TEDMED 2014 showcases the bigger picture of health reform

It’s not just about health insurance. It’s about reimagining the way we deliver care.


If I could only tell you one thing I saw at TEDMED 2014, it would be this: Health reform goes far deeper than the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That isn’t news to me, but it was gratifying to see some of the leading minds in health and medicine articulating it so clearly.

There was very little discussion of the ACA or health insurance from the stage, but there was plenty of information shared about other ways America must overhaul its healthcare system — about what’s necessary to transform it from a “sick care” system into a system that promotes true health and wellness.

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Terri Lynn Land proved she was incompetent while Sec. of State, wasted tens of millions on computer upgrade debacle

Kiss that money good-bye…


Earlier this month, I wrote about how when Terri Lynn Land was Secretary of State of Michigan from 2003-2011, her mismanagement resulted in her office wasting $350,000 of taxpayer money. It turns out that $350,000 was just the tip of the iceberg. Her mismanagement of a massive computer system upgrade during her time as Secretary of State resulted in a boondoggle that wasted over $40 million in taxpayer funds.

In September of 2003, nine months after Land took office as the Secretary of State, the Department of State she oversaw undertook a project called Business Application Modernization (BAM).…

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Gov. Snyder evades one tough question, smacks seven slow softballs during town hall rally while race tightens

Last night, Gov. Rick Snyder held what was billed as a “public town hall” but was, in actuality a campaign rally given that the host and emcee were unabashed Snyder supporters and seven out of the eight questions he answered were softballs pitched by supporters. The room was less than half full despite Snyder’s press flacks claiming they had turned away non-supporters to make room for “undecided voters”. Most of those in attendance, as a result, were clearly Snyder’s supporters:

Sturgis resident Tammy Chupp, 45, and her 19-year-old son, Chris, said they were sold on Snyder before and after the event.
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Are you better off than you were four years ago? Well, are you, really?

1980 was the first year I was able to vote in a presidential election and, with chest puffed out, off I went to the polls to vote for Jimmy Carter on November 4, 1980. It began a long, sad slide for me personally as the country was electing Republicans at a record pace, and I seemingly was voting for people at all levels of government that were not destined to be elected. I kept thinking that I was maybe not understanding politics (I now know I knew exactly what I was doing), and that the people I wanted to see elected, almost all Democrats, were good people.…

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The anti-women strategies the Michigan GOP didn’t want you to hear

The War on Women is alive and well in Michigan. Don’t let Republicans try to tell you otherwise.

Hot on the heels of the successful pro-women V to Shining V event in Detroit, the Michigan Democratic Party has released shocking recordings of Michigan Republicans saying what they really think about women.

Well, it’s honestly not all that shocking. But the recordings reveal lawmakers saying how they really feel — and how far they’ll go to deny women their rights. And that should concern everyone.

Michigan Republicans are keen on making “personhood” the law of the land, a move even Mississippi voters rejected in 2011, and that would make many popular forms of birth control illegal.…

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V to Shining V: Detroit Lady Parts Justice party proved that Michigan stands with women

If Michigan gets this kind of turnout on Election Day, pro-women candidates will win big.

Michigan’s first annual V to Shining V event was a smashing success! Held at the Park Bar on September 27, this official Lady Parts Justice gathering brought in talent from across the country, along with some of Michigan’s strongest advocates for women.

The nearly sold-out gathering drew women and men of all ages who enjoyed a great party — and some great information about voting on November 4th. A nationwide event, V to Shining V will be an annual opportunity to celebrate women and, even more important, mobilize people to get out the vote to elect more pro-women candidates.…

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UPDATED: You, too, can go to a Rick Snyder town hall meeting to ask questions. If you are a supporter, that is.

After facing withering criticism for failing to agree to debate Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer, Republican Governor Rick Snyder announced with great fanfare that he was going to do ten town hall meetings where voters could ask him questions. They said Schauer was welcome to tag along if he wanted, and then slammed him with a truly unprofessional insult, calling him “lacking the intelligence” to keep up with Gov. Snyder:

Gov. Rick Snyder plans to hold a series of town hall meetings across the state this fall, answering question from voters — and his Democratic opponent Mark Schauer is invited to join him.
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DONATE: Josh Derke, the Michigan Dem who epically smacked down homophobic, anti-gay group now has a fundraising page

A couple of days ago I wrote about the letter Josh Derke, candidate for Michigan’s 93rd House District sent to the anti-gay, ragingly homophobic leader of the group “Public Advocate of the United States”. It was an epic, eloquent smack down and the piece has gone viral getting over 11,500 hits as of this morning. The cross-posted version at Daily Kos got an untold number of hits as it spent most of the day at the top of the Recommended List.

Josh now has a fundraising page up at JoshDerke.ruck.us.

Please stop over and drop some folding money into Josh’s tip jar so that he can defeat his Republican opponent.…

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