A Proposal To Contain Health Care Costs

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In two previous posts, A Prescription For The Health Care Crisis and Analysis Of The Health Care Law, I attempted to analyze the major cause of America’s skyrocketing health care costs and why I was skeptical that the new health care law would do much to curtail it.  In this post, I’d like to offer some concrete ideas about what I think needs to change to slow the rate of rise of our nation’s health care bill.  While I’m certainly no expert in health care policy or economics, I have had extensive experience as both a health care provider and administrator and would like to get a conversation going in this forum that addresses the most significant cause of our inflated costs. Continue reading…

Why We Laugh

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I remember horsing around once with my younger brothers in one of our bedrooms one Saturday morning when we were children.  At one point, one of my brothers jumped off his bed, and as he flew up in the air, I flung a pillow at his feet.

“Ow!” he yelled when he landed, and gripped his foot.  He started writhing on the floor in obvious pain.  And, strangely, I started to laugh. Continue reading…

Redemption

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Over a decade ago, I did something about which I remain ashamed to this day:  I broke a promise to someone in a way that hurt her terribly.  I rationalized my decision by arguing that I hadn’t wanted to make the promise in the first place but had been pressured into it.  Many of the people in my life agreed at the time that for a variety of reasons my action was more than justified, framing the situation in different terms that made it seem more palatable. Continue reading…

Why We Quit

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I’ve recently started running again after having been forced to take a four-month break by an injured knee.  This turned out to be a long enough hiatus to decondition me, so for the first few weeks I found running my usual four-mile route tremendously hard.  I would start out strong, but by the last mile I’d be dragging:  my legs seeming to thicken, my breath coming in ragged gasps, my energy waning, my body’s weight seeming to increase several-fold.  But I’d force myself on knowing that only by completing my route would I be able to re-establish a level of aerobic fitness that would make running four miles as enjoyable as it used to be. Continue reading…