How To Fix American Health Care, Only It Won’t Happen In A Million Years

In David Brooks’s Times column this morning, he recommends that President Obama read this clearly-stated essay in this month’s Atlantic. Now, I implore, you read it. I did earlier this week on a long plane flight, and it almost made me sob half a dozen times. When a patient is covered by Medicare, the layman author writes after a year’s worth of research into the system’s underbelly, he’s not the patient any more: Medicare is. This brilliant piece doesn’t just point fingers, it offers solutions. But they will require an upending of our entire system, and there are only a handful of members of Congress with the guts to do so: everybody else is in the pocket of Big Pharma and the hopelessly fouled insurance industry. What it will take is enough people who understand what needs to be done to rise up. Are there enough such people in America? We’ll see, but they face fierce, mean foes.

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2 Responses to How To Fix American Health Care, Only It Won’t Happen In A Million Years

  1. Sam Rush says:

    Dear Tom,
    I discovered this website through Faser’s posts on Facebook. I just wanted to let you know that I have read several of your essays and found them informative and beautifully written–but only what I would expect from an old Millsaps boy like you. I often think of you when I look through an old Bobashela and see that wonderful picture of you sitting outside the grill. Those certainly were simpler days, though I guess we did not recognize that at the time.
    Keep up the good work and know that there are many of us out here in the cyberworld who relish the beauty of wordsmiths who are gracious enough to share their talents with us less blesssed souls.

  2. Tom Dupree says:

    Thanks so much, Sam — that’s a treasured compliment indeed. But I might be more grumpy than gracious…

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