Monthly Archives July 2007

RON PAUL vs. RUDY GIULIANI

Last week, when I questioned Ron Paul’s specious claim not to have accepted Medicare during his years as a practicing obstetrician, I was accused by several commenters of being in the pay of that arch fiend, Rudy Giuliani.This was odd coming from professed libertarians, because Giuliani is a much more credible advocate of free market [...]

Hospitals and the Uninsured–More BS

Jonathan Cohn is one of the few single-payer advocates for whom I actually have some respect. I think his support of government-run health care is misguided, but he knows the system and is obviously a thoughtful person. So, I was surprised to find him repeating an utterly baseless canard about the way hospitals behave toward the uninsured: It was during [...]

HILLARY’S SCHIP COMES IN

Michael Franc of the Heritage Foundation points out that the SCHIP legislation now being debated in Congress bears an uncanny resemblance to a fallback strategy outlined by Hillary Clinton’s ill-fated health care task force: “Under this approach,” the task force authors explained, “health care reform is phased in by population [group],” beginning with “the most [...]

CANADIAN HEALTH CARE & ECONOMIC ILLITERACY

The National Review of Medicine highlights the economic illiteracy that permeates Canada‘s health care bureaucracy. Last year, the provincial government of New Brunswick decided that physicians with full practices needed an incentive to take on new patients. However, like all bureaucrats trying to outsmart the market, they implemented a program whose unintended consequences outweighed any [...]

SOCIALIZED MEDICINE & SOCIAL PRETENSE

I have touched previously on the role of piety in the zombie-like consistency with which “progressives? adhere to the cause of socialized medicine, but it occurs to me that social pretense is also an important factor. When dealing with heretics, “progressive” verbiage can be distilled down to the following sentiment: “Oh dear, how gauche!” Consider [...]

ER OVERCROWDING & GOV’T MEDDLING

The CDC’s report on ER overcrowding is out, and the news isn’t good. ED visits are up 20 percent over the last ten years and the number of EDs actually available to treat these patients has dropped by 9% during the same period. What could be causing this? GruntDoc has a nice, succinct theory: If [...]

NURSE K VS. THE SPEAKER FOR ALL NURSES

I have to confess that, as a general rule, I’m not crazy about nurse bloggers. Unlike the flesh-and-blood nurses I have worked with, they are too often … well … dull. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I followed a link from Kevin, MD to Crass-Pollination. Nurse K’s “let’s cut through the BS” writing style [...]

Physician Shortage Caused by War on Terror

The Associated Press has finally noticed one of the most significant and dangerous trends in health care: physician shortages in rural America. Unfortunately, the reporter assigned to the story is bent on finding an explanation for this phenomenon among the usual tendentious journalistic tropes: A national shortage of doctors is hitting poor places the hardest, and efforts [...]

MICHAEL MOORE’S CUBAN FRAUD: REUTERS COMES CLEAN—ALMOST

Among Michael Moore’s many contemptible characteristics is his willingness to capitalize on the misery of ordinary people. His disgraceful exploitation of Lila Limbscomb in Fahrenheit 9-11 is probably the most egregious example, but his shameless use of three 9-11 responders in SiCKO was nearly as bad. The one redeeming feature of Moore’s Cuban odyssey was [...]

MEDICAL BANKRUPTCY MYTH DEBUNKED AGAIN

Eric Novack links to yet another nail in the coffin of that bogus bankruptcy study perpetrated by David Himmelstein. He calls Todd Zywicki’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee a “must read? for the following people: Those who remember the endless headlines of “50% of All Bankruptcies Due to Medical Debt”, and particularly for those who [...]