Time Magazine contributor Steven Brill has created a bit of a sensation due to his recent, February 20, 2013, article and Time Magazine cover story entitled, Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us: http://healthland.time.com/2013/02/20/bitter-pill-why-medical-bills-are-killing-us/#ixzz2LkTuy5lv. Mr. Brill caused controversy both due to the length of the article, 26,000 words, and his revelations about the high prices and seemingly arbitrary pricing methods in our so called healthcare system. His article has prompted a number of other reporters to pick up the themes and provide both points Continue reading
The President’s Plan
In the State of the Union speech last evening, the president said many things. He offered a real plethora, yes a plethora, of programs, benefits, stimulus, taxes, and other things that he believes will improve the lot of Americans–at least some Americans. Many were struck thoughout his speech by the breadth and depth of the things the president wants to spend money on. He offered programs for immigrants, college students, environmentalists, women, minorities, the elderly, the sick, the middle class, teachers, the unions, the poor, the underserved, the military and just about every Continue reading
This morning as I did my news walk, I came across this article talking about the most important chart in American politics. And as you can imagine it caught my eye. I find charts and graphs to be either extremely informative or extremely deceptive. Seldom is there a middle-ground. Often the deceptive charts are constructed specifically for that purpose. It is seldom a surprise to find such charts in an article about politics.
This chart was one of the exceptions that prove the rule. But not in the way you might imagine. “The Chart” is deceptive, but I do not believe it is purposeful in its deceit. Why not, you may ask? Because the story it is trying to communicate would be stronger if the authors actually new the truth behind the problem. But, like so much today, the surface suffices to make an argument. The other details make the argument more difficult to communicate as the story can get Continue reading
Having heard of the controversy over the Super Bowl ad by Coca Cola the past few days, this morning I was captured by the above article. I expected it to be along a similar vein of remarks showing how Coke was insensitive to Arabs and painting them in a bad light. When I first heard this argument on the TV news, I was looking for the Association of Los Vegas Showgirls to show up any minute and complain, followed by the African American Cowboy Association, National Hispanic Cowboys, etc…
What stopped me in my tracks was not the casual assertion of racism due to insensitive stereotyping in the pursuit of parody that I was Continue reading
After reading a recent spate of articles on how the president should, could or would ban or regulate football, I started to wonder what my father or grandfather might say? Then I wondered, how we got to this place where things that others choose to do to themselves is now our responsibility to monitor, manage, restrict and pay for?
50 years ago if we spoke to our parents about the federal government making laws regulating football, or restricting peoples access to cigarettes and punitively taxing soda, they would think we had lost our minds. Cleary, Continue reading