Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America


Beyond Obamacare


It’s so easy to get distracted, which is what most people are with regards to healthcare. Healthcare is a frequently discussed subject these days but few are discussing the issues that really matter. Too many are distracted by the website fiasco and not focusing on the most important healthcare challenges, which by the way, isn’t Obamacare.

Healthcare policy is shaped by politics and religion—two potentially divisive drivers. Politicians have used moral obligation, the roots of which lie in religion, to further healthcare initiatives, which stand to advance their political careers. The root of the reason for their biases can… Continue reading


I was recently asked if when deciding on a healthcare plan for our company do I first consider what’s best for the company or the employee. It dawned on me that some think company owners consider healthcare an obligation. I explained. Companies provide healthcare plans as part of the compensation/benefit package. Employees migrate from one job to another based on the total package, which usually includes a healthcare component. Companies can provide healthcare to employees at a lower cost than an employee can purchase for themselves. And then the answer—we determine what we think is the best plan for anyone,… Continue reading

Keep your eye on the ball!

While watching John Jay and Carlos Beltran dropping routine fly balls last night the theme for today’s blog popped into the interstice between my ears. No, this isn’t a blog about baseball; it’s about distractions. “You think the crowd distracted them?” My wife asked after watching the first ball drop. “I can’t watch this anymore,” she said after the second fly ball hit the turf while two men, paid millions of dollars to catch a baseball, stood within arm’s length of each other and stared incredulously at their gloves.

Polls show that everyone realizes our government is spending too much… Continue reading


Name a problem and the root cause can too often be found in apathy. The problem with education isn’t the teachers or the curriculum; it’s the lack of parent involvement at home, at school, and at the ballot box. The problem with healthcare isn’t that we need more money for treatment; it’s society’s apathetic view on health. Want to cure diabetes? Stop filling up the 44oz cup after filling up the car. Eat vegetables and fruit instead of calling out for Pizza.  Want to stop the government from continuing the deficit spending? Support those congressmen who will stop government… Continue reading

Think or Know?


I like to fiddle with words. Fiddling helps me learn how best to use words, or use them most appropriately. Too often people use the wrong word and that’s the root of miscommunication. Lying is not the biggest problem, unintended obfuscation is. “What’s that?” you ask. Thanks for asking.

Someone once said that less is more, that someone probably wasn’t a banker or an IRS agent. Most people when asking a yes or no question don’t ask a yes or no question. For example – “Are you going to the game tonight? We are because my cousin’s daughter’s boyfriend’s… Continue reading

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