Real Tax Reform: Cutting the Healthcare “Excise Tax”

Politicians in Washington have been wrangling over healthcare and tax cuts since January 2017 (really, since 2009). They got a couple of things right. First, they realized that health spending amounts to an 18% excise tax on all economic activity; that’s how much of GDP we currently spend on healthcare.  And that’s where real “tax … Continue reading Real Tax Reform: Cutting the Healthcare “Excise Tax”

Segment 10 – What Can I Do to Fix Healthcare?

This segment reviews steps that viewers can take locally as well as civic actions that can support healthcare restraint and reform at a national level. In the last Segment we looked at what I call the Big Fix. It is based on the idea of setting limits fairly. I highlighted the Oregon Health Plan that … Continue reading Segment 10 – What Can I Do to Fix Healthcare?

Segment 9 – The Big Fix for U.S. Healthcare

This segment reviews the “Big Fix,” based on the idea of setting limits fairly. It describes the success of the Oregon Health Plan of 1994. In the first 8 Episodes, we have reviewed the evolution of the US healthcare delivery system and insurance system. We have identified the relentless growth of healthcare spending as the … Continue reading Segment 9 – The Big Fix for U.S. Healthcare

Segment 8 – Applying Our Values & Philosophy to Healthcare Reform

This segment reviews traditional American values and philosophical principles that can help resolve the core dilemma that has stopped us from fixing US healthcare for years – the unresolved conflict between “social justice” and “market justice.” In the first six Segments, we reviewed the relentless growth of healthcare spending. And how rising costs are literally … Continue reading Segment 8 – Applying Our Values & Philosophy to Healthcare Reform

Segment 7 – Healthcare Power, Politics & Philosophy

This segment reviews preconditions for having a focused discussion of healthcare reform necessitated by powerful vested interests, and it discusses how to overcome political polarization. In the first six Segments, we have reviewed the relentless grown of healthcare spending. And how rising costs are literally built into the system as it is now. This review … Continue reading Segment 7 – Healthcare Power, Politics & Philosophy