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Author: Stephen Vastagh

Competition is missing from the healthcare reform attempts

Competition is missing from the healthcare reform attempts

Yesterday, the long awaited Senate healthcare bill was introduced; I was hoping that it would promote sufficient competition, which is missing from all other healthcare bills. The lack of competition or the diminishing of competition in many sectors of the American economy is preventing improvement in our health care sector, as well. There is not sufficient competition in the current health care system at the points where health care services are paid for, i.e. where healthcare services are provided, Read more [...]
In Tim Russert’s Memory

In Tim Russert’s Memory

On Friday June 13 the sad news of Tim Russert’s passing reached me. As everyone else, I liked Tim – an extraordinarily nice man, a great journalist. Sundays will never be the same without Tim on Meet the Press! In a couple of days the talk turned to the question that occurred to me immediately: why? Tim’s cardiologist reviewed his heart disease risk factors including blood pressure, cholesterol. They did not mention whether Tim had advanced heart imaging allowing the assessment of the state of Read more [...]