Healthcare Reform: Fuzzy Concepts & Fuzzy Logic

This blog has purposely avoided getting too personal, in the sense of being about this blogger. And it has tried to avoid getting too political, in the sense of being partisan or acrimonious. However, in a departure from this usual stance, this post will draw on a personal, political conversation I had this week with … Continue reading Healthcare Reform: Fuzzy Concepts & Fuzzy Logic

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

Is the Texas Power Grid Failure a Metaphor for Blocked Healthcare Reform?

Here’s why the Texas power grid failed. This story sounds hauntingly similar to why healthcare reform has failed so far. It reminds us of what must be done to fix both. The system experienced rapid growth in the mid-20th-century. Investors used legal and political maneuvers to shield themselves from government oversight and to protect their … Continue reading Is the Texas Power Grid Failure a Metaphor for Blocked Healthcare Reform?

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

Systemic Racism & Healthcare Reform

“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