Monthly Archives March 2008

HILLARY BEHIND ON STAFF HEALTH INSURANCE

Incredible! The presidential candidate pushing health insurance mandates for individuals and businesses didn’t pay the health insurance premiums for her campaign employees: Among the debts reported this month by Hillary Clinton’s struggling presidential campaign, the $292,000 in unpaid health insurance premiums for her campaign staff stands out. The Clinton campaign said that it was just a minor [...]

MEDICARE-FOR-ALL: CANADIAN STYLE

Single-payer health care will perform better than our evil profit-driven system, right? Tell that to this patient: In Canada’s biggest city, a young woman in need of fairly basic care at her local hospital does not receive it, and she spirals into a depressing medical morass. Even her father-in-law, a successful dentist, finds himself unable to [...]

JEFFERSON ON THE MEDIA

The inaccurate and disingenuous reporting that characterizes 21st-century “news” reporting is nothing new. Here’s an observation made two centuries ago by Thomas Jefferson: The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. Yep. And here’s another: Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper. Smart man, [...]

MEDICARE FOR SOME IS BAD ENOUGH

Single-payer activists tell us that Medicare-for-All would be nothing like socialized medicine because health care providers would not be directly owned and operated by our masters in D.C.  In the real world, however, the golden rule (He who has the gold, rules.) applies to health care just as it does to everything else. If government bureaucrats control who gets [...]

CHARITY: CONSERVATIVES VS. LIBERALS

One of the reasons people style themselves “liberal” or “progressive” involves their need to feel morally superior to “mean-spirited conservatives.” This moral vanity also drives their ostensible generosity with regard to large social welfare programs, including government-run health care. According to George Will, however, such people are generous mainly with other people’s money. While progressives are very enthusiastic about giving [...]

HACKER’S A QUACK

Yesterday, two friends with finely-tuned BS detectors e-mailed me the link to Jacob Hacker’s recent paean to government-run health care. I’m glad they did, for if ever an article needed debunking this is it. I realized that when I saw that Hacker begins the piece with a red herring: ‘Socialized medicine’ is the bogeyman that just won’t die … The epithet has been [...]

FIVE HEALTH CARE MYTHS

The advocates of government-run health care supplement their thin repertoire of legitimate arguments with a series of canards that they hope will be accepted as facts. Sally Pipes debunks five of these myths in The Washington Times: I. 47 million Americans do not have insurance. The [Census] Bureau counts anyone who went without insurance for any [...]

HILLARY + TUZLA = TOAST

Hillary’s Tuzla whopper has accomplished what the Obama camp could not: it has driven Obama’s Wright problem below the fold. And it may well have destroyed what’s left of her presidential campaign. I don’t see how she can survive the universal ridicule to which she is now being subjected—not when it is combined with the increasing number of scathing condemnations by commentators like Andrew [...]

THE GRASS ISN’T GREENER OVER THERE

Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute has written an excellent policy analyis showing that the health care systems of other countries often don’t live up to the claims made for them by American advocates of government-run health care. His findings include the following: Health insurance does not mean universal access to health care. Rising health care costs are not [...]

ENTER THE FOR-PROFIT ER

Scalpel has a good post on free-standing ERs that refuse to participate in Medicare or Medicaid and are thus immune to EMTALA. These outfits are likely to produce handwringing among those uncomfortable with such emergency medical services being performed by providers who can’t feel the hot breath of Big Brother on their necks. Before long we’ll be reading a solemn Health Affairs [...]