April 29, 2010
Why can’t other states be as good as Maryland? I knew Maryland was ahead of other states in health care. After all, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore is reputedly the best hospital in the world. And this CNN news report by Elizabeth Cohen reveals surprising facts about hospital profits in Maryland. Did you know that […]
August 7, 2009
There are two fundamental goals for health care reform in America. The problem is, many of us accept one goal but reject the other. Therein lies the conflict that is roiling town-hall meetings across America this week. This is democracy in action. The two goals for health care reform: Universal Health Care. That is, make […]
July 22, 2009
The film clip on TV news of President Harry Truman (“The buck stops here”) making the case for health care for Americans was poignant. NBC aired the Truman clip following President Barack Obama’s news conference on the same subject, health care. If I remember history correctly, President Teddy Roosevelt (“Speak softly and carry a big stick”) […]
July 19, 2009
Now comes the climactic battle for health-care justice in America. No one said it was going to be an easy fight. Many interests are united against health care for all Americans. A lot is at stake. Power and privilege, for sure, but mostly it’s about wealth. A whole lot of profit is siphoned off by […]
July 12, 2009
Today’s Washington Post Op-Ed page features a column by President Barack Obama reviewing the steps his administration is taking to lead the U.S. out the deep economic recession. One paragraph in particular seems crucial to me: “There are some who say we must wait to meet our greatest challenges. They favor an incremental approach or believe […]
July 1, 2009
. . . If 41 members of the U.S. Senate are determined to block the will of the American people, then let them . . . No, make them . . . FILIBUSTER. If there are 41 arrogant senators who would deny majority rule, make those 41 senators talk all day and talk all night […]
June 28, 2009
Wordsmith George Will, the venerable arch-conservative newspaper columnist, has made some astute observations about the economics of health insurance. Note that Mr. Will is arguing against the proposed “public option” as an alternative to private health insurance. “Competition from the public option must be unfair because government does not need to make a profit and […]
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