Tag Archives: Atul Gawande

I Hate to Critize Gawande, But

His recent analysis of the latest way that the GOP has screwed itself and their voters by worshipping a fantasy of a “free” market and a white, straight, born-here manvoter who can act unencumbered (swing around his big ol’ wallet, rub it on anything) within that “free” market presupposes its own falsehood: that this administration and its Congress respond to rational argument, evidence, and voters’ needs to see a fucking doctor without going broke. (Or breathe clean air. Or use a bathroom without getting clobbered. Or not die in nuclear holocaust. Or conventional holocaust. Or smoking rubble of a formerly greenish planet.)

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Cheesecake Factory Health Care

The Cheesecake Factory is like Shark Week: Universally beloved and a little bit funny.

Live every week like it’s Shark Week.

Eat every meal like it’s the Cheesecake Factory.

Perform every surgery like it’s at HCA.

Atul Gawande, whose health care reporting is usually the Shark Week of the New Yorker, wrote an essay that’s more like Squirrel Week. About how maybe hospitals can be more like the Cheesecake Factory.

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Health Care Reform Roundup, Part 2

It took me a silly long time to check in with the New Yorker‘s coverage of the health care decision.

(When I was teaching a li’l here and there on media studies, I liked pointing out that the effete literary magazines were doing the most relevant, important journalism in the country. I’m talking the New Yorker‘s masterful long-form journalism on both domestic and international affairs. And the NY Review of Books, actually, which broke some serious stories during the Iraq War, and since.)


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