Hollywood on the Potomac

'The Price We Pay'

October 10, 2019

What is the price we pay?  “So, The Price We Pay is a three year project to visit every healthcare stakeholder in America traveling around the country to get out what are the real drivers of high healthcare costs and who are the innovators who are lowering healthcare costs,” author Marty Makary, told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book party in his honor at Halcyon House in Georgetown, DC hosted by Jay Newton Small and Kate Goodall.  

“In the end, I was very optimistic at the disruptors who are changing the business of medicine – making it more transparent, more direct, focusing less on the billing throughput model and more on the relationship outcomes model that is rewarding quality over quantity. And what I found is that it was a revolt, a revolution, really among doctors to say, ‘Let’s redesign healthcare from scratch because our current system is completely broken.’ Obamacare is massively misunderstood by both supporters and critics. Obamacare delivered some patient protections that were bi-partisan. Let’s be honest and say that was big deal. It expanded coverage. We can argue that it was a clunky and expensive way to do it, but it did partially fulfill the goal of  expanding coverage. The biggest goal was to lowering health care costs and that it failed to do and that’s not only my opinion, but others as well.  It also means that getting rid of it is not because it failed in its attempt to lower healthcare costs. Getting rid of it doesn’t automatically lower the costs.  The real drivers of health care costs being so high are pricing failures and inappropriate care.  On those issues, there’s actually broad bipartisan consensus in the United States on how to fix the system. People just need to understand it.”  That’s a tall order.

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Brad Pitt! 'Ad Astra'!

October 8, 2019

"We're delighted to have you here for this special discussion of this new science fiction film Ad Astra, said Fred Ryan, Publisher & CEO of The Washington Post.  "Looking at the room, I see half of our newsroom here.  I hope there's not any big breaking story this afternoon.  We're pleased to have with us today Brad Pitt; the film's director James Gray; and NASA officials Sarah Noble and Lindsay Aitchison.  As the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this summer reminded us, space still captivates the public imagination. Even as unmanned probes photograph distant corners of our universe, we still feel the natural human longing to explore beyond our known world. This is why NASA is preparing for the next phase of human space flight with ambitious plans to launch sustainable missions to the moon within the next decade. Eventually, they intend to send astronauts to Mars.”

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Bon Appetit!

October 7, 2019

"Tonight we celebrate the 4th edition of the The Michelin Guide for Washington, DC," said H.E. The Ambassador of France Philippe Étienne.  “As you most certainly know, the Guide Michelin is more than a restaurant guide: It’s an institution. The first guide for France was printed in 1900. The first one dedicated to the United States came out in 2005 and the first whole guide in the Washington DC area in 2016. Each year, the announcement of who’s getting a Michelin star or two or three receives as much publicity as another prize. For the French and for many Americans as well, fine food is not about simply eating: It’s about quality of life, culture and pleasure. We all joined together in celebrating chefs who can bring joy through good meals, who can surprise us and who can guide us to new experiences. Chefs and Ambassadors have a lot in common with the materials we are given. ‘Give me a good chef and I shall give you good treaties.’ It’s true.”

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