Volume 73, no. 1 January 2017 Now that they have no excuse, except lack of a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, Republicans may renege on the promises that returned them to power, including repeal (not tweaking) of the [Un]Affordable Care Act (ACA). Forgotten are those hurt by ObamaCare, as by losing their insurance, who voted […]
Volume 72, no. 12 December 2016 The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries was created in 1960 for the stated purpose of assuring “fair and stable prices” for producers and a steady supply to consumers. For many years OPEC nations built ski resorts in the desert while the U.S. and the rest of the world […]
Volume 72, no. 11 November 2016 A nation’s culture is defined as a unique set of beliefs formed and transmitted through behavior from generation to generation: “historically validated right behavior,” writes John Harmon McElroy (America’s Culture: Its Origins & Enemies, 2016). American culture developed in an exceptional way. Unlike Spain, Portugal, and France, England imposed […]
Volume 72, no. 9 October 2016 In the final days of the Obama Administration’s second term, the “fundamental transformation of America” is accelerating, with the promise that the legacy would be continued under a Hillary Clinton Administration. This would mean the end of one (sovereign) nation under God. Despite its many transgressions, America has been […]
Medicine is at a “critical inflection point,” write Victor Dzau and J. Michael McGinnis of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and Mark McClellan of Duke University (JAMA 8/16/16). The NAM is launching a massive initiative on “Vital Directions for Health Care” at a Sep 26 meeting in Washington, D.C., (http://tinyurl.com/z4shr2b), bringing together more than 100 “trusted health and health care leaders” to “ensure nonpartisan, evidence-based analysis” in the context of the upcoming change in administration.
The latest fad, a “free” smartphone app called Pokémon GO, has reportedly exceeded even Twitter and pornography in popularity. One hospital has banned it for employees because they were glued to their screens instead of interacting with patients.
According to the dictionary or common usage, to discriminate means to make a distinction, say between right and wrong, or good quality and poor quality. Virtually every decision we make when faced with more than one option involves discrimination.
Volume 71, no. 9 September 2015 One author admits that he is “not shocked” by videos showing officials of Planned Parenthood speaking callously about the harvesting of fetal organs. “The fact that money is exchanged, and the question of whether this constitutes a ‘market,’ do not particularly matter to me,” writes Robert Oscar Lopez. “Well-educated […]
Volume 71, no. 7 Medicare, Title 18 of the Social Security Act, was signed into law by President Lyndon Baines Johnson on July 30, 1965. A fundamental transformation of American medicine began. So did the consequences that AAPS predicted from the outset: accelerating costs and government controls. “The Medicare system has been a major catalyst […]
Volume 71, no. 6 June 2015 Some advocates of a “single-payer healthcare system,” notably Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), often begin with a scathing indictment of managed-care plans, including the complexities of dealing with dozens of them. (They know about these first-hand because they are enabling such plans by their participation.) We often […]