Category: Health Care

Pro-Life vs Pro-Choice

I’m a man, and if you think it’s hypocritical that a man is writing a piece about abortion, then I’d agree with you. I firmly believe women can and should be able to decide this issue for themselves without any…

5 Stories: Health Expense

The hardest “easy” story around probably is “where does the US spend its health care money?” Easy because the US has by far the most expensive health care system in the world. One would expect that finding the areas where…

5 Stories: Heart and Sleep

Recently ABC News (and others) ran a story about how doctors in Sweden discovered an increase in heart attacks every year when the clocks spring forward and similarly a decrease in heart attacks when the clocks fall back. What’s surprising…

5 Stories: Breast Cancer Screening

Late last year the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a report that significantly changed the breast cancer screening guidelines for women. They raised the age where mammograms are recommended from 40 to 50. This set off a firestorm in…

Abusing Reconciliation?

Datagraphics can be used to inject civility into public debates. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (and others) has been quoted as saying that reconciliation has never been used to pass something like health care before. And people who are  pre-disposed…

An Allegorical Tale

Imagine for a moment that the following story is true: Someone very close to me has been experiencing an incredible run of bad luck. Every day for the past few years my friend (let’s call him Paul) gets mugged. The…

Rush Limbaugh’s RAW NERVE

Several sites have been airing a snippet of William Shatner’s new TV show “Raw Nerve”  where he interviews Rush Limbaugh. The part making the rounds is where Shatner asks Limbaugh about health care. It starts like this: Shatner – “Here’s…

Cancer Survival Revisited

This week we’ll briefly revisit the Cancer Survival Rate study. We’re doing this in preparation for an article next week that will present a comprehensive look at all the measures discussed to date of the effectiveness of the US health…