Monthly Archives May 2008

OBAMA: WHAT A TRIMMER!

Barack Obama has decided to resign from Trinity United Church of Christ. It’s been an “interesting” association: When Obama came to Chicago his religious devotion was spotty. His family was not devout. But then he got involved in politics: As Obama began his work as a community organizer on the city’s South Side he became acquainted with [...]

HEALTH REFORM: JERSEY JOINS THE FRAY

The WSJ reports that the Garden State is becoming “a microcosm of the national debate on health care.” Democrats in Trenton are rallying behind a plan to require that every uninsured individual in New Jersey purchase health insurance from a new state-administered program. Meanwhile:  Jay Webber, a Republican Assemblyman in Trenton, will introduce legislation to let [...]

HARRY & LOUISE CAST THEIR VOTE

Once upon a time, the health care industry harbored considerable animus toward Democrats. This hostility reached its peak during the 1993  fight over Hillarycare. However, as that old tune from yesteryear phrases it, the times they are a changin’. The Health Blog reports the following: From Jan. 1, 2007 through March of this year, people and political action [...]

WHY EMR HASN’T CAUGHT ON

Lots of bandwidth has been devoted to explaining why EMR hasn’t really caught on, but nothing I have seen captures the essence of the problem as well as Extormity, a brilliant satire of the typical health care IT company. Here’s the opening blurb: At the confluence of extortion and conformity lies Extormity, the electronic health records mega-corporation dedicated to offering highly [...]

NHS CREATES SURPLUS BY DENYING CARE

A few days ago I wrote about the denial of state-of-the-art drugs to desperately ill British cancer patients.  Treatments widely used in Europe and the U.S. are being withheld from patients who badly need them. This disgraceful policy was justified by the NHS on the grounds that there simply wasn’t enough money to pay for the expensive [...]

AMERICANS ARE HURTING?

As I have previously noted, the “news” media are doing their best to create the impression that the U.S. economy is going to Hell in a handbasket and that Americans in general are in bad shape. This theme is echoed in the rhetoric of the leading presidential candidates, each of whom would like to convince the electorate that [...]

YES WE CAN … DENY CARE TO THE INDIGENT

That’s the thrust of a phony grassroots campaign proposed by David Axelrod, Barack Obama’s chief strategist. Axelrod is the senior partner of a political consulting firm called ASK Public Strategies. And, as Newsweek reports, this outfit is into some pretty tawdry “strategies”: ASK last year proposed a “political campaign style approach? to help Illinois hospitals block a state proposal that would have [...]

IS OBAMA TOO SENILE TO BE PRESIDENT? (II)

A couple of weeks ago, Barack Obama told an audience that he had campaigned in 57 states. Isolated gaffe? Nope. On Friday he blamed George W. Bush for the rise to power of Hugo Chavez: Since the Bush Administration launched a misguided war in Iraq, its policy in the Americas has been negligent toward our friends, [...]

MCCAIN’S MEDICAL RECORDS & THE MEDIA

Having spent the 1990s studiously ignoring Bill Clinton’s bizarre refusal to release his medical records, the “news” media have suddenly developed an abiding interest in the health history of at least one presidential candidate—-John McCain. So, McCain released his records and they show that he’s in great health. But what are mere facts to editors who increasingly see themselves as Democratic campaign operatives? Here [...]

HEALTH REFORM: A PANACEA BITES THE DUST

When universal coverage advocates are asked how it will be possible to dramatically expand access without accelerating health care inflation, they usually go into a song and dance about improving efficiency through the judicious use of Information Technology. This proposition is taken seriously by politicians like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, whose health care reform plans anticipate tens of millions in savings due to [...]