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The Sharing Economy

    I was quite irritated by a very critical, negative article in the Sunday, August 9, 2015, issue of The New York Times by Natasha Singer relative to what she said about the “sharing economy.”  Her critique was that the term was misleading, because it did not focus on the profit motive of either the companies that orchestrate these services or the individuals who profit from them.  ...

Why we should all care about the Uber and Lyft businesses

In the Wednesday, July 8, 2015, issue of USA Today, there was a lengthy article about the ferocious opposition arrayed by taxi companies and drivers against Uber all over the world.   http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/07/07/uber-protests-global-germany-france-taxi/29500747/   As a consumer, I believe that government-ordered monopolies are anti-consumer, and that taxi companies around the world...

Allowing Federal Health Exchange subsidies does not make healthcare available or more affordable

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell, upholding federal health exchange insurance subsidies, does not address the Affordable Care Act’s fundamental issue: absent unsustainable subsidies, health insurance coverage under its present rules will become progressively more unaffordable. Patient accountability must be far more greater than it is today.    This conclusion comes from two fundamental issues:  ...

What do overzealous roof repairmen, car repairmen and doctors have in common?

As Dossia, my company, increasingly offers valuable navigation tools for plan members to help them get the best value and quality from the healthcare system, I often reflect on the similarities among overzealous tradespeople and overzealous healthcare providers.   My two stories with tradespeople go back to 1980 and 1981, when my wife and I had considerably fewer resources than we have today.  In 1980, we...

Persuade, don’t demonize, opponents

One of my favorite films is Twelve Angry Men, a 1957 drama which starred Henry Fonda, but which also featured so many other great actors like Jack Klugman, E.G. Marshall, Martin Balsam, and Lee J. Cobb. The film’s subject matter is a jury deliberation on a murder case.   At the beginning, the jurors vote 11-1 to convict the defendant.  Henry Fonda’s character is the lone juror holdout, and the other jurors are...

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