Healthcare Reform & the Strength of Nations

Would reforming healthcare strengthen U.S. global power? A new RAND Corporation analysis of great powers in history provides clues that it might. This blog has warned that uncontrolled healthcare spending is squeezing public and private budgets, incurring wasted-opportunity costs, cutting into military spending, and increasing the national debt. These financial strains on our economy and defense … Continue reading Healthcare Reform & the Strength of Nations

Stalled Healthcare Reform: It’s Worse Than You Think

In 2021, 1.1 million U.S. deaths would have been averted if the U.S.’s mortality rates matched those in other wealthy nations. Furthermore, Americans are dying increasingly younger than in those other countries As a result of these excess younger deaths, Americans lost fully 25 million productive years of life, according to a brilliant but troubling … Continue reading Stalled Healthcare Reform: It’s Worse Than You Think

Is Nursing Home Reform Part of Healthcare Reform?

The short answer is, Yes. Let’s drill down in more detail, and look at the National Academies’ new report on The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality. Some First Questions We can, first, ask the same questions about nursing home care as about healthcare in general. Is nursing home care a right or a … Continue reading Is Nursing Home Reform Part of Healthcare Reform?

Is Healthcare Reform But One Battle in Judge Luttig’s “War with Each Other”?

On June 16, 2022, respected retired conservative Judge Michael Luttig observed that “we Americans are at war with each other.” Is healthcare reform but one battle in that larger war? This blog reprints Judge Luttig’s testimony before the House Select Committee, and will let readers consider their own answer to that question in light of … Continue reading Is Healthcare Reform But One Battle in Judge Luttig’s “War with Each Other”?

Gun Violence Bleeds into Healthcare Reform

The heart-wrenching mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24 has reawakened attention to firearm violence.  Fixing U.S. Healthcare sees firearm violence as a public health issue. It identifies the dynamics opposing gun safety reform as similar to those opposing healthcare reform. It also sees similar messaging tactics employed by both, … Continue reading Gun Violence Bleeds into Healthcare Reform