One of the criticisms of the health care reform bill enacted last year is that it expanded coverage without doing enough to control rising health care costs. Surgeon and journalist Atul Gawande says there are hopeful signs that costs can be contained -- not by cutting back, but by providing more intensive services to chronically ill patients who incur huge costs with long stays in hospital rooms and intensive care units.
Just about everyone we know is fascinated by the remarkable medical saga unfolding at University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz.
Since last Saturday's tragic shooting, we've been hanging on every detail about Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' condition and the status of the dozen other people injured. At a Friday media briefing, neurosurgeon G. Michael Lemole Jr. said of Giffords, "We're very encouraged she's making all the right moves."
As the national conversation continues about whether last Saturday's shooting rampage in Arizona is a wake-up call for politicians of all persuasions telling them to dial-down their rhetoric, the Rev. Al Sharpton has weighed in to suggest that we need "dialogue that's passionate, but not poisonous."
Members of the Republican National Committee are gathering in Washington (actually just outside the nation's capital at the massive Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center just across the river in Maryland) to elect a new chair.