Healthcare Reform: Are Insurance Companies and Drug Companies the Culprits?

“We are at the mercy of the private insurance and pharmaceutical companies, whose greed dictates the cost of healthcare,” railed Democrat Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders in a recent campaign blurb. Are insurance and drug companies really the ones to blame for our healthcare problem – unsustainable costs and millions without access?  If so, are … Continue reading Healthcare Reform: Are Insurance Companies and Drug Companies the Culprits?

Fixing U.S. Healthcare Blog – One-Year Appraisal & Summary

Fixing U.S. Healthcare blog reached its one-year anniversary last month. That’s a good time to take stock. And it’s a good time to summarize this blog’s message - that U.S. healthcare spending far outpaces spending in other comparable OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development) countries, as shown in the masthead graphic, above, and needs to … Continue reading Fixing U.S. Healthcare Blog – One-Year Appraisal & Summary

Healthcare Reform: Is the Message Getting Out?

Is the message of this blog getting out?  The Gallup Poll’s annual survey suggests so, with one exception.  Here are some of Gallup’s key survey responses with my comments.   Availability & Affordability How do you feel about the availability and affordability of healthcare in the nation? Conclusion: American dissatisfaction with availability and affordability is … Continue reading Healthcare Reform: Is the Message Getting Out?

“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

What If U.S. Healthcare CAN’T Be Fixed?

What if Americans are too divided to reach any common ground? Or what if healthcare has become so rigged and so enmeshed that it can’t be untangled?  Or what if vested interests have become so powerful that they can’t be overcome? Not so fast, claims the Beyond Intractability project championed by Heidi and Guy Burgess based … Continue reading What If U.S. Healthcare CAN’T Be Fixed?