Health Care

Paul Summerville • February 23, 2013

Commentary on America’s medical system, you so don’t want to go there.

Charlie Rose -- Steven Brill

 

Paul Summerville • July 2, 2012

Commentary on the reasons countries fall apart, Conrad on the United Nation’s bungled mission, in praise of immigration, running out of growth lubricant, strange times in Myanmar, a new economic strategy for Japan, and for some Canada’s greatest achievement is a publically funded health care system.

10 sad stories.

Paul Summerville • June 30, 2012

Commentary on the US Supreme Court’s new ground, the problem with Canadian health care, rich Canada, and the CBC and market lessons.

The other ruling that mattered.

New York Times – A Pyrrhic Victory
THE obvious victor in the Supreme Court’s health care decision was President Obama, who risked vast amounts of political capital to pass the Affordable Care Act.

Paul Summerville • June 29, 2012

Commentary on the Chief Justice’s decision, good news from Europe, and Jeff Simpson is tired of the state debate.

Did Obama win the battle but lose the war?

Real Clear Politics -- The Chief Justice's Gambit
In 1803, the chief justice of the United States had a problem.

Related.

Paul Summerville • April 20, 2012

Commentary on Saskatchewan’s health care fix, how will the French election impact Euro bailouts, Iranian dance, phoney wars, and health care thinking.

Kaizen for health care.

CBC -- Premier Wall discusses health care on CBC's Power & Politics
Premier Brad Wall discusses the rising costs of health care and their impact on the provinces with Evan Solomon, host of CBC's Power & Politics on April 18, 2012.

Hollandaise sauce on Schnitzel.

Paul Summerville • April 19, 2012

Inching towards free trade in health care.

New Yorker – Club Med
This year, a few hundred thousand intrepid American travellers will head to places like Thailand and Costa Rica, in search of something that they can’t find in the United States.

Quote worth noting.

Paul Summerville • March 30, 2012

Commentary on France’s myopic narcissism, Harper's timid budget, and how the Supreme Court may overturn Obamacare.

Right sizing.

Financial Times -- France votes to shut out the world
Not so long ago François Hollande was a racing certainty to win the Elysée.

Related.

Paul Summerville • May 13, 2011

Gee, did those guys at Goldman Sachs fib to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Investigations Subcommittee on Capitol Hill on April 27, 2010 in Washington, DC?

Read all about it.

Articles also about the global economy from ex-Goldman Sachs' chief economist, Jeremy Grantham’s warning about commodity prices, why Canadians play hockey tough, Samuel Brittan argues that policy makers are worrying about the wrong things, and the case for Greece and Portugal to exit the Euro.

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Twin Virtues: Inequality of Outcomes & Equality of Opportunity©

Twin Virtues

Ultimately, the most successful societies find the balance between the twin virtues of inequality of outcomes and equality of opportunity.

The new politics must marry the twin virtues of unequal outcomes and equality of opportunity.

When too few get too much everybody loses.

Feminism is about women living their lives on their own terms, marshalling the resources of the society to make that possible, and men embracing this as vital to a successful society and their own liberation.

Can it be that striving for equality of opportunity however imperfect the process not only benefits the individual but also creates benefits for the society that are unintended but wonderful?

Economics must be a 'moral enterprise' as much as politics claims to be. Economic outcomes need to be framed in terms of right and wrong not just efficiency if only because these often align in surprising ways that are good for society and the economy.

My vision of Canada is that any Canadian child from a family of limited circumstance can expect to have a chance at lifetime of unlimited opportunities.

Free trade is a wonderful thing. Time and time again economists have proven that free trade creates enormous wealth for each country 'on the whole'. Historians have shown that free trade is usually associated with rising political, social and cultural liberty. The perennial problem is that free trade always creates tremendous disruption for thousands even millions of individuals often concentrated in one geography, and where the state is idle, not investing in best in class instruments of social justice, free trade can be a permanent ticket out of the middle class, down, not up.

Tax policy should be founded on the principle of generating steady tax revenues sufficient to maximise environmentally sustainable economic growth in order to fund fair government.

Public policy should be designed to decrease inequality before the law and increase equality of opportunity.

Capitalism is not the problem; the problem is what we do with capitalism.

Content is always more difficult to argue than conspiracy.

Let the state regulate and the market operate (most things).

Welfare strategies are best designed as a hand up, not as a hand out.

Political debate should not be fact free fighting.

Explanation lasts longer than eloquence.

Always favour empowerment over dependency.

The most enduring public figures are embraced for the causes they fought for and not the concept of themselves they hoped others would remember them by.

Find your voice and don't be the echo of somebody else.

It is possible to operate on two different levels: the practical, cautious and conservative; and the realm of ideas, open, free, and radical.