Stopping COVID-19: Healthcare Reform, Incident Command, & the False Promise of Libertarianism

This post will argue that healthcare reform would be sufficient, but not necessary, to stop COVID-19. Even without total system reform, just activating the Incident Command System could stop COVID-19. But this post will claim that COVID-19 in the U.S. is a reflection of, and metaphor for, a societal “infection” with libertarian hyper-individualism. Healthcare reform … Continue reading Stopping COVID-19: Healthcare Reform, Incident Command, & the False Promise of Libertarianism

Covid-19 Shut-Down Is A Cost-Benefit Bargain

Covid-19 has everyone talking about cost-benefit analysis.  The President himself started the conversation with his notorious tweet, “We can’t have the cure be worse than the problem.” Fixing U.S. Healthcare blog has touted cost-benefit analysis as a key approach to taming the healthcare cost tapeworm. This week, columnist Tom Friedman and political philosopher Michael Sandel … Continue reading Covid-19 Shut-Down Is A Cost-Benefit Bargain

Coronavirus: It’s Changing Our Conversation About Healthcare Reform, Ethics & Silent Spread

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing a lot right now. Here are three changes to which I’m paying close attention How we talk about healthcare reform How we talk about rationing ethically How the virus is spreading silently Coronavirus & Healthcare Reform Christopher Beem writes in The Conversation that the coronavirus pandemic will push Americans to … Continue reading Coronavirus: It’s Changing Our Conversation About Healthcare Reform, Ethics & Silent Spread

Coronavirus FAQs: Will we get through this?

Here are the three most asked questions I’ve been getting about the coronavirus pandemic. To answer them, I will digress in this post from this blog's core mission of advocacy for U.S. healthcare reform. What Are Worst-Case and Best-Case Scenarios? The worst case scenario was the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.  This graphic depicts its three … Continue reading Coronavirus FAQs: Will we get through this?