In the Public Eye

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 8:44am

Terry Bradshaw was never a scrambler in his glory days as Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback. Boy, is he making up for that now as a TV game analyst and public speaker. He recently forced his arthritic legs onto a platform in front of several hundred hospital executives in Monterey at a Hospital Council summit – and his remarks occasionally sounded like a mad fourth-quarter dash to-and-fro to get a score.


In the Public Eye

Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 9:42am

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 - 8:24am

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.


Friday, March 23, 2007 - 2:11pm

It has come to this. The owner of a French restaurant in Sebastopol promised to cover the payroll of a hospital that's losing $500,000 a month and on the verge of bankruptcy.


Dan Smith, owner of the French Garden Restaurant, came to the aid of 37-bed Palm Drive Hospital, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported, when it couldn't get a line of credit.


Have you ever seen a connection between caviar de Louisiane (1/2 ounce of caviar with buckwheat crepes; $16 at Smith's place) and preserving health care?  If I'm in Sebastopol any time soon, I know where I'm eating.


Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 12:43pm

There's a fine edge between genius and madness, some smart person once said. And there's just a balance sheet minus-sign, or an erratic freeway driver, separating most insured from bankruptcy and joining the nation's 47 million uninsured.


So I 'fess up to liking a policy being implemented at Baptist Health South Florida in which the five-hospital nonprofit hospital system gives preferential treatment to vendors who provide health coverage to their employees.


Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 9:10am

Every year, a couple hundred hospital administrators and government relations types like me flood the Capitol to infuse the ever-churning retinue of lawmakers with our latest (usually ongoing) needs and worries.


Unlike the "Get Green" folks in their, what else, green T-shirts and the Brownies in their uniforms with sashes of pins and awards, we're in suits and look like any other steer in the herds of lobbyists.