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It costs too much


Fri, May 15th, 2009
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The conventional wisdom is that now is the time for healthcare reform. Of course, the Republicans are saying we cannot do it now because of the economic crisis. We couldn't do it before because of the economic boom and anyone that wanted to work could and could get their own insurance. The Republicans say we can't do it in time of war, or for that matter in time of peace. Healthcare takes up over l6% of our gross domestic product. It costs too much and delivers too little.

Never mind that it delivers too little and we are ranked 37th in the world. Never mind dozens of countries are better than we are in infant mortality, infant death before the age of five, amenable disease deaths (deaths caused by disease that would not have occurred if adequate care was given) and many other measures of care. You will hear those apposed to reform state we are the best at treating cancer of the breast and cherry pick a few other good results and give statistics on them. They won't quote statistics on cancer of the colon and lung. In any case, it costs too much.

There are all kinds of happy talk about improving the care given. Technology is going to make the medical record fly around the country on electrons in a secure way to alert the medical profession to all the nooks and crannies of our bodies along with the drugs and stitches jiggling around in them. Prescriptions will be printed in old English script and no pharmacist will give you quinidine instead of quinine.

There will be improved access. Everybody will have a "medical home" where your physician lives in your community and you can see him/her on weekends or nights when you get sick suddenly and feel all alone a scared. Well at least you can call him/her and not just talk to the nurse or his/her physicians assistant.

Surely after "reform" young doctors will look at rural areas, inner cities, Devils Island and think "boy that's the place for me." Reform will surely include incentives for this. When pigs fly. There would be no interest in healthcare reform if it didn't cost too much.

Improving care by comparing therapies is a good idea. Check and see which therapies make people well the most often and the soonest seems to be a no brainer. It is. It's been going on for decades. Really, since medical education was limited to the university systems. It weeds out most nutty practitioners pretty quickly. Continuing medical education is a joke but most physicians do not wan .....
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Fri, May 15th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



It's not often that we'll have two editorial cartoons on these fashionably sequenced pages, but today is a special treat.

OK, let's not get carried away. Just relax and keep the excitement to yourself.

The reason for two too ..... 
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Fri, May 8th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



Remember SARS or the West Nile Virus? Ah, those were the good old days.

Back when viruses left food sources alone.

Throughout my 15 years in the media business, it will never cease to amaze me how the national media feasts on ..... 
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Folks we don't know

Fri, May 8th, 2009
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Heroes and Villains share an important commonality; they are always outside of our personal social systems. When I was a kid, all the boys wanted to be cowboys even if they had never seen a horse up close. Girls wanted to be Princesses thoug ..... 
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Fri, May 1st, 2009
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I don't usually write book reviews, but this one is worth writing and reading.

This past winter, I read a book that I had purchased long ago with every intention of reading -- but it didn't happen until recently. It was one of those books yo ..... 
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Cyberspace, a double edged sword

Fri, May 1st, 2009
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An increasingly widespread form of child abuse and sexual exploitation is fostered by predators using the Internet. We should be aware of one of the dark sides of computer use especially the misuse by predators against unsuspecting, vulnerable child ..... 
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Ethics, morality and faith: What's in it for me?

Fri, May 1st, 2009
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Matthew 16: 26 "What kind of a deal is it to get everything you want, but lose yourself?" The Message (paraphrase) "What will it profit a person to gain the whole world, but lose their soul?" NRSV Bible

So many recent news stories are about ..... 
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Fri, Apr 24th, 2009
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Every time we turn on the TV, we witness another floodgate of jobs lost and reports of real estate dropping in value.

The latest blow, locally, came with the announcement of TRW Automotive laying off another round of their workforce ..... 
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Can Congress cope with the communications age?

Fri, Apr 24th, 2009
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When I first came to Congress in the 1960s, dialogue between members of Congress and their constituents was straightforward. Every so often, a lawmaker would get interviewed on radio or television. Many sent monthly newsletters to the folks ..... 
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