Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

Recent Articles

BYE-BYE ADVICE: HOLDING EVERYONE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE SCIENCE, ESPECIALLY OURSELVES

By Harold Pollack

Thanks for the hospitality, Ezra. Thanks, especially, to the commenters for great observations and corrections. The combination of anonymity, spontaneity, and immaturity render many comment threads a depressing and toxic brew. Not here. I’m grateful that readers here care about public health, not merely healthcare delivery.

THE NEW GUY AT CDC

Richard Besser has the conventional good looks of a TV anchorman. That’s a useful qualification for public office. Fortunately, that is not what got him appointed Acting Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I’m pretty happy about this pick, which hasn’t gotten the attention or visibility it deserves.

BIG HEALTH VOTE IN THE SENATE YESTERDAY (OH YEAH, THEY VOTED TO INSURE MILLIONS OF KIDS, TOO)

By Harold Pollack

What a different elections make. Less than two weeks into things, the Obama administration and congressional Democrats can just about chalk another victory on the board. In case you aren’t up on current events, the Senate passed SCHIP yesterday.

ABOLISHING THE MEDICARE DISABILITY WAITING PERIOD

By Harold Pollack

I’m charged this week to tackle public health. I’m cheating a bit to venture into other health reform issues. Dean Baker over at TPMcafe suggested that the feds abolish the current 2-year waiting period for disabled people to receive Medicare. This is a pet issue of mine. I want to second him on this point.

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