Monthly Archives February 2008

WHO NEEDS WHO?

As I mentioned a few days ago, the advocates of government-run health care love to quote World Health Organization statistics. They are particularly fond of referencing “World Health Report 2000,” which purports to rank the health care systems of 191 nations.  Glen Whitman of the Cato Institute has written an excellent analysis of the methods used by the WHO to produce that [...]

AN INCONVENIENT DROP

Last Fall, I wrote a post highlighting Bjorn Lomborg’s very plausible claim that global warming was actually a net positive for global health. But now it appears that we may never get to enjoy the benefits of increasingly balmy terrestrial temperatures.  Daily Tech reports the following: All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA’s GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated [...]

HOW TO CONTROL HEALTH CARE INFLATION

Dr. Wes links to a WSJ article that delivers some predictable news on health care spending. The pontifications of the NYT and various “progressive” policy wonks notwithstanding, aging baby boomers will put enormous upward pressure on health care expenditures during the next decade. The bill is expected to reach $4.3 trillion by 2017: Dr. Wes is justifiably frustrated by the widely-believed myth that physician salaries are a [...]

ER WAITS: ANOTHER COUNTRY HEARD FROM

Single-payer advocates cite recent wait time increases in U.S. emergency rooms as yet another reason to embrace government-run health care. Like most of their arguments, this one ignores some very inconvenient facts. It does not explain, for example, why Britain and Canada have serious wait time issues despite their government-controlled systems. The reality, of course, is that countries with socialized medicine tend to [...]

OSCAR LEAVES SICKO ON THE WAITING LIST

Michael Moore’s ridiculous SiCKO was apparently not anti-American enough for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The political fashion plates at AMPAS let the porcine provocateur languish on the waiting list while awarding the best documentary Oscar to Taxi to the Dark Side: [Moore's] health-care study “Sicko” lost the documentary prize to “Taxi to the Dark Side,” a war-on-terror chronicle that [...]

HILLARY: LOOK AT MY RECORD

In her desperation to recover her lead in the Democrat presidential race, Hillary is becoming more and more shrill. The Caucus reports  that she has lurched from anger to sarcasm in her attacks on Barack Obama: Now I could stand up here and say, let’s get everybody together, let’s get unified the sky will open, the [...]

THE NHS STRIKES AGAIN

Advocates of government-run health care love to quote studies based on World Health Organization statistics. However, they have been strangely silent on a recent study discussed in this piece by Deroy Murdock: Low-quality, taxpayer-funded health care killed more than 17,000 Britons in 2004, according to the TaxPayers’ Alliance in London. And that compares very badly to other [...]

HILLARY: SHAME ON YOU BARACK OBAMA

Hillary Clinton is again whining about that Obama health care mailer that her various minions have likened to the famous Harry and Louise ad. In the following video, she literally says “Shame on you, Barack Obama.”: This is truly pathetic. It is beyond me how anyone could even consider putting this person in the White House (again).

NHS STACKING ER PATIENTS IN AMBULANCES

When government-run health care systems encounter difficult problems, the bureaucrats ”solve” them by imposing new regulations and guidelines. Thus, when wait times in British emergency rooms (or A&Es, as they refer to them across the pond) became a national scandal, the government decreed that no one would wait for more than four hours. Unfortunately for the patients, this command from on high [...]

YES WE CAN’T … DO OUR OWN THINKING

The elderly bobby-soxer of TAP, as Mark Steyn aptly describes Ezra Klein, inadvertantly exposes the essential paternalism that animates the single-payer project: Liberal solutions don’t try and force the individual into a governing role he or she is not equipped to assume. In other words, the hoi polloi are simply too stupid to make their own health care decisions, [...]