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EXTRA: HOBBY LOBBY AND THE ACA

EXTRA: Hobby Lobby and the ACA By Leonard Zwelling          It is undoubtedly true that we are about to be subjected to a news cycle or two about the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to allow privately held companies to NOT provide full birth control coverage as mandated in the Affordable Care Act when the companies ...

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Health Care Reform: Push the Reset Button

Health Care Reform: Reset With a Blank Page By Leonard Zwelling        By now we have all been to sufficient numbers of cocktail parties with doctors complaining about the effects of ObamaCare on their practices. We have also been at cocktail parties (could be the same ones, could be a different set of friends) with ...

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CREATIVE DIFFERENCES: QUALITY vs. VOLUME

Creative Differences: Quality vs. Volume By Leonard Zwelling        I was fired yesterday—again.        Wow! This guy can’t keep a job!        As I related in the past, I let go of the one job I loved, heading the infrastructure for clinical research at MD Anderson, in June of 2004. Three years later my job ...

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The French Way of Cancer Treatment by Anya Schiffrin

http://blogs.reuters.com/anya-schiffrin/2014/02/12/the-french-way-of-cancer-treatment/ Very good piece that was reprinted in the newsletter of the Physicians for a National Health Program (PLEASE JOIN.  We are the single-payer guys and gals). Len

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VARENYE

Varenye By Leonard Zwelling          Varenye is a term I came across in Ari Shavit’s book about the birth of modern Israel, My Promised Land. Varenye is a jar of fruit preserves stored in the cupboard by Eastern European Jews. This food is reserved for times of trouble (pogroms mostly). Varenye feeds your family when ...

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GIVING UP THE ONLY JOB I EVER LOVED

The Only Job I Ever Loved, and Giving It Up By Leonard Zwelling        Ten years ago today, I resigned from the only job I ever loved. On the morning of June 23, 2004, I eliminated the position of Associate Vice President for Research Administration that was occupied by Dr. Carleen Brunelli. I relinquished all ...

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THE NORMAL HEART IS ANYTHING BUT

The Normal Heart Is Anything But By Leonard Zwelling          Larry Kramer is one angry guy. The man who wrote The Normal Heart, a wrenching depiction of the effects of the inadequate public and government response to the onset of the AIDS epidemic on the gay men of New York, is still angry all these ...

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SILOS

Silos By Leonard Zwelling      Sometimes I think I should have gone to A and M for agricultural training rather than to U of H for business school. I always seem to wind up in organizations full of silos. http://m.entrepreneur.com/article/231532      A blog reader forwarded this piece to me that he stated characterized MD Anderson, ...

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EXTRA, EXTRA SPECIAL: Happy 42nd, Watergate!

Happy Birthday, Watergate By Leonard Zwelling       June 17 is an important date in my life. In 1961, I was Bar Mitzvah’d. This did not make the 6 o’clock news then or now, but I remember it anyway. As my readers know, I still use the Webster’s Dictionary I received that day and I got ...

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