Modern Healthcare Staff
Merrill Goozner served as Editor of Modern Healthcare from December 2012 to April 2017. As Editor Emeritus, he continues to write a weekly column, participate in Modern Healthcare education, events and awards programs and provide guidance on coverage related to healthcare transformation issues. Over the course of his four decades in journalism, he served as a foreign, national and chief economics correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and professor of journalism at New York University. He is the author of The $800 Million Pill: The Truth Behind the Cost of New Drugs (University of California Press, 2004), and has contributed articles to numerous publications. Goozner earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor's in history from the University of Cincinnati, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008.
To begin reversing the gun violence epidemic, we need to ban civilian ownership of assault weapons since their only use is mass murder; expand background checks; and screen gun purchasers for suicidal tendencies and the propensity to inflict harm on others.
Something unexpected has happened at the VA in recent years. The number of vets turning to the government-run healthcare system has risen steadily due to more demand for its specialized care. Giving them access to private-sector care hasn’t reversed the trend.