Tag Archives: Medicare for All

Dreary Times

There are places where nothing happens. Pittsburgh in the fifties and early sixties was like that. We heard tales of surfing in California, and tales of sophisticated people doing sophisticated things in Manhattan, and somewhere there was this place called … Continue reading

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The Edge of Socialism

No one should be surprised by the popularity of Bernie Sanders, even if he calls himself a “democratic socialist” – which sounds kind of scary. He’s not a Democrat. He never was one. He just ran as one, a matter … Continue reading

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Out of the Shadows

America gets a three-month break. The Republicans caved – the government shutdown ended and we didn’t go into default. What we are left with is the Republican dual disagreement, on tactics and on the usefulness of experience – the dispute … Continue reading

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Embracing the Unexpected

Live long enough and you’re bound to pick up experiences you never imagined you’d ever have – like chatting about the chord changes to a minor jazz tune, A Night in Tunisia, with an excitable young French guitar player, on … Continue reading

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The Day the Dog Didn’t Bark in the Night

What doesn’t happen is sometimes what matters. Sherlock Holmes did solve that case of the missing race horse primarily because that dog didn’t bark in the night. And each November the Brits celebrate that day in 1605 when Parliament didn’t … Continue reading

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The Politics of Medicine

Part of growing up in the fifties and heading off to college in the middle of the sixties was figuring out what to do with the rest of your life, always a tussle between what you wanted to do – … Continue reading

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