Single payer healthcare is coming to America. It’s inevitable.

Summary: Conservatives' bold propaganda have made Americans fear the health care systems of our peer nations, systems that produce equivalent care a half the cost (or less) or ours -- but cover everybody. America's march to universal coverage began with Medicare (1965) and Medicaid (1966). Obamacare expanded it, covering more people but at unsustainable cost. … Continue reading Single payer healthcare is coming to America. It’s inevitable.

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What to expect from the Trump years, and why.

Summary: The media overflow with hysterical predictions about the next four years, but few well-grounded visions. Here is a brief look at  some of what we can expect, and why, and what these events reveal about ourselves. What makes America great? Great for whom? Investors have pushed US stock to near-record valuations (record valuations on … Continue reading What to expect from the Trump years, and why.

See America’s income inequality grow during 1979-2011, a driver of Campaign 2016

Summary: To understand this election we must see the accumulated stresses which produced the insurgencies in both parties. Rising income inequality -- "the hollowing out" of the middle class and rise of the 1% -- is probably the biggest, yet still poorly understood (until recently conservatives denied it). This great study by one of our … Continue reading See America’s income inequality grow during 1979-2011, a driver of Campaign 2016

Why do so many new-born babies die unnecessarily in America, the City on a Hill?

Summary: America has wealth and power never before seen in history. Yet the 1% reap the gains of our astonishing productivity while an underclass grows in our cities and rural areas. This post looks at one aspect of this, the price paid by American babies for our national mismanagement. There is no point in getting … Continue reading Why do so many new-born babies die unnecessarily in America, the City on a Hill?

Be Proud America! as we watch our babies die

Summary: We'll hear much about American exceptionalism from candidates for President during the next 17 months. Here's a tangible example -- the greater fraction of infants that die in America than in our peers. We know how to fix it; we have the money. We lack only the will. Be proud, America!  {1st of 2 … Continue reading Be Proud America! as we watch our babies die

Don’t ask if there’s a biotech bubble. Ask why we have another bubble.

Summary: Powerful trends occur when multiple waves combine. So it is with the biotech bubble, where our inability to learn about our out-of-control financial sector meets the grifter economy. The results will be spectacular, and typical of our time -- powerful benefits to society manipulated to produce massive profits for the 1%. As you read … Continue reading Don’t ask if there’s a biotech bubble. Ask why we have another bubble.

What does the health care debate reveal about us, and our future?

Summary:  Today we have a glance at the debate about one of the most important domestic public policy debates of our time, repeated in every generation since 1945, that illuminates the moral and intellectual nature of America at this point in time. The photo below captures it perfectly, the aggressive ignorance resulting from generations of … Continue reading What does the health care debate reveal about us, and our future?