” in the last 10 years.  This has been an effort to further legitimize and give scientific basis to common medical therapies.  A medical version of “show me the money.”  I have always thought this was rather inane, since it presumed that all medicine for the last 2000 years has been unscientific and irrational.  Although the reality is medicine is not nearly as scientific as asserted.  Only 10-20% of medical practice is based…

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Health Care Reform: Pleasing Everyone and No One

Health Care Reform: Pleasing Everyone and No One

After countless months the debate marches on.   Congressional House and Senate bills proliferate.  I have lost track.  It is beyond our comprehension trying to read through each of these bills. There have been many lost opportunities.  This has never been about health care reform.  This is about health insurance regulation.  If you carefully sift through all the heartache stories and testimonials, you will see the real drama – unexpected hospitalizations.   So the real crisis is coverage of catastrophic loss –…

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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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