The Cardinal's Nest

health care tour

Why a Health Care Tour?

The Cardinal Institute is about to embark on a multi-town, multi-month barnstorm across West Virginia to discuss healthcare reform. The reasons for the subject matter are obvious, and legion, as the statistics around West Virginia’s healthcare system are sobering. Yet, the options for reform are far… Read More
Overdose Epidemic is out of hand

Overdose Deaths: Blame Government Too, Not Just Pharma

The death of actor Michael K. Williams has brought discussion of the opioid crisis and overdose deaths back to the forefront of many people’s minds. The opioid crisis often fades into the background until a celebrity dies or overdoses. But, I think it’s fair to say that in West… Read More
Nurse Practitioners Need More Freedom

Nurse Practitioners Should Have Greater Freedom

Health & Health Care in West Virginia In 2018, West Virginia ranked highest in the nation for poor physical health, poor mental health, obesity, and heart attacks. Additionally, 10% of our adult residents are likely to be diagnosed with diabetes (the second-highest rate nationwide). 33% of resid… Read More
Lockdowns aren't needed in West Virginia.

No More Lockdowns in West Virginia!

As lawmakers and health professionals’ assess how to handle the Delta variant, it is imperative that they forgo more lockdowns. From the onset of the pandemic, the lockdowns have been to help flatten the curve. However, data and lessons from 2020 demonstrate that the lockdowns’ negative impact outwe… Read More
The West Virginia Miracle will be built gradually, then suddenly.

Gradually, Then Suddenly

In Ernest Hemingway’s novel, The Sun Also Rises, in one conversation an interlocuter questions another on how he went bankrupt, resulting in the now well-known response: “Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.” The witty reply is one that can be applied to many situations: falling asleep, financial cri… Read More
Studying for the Bar exam is a large, unnecessary burden for law school graduates.

The Bar Exam: Should It Be Abolished?

Summer sucked.   The weather wasn’t great, but it’s not the traditional summer complaints of heat and sunburn that I’m referring to. My summer sucked because my fiancé was confined to a mere 8×10 foot room for over 350 hours this summer.   Two simple words can explain this desolate… Read More
Treatment policies are turning West Virginia into Almost Hell

Treatment Policies Are Making WV “Almost Hell”

The Opioid Crisis in West Virginia By now everyone has heard the horrible news on the opioid crisis. Thousands of Mountaineers are addicted, billions of dollars have been wasted, and deaths are stacking up every day. What you may not have heard of is the treatment policies that are… Read More
We're building a miracle in West Virginia

Timeline of a Miracle

Timeline of a Miracle in Education We have seen some amazing changes in West Virginia over the last six years. This is in large part due to our efforts to build the West Virginia Miracle.   Six years ago, no one in West Virginia even knew what an education savings… Read More
Charter schools give teachers more flexibility and help students thrive

Charter Schools Expand in West Virginia

West Virginia & Charter Schools West Virginia’s charter schools have had a long and difficult road to approval. The state legislature passed the original law allowing the creation of this new kind of school in 2019. This law set a cap of 3 schools within the initial 3 years. In… Read More
Does West Virginia have a future or will it continue to languish?

Is There a Future for West Virginia?

West Virginia’s Path: A Different Future or the Eternal Now?  Sweaty, breathing heavily on a stationary bike at 5:30am, I was watching the most recent season of Netflix’s popular show, Castlevania, when a main character, Isaac, said something that floored me:   “They convince us… Read More