BS, USNA, Annapolis, 1959; MSA, The Geo. Washington U., 1975; Submariner, Commander, USN, 1959 - 1981; Aerospace battery engineer & mgr., 1981 - 1999; Political affiliation: Mainly of the Democratic persuasion but not a fan of the extremes on either side.
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Category Archives: Health
The Next Step?
Conservatives, in harness with the Catholic Church, say they are still outraged over the ACA requiring that insurance companies provide access to contraception at no additional cost to customers of insurance companies. They believe that the Obama administration has violated … Continue reading
The Misunderstood Public Option
I was verbally jousting about health care on another blog recently when a commenter challenged my support for the Public Option. He charged that the PO would not reduce costs, that is unless I intended it to entail “rationing”. Surely, … Continue reading
Here is another update on the high cost of American healthcare, for those of you who subscribed or commented on “A Simple Picture”. You see, I have had it pointed out to me twice now on other blogs by a … Continue reading
Striking It Rich In Galena?
The practice of medicine continues to be a lucrative business, at least for some doctors. Only yesterday I posted about how medical insurance, unlike car or life insurance, is little more than passing on budget-killing costs to an increasingly needy … Continue reading
Most people are familiar with how life insurance works. Accountants and executives devise contracts and using statistics, they bet you live, at least until they break even. And if they can improve on your chances of living longer than average, … Continue reading
Old Dog, New Tricks
My blogging friend Indiana Jen has posted an interesting link to a National Geographic article about “The Adolescent Brain”, concluding that although the brain grows very little after the age of 12, it undergoes profound organizational and even structural changes … Continue reading
A Medical Glimmer
The largest problem for America right now is not terrorists threatening to kill Americans, like they killed three thousand Americans 10 years ago. (In 2008, 39,000 Americans died in automobile accidents.) No, the biggest problem is economics, a.k.a., debt. And, … Continue reading
Judging by ads one would think that the drug companies are all about saving lives and improving the health of all human beings. One would be wrong. While it’s true that drug discoveries have greatly improved the effectiveness of treating … Continue reading
Navy Coffin Nails
Our hometown newspaper, the Joplin Globe, has a Sunday feature that I increasingly like. Called “Forum”, it examines contentious issues and usually presents positions on both sides. This is good journalism. It not only sells papers but encourages the public … Continue reading
Just Gimme The Latest and Greatest, Doc!
Most Americans, I submit, believe that our medical system is not only the world’s most expensive but also the world’s best. When we have a problem we want the latest and best test, medicine, and procedure. Would it surprise … Continue reading