THE FIVE “HEALTH DESERTS”

In my last posting, I referred to parts of America that have been described as “food deserts,” meaning that residents living in those areas do not have access to supermarkets or other food stores or restaurants from which they can purchase affordable healthy food. One of my Pitney Bowes colleagues referred me to a satirical YouTube posting called The Bronx Bodega, which powerfully illustrates what I have noted in a...

ACCESS TO GOOD FOOD, DRUGS, AND MEDICAL CARE

Recently, I gave a speech at the American Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) business conference in Chicago on the prerequisites for a workable solution to our health care cost crisis. One of the main points I made is that convenient and affordable access to healthy foods, prescription and over-the-counter medications, and primary care physicians and nurses for preventive screenings, immunizations, and treatment of...

CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT

Having recently read a great book called Why Politics Matters by Gerry Stoker, I came to realize why it is so critical to get voting and other forms of citizen engagement right. Without a secure, convenient, reliable voting system and without broad-based citizen participation in some way in the decisions affecting a group of citizens, it is very difficult for elected officials to govern. Their legitimacy would be...

POLITICS

I find it ironic that not only Americans, but citizens of developed countries all around the world, are more alienated and dissatisfied with their political leaders than at any time in the last 50 years, when politicians, in many respects, are more knowledgeable about public preferences and wants than ever before, and attempt to be more responsive than ever. I know many politicians of both parties. The vast...

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