Epic Fail: The (Relatively Short) Confessions of an Insurance Company Chairman

Controversy When Barack Obama was running for President, I was excited about his proposal for health care reform. He was committed to a goal of universal coverage, setting some ground rules at the national level for the messy state-regulated health insurance markets, a massive expansion of Medicaid/SCHIP coverage for folks who made too much to … Continue reading Epic Fail: The (Relatively Short) Confessions of an Insurance Company Chairman

Everything is Political. Especially politics.

Thomas Mann, the German social critic and Nobel laureate once memorably said, "There is nothing that is not political. Everything is politics." Like much of what he wrote, he was dead on. Particularly in the politically charged atmosphere of a highly divided nation on the brink of an election that will decide whether or not … Continue reading Everything is Political. Especially politics.

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of One

I open the door and it’s dark inside. She’s lying on the couch, her head wrapped in a towel like the Prell girl. She’s got a blanket pulled up to her chin.“Good morning,” I try cheerful first. Cheerful is always better. She hasn’t slept in the bed again. “Still on the couch?” I ask, as … Continue reading Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of One

Tales From Desolation Row: God bless the child that’s got his own health care.

I get a lot of calls from people who are worried about other people that they know—someone who's lost a job or who's behind in their rent or who needs to get a prescription filled and they don't know where to get help. I have the privilege of working with a group of talented and … Continue reading Tales From Desolation Row: God bless the child that’s got his own health care.

The Primacy of We

The 16th Sunday After Pentecost Year BThe Primacy of We Proverbs 31:10-31James 3:13 - 4:8Mark 9:30-37It had been a, shall we say, interesting, few days. From their excursion into the heathen realms of Syria and Lebanon, they finally had wandered back to the southwest towards home.Three of them had slipped away to follow Jesus in … Continue reading The Primacy of We

The Speech

We have just witnessed the most powerful example of how the Great Divide in the current American political morass functions (to use a highly inappropriate term):Millions of Democrats heard the President say tonight that his health care proposal would not replace their current health insurance plan. Instead, they would be protected from being dropped from … Continue reading The Speech

What John Spratt Might Have Said

I guess I'm in the wrong business. I need to be in the consulting business, coaching Democratic politicians on how to answer questions, because they sure as hell don't know how to do it on their own. Of course, they don't seem to be conscious of their ineptitude so I would probably go without any … Continue reading What John Spratt Might Have Said

Teddy, We Knew Ye All Too Well

Chappaquiddick was a darker tome than Dallas. Dallas told the end of Camelot, Johnny-we-hardly-knew-ye, a profile in courage borne on a caisson from the Capitol. Chappaquiddick created the bloated, made-for-National-Enquirer story about the end of the great American political dynasty. Each of the narratives was in its own way only a parable, a snapshot, the … Continue reading Teddy, We Knew Ye All Too Well

How Good Revolutions Go Bad

The Obama phenomenon was supposed to usher in a new era in American politics. We would put behind us all those strident accusations and counter-accusations, the lies and half-truths, the abrogation of power, the trampling of the Constitution. There would be no more Blue states or Red states, only the United States of America, a … Continue reading How Good Revolutions Go Bad