Want to know why the underserved or those without a voice or coherent, unified voting block get screwed?
Want to see what happens when powerful interest groups are threatened?
Want to know why our political system will not respond to need, but to muscle?
Imagine sitting in a room, appointment after appointment, conversation after conversation–and all you hear is, “if you touch us, it’s the patients that will suffer.”
Also, there is no such thing as a quid pro quo (that is against the law)…”but we hear it is going to cost a billion dollars to run a presidential campaign in 2012. That sure is a lot of dough. How the heck do you fill a honey pot like that?”
Yup, the answer is do not touch health care, sacred cows that we are. Nobody gives an inch, and we will all be just fine.
Peter Fisher, undersecretary of the Treasury in 2002: “Think of the federal government as a gigantic insurance company (with a side line business in national defense and homeland security) which only does its accounting on a cash basis—only counting premiums and payouts as they go in and out the door. An insurance company with cash accounting is not really an insurance company at all. It is an accident waiting to happen.”
Bradley Flansbaum, DO, MPH, MHM works for Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA in both the divisions of hospital medicine and population health. He began working as a hospitalist in 1996, at the inception of the hospital medicine movement. He is a founding member of the Society of Hospital Medicine and served as a board member and officer. He speaks nationally in promoting hospital medicine and has presented at many statewide meetings and conferences. He is also actively involved in house staff education.
Currently, he serves on the SHM Public Policy Committee and has an interest in payment policy, healthcare market competition, health disparities, cost-effectiveness analysis, and pain and palliative care. He is SHM’s delegate for the AMA House of Delegates.
Dr. Flansbaum received his undergraduate degree from Union College in Schenectady, NY and attended medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. He received his M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management at Columbia University.
He is a political junky, and loves to cook, stay fit, read non-fiction, listen to many genres of music, and is a resident of Danville, PA.