I don’t know about you, but I am as anxious about the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act expected momentarily as I was the first time I turned the car keys over to the 16-year-old. Heck, I’ve been in Jamaica all week on vacation and was still checking the news several times a day.
Why? Because I believe that this decision–whether positive or negative for the law–will send ripples, no, waves, through the economy, the political spectrum, and millions of individual lives.
Our healthcare system is out of control. It is out of control in terms of spending, poor quality and complexity. It is out of control when the major reason for declaring personal bankruptcy in this country is the inability to pay medical bills. It is out of control when, as I read in a recent book by the Medical Director of the American Cancer Society (How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America) a woman walks into the emergency room at Grady hospital in Atlanta with her breast wrapped in towels in a bag; the breast that necrosed from lack of blood because the tumor that had been growing there for … Continue Reading