Dr. Tom: How did you answer? …

By Thomas R. Kluzak, M.D. So, how did you answer the question, “Should everyone in the United States be entitled to health care?” Sorry, that was...

Dr. Tom: Globalism vs. Nationalism …

The visit to Idyllwild by seven Rotarians from South Africa and Botswana last week was a great experience for all. Imagine hearing lions in...

Dr. Tom: Thank you, Idyllwild …

Do you ever get overwhelmed with gratitude, with the feeling that you must be the luckiest person in the world? Followed, of course, by...

Dr. Tom: A good time to talk science…

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.” -Richard P. Feynman The recent severe storms once...

Dr. Tom: A Brief History of the U.S. Government and Healthcare,...

You will probably be surprised to learn that the first U.S. president to propose any form of government-sponsored healthcare was a Republican. OK, technically a former Republican. Teddy Roosevelt served as our 26th president from 1901 to 1909, after which his hand-picked successor, William Howard Taft, was elected. Returning from a safari and European tour, Roosevelt found himself unimpressed with Taft’s performance and sought the Republican nomination in 1912. Rebuffed, he founded the Progressive Party, which included in its platform the provision of limited health insurance to low-wage earners. (Sorry, I know this is upsetting to modern Republicans, but it is true; look it up. You can take some solace in the Progressive Party’s alias: The Bull Moose Party).

Dr. Tom: Character and beliefs …

Two interesting things happened last week — besides the other really interesting thing that I’m not going to talk about (much) — both of...

Dr. Tom: Lessons from history…

I never liked studying history in school, which, at the time, seemed to be confined to memorizing dates and names and places. I think...

Dr. Tom: Lions and tigers and socialized medicine. Oh, my! …

By Thomas R. Kluzak, M.D. Whipping up fear, to which we respond in a visceral often irrational way, is a favorite tactic of politicians, and...

Dr. Tom: A Brief History of the U.S. Government and Healthcare,...

While everyone would agree that the passage of Medicare in 1965 was a landmark event in not only American healthcare but also American politics,...

Dr. Tom: Poverty …

I’ve got a really strange idea and here is how it happened. I read a news report about Ben Carson, our secretary of Housing...

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