July 2009

I heartily recommend a New York Times blog post I came across this morning thanks to a friends post on Facebook.  It is by Pico Iyer and is entitled The Doctor is Within.  It’s an excellent piece talking about the Dalai Lama and Buddhism.  It made me think about why I stopped writing on this blog several months ago.  Perhaps I was trying to change the world and was realizing the futility of such an effort.  Perhaps it was a cognizance that I needed to readjust my thinking before I commenced writing again.  And, perhaps it is appropriate that I began again with different expectations.  Perhaps.

There was a superb piece by Peter Singer in the New York Times on July 15 entitled Why We Must Ration Health Care.  For one thing, we already do it; we just don’t do it equitably.  A public plan with the ability to purchase supplemental insurance or to purchase private insurance would be preferable to what we have an not as onerous as a single payer system.  But we can’t lose sight, the author points out, that even in countries with single payer systems, people are far happier with their system than Americans are presently with what they have.  It is time to move forward on health care reform.  This article helps point us in the right direction and dispense with the argument that we can’t ration health care.  I strongly recommend it.