Nobel Economist: What It Will Take to Fix U.S. Healthcare

“America’s private health insurance system is far more costly with far poorer results than the public option programs in Europe.” So writes Nobel-prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz in his new book.  His solution to fix healthcare:  “people power.” His conclusion lines up with Fixing U.S. Healthcare blog. He agrees that the healthcare system needs more than the … Continue reading Nobel Economist: What It Will Take to Fix U.S. Healthcare

Healthcare Reform: New Resistance, New Traction

Business school courses on managing organizational change often begin with how to deal with resistance to change. They teach business leaders first to distinguish between true resistance – recognition by front-line staff of real obstacles – and pseudo-resistance, the natural human tendency to fear anything unfamiliar. We are seeing the emergence of true resistance this … Continue reading Healthcare Reform: New Resistance, New Traction

Healthcare Reform: What About Free Riders?

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?

Campaign Ad on Healthcare Is Misleading

In the final days before the November 2018 election, Representative Scott Perry (R-Pennsylvania) launched a campaign ad that criticized his Democratic challenger's support for universal healthcare. Rep. Perry drew a negative comparison to Britain’s National Health Service. The ad was misleading. Below is my Letter to the Editor on the subject. The Letter was posted … Continue reading Campaign Ad on Healthcare Is Misleading

“Single-payer healthcare is socialism!” – Why That’s Wrong & Wrongheaded

There are two technical reasons that the “socialism” claim is wrong:  First, single-payer does not mean government-single-owner.  Second, single-payer is best understood as a public-private hybrid, which is fundamentally different from socialism. This blog has avoided over-politicizing the healthcare reform debate.  It has, in fact, cautioned Americans to steer clear of inflammatory loaded words like … Continue reading “Single-payer healthcare is socialism!” – Why That’s Wrong & Wrongheaded