New Book Release

Congressional Malpractice: Is Access to Affordable Healthcare A Right or A Privilege?

By Leonard Zwelling, M.D., M.B.A.
Contributing Author, Marianne L. Ehrlich
Forward by Retired U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D.

Published by John M. Hardy Publishing, Houston Texas
ISBN: 978-1-946182-01-2
Release date: 1 March 2018

Health Care Reform Policy Blog

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What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been By Leonard Zwelling https://www.nytimes.com/section/magazine?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&region=TopBar&module=HPMiniNav&contentCollection=Magazine&WT.nav=page https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/05/16/magazine/health-issue-what-we-lose-with-data-driven-medicine.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmagazine&action=click&contentCollection=magazine&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=4&pgtype=sectionfront On Sunday, May 20, The NY Times Magazine published its Health Issue. These two articles couldn’t be in more stark contrast. The first is excerpted from Michael Pollan’s new book called How To Change Your Mind: What The New Science Of Psychedelics Teaches ...

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Make No Mistake. It’s Worse Than Ever In Israel

Make No Mistake. It’s Worse Than Ever In Israel By Leonard Zwelling https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/17/opinion/gaza-israel-palestinian-extremism.html In his NY Times op-ed of May 18, David Brooks gives a good summary of where things are in Israel right now and how they got there. There is one underlying fact that needs to be accepted by all participants in any ...

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Drunk With Conflict

Drunk With Conflict By Leonard Zwelling https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/17/health/nih-alcohol-study.html If there is one person you do not want to get a letter from, it is Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA). He recently sent one to Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the NIH. It was about a large clinical trial. Apparently the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and ...

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Is Israel Better Off With The American Embassy In Jerusalem?

Is Israel Better Off With The American Embassy In Jerusalem? By Leonard Zwelling https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/trump-netanyahu-and-a-day-of-dangerous-fictions-at-the-new-us-embassy-in-jerusalem?mbid=nl_Daily%20051518&CNDID=28650707&spMailingID=13513471&spUserID=MTQxOTMwNTA4OTI5S0&spJobID=1401356284&spReportId=MTQwMTM1NjI4NAS2 The articles are everywhere—in the paper and on the web. On Monday, May 14, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner opened the new American embassy in Jerusalem. Even though this city has been the capital of Israel since the country’s inception in ...

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Trump Reduces Drug Prices-Not!

Trump Reduces Drug Prices-Not! By Leonard Zwelling https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/health/trump-drug-prices.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news The vagary with which both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times covered the announcement by Donald Trump that his administration would reduce the price of drugs is only accurate reporting. Most of the president’s proposals are pretty vague. They do not include drug re-importation ...

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What’s Normal?

What’s Normal? By Leonard Zwelling The hardest part of overseas travel for me is the difficulty I have keeping up with events back in the States. English speaking television in many foreign countries is limited to CNN and we all know that’s “fake news.” Not really, but still, having only one news source is never ...

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The Face Of Cancer In Turkey Is Familiar

The Face Of Cancer In Turkey Is Familiar By Leonard Zwelling It is striking how little it changes. The face of a child with cancer is the same in Turkey as it is in the U.S. Professor Rejin Kebudi, the chief of pediatric oncology at the Istanbul University Oncology Institute, had invited Dr. Kleinerman to ...

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Istanbul and The Women Of Turkey

Istanbul and The Women Of Turkey By Leonard Zwelling This is a city of 20 million people that spans two continents with the Bosporus and three new suspension bridges running between the two sides of the city. There is a tunnel under the water as well. Despite all these routes from Europe to Asia, the ...

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Only The Tee Shirts Are In English: Antalya, Turkey

Only The Tee Shirts Are In English: Antalya, Turkey By Leonard Zwelling The BW (Beautiful Wife) was invited to give a talk at the 20th Annual Turkish Pediatric Oncology meeting in Antalya, Turkey. I tagged along. Antalya is a beautiful resort city that also happens to be the fastest growing one in Turkey. And no ...

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The Salaries Of Insurance and Pharma CEOs

The Salaries Of Insurance and Pharma CEOs By Leonard Zwelling http://www.pnhp.org/ceos My colleagues at the Physicians for a National Health Program, the single payer folks, just published this list of the top earners among the executives of the insurance and pharmaceutical industry. Many of these men (yes it’s all men) make in excess of $100-200,000 ...

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