Respecting What Justin Has to Say While Overcoming the Barriers to The Triple Aim
May30

Respecting What Justin Has to Say While Overcoming the Barriers to The Triple Aim

While walking I often listen to podcasts from Tom Ashbrook’s weekday morning shows on NPR. The first hour on most Friday mornings is usually the “week in review.” A recent Friday broadcast provided food for thought. Tom Gjelton, veteran NPR reporter was sitting in for Ashbrook. I have transcribed what I heard at about 25 minutes into the conversation.   Tom Gjelton: Let’s go now to Justin who is on the line from Texas. Justin, I...

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Mr. President, Please Read Chapter 6, “The Affordable Care Act in Hindsight”
May23

Mr. President, Please Read Chapter 6, “The Affordable Care Act in Hindsight”

In August 2015 I gave a talk on the history of the evolution of health insurance that was part of a seminar entitled “Practicing in the Era of Healthcare Reform.”  I concluded my talk with a slide labeled “Persistent Problems.” I recently reviewed the presentation and was surprised by how appropriate the list still is as we face the continuing dilemma of “repeal and replace.”   Persistent Problems: [As of August 2015] Healthcare...

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Puerile High Fives in the Rose Garden After the House Votes to Repeal and Replace the ACA
May09

Puerile High Fives in the Rose Garden After the House Votes to Repeal and Replace the ACA

I have watched my favorite teams lose championship games. I remember the sinking feeling that I experienced when Richard Nixon was elected for the second time, even after it was really pretty clear that he was a crook. I suffered when Jimmy Carter, one of the most honest and earnest men ever to enter politics, lost to Ronald Reagan who was the champion of making America feel good about its defects. I read Bush One’s lips and was...

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The President’s Prediction of the Explosion of the ACA
Mar28

The President’s Prediction of the Explosion of the ACA

The announcement of the death of the AHAC and the president’s prediction of the “explosion” of the ACA broke in an unusual way. Robert Costa of the Washington Post got the word directly from the president and then tweeted that the AHAC was being withdrawn before Paul Ryan had a chance to meet with Republican House members to tell them of the big decision. Costa published an article about the surprising call he...

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Looking Underneath the President’s Comments About “Repeal and Replace”
Mar07

Looking Underneath the President’s Comments About “Repeal and Replace”

As the “talking heads” who analyzed the President’s speech and Governor Beshear’s Democratic party response were fading into the 11 o’clock news, Verizon offered an advertisement that contained as much or more wisdom than anything that I had heard over the previous two hours.       Why promise something that you can not deliver? (Verizon Ad)   The President seems intent on the delivery of everything that he promised...

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“Repeal and Replace”: Finally, Something From the Republican Leadership
Feb28

“Repeal and Replace”: Finally, Something From the Republican Leadership

This last week Congress has been recessed for the Presidents’ Day holiday week. Paul Ryan accurately anticipated that many of Republican members of Congress would be having town meetings with their constituents and would face angry voters who wanted to talk down the plans to “repeal and replace” the ACA. Ryan met with his troops on the Thursday before they left Washington for their week of hometown meetings. Like a good general,...

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