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Repeal, Replace, Complexity and the ACA

February 27th, 2017

Today, Donald Trump said "Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated." That statement went unchallenged for, oh, 42 seconds before media and social media erupted with assurances that many, many people knew healthcare was complicated and had known it for some time.

The problem is for years and years various leaders have been wrestling with a set of incompatible objectives. You have "the healthcare industry" composed of large and small profit-making enterprises, including: insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment manufacturers/distributors, hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, nursing homes, visiting nurse services, doctors, nurses, medical practices, etc. You have American citizens with their disparate incomes and zero control over the prices they are charged for medical services/products, and very little control (for most) over what they earn.

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After Despair

January 30th, 2017

The 2016 Election was the most devastating experience in my life to date. I have never felt that kind of despair before, the sense that my world had been altered in a frightening and horrifying way by external events. I literally sat in darkened rooms for hours at a time just…frozen. My thinking slowed down, as though thoughts had to crawl through thick tar to reach me. Out of sheer self-preservation I cut myself off from news and social media; I worked, did physical work, walked my dog, petted my cats, read a bunch of old novels, and meditated. 

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Should Moderators Fact-Check Candidates?

September 8th, 2016

One of the underlying themes in Wynne Frost and the Soul of Remorse is the destructive fruits of intentional dishonesty, both in the political realm, and within people themselves. As I started writing the book a few years ago I was worried about the potential ramifications of what I see as a long-running, deliberate policy of dishonesty emanating from political institutions on the right, but I would never have thought it could produce as bad a potential candidate for POTUS as Donald Trump. But here he is.

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