Health care and more

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There’s so much going on in the world of health care, in the United States, and in the world at large. Locally, Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University Health System seek to merge, and, as the Chicago Tribune reported, the FTC and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office object. If it goes through, the new entity would be the largest player in Illinois and the 11th largest in the nation.

Nationally, we’re in the most bizarre presidential campaign in living memory. There’s a great case to be made that the focus of the mainstream media (MSM) has narrowed the issues and the possible outcomes by overemphasizing some candidates and events while ignoring others that, arguably, are equally or even more significant. See, for example, this interview with Bernie Sanders.

Issues of race and class continue to affect our lives whether or not we’re aware of it. And public discussion is often intolerant and mean-spirited.

Still, some of us see possibilities for change. We seek unity and mutual respect and affirm the dignity of all individuals.

Mahatma Gandhi said: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

This blog is inspired by that quotation, and I’ll address all of these issues and more in upcoming posts.

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