Summary: Economist Ed Dolan points to an amazing example of our mad health care system at work. It is one of the least discussed of America's most serious problems. This week I had a cardiovascular workup at a hospital. I got a physical exam, blood tests. chest x-ray, and treadmill EKG. The results were … Continue reading Urine tests show America’s wealth being pissed away
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.
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.
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
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?