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Old? Poor? Disabled? Poor Children? Mental Health or Addiction? Our National Shame

Over the last 3 years in Seattle, Washington over 12, 000 people received $10 million dollars in free medical and dental services. The services were provided by volunteer doctors, dentists and social workers, among others. There was a modest admission … Continue reading

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A Must Read Book About the Players That Drove the Opiod Epidemic from the Get Go

Dream Land is an engaging read–well written and well researched.  Sam Quinones, author and journalist, traces the Opiod epidemic from the first distillation of Morphine from opium in 1804 to the present.  He even includes the Opium Wars between the … Continue reading

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Best Wishes for Holidays and New Year: Two Specials–Privatized Medicare My Story

Privatizing Medicare: I was the Medicare Marketing Director for a for-profit HMO in the late 1980’s, early 1990’s.  Coming up will be my inside story of  lessons learned and  how the first attempt to privatize Medicare played out and left … Continue reading

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When the System Works

I have long been a critic of our health care system. I remain a critic of the system itself, as I believe it serves neither patient nor provider well with all its rules, rates, eligibility, networks, access, coverage and too … Continue reading

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The Inability to Compromise: A Brief Health Reform Outline-1752–2015 (c)

In the 1990’s I asked a respected, seasoned health policy professional 10 years my senior what he saw as the major obstacles to health care reform.  Without skipping a heartbeat he said:  “The inability to compromise.” We Americans actually have … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of Listening

The Power of Communication:  Kathleen O’Connor Public Member, Medical Quality Assurance Commission, Washington State “How many children do you have?” were the first words the doctor said when I arrived at the hospital. My son was in a devastating car … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call to Conscience–The Healing Power of Connection(c)

“How many children do you have?” were the first words the doctor said when I arrived at the hospital.  My son was in a devastating car accident.  He had just been taken from the ER to a room where they … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call to Conscience–2—Blockades vs. Building Blocks

Health Care Reform and Its Blockades We have been fighting over state vs. federal regulation of insurance since 1869 when the Supreme Court ruled that “issuing a policy of insurance is not a transaction of commerce.” When Teddy Roosevelt introduced … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call To Conscience not Calculators

The American Health Care Machine and You:  A Call to Conscience not Calculators ©.    Our health care system fails us.  It fails us not only as patients it fails the many health professionals who are also victims of the rules, … Continue reading

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See How America’s Health Care Costs and Outcomes Compare to Others

I have been busy on a project and not blogging as frequently.  Given the discussions about health care in the election, however, I thought people would find this brief graphic video by the Kaiser Family Foundation of interest.  It shows … Continue reading

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