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Quote of the Week: Adlai Stevenson

“A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.” Adlai E. Stevenson (Get our FREE action packed newsletter by signing up here. We don’t give your email out and we don’t spam you.) Tweet

The Thing About Polls Is…

I hate “healthcare polls” because in a broken system people just come off confused.  Reuter’s latest poll shows: Sixty-five percent of Americans said in the poll that they are “very concerned” about the overall cost of health insurance, including premiums, deductibles and copays. Sixty-six percent of U.S. adults who took part in the survey said they…

Tell Me If You Heard This One Before?

Many states have the idea that ACOs (accountable care organizations) can hold down Medicaid spending.  This from Kaiser Health News: To ease that financial strain, Minnesota is at the forefront of a growing number of states testing a Medicaid payment system. It rewards hospitals and physician groups holding down costs by keeping enrollees healthy. Under…

Madam Chair, We Propose that ‘Happy Hour’ begin 30 minutes Earlier Today by Pat Conrad MD

Over the years I’ve spilled more than a little electronic ink describing how the AMA is an unofficial extension of the federal government that furthers and encourages CMS’ whims and abuses.  But to give the AMA its due, it has successfully adopted the rhythms and reflexes of its benefactor.  Rather than tackling the really tough…

(ABI)Minecraft

Is anyone else playing (ABI)Minecraft?  It is awesome.  Right now I am trying to build a golden temple in the Cayman Islands using MOC money.   Just like real life, ABIMinecraft allows for an infinitely large game world to be generated as long as you have other people’s capital.  This, of course, is your Maintenance of…

Your AMA …Cover for the MOC by Pat Conrad MD

Anyone wishing to cure an overabundant zest for living need only spend a few minutes reading AMA House of Delegates committee resolutions.  The formal tone attempting to dress up a truckload of self-important swirl not nearly dignified enough to be called bullshit is…Contemptible?  Loathsome?  It sure is boring. Remember when the AMA came out against…