In the Public Eye

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Monday, August 11, 2014 - 2:15pm

Although DC insiders skewer each other all the time, it still can be fun to listen when someone who’s carried himself with the gravity of a deadly serious job – being Secretary of Defense – plunges into retirement, sells his memoir and lets loose with the snarkiness that he was forced to stifle during his lengthy government service. I’m referring to Robert Gates whose service included heading the Central Intelligence Agency and serving on the National Security Council.


In the Public Eye

Friday, July 20, 2007 - 8:26am

Understanding health care is a little like writing a book about the history of China, a tad overwhelming.


So as the news business, particularly newspapering, is either reinventing or cannibalizing itself, it's getting tough to find reporters and editors who a) are allowed to specialize and given the time to learn health care; b) aren't carrying a grudge over a crowded waiting room or a high co-pay and therefore slanting their coverage; or c) aren't overlooking the good because miscues make better headlines (the old TV adage being, "if it bleeds it leads.")


Monday, July 16, 2007 - 10:34am

I believe you should be able to read and understand the charges on your hospital bill.  I believe they should be easier to comprehend than a) your cell phone bill; b) your high-speed Internet and HD bill and gizmo rental; and c) just exactly when your electric/gas meter reader will come to do his work.


Wednesday, July 11, 2007 - 8:41am

It was just another normal zig-zag day for a man described by Capitol Weekly as "one of the most influential players" in health care policy.


Monday, July 9, 2007 - 12:43pm

I read plenty about health care reform. Occasionally, a phrase will surprise. But outrage has generally worn out its, well, outrageousness. So, when I see sustained bursts of creativity, forays into risk-taking and fist-in-the-face verbal challenges to our high-fructose, low-thinking culture, I stop and re-read -- and now pass along.


I strongly suggest you visit Dr. Richard L. Reece's blog at www.medinnovationblog.blogspot.com


Friday, July 6, 2007 - 1:23pm

Delay is the American way. At least when it comes to calling your doctor's office for a checkup or because that nagging pain in your gut isn't going away.


The appointment means changing work hours, juggling child care duties, forking over a co-pay, waiting.... waiting... as your blood pressure rises -- which the lady wielding the pressure cuff will remind you after noting how many more pounds you've put on.