One More Time I’m finding myself hugely aggravated by the Obamacare rollout. Not because of the technological incompetence (see "Sibelius"), not because I think it's ill-intended, let alone evil (see “Cruz”), but because it doesn't address the economic reality of healthcare, which means that it can't and won't solve the problem it's supposed to solve. … Continue reading One More Time – And Other Stuff
Suppose We Gave a Tea Party and Nobody Came
I’ve been away for a while. I hoped that when I returned I would have something funny and non-political to rant about. Alas. And this has the makings of a long one. I’ve had very little direct interaction with the Tea Party. I have one friend who’s a member. He’s a great guy, very smart … Continue reading Suppose We Gave a Tea Party and Nobody Came
Would My Healthcare Solution Work (and Other Bits of Unfairness)
In the two weeks or so since I proposed a simple, comprehensive fix to the healthcare mess (see previous post), I’ve been given three reasons why it wouldn’t work. It’s politically implausible, either because it involves too much common sense or because it would gore the ox of a large, well-entrenched industry. I’ve lived inside … Continue reading Would My Healthcare Solution Work (and Other Bits of Unfairness)
Healthcare Solved – Really!
I’ll get to healthcare in a minute, but before that, a couple of digressions, which by now you should expect from me: First, my daughter Julia, who graduated from high school in May (a year early, no less) is now on Day 5 of her Latin American adventure. She will be in San Pedro Sula, … Continue reading Healthcare Solved – Really!
Sleeping Our Way to Lower Healthcare Costs
When I say sleeping, I actually mean sleeping. But first, a story: A few years ago, I spent some time working with a company that had attempted, with less success than they would have liked, to turn around and operate failing public schools on a for-profit basis. Leaving aside basic business model issues, neither they … Continue reading Sleeping Our Way to Lower Healthcare Costs
Let’s Make a Deal!
A few more snide remarks and hairy eyeballs under my belt, I’m going to take one more shot at this healthcare thing, after which I plan to go back to whining about air travel. If you are healthy today, there are precisely three things that can happen to you over, let’s say, the next 12 … Continue reading Let’s Make a Deal!
Gravity – Addendum
In the few days since I published my post about the inevitability of a single-payer healthcare system, I’ve gotten a few caustic comments from some of my more conservative friends, and the hairy eyeball from some others, all of whom seem to think that I’ve fallen off the liberal deep end. I haven’t, at least … Continue reading Gravity – Addendum
That Gravity, She’s a Mean Little B%&*#!
A month or so ago, I had my appendix taken out. It’s impossible for me to know how much the hospital and assorted doctors will actually be paid for this, but the face value of the bills for that little adventure came to $25,000. That seems like a lot for what I actually experienced. On … Continue reading That Gravity, She’s a Mean Little B%&*#!
Healthcare – Part Deux
The other day, my friend Scott McMillan posted a comment about the opening sentence of my (now ancient) last post. He said, “I’d like you to comment on this statement: ‘It’s starting to look like we’re going to get some sort of healthcare reform.’” Well, Scott, here you go. It’s often been said of the … Continue reading Healthcare – Part Deux
A Plague on Both Our Houses
OK, I’ll admit that I’m stumped on this one. It’s starting to look like we’re actually going to get some sort of healthcare reform which, at least in general terms, I believe is a good idea. If you think what we’re doing now is working, read the first paragraph of this article. We spend more … Continue reading A Plague on Both Our Houses