Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Coronavirus Prevention

There will be two parts to this blog.

First, excerpts form a book Costco got in on dealing with the coronavirus pandemic based on what was known on February 27, 2020 that you might find useful.

Second, a rant on how New Jersey has mishandled the coronavirus pandemic based on what is known today that I find cathartic.

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Health Justice NOW (IV): What We Do

Timothy Faust’s philippic against the US healthcare ends with what to do to get to single-payer.

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Health Justice NOW (III) What Lies Beyond

Timothy Faust’s philippic against the US healthcare continues with some of the causes of health inequity and their structural roots..

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Health Justice NOW (II) What We Want

Timothy Faust’s philippic against the US healthcare continues with what we (everybody but the private-insurance infrastructure) really want.

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Health Justice NOW (I) What We Got

Most years around now I was in Washington, DC at the Enrolled Actuaries meeting with one of my evening excursions being a jog to the a bookstore up the road where I could have seen someone like this guy:
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Coincidentally, I found Timothy Faust’s philippic against the US healthcare system in Princeton last month and have been provided the time within which to read it, starting with a section on what we got.

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Coronavirus Survival Guide

With bookstores likely not considered essential businesses my purchase of a special collectors edition of Remind and the Coronavirus Survival Guide might be the last use my Barnes & Noble card gets for a while.

Here are excerpts from one of those.

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New Jersey: The Leader in Taking Medicaid Funds from Children

A section of The Poverty Industry by Daniel L. Hatcher focuses on a particularly despicable self-sanctioned theft that is still going on (see page 547 of 592 in the FY20 budget unchanged from the Christie years).

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Politics Is For Power

Subtitled ‘How to Move Beyond Political Hobbyism, Take Action, and Make Real Change” the book by Eitan Hersh mad some useful observations:

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Code Blue (I)

Another book of horror stories for those stuck on the receiving end of the US health care system. First set of excerpts follow:

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Heyday of NJEA

The heyday of Arthur Sackler was a period of crossover in the methods used for the marketing of prescription drugs and the marketing of the drug delivery system known as the cigarette. Sackler’s counterpart in the tobacco industry, and fellow master of manipulation, was John Hill of the public relations giant Hill & Knowlton. Sackler and Hill shared authorship of such techniques as third-party advocacy, subliminal message reinforcement, junk science, phony front groups, advocacy advertising, and using advertising dollars to buy favorable “news” to report. (pages 154-5)

More from “Code Blue” later but around the time I was reading this I came across an interview a media millionaire did with a public-union millionaire. Below are some video excerpts.

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