Tag: rising health care

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington – Clinton’s Speech

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. President Clinton’s speech Although I liked Obama’s speech, he really didn’t bring the fire. He gave his scholarly speech. It was Bill Clinton who consistently can bring it. The take home line from the March in my opinion was “But a great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon.” As matter of fact he had several lines which are worth repeating – Dr. King’s dream of interdependence, his prescription of wholehearted cooperation across racial lines — they ring as true today as they did 50 years ago.

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Controlling Healthcare costs = controlling what we eat

It is clear that one of the greatest challenges to healthcare is obesity. Even if you’re not fat or overweight, Americans are getting fatter by the minute. Don’t believe me. Go to any mall, sit down and watch. It shouldn’t take long before the enormity of the problem begins to sink in. From USA Today: “Obesity is going to be a leading driver in rising health-care costs,” says Kenneth Thorpe, chairman of the department of health policy and management at Emory University in Atlanta. Thorpe did this special analysis on obesity for America’s Health Rankings, the 20th annual assessment of the

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Want to kill a fragile recovery? Cap federal spending.

Every now and then senators/representatives propose things in Congress that sound good but are really terrible federal policy. A new bill that proposes to Federal spending at 20.6% of GDP is exactly one of those bills. This sounds reasonable. But with 25% of our GDP currently dependent on federal spending this would mean drastic cuts to the federal budget. More from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: A prominent proposal by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to limit total federal spending to no more than 20.6 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is attracting increasing

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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