The Silent Healthcare Revolution

AmbulanceThe presidential campaign is far enough along to confidently conclude that the health delivery revolution will not be televised. Instead, it will continue its quiet progress, remaking nearly a fifth of the economy without political, media or public awareness. Such is the course of American revolutions. Continue reading The Silent Healthcare Revolution

Lincoln Shows His Steel

LincolnAbraham Lincoln is arguably the greatest man that this country ever produced. He is also one of the most complex; a man “both steel and velvet.” We like to remember Lincoln’s softer side, but if he hadn’t had the steel as well, we might not be one nation today.
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Democratic Unity urged ‘come November’

Hillary Clinton
Despite frequent calls for unity throughout the evening, the disagreements between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters was on full display at the McIntyre-Shaheen Dinner at the Verizon Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, last night. Continue reading Democratic Unity urged ‘come November’

Our Moment in Cuba?

Last month I had the privilege of joining a study tour to Cuba with former members of Congress — sponsored by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC). We met with government and Communist Party officials, members of the National Assembly and Foreign Ministry, artists, scholars, academics, economists, entrepreneurs, even cigar workers. Cubans feel genuine optimism that the recent normalization of relations with the United States may usher in a new era of cooperation. Continue reading Our Moment in Cuba?

Everyone’s Right: Both Clinton and Sanders Won Iowa

SandersUltimately, then, both candidates are correct when they claim victory in Iowa, because both are subscribing to two completely different perspectives on the election. Sanders sees his surge as the beginning of a successful insurrection against the establishment and the beginning of a movement that will defy conventional wisdom. Clinton sees it as a minor setback, powered by extremely liberal voters who have always been somewhat concerned about her close ties to Wall Street and hawkish foreign policy, but ultimately a successful staving off of a potentially embarrassing defeat. Continue reading Everyone’s Right: Both Clinton and Sanders Won Iowa