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Archive of posts published in the category: Health Care

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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Health Insurer of Last Resource

from Insurance May Not Save Lives, But It Saves Money by Megan McArdle in Bloomberg View: We shouldn’t minimize the financial benefit, however. Medical bankruptcy is nowhere near half of all bankruptcies, but it is not trivial, either. And the addition…

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Legislative Intent

from Petterico’s Pontifications, King v. Burwell: Intentionalism Trumps Textualism, and the Rule of Law Dies: excerpt: There is much disagreement about this on both sides. The conservatives point to Jonathan Gruber, a central ObamaCare drafter. The lefties note that Gruber…

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Insurance is Not Access

from Scott Atlas at the Wall Street Journal, Repairing the ObamaCare Wreckage Why is private health insurance so important? Insurance without access to medical care is a sham. And that is where the country is heading. According to a 2014…

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Confirming Failure

from The Volokh Conspiracy, Let’s recall why the Affordable Care Act is so messed up by David Bernstein: Few people, including Senators and their staffs, had time to read the whole 2,700 page bill, much less note any possible weaknesses,…

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Peter and Paul’s Health Care

From Holman Jenkins at The Wall Street Journal, ObamaCare Beyond the Handouts Excerpts: Of the eight million who have signed up, some 87% are receiving taxpayer subsidies. In other words, they are getting health care partly or wholly at someone…

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ACA Flim Flam

From The Wall Street Journal Cliff Asness writes In Praising ObamaCare, They Bury It Excerpts: That more people would be insured was never in dispute. If you mandate that people buy something, penalize them if they don’t and give it…

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