In the Public Eye

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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 12:36pm

It was an exhortation from a Sunday sermon. Pastor Janette suggested we look for grimy stuff that’s gotten hidden under the hood since our car was dazzlingly new. Playing with that soulful metaphor, how are the gears meshing in Obamacare, healthcare reform or, if you prefer, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? We’ve had this measuring rod in place since 2010, last fully checked in 2012 by the Supreme Court, now getting more legal and legislative servicing, buffing and buffeting. How well does it ride – this Tesla or super-annuated Pinto?


In the Public Eye

Monday, January 29, 2007 - 1:53pm

They tried to stitch up a gash in my daughter's chin without anesthetic or cleaning the wound ... Nobody on the medical staff washed their hands as they went from patient to patient ... A used syringe was discarded into a paper bag where the patient put her discarded tissues  ... The same smock worn while eating pizza -- extra tomatoes please -- was still on while wheeling a patient to radiology.


Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 1:15pm

 "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 - 10:52am

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 - 11:13am

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 - 11:29am

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.