Matt you can’t have it both ways.
First you attack a well-known Harvard professor, Regina Herzlinger, for accepting an invitation to become a director at a company that only later was publicly accused of accounting problems. Then you denigrate her when she goes public with her attempts to get the board to move more aggressively to tackle those problems and ruffles the feathers of several board members who retaliate. You then insinuate that she profited while shareholders suffered and yet you dismiss it as sour grapes when she resigns before her term ends (costing her a significant sum of money in the process).
And while we’re at it, how can a site with the name “The Health Care Blog” routinely ignore the ideas of one of the most creative thinkers in health policy? This field is so completely dominated by unoriginal thinking; I don’t know why you don’t welcome with open arms someone who is not just parroting the latest fad.
And speaking of character, we have just been through a period when an embarrassingly large number of leading health policy analysts sold their souls, their self-respect, their reputations and whatever is left of their intellectual honesty to the highest bidders in what we loosely call “health care reform.” In the midst of all that, I would think that someone also has shown the unimpeachable rectitude and character Professor Herzlinger has is deserving of a THCB award.
John C. Goodman, PhD, is president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis. He is also the Kellye Wright Fellow in health care. The mission of the Wright Fellowship is to promote a more patient-centered, consumer-driven health care system. Dr. Goodman’s Health Policy Blog is considered among the top conservative health care blogs on the internet where pro-free enterprise, private sector solutions to health care problems are discussed by top health policy experts from all sides of the political spectrum.