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

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 10:47am

Health care reform -- exactly what are you supposed to reform?


From a slew of recent stories, here are a few gleanings that made me pause.


Friday, April 6, 2007 - 10:27am

It's hard to flesh out public policy while picking halibut bones from your mouth. Which explains why politicians may attend lots of dinners, but food is not the main course.


There were plenty of views exchanged, lots of Valley togetherness, and very little partisanship, as state Sen. Dave Cogdill and Assembly Members Juan Arambula and Mike Villines table-hopped among 30 or so attendees at an April 5 Maddy Institute dinner at Fresno's Downtown Club.


Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 11:29am

On a midnight in October of 1996, I was witness to a changing of the guard at what had been Valley Medical Center.  With the movement of the clock -- and the boulder-size document contracting services to then-Community Hospitals of Central California -- was born University Medical Center (UMC).

At the time, I was covering health care for the Fresno Bee. On Thursday, March 29, 2007, as a six-plus-year employee of Community Medical Centers, it was crystal clear that the "guard" never really changed at the former county hospital.


Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 10:42am

There's a reason they hang a sneeze guard over the salad bar. And after reading an article in New York Magazine titled "The Young Invincibles," you may realize that food shield may be to protect you from the uninsured workers chucking croutons and radish slices your way.

"They're young and healthy, and insurance is expensive," the story begins. Except when they get a ruptured appendix or ignore a cough that turns out to be tuberculosis.

Here are a few other snapshots from the world of health care today. 


Monday, March 26, 2007 - 9:24am

The Census Bureau says a computer glitch inflated the total number of uninsured Americans -- 44.8 million people, or 15.3% of the population had no health coverage in 2005, not the 46.6 million, or 15.9% as reported.  And the bureau will be going back to clean up mistaken figures from past years.