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April 8, 2010

The Presidential Commission: The Member Analysis

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (PCSBI) had its membership announced yesterday–and frankly, I am apprehensive about the future of the commission.…

March 24, 2010

Three Points of View on Health Care Reform: A Podcast and a Blog

The Bioethics Channel at the Center for Practical Bioethics presents an ethical analysis of the historical passage of health care reform.…

March 23, 2010

Tucked Inside National Health Care Reform is National Menu Reform

And just when you were beginning to worry that national health care reform might not effect you have no fear. Nicely tucked away inside the health reform bill in Section 2572 is the mandate that chain restaurants with more than 20 locations display nutritional and caloric information for all of their consumers, says WSJ Health Blog.…

December 16, 2009

Nurses, Doctors Rank Among The Most Trusted Professionals in Society. Who's At The Bottom? You Guessed It. Joseph Lieberman and the Gang.

You might be surprised to learn that nurses (and healthcare professionals generally) are among the most trusted members of society, according to the annual Gallup “Honesty and Ethics of Professions” poll.…

November 26, 2009

A NEW Presidential Commission on Bioethics. We Christen Thee, Pucks-Bee. Let God Be Praised.

We all have a great deal to be thankful this Thanksgiving, and now we have one more thing to add to our list: another presidential bioethics commission.…

November 13, 2009

Give Me ObamaCare and Give Me Your So-Called "Death Panels." It's Surely Better Than What We Have Now.

The conservative blog, mercatornet.com, invited yours truly to be part of a debate on health reform, the controversy over so called “death panels”, and my views on the future of the American health care system.…

October 13, 2009

Yes, Today. Snowe, Tomorrow?

According to the WSJ Health Blog, Senator Olympia Snowe of Washington State is making no promises as to whether she will continue to back the Senate Finance bill for health care reform.…

October 5, 2009

Right to Reform says Caplan

Published last week in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Art Caplan discusses the “right to reform”. What does this quite simple sounding phrase mean?…

September 25, 2009

Former Governor Embraces the "R-Word"--And It's About Time!

Former Governor Dick Lamm has come out to do something that most of us realists in the healthcare debate have done long ago: acknowledged that the “r-word”–rationing–is not a dirty word, and in fact, is something we already do in our health care system.…