Gun Rights and Healthcare as a Right: Where Do We Go From Here?

Gun Rights and Healthcare as a Right: Where Do We Go From Here?

“Keep Your Eyes on the Prize” evolved from a Southern gospel song to become an anthem of the Civil Rights movement of the fifties and sixties. It’s a phrase that frequently pops into my head when I am frustrated with my progress against a goal. It comes to mind now...
Are Consolidation, Competition, and Innovation the Answer? Part 3: A Closer Look at Consolidation

Are Consolidation, Competition, and Innovation the Answer? Part 3: A Closer Look at Consolidation

Consolidations, affiliations, acquisitions and mergers in healthcare are announced every week. The picture associated with this posting reveals that an affiliation occurred a few years ago between the critical access hospital in my little town and the Dartmouth...
Are Consolidation, Competition, and Innovation the Answer? Part 2: A Closer Look at Innovation

Are Consolidation, Competition, and Innovation the Answer? Part 2: A Closer Look at Innovation

“Consolidation, competition, and innovation are the answer to what?”, you might ask. Keeping it simple, I mean the high cost of care and the Triple Aim. To keep it short I could just say, all three will help, but even maximized to the nth degree they will never in and...
What’s Next in the Healthcare Debate?

What’s Next in the Healthcare Debate?

I was delightfully dazed and confused the morning after Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and John McCain launched us into the next phase of the healthcare debate by giving the ACA a last minute reprieve. In a mix of ecstasy and disbelief I watched the video of John...
Better Healthcare Requires A Bipartisan Expression of Reciprocal Altruism

Better Healthcare Requires A Bipartisan Expression of Reciprocal Altruism

A major event that changed the way I see the world occurred in 1995 when I read Robert Wright’s The Moral Animal: Why We Are The Way We Are: the New Science of Evolutionary Psychology. The book was so good that I immediately gobbled up Nonzero: The Logic of Human...