Browsing All posts tagged under »Socialized medicine«

Maryland Has Lowest Hospital Prices for Consumers

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 […]

Health Care ‘Haves’ and ‘Have-Nots’

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 […]

Health Care Then And Now: Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Barack Obama

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”) […]

The Final Battle for Health Care Justice

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 […]

President Barack Obama: “Rebuilding A Better Economy”

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 […]

How To Pass Health Care In The U.S. Senate . . .

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 […]

Health Care Public Option Explained (Thank you, George Will)

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 […]

Health Care Public Option Is Not An Option, It’s A Necessity

June 25, 2009


Congress and health insurance companies are mired in dysfunction and denial Polls show decisive majorities of Americans favor the “public option” health care reform proposed by President Barack Obama. If U.S. democracy were working properly, the debate would be over, and Congress would be ironing out the details. But entrenched powers resist change fiercely, and […]