Finger-Pointing at Whom to Blame – Part 2

Summary This blog has argued that healthcare reform is economically, societally, and medically necessary. There is no lack of ideas, idealism, or compassion to move reform forward. What is lacking is power — hard political power and soft civic power. Political power is stymied by targeted voter disenfranchisement and by distorted campaign finance. How to … Continue reading Finger-Pointing at Whom to Blame – Part 2

Finger-Pointing at Whom to Blame – Part 1

Summary This blog has argued that healthcare reform is economically, societally, and medically necessary. There is no lack of ideas, idealism, or compassion to move reform forward. What is lacking is power — hard political power and soft civic power. Political power is stymied by targeted voter disenfranchisement and by distorted campaign finance. How to … Continue reading Finger-Pointing at Whom to Blame – Part 1

Commentary on “We Need Empathy”

Guest Post by Michael Stehney, M.D., M.P.H. Wow, your blog is impressive! I’m amazed at how deeply you’ve delved into this convoluted business of healthcare reform, and how broad your thinking is. Not just issues like cost-benefit and quality, but political, cultural, ethical, and moral questions as well. So my basic critique comes down to … Continue reading Commentary on “We Need Empathy”

U.S. healthcare system full of ‘financial pollution’ — Scientific Inquirer re-blog

Financial pollution arises when exorbitant or unnecessary healthcare spending depletes resources needed for the wellbeing of the population. This is the subject of a JAMA Health Forum Insight co-authored by researchers in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Harvard Medical School. The Insight was published in the March 8, 2021 issue […]U.S. … Continue reading U.S. healthcare system full of ‘financial pollution’ — Scientific Inquirer re-blog

Waldman’s Simple Solution to the Complex Problem of Healthcare

Deane Waldman MD, MBA, has a simple solution to healthcare reform:  StatesCare and market-based medicine.  His rallying cry is to get the federal government completely out of healthcare. This post will acknowledge that many of his ideas do have some merit. But it will argue that his key message – less government -- is hollowly … Continue reading Waldman’s Simple Solution to the Complex Problem of Healthcare