The Social Psychology of Healthcare Reform

Summary:  Why hasn’t healthcare reform moved forward? Two psychiatrists dig deep beneath the systems issues, politics, and social polarization, and they find darker social-psychological forces at work — outrage addiction, and pathological social contagion. Too many of us have become addicted to outrage over our grievances, and too many have been infected with animosity toward … Continue reading The Social Psychology of Healthcare Reform

Our Proposal for Healthcare Reform

In May 2021, fellow blogsite Academic Masters laid out a challenge to develop a proposal for healthcare reform. Although Academic Masters typically produces its own specified essays such as this for a fee, Fixing U.S. Healthcare would like to respond to the challenge gratis! Scenario The United States continues to experience challenges with respect to … Continue reading Our Proposal for Healthcare Reform

Finger-Pointing at Whom to Blame – Part 2

Summary This blog has argued that healthcare reform is economically, societally, and medically necessary. There is no lack of ideas, idealism, or compassion to move reform forward. What is lacking is power — hard political power and soft civic power. Political power is stymied by targeted voter disenfranchisement and by distorted campaign finance. How to … Continue reading Finger-Pointing at Whom to Blame – Part 2

Finger-Pointing at Whom to Blame – Part 1

Summary This blog has argued that healthcare reform is economically, societally, and medically necessary. There is no lack of ideas, idealism, or compassion to move reform forward. What is lacking is power — hard political power and soft civic power. Political power is stymied by targeted voter disenfranchisement and by distorted campaign finance. How to … Continue reading Finger-Pointing at Whom to Blame – Part 1

Commentary on “We Need Empathy”

Guest Post by Michael Stehney, M.D., M.P.H. Wow, your blog is impressive! I’m amazed at how deeply you’ve delved into this convoluted business of healthcare reform, and how broad your thinking is. Not just issues like cost-benefit and quality, but political, cultural, ethical, and moral questions as well. So my basic critique comes down to … Continue reading Commentary on “We Need Empathy”