Capitol Hill Visit

Met today with Joe Dunn, Senior Advisor to Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy, to discuss EMBRACE Single System healthcare reform. At the meeting was Laura Willing, MD an American Psychiatric Association Congressional Fellow and David Keahey, PA-C MSPH, a RWJF Health Policy Fellow. Thank you for the very nice discussion about the various features of EMBRACE!

No ‘Easy Fix’ to Obamacare: But, Maybe an Alternative?

In a New York Times oped piece yesterday entitled “Obamacare Hits a Bump”, Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize winning Economist, succinctly explains why private insurance companies are raising prices and reducing coverage on policies that they offer on exchanges; or pulling out of the exchanges altogether. Not surprisingly, the reasons seem to boil down to… Continue reading No ‘Easy Fix’ to Obamacare: But, Maybe an Alternative?

Why Obamacare Cannot Fix the American Healthcare System

So; yesterday the New York Times had a piece with the headline, “Health Insurers Use Process Intended to Curb Rate Increases to Justify Them.” Briefly it explains that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had created a public review process that was intended to shame private health insurers from demanding high premiums. But, instead of helping… Continue reading Why Obamacare Cannot Fix the American Healthcare System

Nickel and Dimed to Death

A recent story on NPR about why cardiac rehab is underutilized brings up some of the nuances of our broken healthcare system.  One of the reasons identified in the report   for patients not using cardiac rehab is because of the ‘co-payments’ charged by insurance. Copayments are charges that the patient must pay to the provider at the time of… Continue reading Nickel and Dimed to Death

Our Broken, Archaic Healthcare System: Part I

This article in today’s New York Times is only one of many examples why our healthcare system is broken, and cannot be fixed. In this particular case, it is the inherent conflict between the federal government’s push to have everyone covered by health insurance and the private health insurer’s need to make a profit. The… Continue reading Our Broken, Archaic Healthcare System: Part I

EMBRACE The Book is Published!

This weekend my book on the EMBRACE healthcare reform plan was published. It is available through the publisher ( or on Amazon ( A Kindle version is comming soon. The book first gives a description of the plan, and then explains how it might feel to live in the United States after EMBRACE is implemented. It compares… Continue reading EMBRACE The Book is Published!