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Health Care Reform: Myths and Misunderstandings

Health Care Reform: Myths and Misunderstandings

Too often have I written about the endgame.  Shades of Mark Twain — reports of my death are exaggerated.  But this really is the ninth inning.  The problem is the president is looking for the long ball — the out of the park home run.  When he should have been hitting singles, or emulating the great Joe Montana — short yardage high percentage gains — not Hail Mary passes. Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant The secret fate of all voting…

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Keith Olbermann Sounds the Death Knell

Keith Olbermann Sounds the Death Knell

Keith Olbermann, always impassioned, penetrating and reflective. The chorus rises: this bill with it’s mandated participation in the insurance protection scheme cannot be supported. A bad and corrupt bill is worse than no bill at all. The President’s high stakes gamble is overtaken by the raging storm of job insecurity and … the economy. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Howard Dean Says It’s Time to Kill This Bill

Howard Dean Says It’s Time to Kill This Bill

Howard Dean at his most articulate and unambiguous self.   The time has finally come.    There is nothing left to support.   It’s now face saving time.   It is not about Joe Lieberman.   He’s just become the Mannie Ramirez of the Senate. “It’s not health care reform … and it’s too bad it’s come this.” “You are going to be forced to pay, on average, 27% of your money to pay CEOs $20 million a year…” [starts at about 4:08 into…

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HealthCare Napkins: It’s Not About HealthCare

HealthCare Napkins: It’s Not About HealthCare

Single payor is not the answer.   But this is an illuminating sketch of “HealthCare 101” coming into the bottom of the 8th inning.   What is missing is the critical distinction between big business vs small business in medicine.   Your old fashioned GP was in small business much as he/she always protested to the contrary. Healthcare Napkins All View more documents from Dan Roam.

Trying to Please Everyone and No One – part 2

Trying to Please Everyone and No One – part 2

Where is this train wreck headed?  Wending its way through the various Senate and House subcommittees, the health care reform debate of 2009 is approaching a crescendo.    What do we have to show?   The question I posed in a previous post still has yet to be answered – just what is the problem?  Is the problem greater access?  Is the problem escalating insurance premiums?  Is the problem stratospheric and ruinous hospitalization bills?  Is the problem rapidly declining quality of care? …

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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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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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