Beyond Silver Bullets: Embracing Era 3 of Healthcare

Zeev Neuwirth, Senior Medical Director of Population Health at Carolinas Healthcare System Medical Group, and an old friend and former colleague, launched a weekly podcast last August entitled, Creating a New Healthcare. I love the recurrent introduction that  Zeev...
The Tax Reform Bill  Is Like Coal In the Stocking of the Poor

The Tax Reform Bill Is Like Coal In the Stocking of the Poor

On Christmas morning as I was enjoying opening presents with my family, it occurred to me that President Trump’s suggestion that the tax bill was a big Christmas present for Americans must be very painful for the poor to hear. This bill puts much of their “safety net”...
How Proposed Tax Reforms Could Affect Healthcare

How Proposed Tax Reforms Could Affect Healthcare

I know very little about taxes. I pay them. I have always assumed that everyone can build a case for why they should pay less. I also figure that some people cheat and don’t pay theirs, and that others use their influence within the political process to have the laws...
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...
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...
Sharing “Deep Stories” to Use Empathy in the Quest for the Triple Aim

Sharing “Deep Stories” to Use Empathy in the Quest for the Triple Aim

A couple of weeks ago when I gave you Dr. Patty Gabow’s letter to Senator Alexander I reported that I was reading Arlie Russell Hochschild’s recent book, Strangers In Their Own Land:  Anger and Mourning on the American Right. In that book Russell seeks to be...