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Public option off the table?

I had a chance to watch the President take questions at town hall meetings this weekend. He sought out opposing views, and handled them brilliantly, responding to them rather than giving empty answers. He also didn’t talk down to the audience. The pity is that the take home message in the news today is that…

This is, of course, an absurd question. Getting all 300 million of us to agree on this isn’t going to be easy. But a parody circulating on the internet shows how misunderstood we Americans can be. National social programs are relatively new in the States—Medicare, the plan that gives medical care to those over 65,…

Sarah Palin’s immoral rantings

The Right likes to hold up Sarah Palin as a beacon of morality and virtue in an irredeemably corrupt world. But with her latest words, she has shown herself to be either an immoral, lying sack of crap, or severely cognitively impaired. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the…

Lies, damned lies, and Republicans

A short while ago I wrote about a fear-mongering piece in the Wall Street Journal, written by Betsy McCaughey. It turns out that my imagination was insufficient to comprehend the scope of her audacious mendacity. McCaughey is one of the thugs pushing the lie that the health care reform bill would mandate euthanasia counseling. Her…

You can count on the Wall Street Journal for pretty good reporting and for extremist right-wing wackaloonery on the OpEd page. Today, they deliver the latter, with bonus fear-mongering at no extra charge. The piece is entitled, “GovermentCare’s Assault on Seniors” and that pretty much sums up the content of the article. Unfortunately (at least,…

Health care reform, part III

OK, in parts I and II we talked about health care problems specific to patients and to medical science. Now, on to the providers themselves. Before you start whining about how doctors need to suck it up, remember that you are entrusting your lives to us, and that you should want good people to go…

Health care reform, Part II

In part I, I presented you wish some admittedly artificial categories of problems in our health care system. First we discussed patient-centered problems. Today, we’ll look at problems posed by medical science and practice itself. Medical science The science of medicine is not always compatible with the practice of medicine. Medicine is still largely a…

Yes, I know, the two are not mutually exclusive, but I still think it’s a good title. The latest bit of evil idiocy? More fanning of fears about health care reform. Don’t misunderstand, there’s plenty of potential pitfalls to health care reform, but Rush is an idiot. He calls it “Five Freedoms You’ll Lose Under…

Health care reform, part I

I know only one certainty regarding health care reform in the US: I won’t be a significant policy maker. And neither, likely, will you. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t educate ourselves, try to understand the problems and potential solutions, because whatever our government implements over the next year, health care reform is going to…

What we have here…

Lawmakers and the public in general have no idea how the business and practice of medicine operates. None. When you read statements from many representatives, you see such simplistic, anhistoric thinking that pessimism about health care reform is the only logical response. Or so it seems from media reports. The New York Times, whose quality…