Tag Archives: health care

The Other Side Of The Prescription Pad

Visualization expert and all-around smart guy Ben Fry reports from the doctor’s office about his doctor’s perspective of her Electronic Medical Record system. The post addresses points from the amusing (“It combats the (very real, not just an overused joke) penmanship issues of fellow doctors”) to the very useful, such as the idea of portability […]

Can we get some closure?

I was in a nice groove covering nothing but health care issues day after day. But Summer break is over and apparently Obama wants to move on all the major issues he forgot to deal with in his first few months as President. So now – in addition to health care, the economy and Iraq […]

Health care: cash for change?

“I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care
plan. I see no reason why the United States – the wealthiest country
in the history of the world – is spending 14% of its Gross National
Product on health care and cannot provide basic health insurance to

Those are Barack Obama’s words, spoken in 2003.

The rightward shift of the political center

The death of Ted Kennedy in the midst of the Democratic push for health care reform has reminded many people of a similar push during the Presidency of Richard Nixon. Back then Richard Nixon was ready to sign off on a plan brokered with Ted Kennedy which was very similar to Obama’s, in some cases […]

The Health Care PR Debacle

In a new AdAge article, Michael Bush discusses how Team Obama lost control of the health care debate due to bad PR and communications. His opponents have used his election tactics of “grassroots marketing and email” against him, say industry professionals. I would have to agree. Health Care is not a sexy thing to sell. […]

Should we politicize Ted Kennedy’s death?

I think the answer is Yes. Ted Kennedy has been pushing universal health care coverage since before he became a Senator in 1962. At last year’s Democratic Convention he said “this is the cause of my life — new hope that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every American — north, south, […]

Roundup for Monday 8/24/09

From Greg Sargent, proof that Democrats are losing faith in Obama’s tepid and contradictory ideas of change: Here are the net favorability ratings for Obama — i.e., the difference between the favorable and unfavorable ratings — broken down by party and compared with the previous week: DEMOCRATS: +72 (+78) REPUBLICANS: – 86 (- 84) INDEPENDENTS: +35 (+39) […]

Media: You’re not doing your job

Here are some of the results from this week’s Wall Street Journal/NBC poll [PDF] (@ Ezra Klein): So, basically 40+% of people believe three completely untrue things. The current proposed bills do not cover illegal aliens, result in a government takeover of healthcare, nor do they pull the plug on grandma. These false convictions are the […]

Giving up the public option

Health care reform continues to dominate domestic political news. This weekend, the White House made big news by offering to compromise on the “public option” and then backtracking. For those of you new to the scene, the public option is a government run insurance plan that would compete with private insurance companies. Theoretically it would […]

There won’t be compromise with Republicans on health care

On Friday, Clint had an excellent roundup of the rightwing idiocy designed to destroy any chance at health care reform. Unfortunately their idiocy is having an effect. According to Republican Senator – and Glenn Beck fan – Chuck Grassley, the Senate has dropped end of life counseling from their proposed bill. This was in response to […]