Responding In Kind - 12/10/20

Responses and comments from my readers…I do receive periodic replies from the many readers of the blog. While I have often responded individually, I decided that I should share more transparently. Hopefully, this contributes to an ongoing dialogue… 

From Joby: Kevin your article by Dr. Boxer focuses too much on the dollars generated by and for the companies as success and not on the worsening health status of Americans which is what we are trying to improve.

I don’t disagree that the article was focused primarily on structure and cost of the Biden proposals. Those are the issues that he was trying to address for his readers. However, you have an excellent point! “Health status” as a result of our investments in health care is a critical outcome that needs to be measured. This is why I have come to the conclusion that we need to discard our “fee-for-service” model and move toward a “value-based payment” model.

From Tim: Ah, Kevin, I still love you and consider you a great friend and even a better person...but my friend you appear to have consumed too much of the media hyped Biden nonsense and failed to assess what was Biden (the known) versus the dreamed about Biden (what he wishes).  He will be our president and because of that I will respect him and honor the office....But…Any person who cannot....or was it just would not sit for serious interviews prior to or since the election should scare the crap out of every citizen. There are no free lunches....

I can feel the love 😊. I agree on the notion of interviews. I anticipate that we will see lots of interviews as his team is developed and installed. Biden will move the Presidency toward the role of “managing” rather than “dictating” what the agencies and departments should be saying. In that sense, we need to keep a watchful eye on who is selected for all of the positions within the Administration. From my perspective – we are off to a very good start. BTW, part of the reason I consumed much of the Biden approach is that I served as his Presidential Advisor in his first campaign from early 1986 to late 1987. I’ve been a big fan ever since…

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