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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 the National Health System.  Bevin became known as the father of the NHS.  The pride and joy of Britain today.   Out of crisis comes opportunity.   And so it is today.   With crisis, opportunity comes aknocking.

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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 make health care the centerpiece of your administration.”  Wise counsel.  But this may have been a strategically and untenable position.  Like the myth of Sisyphus, since the days of Franklin Roosevelt every president has aspired to a more perfect health care system.

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