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

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 12:28pm

We complain about premiums, co-pays, deductibles. We get PO'd trying to fathom PPOs. We get red-cheeked on learning it'll be three months till we get face-time with a dermatologist.


What's your biggest beef about the health care "system?" Mine is getting enough time with a doc so he reviews my medical history rather than expecting me to recite it in under 45 seconds. Last physical? New meds clashing with old meds? Why have you put on 10 pounds and 15 points on your diastolic? Those are mostly filed under "questions rarely asked."


Friday, August 24, 2007 - 12:27pm

The question's not that difficult, and the answer is simple. Simply painful.


At some presidential or gubernatorial debate this needs to be asked: "If you've got a plan to provide health insurance coverage to most everybody, what's your plan to ensure there are enough doctors and hospital beds to treat most everybody?"


Unless I've been watching too many "Got milk?" commercials, the only possible answer is -- we can ensure coverage, but we can't guarantee access to care.


Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 12:57pm

I don't know what you do when you dislocate your kneecap, but I apparently try to interview everyone up until the time a good doctor taps Humpty-Dumpty back together.


I was enjoying the surprise of hammering drives straight and 210 yards when one John Daly-like weight shift too many splayed me onto Hank Swank's driving range with the lateral side of my left knee looking like a cockeyed stack of poker chips. The chatter started (right after the first shout).


Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 1:13pm

I've crunched a few sprinkler heads and nearly torn a driver's side door off its hinges while, presumably, carefully backing up my car.  The experiences left me irritated with myself, and a few hundred dollars poorer.


Monday, August 13, 2007 - 6:27pm

Everyone smokes -- dawn till dusk -- around kids, while pregnant, even the gynecologist smokes while performing internals.


And, when the man of the house gets home late from drinking too many Manhattans in a dark-paneled steakhouse, the little woman chirps: There's a bacon and egg sandwich on the range.


Such period atmospherics are part and parcel of the 13-episode AMC TV series "Mad Men," named after the Madison Avenue ad executives, who treated ethics, health and women as doormats.