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This HND piece analyzes the silly pontifications of a well-known dean of a well-known school of public health. His particular comments were actually posted before the election, but he recast them as suggestions for President-elect Trump.
Since the guy is an academic, it's no surprise that he's not a fan of Trump, but I was astonished at the lack of originality in any of his suggestions. More than that, his suggestions reveal an astonishing lack of appreciation as to how his tired ideas have failed—badly—in the real world.
Really now, what's the point of having the bully pulpit, not to mention a captive audience of impressionable students, if all you're going to do is trot out the same failed solutions that date back to the 1960s, if not earlier?
As you might expect, some of the sore losers from the world of Science are piling on Donald Trump, and are getting all frantic about how he will ruin their cushy arrangements. I'm talking about foreign slave labor (grad students), as well as overly large and often pointless grants from the NIH. That, and more, are in play in this HND piece.
Trump's supposed "anti-science" bias seems to derive from his climate skepticism; his sympathetic attitude to parents who believe that vaccines caused their kids' autism; and his disenchantment with the NIH. The article deals with all of these topics. We also touch on some favorite themes, including "health care, not disease care."
This HND piece compares the overblown, incompetent management of our Department of Veterans Affairs (and the attendant problems) with overblown, overpaid, and incompetent management of private healthcare institutions.
Naturally, we discuss the absurd "Disney" comparisons made by VA Secretary Robert McDonald, and comment on his less than successful career as CEO of Procter & Gamble. We then segue into some hard-hitting commentary from healthcare reformer Roy M. Poses, MD.
It would be amusing, were it not so pathetic—as the cliché goes—to watch the pundit class attempt to explain the rise of Donald Trump. No doubt, Trump is populist, but these analysts fail to recognize one very basic fact: Trump is a pissed-off rich guy financing his own populist campaign, and, as such, there has never been anyone like him in American history.
Comparisons to Hitler, even acknowledging the dictator's initial (and very short-lived) populist approach, conveniently omit that it was the Nazis who violently broke up demonstrations—just as the anti-Trump forces are doing today. Full marks if you recognize the delicious irony of former Nazi kapo George Soros being the guy behind the anti-Trump thugs.
Also pathetic are the techniques used by the elites in their vain attempts to undermine Trump. First off, it was the media in the person of the supposedly "beloved" Megyn Kelly going after him in the debates. But...horror of horrors...he answered back! Why, the Donald must have missed the memo whereby the media fawns over Dems and relentlessly attacks most Republicans, although those on Team R are never supposed to fight back.
Of course, her gambit backfired, and Megyn was exposed to be little more than the liberal lawyer with a nose and boob job and non-seductive low voice, that she always was.
Next, Trump dissed John McCain, which was going to be another kiss of death...only those in the know were already quite aware that Johnny's military record was not exactly spotless. Sure enough, more damaging material immediately appeared online, and the elites failed again.
Then there were the silly David Duke/racism slurs, and the utterly shameless spectacle of loser Mitt Romney channeling his late, unlamented father, in attacking the leading Republican candidate. Father George made an even worse speech concerning Barry Goldwater.
Trump is simply tapping into the serious anger that a sizable number of Americans have toward the elite political class—in both parties—that have sold them out.
How far back does this go? Well, it depends on your personal preferences. There was surely a Hell of a lot of anger toward Lincoln, as he lined up his fellow Americans to kill each other. Conveniently, the catastrophe of the Civil War gets played these days as a civil rights issue, even though that spin only occurred to Lincoln himself very late in the game.
Then, there was Woodrow Wilson (a big time racist, by the way), who promised to keep us out of war, but then pledged American lives in the absolutely pointless venture of World War I, which would inevitably lead to World War II.
The Great Depression brought us one of our all time worst presidents: Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
How bad were the Republicans during FDR's reign? This bad: It was no secret to Team R just how deceitful this man was. You think Obama lies? FDR told more lies in a month than Obama will in his entire career. Yet, they nominated a succession of RINOs to run against him.
1936 was pretty much the height of the Depression. We were not at war yet, and FDR was as vulnerable as he would ever be. So...they put up super RINO and closet Leftie Alf Landon, who got crushed.
In 1940, things were different. FDR was running for an unprecedented third term, did not end the Depression, and was saber-rattling. Businessman and former Democrat Wendell Willkie said all the right things, and even got FDR to tell the biggest lie of his life—that there would be no foreign wars if he were reelected. Alas, with lock-step support of the unions and corrupt big city machines, not to mention a weird combination of Southern racists and minorities, FDR got it done once again. To no one's surprise, after the election, Willkie showed his RINO true colors.
1944 was a problem. Had the Republican elite allowed Thomas Dewey to go public with his knowledge that FDR knew in advance of the Pearl Harbor attack, he just might have won. He did come closer than anyone else. As it was, by 1944, FDR was a walking dead man, and died only a few months after starting his fourth term, bringing us the lousy Harry Truman. People seem to forget that Truman left office with an approval rating in the 20-percent level. In the 1980s, there was a dumb attempt to rehabilitate this loser, which bombed once it was revealed that he was a Commie sympathizer and a racist.
In 1948, Dewey would get another chance, and should have destroyed Truman, only he didn't—running one of the most inept campaigns in American history. Being a RINO at heart, he did almost no real campaigning, and discussed none of the big issues of the day—such as how we won the war, but were losing the peace—and lost the most pivotal election of the 20th century.
In 1952, the RINOs were in full force, bringing us two terms of the awful Dwight Eisenhower, who was probably Stalin's best friend, after FDR. Eisenhower would never have gotten the nomination without Dewey's help.
Give this to Barry Goldwater: He had no chance in 1964, but he could certainly see the way the winds were blowing. The despicable LBJ put FDR's welfare state on steroids, opened up immigration in 1965, and gave us Vietnam—for good measure.
SO...Since 1936, with the exception of Reagan, the elites have brought us endless war, ruined our economy by sending jobs off to China and Mexico, and stood idly by—and even helped—as the Dems obliterated everything that used to define America. Remember religion, morality, factories, low unemployment, low taxes? Cherished institutions laid waste because of decades of abysmal, if not traitorous "leadership"—often reflecting tragically misguided and puerile social engineering.
In short, the time has long past in which we must respect such "leaders" merely because they attained positions of leadership.
Just a few of the reasons behind the Trump phenomenon.
We focus on yet another insult to medical residents—the heart and soul of our healthcare system. As an "experiment," the maximum number of hours they can work, which was recently lowered, has now been increased. This by ACGME—the very organization that lowered them. Welcome to the world of predatory healthcare NGOs. Too bad there are dozens more of them, and virtually all of them are bad.
It's bad enough that the feckless Feds are financing these, uh...studies, but the academic institutions behind the work actually claimed that humans were not involved. Oh, and neither the docs or the patients were told of these arrangements, thus totally violating rules for voluntary informed consent.
And you wonder why are healthcare system simultaneously sucks and is too expensive.
This HND piece discusses the recently published finding that US healthcare spending increased 5.3 percent to $3.0 trillion in 2014. That represents 17.5 percent of the gross domestic product.
You might recall that O-care was supposed to save us money, but every single thing increased, as well as per capita costs.
So, now that the insurance part of Obamacare has imploded, and I promise you this will continue, the brain trust has no choice but to remind us about all the other provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Only, most of those, including the highly touted ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations) have tanked, as well. In fact, the O-care fanboys resorted to dinking the number big time to make the ACOs look much better than they are.
This HND piece examines the 500 pound gorilla in the health care "room"—Why does the U.S. pay substantially more than any other country in the world for healthcare, only to realize mediocre outcomes?
Some observers suggest that these findings prove that a for-profit healthcare system is a recipe for disaster. However, profit per se is not the problem. Cutting to the chase, all the incentives built into the healthcare system are completely bass-ackwards. You see, with our fee-for-service model—that even in itself puts a premium on procedural rather than cognitive medicine—we are incentivizing procedures, rather than outcomes.
Or to put it another way, there is no incentive to keep people healthy. Rather, all the incentives are geared to treat sick people. Meanwhile, the public is obsessed on how much they don't pay, rather than how much they are not sick.
How often do you hear someone say that to fix our country, we "need to get back to the Constitution?" Sorry, but this is a non-starter...
1. I reject the notion that "all" the country need do is to get back to the Constitution. Upon a moment's reflection, it should be clear that this is no solution at all.
The Commerce Clause (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3) gives Congress the power "to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes." Covers a whole lot, doesn't it?
Article I, Section 8 contains 18 clauses, and here is the 18th: "To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof." In other words, they can do anything they want.
Amendment XIV, Section 1 provides:
"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." All by itself, this little gem has given us Roe v. Wade and Obergefell v. Hodges (same sex marriage).
Marbury v. Madison (1803) established the absurd notion of judicial review, thereby forever ruining the balance of powers, and making the Supreme Court the super-branch. No less an authority than Thomas Jefferson himself was dismayed at this state of affairs.
Given the four precepts described above, coupled with the reality that virtually every court decision expands, rather than limits federal power, no rational argument can be advanced that the Constitution is our saving grace.
2. Perhaps "getting back to the Constitution" is a shorthand for the wish that we get back to some earlier Spirit of the Founders, or Spirit of America. That would be a marvelous idea, but it may be difficult to achieve in the 21st century.
Instead of a Christian country in which only property owners (aka stakeholders) could vote, we now have a "diverse" land in which a heroin addict on welfare, who has to be propped up at the polling place, has the same vote as a productive citizen.
3. As to the military and its legitimate use, getting back to the Constitution will probably not help much. True, Article I Section 8, Clause 11 provides that Congress has the power: "To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water."
However, Article II, Section 2, Clause 1 provides that: "The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States."
Thus, the last time war was formally declared by Congress was on December 8, 1941. Of course, any number of bellicose acts subsequent to that date can be counted up. Arguably, there were plenty of them (non-declared) in the build-up to World War II, as well.
4. Kinda makes you wonder how many of the "patriots" endlessly talking about getting back to the Constitution have even read it