Archive: Chris T. Pernell
When it is all said and done, though we have journeyed many miles, and hit major milestones, even so we have miles yet to travel.
By Chris T. Pernell | March 31, 2010; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)
On Thursday, we listened to lawmakers from opposing camps articulate how best to achieve health-care reform. We heard philosophical differences from the right and left, some legitimate, others doused in party rhetoric and well-rehearsed talking points. We witnessed a deft...
By Chris T. Pernell | February 26, 2010; 04:58 AM ET | Comments (1)
What cannot happen is that we walk away empty handed. The rest of the Obama agenda cannot afford this nor can the majority of Democratic incumbents who will risk being labeled inept.
By Chris T. Pernell | January 21, 2010; 01:13 AM ET | Comments (1)
True and radical change will surface when we confront the care culture where health promotion, wellness and prevention take a back seat to cure and disease management.
By Chris T. Pernell | January 6, 2010; 03:17 AM ET | Comments (0)
It is a disservice to all Americans and the iconic American brand if we fail to forge a solution or at least make considerable progress in that direction, similar to the spirit that enacted Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
By Chris T. Pernell | December 16, 2009; 02:44 AM ET | Comments (0)
Every day in the status quo is another day someone is denied access, loses coverage, avoids treatment or halves a pill because they cannot afford to be healthy.
By Chris T. Pernell | November 17, 2009; 06:46 PM ET | Comments (0)
As the health-care crusade approaches the homestretch, and the House and Senate work in tandem to deliver on the President's promise of change, no one is quite certain what reform, if any, will materialize. Will legislators balk at the public...
By Chris T. Pernell | November 4, 2009; 11:16 PM ET | Comments (0)
The Baucus bill, the least politically offensive, won the coveted moniker of bipartisan, though barely.
By Chris T. Pernell | October 13, 2009; 10:57 PM ET | Comments (0)
Though he emerged on the Washington scene a long shot, a virtual David in a crowded room of Goliaths, President Obama quickly out-lapped veteran opponents. But then came the summer of partisan bickering, outlandish hyperbole, and sneakily Goliath regained stature and bravado.
By Chris T. Pernell | September 11, 2009; 02:18 AM ET | Comments (0)
Will his mandate pass away in the night? Or will his booming voice continue to ring true as legislators drag themselves back from a summer recess where it seems more was lost than was gained?
By Chris T. Pernell | August 27, 2009; 04:23 AM ET | Comments (0)
When health care is overtly politicized, good health is sacrificed under the guise of preventing an abuse of government power and distorting the American brand.
By Chris T. Pernell | August 25, 2009; 02:09 PM ET | Comments (1)
Health-care cooperatives have been offered as middle ground, but in practice, it is questionable whether co-ops fit the scope and gravity of the problem.
By Chris T. Pernell | August 20, 2009; 06:05 AM ET | Comments (2)
Frankly, what is surfacing is a survival of the fittest mentality. One demographic, being pitted against another, risks any true reform of the system and compromises the pursuit of good health for all.
By Chris T. Pernell | August 11, 2009; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (37)
Though I am in no way a big government zealot, or naively misguided to think that government action will be flawless, on the other hand, I am not frightened by a public-private partnership.
By Chris T. Pernell | August 4, 2009; 08:51 PM ET | Comments (3)
If we framed the system of health care as a patient, albeit one which has coded and desperately needs resuscitation, then in the push to overhaul it, viability would not be made a casualty of demagoguery.
By Chris T. Pernell | July 29, 2009; 02:08 AM ET | Comments (1)
Truthfully, we will not achieve the perfect health plan, but we owe our countrymen something better than the limited access and skyrocketing costs that plague our current system.
By Chris T. Pernell | July 21, 2009; 06:25 PM ET | Comments (1)
Bullying the haves with excessive taxes and pitting the have-nots as their proverbial foe is, frankly, dated and unimaginative.
By Chris T. Pernell | July 14, 2009; 01:11 PM ET | Comments (4)
But just like the death penalty has not deterred crime, individual mandates will not make us a healthier nation necessarily, rather a more insured nation.
By Chris T. Pernell | July 7, 2009; 01:56 PM ET | Comments (3)
Choice, whether in choosing a physician or a private or government-backed insurance option, cannot be framed as the adversary of quality or cost-effective care, but as its foundation.
By Chris T. Pernell | June 30, 2009; 07:22 AM ET | Comments (1)
Living life in the balance, wedged between necessity and cost, sadly has placed good health at too high a price for some of the most vulnerable among us. For many, the pang of the health-care crunch is felt not at the doctor's office but when paying for prescription medicines.
By Chris T. Pernell | June 23, 2009; 06:02 AM ET | Comments (2)
Armed with a mix of ego and duty, he championed all stakeholders -- specifically physicians -- to own the problem so that we may move forward to create solutions.
By Chris T. Pernell | June 16, 2009; 04:10 AM ET | Comments (0)