Monthly Archives January 2008

MCCAIN ON HEALTH CARE: IT COULD BE WORSE

It looks increasingly likely that John McCain will be the Republican nominee in the Fall. He’s wrong on drug reimportation, but in general he’s better on health care than Romney.  Michael Tanner sums it up pretty well: He has offered the best health care reform plan of any of the candidates. While Mitt Romney has embraced the basic tenants [...]

ARNOLDCARE TERMINATED

A variety of “progressive” health care analysts are still deluding themselves about the future of “universal” health care. Ezra Klein, as I wrote last week, is as clueless as ever on this point, and Maggie Mahar’s most recent post makes it clear that she is still out in fantasyland: Perhaps we are entering a new era, where [...]

DENYING CARE BASED ON AGE AND LIFESTYLE

Health care, like all finite commodities, must be rationed. The only real choice involves the mechanism by which that rationing is carried out. It can be based on market forces or it can be based on the whims of some priviledged elite. An article in yesterday’s Telegraph suggests that the former might be more compassionate than the latter: Smokers, heavy [...]

GOOD NEWS ON HEART DISEASE: OH NO!

Last Fall, I linked to a post by Jeff Goldsmith in which he issued the following complaint: Good news about our health system …  has become politically incorrect in a climate of Job’s Daughter handwringing and crisis mongering. Anyone doubting the accuracy of Goldsmith’s assertion can find a classic example of the phenomenon in a recent USA Today article containing [...]

A QUESTION TO PONDER

Today is the 10th anniversary of Hillary Clinton’s assertion that her husband’s most damaging scandal was part of a dark plot cooked up by a malign cabal of right-wing evil doers: Look at the very people who are involved in this. They have popped up in other settings. The great story here for anybody willing to find it, write about it [...]

HARRY AND LOUISE

It is an article of faith among the advocates of socialized medicine that Hillarycare was throttled in its cradle by a deceptively innocuous-looking couple named Harry and Louise. “Harry and Louise” was, of course, the name of a TV ad deployed against the 1993 Clinton health care plan.  Since we’re approaching the 10th birthday of the [...]

THE BILL COMES DUE IN MASSACHUSETTS

Cheap, government-subsidized health insurance is popular. Who woulda thunk it? Apparently not the geniuses who govern the state of Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reports the following: Spending on the state’s landmark health insurance initiative would rise by more than $400 million next year … The biggest driver of the cost increase is projected growth in the [...]

WHAT PART OF “VETO” DON’T YOU GET?

Well, as I noted a couple of days ago, Nancy Pelosi and her accomplices in the House of Representatives were determined to waste everyone’s time with another veto override vote on their fraudulent SCHIP bill. As anyone with an IQ exceeding single digits could have predicted, this latest ploy failed.  Here’s what Minority Leader John Boehner had to say the last [...]

KLEIN STILL CLUELESS ON REFORM

When I read Ezra Klein, I always find myself wondering how someone could become so full of BS in only two and a half decades. He is wrong more consistently than any other health care commentator that I know of—no mean accomplishment. An illustrative example is his latest column at TAP, in which he punctuates hopelessly trite observations about the [...]

A NOBEL LAUREATE ON HEALTH CARE REFORM

Like everyone else, Gary Becker has a blog. Last week he wrote a post about American health care. Though aware of its defects, Becker sees a lot of good in the U.S. system: International comparisons underrate American health care. This is partly because these comparisons give insufficient weight to the fact that most of the new drugs to treat [...]