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Archive of posts published in the category: Health Care

The Cruz Option

from Kevin Williamson at National Review,  Apartment Fires and Health Insurance The problem for health insurance is the same as the problem for condominium sprinklers: The benefits are desirable, but they are not free, and many people, given a choice,…

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Mortality Increase Under the ACA

from The Georgia Public Policy Foundation Friday Facts 7/7/17 Food for thought: A total of 31 states and the District of Columbia expanded Medicaid under ObamaCare. Oren Cass of the Manhattan Institute reports that in 2015, age-adjusted mortality rose and…

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Tinkering with a Broken System

from George Will at The Washington Post, Why ‘repeal and replace’ will become ‘tweak and move on’ In 2009, President Barack Obama ignited a debate that has been, for many members of Congress and their constituents, embarrassingly clarifying. Back then,…

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Thoughts on Health Care

Health care is the epitome of many political solutions where the anointed wish to provide benefits (in exchange for votes) without paying for them. They create Rube Goldberg systems of cross subsidies, mandates, tax benefits and penalties, and regulation to…

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Rhetoric vs Reality

From economist Tyler Cowen at Bloomberg, What Democrats Won’t Admit About Voters and Health Care But keep in mind that the American Health Care Act of 2017 does not prevent states from spending whatever is needed to cover pre-existing conditions, if…

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A Health Care Reader

The health care debates are particularly contentious because they are a focus of the fundamental philosophical differences in political and economic thinking.  While activists insist they are only trying to be pragmatic in providing care for all, they remain hostage…

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Lessons from the Health Plan Collapse

The depth of the loss is probably exaggerated.  It is still very early in the term of this administration and the humiliation will subside. Still, there are some harsh lessons that should be learned . President Trump may have found…

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Health Care in Concrete

From Megan McArdle at Bloomberg, Republicans Should Kill Obamacare or Let it Die: Some forms of government policy are built of political concrete. Once done, they cannot be renovated, added to or even destroyed without immense cost; for that reason,…

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No Train to Utopia

from Kevin Williamson in National Review, Plans, Trains, and Automobiles Trains are the preferred mode of transit if your ideal is central planning. Automobiles are the preferred mode of transit if your ideal is spontaneous order. It is in the nature…

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Supply, Demand, and Finance

Kevin Williamson follows in the footsteps of Henry Hazlitt in his clarity of economic and political issues. Like Hazlitt he is not a professionally trained economist, but brings a writer’s clarity to the subject.  I have probably excerpted him more…

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Invisible Subsidies from the Rich

from Kevin Williamson in National Review, Plans, Trains, and Automobiles Question: Do we want our health-care system to be more like the spontaneous order that produces both awesome cars and terrible traffic, or do we want it to be more like…

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In Search of Better Masters

From Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish, The Right to Be Better People: Free people fight for independence. But the left’s revolutions are struggles for tyranny. They protest for better masters. They violently agitate for rulers who will run their lives…

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The Original Sins of Health Care

from John Cochrane at The Hill, Here’s what healthcare looks like in a perfect world: It’s wiser to start with a vision of the destination. In an ideal America, health insurance is individual, portable, and guaranteed renewable. It includes the right…

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Untying the Health Care Knot

Kevin Williamson puts some reality on the Health Care Issue: The Health-Care Double Bind in National Review The way to cut this Gordian knot is to treat insurance like insurance. Insurance is not a way to pre-pay for health care, though…

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The Relic of Zero Sum Thinking

Glenn Reynolds writes in The USA Today, Our caveman politics- Economic policy based on 100,000-year-old emotions won’t fix healthcare. When human beings were hunter-gatherers living in isolated bands and tribes, which was the norm for hundreds of thousands of years (and longer if you…

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Epi Politics

“We judge other groups by their worst examples – while judging ourselves by our best intentions.”  George W. Bush The “scandal” of the EpiPen pricing is a picture perfect play for those who have a chip on their shoulder about…

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The Threshold becomes a Wall to Growth

Health Care Law Forces Businesses to Consider Growth’s Costs by Stacy Crowley at The New York Times When LaRonda Hunter opened a Fantastic Samshair salon 10 years ago in Saginaw, Tex., a suburb of Fort Worth, she envisioned it as the…

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Keep The Cadillac Tax

Democrats Asked for Obamacare but Now Try to Duck Out of Paying for It by Kevin Williamson at National Review The teachers’ unions, it should be noted, are the biggest political spenders in the country — not the NRA, not…

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ACA Rigor Mortis

From Kevin Williamson at National Review, Obamacare is Dead : Insurance is, by its very nature, always forward-looking, considering events that have yet to come to pass but that may be expected and, to a reasonable extent, predicted with some…

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Political Health Care Priorities

from The Jewish World Review, The Process is the Punishment by Mark Steyn: excerpt: It is one of the many distinctive features of Obama-style “health” “care” “reform” that, while it has not led to the hiring of a single additional doctor, nurse…

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