Dr. Tom: Happy birthday, Medicare …

I am writing this on the 52nd anniversary of the official signing by President Lyndon Johnson of the legislation enacting Medicare, generally regarded as...

Dr. Tom: The fate of our healthcare dollars, now and in...

Medical care in the U.S. is so much more expensive than every other country. How can we fix that? A dollar in U.S. medical...

Dr. Tom: The business case for a single-payer system …

Imagine that you run a U.S. small business. You have long-term employees to whom you are loyal and vice versa. You have an anniversary...

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: A Healthcare Heuristic …

I am deviating from my plan to write more about the history of healthcare and the U.S. government because of Saturday’s Campaign for Guaranteed...

Dr. Tom: Aphorisms and tidbits …

A weird week, wasn’t it? Here is some food for thought. Off the wall, maybe out of touch. But, in the immortal words of...

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: Civil discourse …

I began to write this column because I learned that one-third of U.S. citizens didn’t realize that the Affordable Care Act was the same...

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: 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...
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