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Nov 16
2016

Medicare Payment Changes May Affect You

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A number of years ago I supervised the care for my mom. I sensed that some doctors didn’t really want to take care of her.  I shared this with a friend who was a physician. He told me that many doctors don’t like taking care of older Medicare patients for two reasons.  First, they prefer to take patients they can make better. My mom had emphysema. The doctors weren’t able to cure her condition, only manage symptoms. The second issue he shared had to do with payment. Physicians don’t get paid a lot through Medicare. They don’t like giving full service for partial pay from Medicare.

Oct 17
2016

Protecting Customers

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From time to time I pick on McDonald’s for some of their business practices. However, this week I feel I should give them a shout out as they have taken a very wise step to protect customers from internet pornography at their restaurants.

Oct 05
2016

Self-driving Cars

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Most of us have seen news articles about self-driving cars, most notably when they get into a crash. I have written about the impact of driverless vehicles especially relating to the taxi industry.  The other day I ran across an interesting quotation from Mark Fields, President of Ford Motor Company, who said, "Our view is, autonomous vehicles could have just as significant of an impact on society as Ford's moving assembly line did 100 years ago." In my view, Ford Motor Company has long been the best-run US-based auto company. A visionary statement like this should be taken seriously.

Aug 08
2016

Roger Ailes Departs Fox

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Recently, Roger Ailes resigned as Fox News chief under significant pressure based on employee claims of sexual harassment. I have no firsthand knowledge about whether these allegations are correct or not. What is apparent is that some employees made allegations over a number of years claiming harassment. The internal investigation likely revealed some concerns; otherwise Mr. Ailes would not have been pushed out. My perspective is that serious allegations require a genuine investigation. If the allegations prove true, the perpetrator must receive appropriate discipline. If the allegations cannot be supported, they should be aggressively refuted, and management should support the one falsely accused.

Jul 08
2016

Government Actions Continue to Press Christian Businesses

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You may have seen advertisements for the Christian dating site, Christian Mingle. Recently the state of California ordered the dating site to pay $468,000 to plaintiffs for refusing to carry their advertisements for dating services. In addition the court order specified that Christian Mingle must carry requests for same-sex dating in the future. Under California law, California “business establishments” must offer “full and equal accommodations” to individuals regardless of sexual orientation.  Clearly this places many Christian businesses in a serious quandary. Where does one draw the line?