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: Healthcare
The Times They Are A’changin’
COVID-19 has already changed lives radically, but it remains to be seen how much change we’ll see long-term, but some change seems inevitable because it’s happened before. Its easy to see why people say “bless you” when someone sneezes. Will … Continue reading
Measuring Up, Plan or Plot?
How does a parent measure a dose of liquid medicine for her child when the label says, give child ¾ teaspoonful by mouth twice a day for 5 days ? This was the real-life example used in a report by … Continue reading
Relative to the VA scandal, there is much to ponder. Even MSNBC’s sainted Rachel Maddow said the other night that it is “a test of government”, or words to that effect. Why does Medicare work and the VA healthcare system … Continue reading
One of the several magazines I subscribe to is Time. It’s skinnier than it used to be and it doesn’t provide as extensive a coverage of the nation’s culture as it used to aspire doing, but it does produce writing … Continue reading
Open Wide and Say, AHA!
Few events in American life are more controversial than healthcare reform, the Affordable Care Act, also known as “ObamaCare”. The prejudice against it from the right has been so intense and prolonged that the mere term became a pejorative on … Continue reading
A Naval Approach to Healthcare
Most Americans find the notion of “socialized medicine” to be abhorrent. In most citizens the concept evokes visions of a moribund, inefficient bureaucracy more concerned with paperwork than in attending to the complexities of health problems. However, I would like … Continue reading
The Medical Contract
I read a George Will column on the Supreme Court’s review of the ACA in this morning’s Joplin Globe that prompted me to submit a letter to the editor. With apologies to those readers who have endured my essays on … Continue reading
It Costs How Much?
In marveling at Limbaugh’s attack on college student Sandra Fluke something popped up in my brain. Did I hear that right? Does a year’s supply of birth control pills really cost $1,000? Surely not. Hormonal birth control has now been … Continue reading
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
If you want to tick off an American, any American, young, old, male, female, just try ordering them around. Want to see real anger? Pass a law telling them what they have to buy. mandate noun 1. an official order … Continue reading