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Health Care: The Day After

Health Care: The Day After

The larger picture here is that the private insurance companies are still the ones in charge. They’re still going to call the shots. And if anything, they’ve just been given another big handout by the government by guaranteeing customers. I mean, this is really kind of crazy when you think about it. — Michael Moore

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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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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… 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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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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end game or round 2

end game or round 2

It has come to this.  This deadline will come and pass.  It will not be met.  What happened? Strategically, to frame health care reform as the defining and pivotal achievement of this administration was a setup.  The new administration entered under a wave of jubilation and hope.  I shared these sentiments. In 1964, Lyndon Johnson entered the office of the presidency with a mandate for change.  A mandate to finish what had been started in the three previous years under…

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