Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man Need Not Apply

January 30, 2012

If you smoke tobacco, you’re not going to be hired for a job by the Baylor Health Care System.  For that matter, you don’t need to waste time filling out … Continued

Fighting for Position in a Losing Game

December 6, 2011

Vermont is number one.  Mississippi is number 50.  But, truth be told, every single state has reason for concern. The United Health Foundation has issued its annual “America’s Health Rankings” … Continued

A Food Writer Brings Perspective to the Budget Battles

April 14, 2011

Sure, the topical thing to do in this space today would be to comment on the President’s deficit reduction speech and the contrast between the Obama budget plan and the … Continued

The Week’s Most Interesting Healthcare Reading (that you might have missed)

March 25, 2011

The one year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act wasn’t the only significant healthcare news this week.  Here are links to some interesting and important reports you may have missed. … Continued

Just Saying It’s So Doesn’t Make It So

February 15, 2011

Now that gasoline is over three dollars a gallon, I wince a little every time I fill up my car.  It would be nice to have the power to simply … Continued

The First Wave Makes Shore

January 3, 2011

The Baby Boom generation – defined by the Census Bureau as those Americans born between 1946 and 1964 – is often referred to as a ‘demographic tidal wave.’  That’s because … Continued

Heart Disease: Good News and Disturbing Trends

December 16, 2010

A new study released this week offers the encouraging news that death rates from cardiovascular disease have declined 28 percent since the late 1990s.  That speaks well for the strides … Continued

The Deficit Commission and Healthcare

November 11, 2010

The Washington Post and New York Times are ablaze today with top-of-the-page headlines about the proposals being made by the co-chairs of President Obama’s bipartisan commission on deficit reduction.  There … Continued

Now Obesity Has A Price Tag

September 22, 2010

It’s become one of the frequently-quoted axioms of American healthcare that 75 cents of every healthcare dollar we spend in this country is for treatment of chronic disease. But now, … Continued


July 1, 2010

The new health reform law mandated that, by July 1, 2010, the federal government create a website to help consumers better understand their health coverage options.  That site,, went … Continued