Healthcare is so expensive because the market has become badly distorted by big hospital systems, who have relentlessly gobbled up providers and used market clout to raise prices. In recent weeks a bill was filed in the legislature to give the Health Policy Commission - the agency that oversees the way the hospital market works - more authority. Independent, expert oversight like this will continue to expose the way these big hospital systems profiteer at the expense of families and businesses. I hope this bill, or something like it, moves forward. - Evan FalchukRead more >>
This Spring, I had the honor of teaching a class called "Leadership" at Emerson College. We are often taught to think of leaders as people with titles, when in reality leadership is about what you do, and who you are as a person. I believe there are leaders all around us - people who, in big ways and small, do things that change other people's lives for the better.Read more >>
The Massachusetts State Police has no plans to use body-worn cameras. Instead they're considering a "pilot program to install dash cams in a limited number of cruisers to evaluate their value." The Boston Police Department says it's watching what other cities do first.Read more >>
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We focus on the Olympics because it's the poster child for the failed political system that motivated us to create the United Independent Party.
The isn't enough transparency and honest conversation in politics. Our system is failing us, as it works on priorities no one really asked about, and which benefit the shrinking number of people who see it in their interest to play the political game.
The news this weekend is that Boston 2024 is going to have (another) management shakeup. Here are 3 things you need to know about it:Read more >>
There was a private meeting between Boston 2024 and the Governor and members of his cabinet on March 27. This was one of 4 private meetings between Boston 2024 and the most senior officials in the Commonwealth, but was the only one subject to a Public Records Request.
We requested any and all documents related to that meeting from the Governor and all other members of the Cabinet. We've gotten back some of the responses, and are posting them here as they come in.
Most of what we have received are versions of things we have seen elsewhere.
One interesting finding was on page 13 of this powerpoint document.Read more >>
This story is from Texas, but reflects a reality across the American economy today - more jobs, but a shortage of skilled labor to fill them: "Part of the problem behind the skilled-worker shortage, he and others say, is that until recently local high schools were channeling students toward four-year university degrees instead of technical careers."Read more >>
Over the weekend, I had the privilege of of speaking at the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow, a special order of the Boy Scouts of America. Members of the Order are nominated by their peers - and so it is an honor to be named to this group.
I was asked to share my thoughts on leadership - which is hard when talking to a group of dedicated leaders. I shared three "secrets" I have learned from my good (and not so good) experiences.
Want to learn those secrets, too? Click below.Read more >>
By Evan Falchuk
Getting people involved in the United Independent Party is all about answering one question: what's in it for you to join?
All of us are impacted every day, in some form or another, by decisions made by our government. Unfortunately, so many of us have decided that you just can't talk about politics anymore, without the conversation getting personal, or stuck on some ideological point no one wants to talk about anymore.Read more >>
Boston 2024 officials seemed to be glossing over the more difficult issues hosting the Olympics most definitely will entail. Raising critical questions about the billions the Games would cost, as well as security and traffic concerns, doesn’t make anyone a ‘naysayer.' It makes us taxpaying, thinking adults who see the value of putting things like our seniors, veterans and kids in school above something like hosting the Olympics. After having attended Boston 2024's first January 21 community meeting, here are just 10 of the central questions that, bizarrely, are still left unanswered.Read more >>
Sometimes, the most important events in your life are the ones that, in the moment, don’t seem so important. It’s true in news and politics, too. Here, in no particular order, are the stories from 2014 that fit that we should be thinking about more as we enter 2015.Read more >>