Fixing U.S. Healthcare: Signing Off

Fixing U.S. Healthcare blog has accomplished its mission. Yes, mission accomplished – but not single-handedly, of course. In the blogosphere and in the public square surrounding this blog, the healthcare reform debate has matured from a simplistic, sometimes-childish sandbox fight now into a reflective, evidence- and values-driven, sophisticated discourse, worthy of a vibrant democracy. The … Continue reading Fixing U.S. Healthcare: Signing Off

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

“Dog-Whistles” That Subvert Healthcare Reform

Summary: Some of the arguments made by opponents of healthcare reform, though false, still hold sway by tapping into racial resentment. This post looks at five such “dog-whistles,” calls out their veiled racist message, and disputes their assertions. “Reform is bad for the economy.” “Reform tramples on states’ rights.” “No need to reform – nothing … Continue reading “Dog-Whistles” That Subvert Healthcare Reform

Healthcare Reform: We Need Empathy, Not Just Ideas and Idealism

“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

The Racial Argument Against Healthcare Reform

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