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January 17: Explaining NYS Medicaid

17 January 2010 | 151 Comments »

A hospital board member colleague recently asked me why I was “against Medicaid.”  He suggested that I was being disloyal to NYS hospitals which admittedly need more profits “to survive.”  I explained my position like this:

     “I took your advice and checked into the HANYS (Hospital Association of NYS) Medicaid white paper.  Didn’t change my mind much.  Gave me clarity that Medicaid should not be ‘fixed’ by further cutting provider payments.  Hospitals and docs have been chronically underpaid for many years.  It would be bad public policy to further undermine health care providers for honest services rendered. Continue Reading

January 12, 2010: The People’s Convention

12 January 2010 | 185 Comments »

Our clattering Coffee Class (the legion of retired, semi-retired and self-employed tradesmen, cops, and utility workers who opine daily on matters of Great Consequence over eggs and coffee) and local editors have been howling for an early NYS constitutional convention.  Continue Reading

January 7: Amazing Grace

7 January 2010 | 178 Comments »

“I once was lost, but now am found…was blind, but now I see.”  That’s my take on Governor David Paterson’s stance for yesterday’s contentious “state of the state” address.  In so many words he called the Senate and Assembly a chronic, rotten den of thieves.  Paterson’s transfiguration into a populist candidate next election is well along.  But as with Mr. Obama, it is critical to watch actual actions and not make judgements based on stirring words.  Talk is cheap.  Albany is expensive.  Paterson is the best attack dog Republicans have right now.  Now we’ll see how three Democrats in a room act. 

Enjoy your day.  Paul

January 6, 2010 “State of the State”

6 January 2010 | 157 Comments »

Governor Paterson is no doubt busy memorizing today’s 1 pm “state of the state” speech (nearly blind, our governor–amazingly–memorizes nearly every public utterance).  I expect him to be Basilio-like.  Carmen Basilio hailed from Canastota NY and won welterweight and middleweight world boxing championships, defeating the splendid Sugar Ray Robinson in 1957.  Basilio’s career record of 56 wins and 12 losses demonstrates that he was a rugged plodder, determined and tough.  I see Paterson that way.  Continue Reading

December 31: The Populist Guv

31 December 2009 | 1 Comment »

It will take a lot for it to be a happy year for New York State.  We remain mired in feckless ineptitude.  The governor is finally showing some unilateral guts, taking on schools and unions to their venemous disgust.  It is fascinating to watch him morph toward common sense now that he occupies the governor’s mansion and the buck stops–sort of–with him.  Perhaps he has been underestimated by everyone, even his president and his party.  Continue Reading

December 23rd: Plan for this blog

23 December 2009 | 187 Comments »

Getting set to roll with lots of great subjects and resources.  Saw coverage yesterday on (Assembly Minority Leader) Brian Kolb’s mission to force a “People’s Convention” before the next constitutionally appointed year–2017.  Brian is enthusiastic and is crafting a plan to make it happen.  Continue Reading

Hello. My name is Paul Hudson.

21 December 2009 | 2 Comments »
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Paul Hudson

I’m starting this NYS blog because my career has taught me how to use ideas and the media to change minds, and New York State could use a lot of changing right now.  I’m a seasoned businessman who took a marketing communications company from $3 million to $70 million in about 15 years.  Continue Reading