In the Public Eye

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 1:49pm

If you’re in a smashup, have a burst appendix or heart attack – there are many rooms in a specialized hospital department that are gateways to life-saving care.  But I’m told I can’t call that place an ED. It’s still got to be called an ER. That’s because pharmaceutical companies have hijacked “ED” with certain TV ads (invariably at dinner time, prompting questions from young minds about a certain condition lasting an undesired and unhealthy four hours).
 


In the Public Eye

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 12:15pm

 "The squints and smirks are staying hidden.... (but he) loses points for licking his lips excessively and sticking his tongue out -- sure signs of nervousness and dry mouth."


When politicians go public in a major way -- State of the Union, State of the State -- their advocates and their critics ask the two same questions: How well did (s)he present? What do the polls show?


Monday, January 22, 2007 - 9:52am

Hard to dodge the pandemonium. Just about every politician, insurer and social activist has made a headline recently with ideas to solve the nation's Rubik's Cube of a costly, yet inadequate health care system.


Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - 10:13am

I asked a Valley congressman last year what it would take for Congress to make significant changes in the nation's dysfunctional health care system.  It'll happen, he said, when General Motors and the other large industries lobby Capitol Hill as a coalition, demanding action.


Well, GM doesn't have the clout it once did, but a pent-up frustration with high cost, sometimes questionable quality and increasing numbers of sick, uninsured people still making our tossed salads has created unusual partnerships at the state and national level.


Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 10:29am

An important part of Community's mission is improving everyone's health. So, when government considers changes in health policy, chances are Community will feel the impact. Sometimes Community will be leading or supporting the effort, and other times it will express concern.

You'd expect that from the region's largest private employer and its safety net.  My job as director of public affairs is to provide research and support for Community's leadership team and Board of Trustees on political and community affairs.


Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 9:15am

Nearly 47 million Americans are uninsured. The first year of cancer treatment costs Americans $2.3 billion in time lost to travel, and waiting for and receiving treatment.  We get hammered with so much bad news daily that it's fair to wonder why we should get out of bed.


Thank God for New York City. Last December it became the nation's first major city to drastically limit PHVOs (how's that for a snickerdoodle of an acronymn?) at its 20,000-plus restaurants.