“Then a journeying Samaritan came to wounded man and, having seen, ἐσπλαγχνίσθη” – literally was moved in his guts, esplagchnisthe. (This is my translation, with the help of cross-textual resource.) We know the rest of the story. The Good Samaritan took action to mobilize healthcare for the wounded man. What will move us in our … Continue reading Healthcare Reform: We Need Empathy, Not Just Ideas and Idealism
Perhaps the most potent argument today against healthcare reform is racial. Let’s look at the argument, and see how it stands up. The argument goes like this: Non-whites are inferior to whites, not worthy of sharing in the “common good” reserved for whites.Giving a societal benefit to non-whites subtracts an equal benefit from whites – … Continue reading The Racial Argument Against Healthcare Reform
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
“Slavery has produced a legacy of racism, injustice, and brutality that runs from 1619 to the present, and that legacy infects medicine as it does all social institutions… Now, amid an acute public health crisis that is transforming medicine, perhaps we have an opportunity to reset our priorities to face this deeper, more chronic crisis … Continue reading Systemic Racism & Healthcare Reform
One of the most potent objections to government-backed universal healthcare is the problem of free riders. John Smith said in 1608, “he that will not work shall not eat.” Getting something for nothing offends the American sense of fairness. But is this the right way to think about healthcare? Let’s look at free-rider claims and … Continue reading Healthcare Reform: What About Free Riders?