Monthly Archives April 2008

MEDICAID BS FROM FAMILIES USA

As I have said before, one of the reasons liberals are so hard to take seriously on health care is that they cannot resist the temptation to fudge the facts. Linda Gorman has written a good piece about a recent manifestation of this progressive proclivity: If Families USA were a newspaper, it would be a supermarket tabloid carrying [...]

LONGEVITY STUDY: ANOTHER LAME RESPONSE

Last week, I predicted that the recent Harvard study on life expectancy would produce all manner of disingenuous stories in the establishment media and the blogosphere. While this prediction didn’t exactly require the prescience of Nostradamus, it is nonetheless gratifying to be proven right. The award for the dumbest response goes to AmericaBlog, where Bush is blamed for isolated declines that [...]

HEALTH CARE: WHAT AMERICANS REALLY THINK

The establishment media ignored it, presumably because its findings didn’t fit the party line, but a recent Gallup survey showed that a majority of Americans are satisfied with the quality of their health care. In fact, as the following table shows, the percentage of people saying their care is “excellent” or “good” has actually increased from 80% to 83% [...]

OBAMA MANDATE AD CONFUSES KRUGMAN

Krugman is trashing Obama again.  Maybe anxiety about upcoming layoffs at the NYT has made him bitter: During the closing days of the Pennsylvania primary fight, the Obama campaign ran a TV ad repeating the dishonest charge that the Clinton plan would force people to buy health insurance they can’t afford. Hillary does indeed want to foist [...]

DEMS HEDGE ON HEALTH CARE REFORM

A few months ago, I wrote that the outcome of the SCHIP debate portended the demise of health care “reform” as envisioned by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. It appears that this reality has finally dawned on congressional Democrats. Per The Hill: Congressional Democrats are backing away from healthcare reform promises made by their two [...]

BUSH RESPONSIBLE FOR LONGEVITY DECLINE?

As I pointed out yesterday, the Harvard longevity study was bound to produce some tendentious responses. But I must say that even I was not prepared for anything as dumb  as this post from AmericaBlog: Another proud legacy of the Bush administration, news you’d probably expect to hear from developing nations, not the United States of America in [...]

THE HIGH COST OF DEFENSIVE MEDICINE

PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that defensive medicine adds $210 billion to America’s medical bill. Kevin Pho explains, in USA Today, why doctors order so many CYA tests:  The simple reason is that every physician wants to avoid being sued.Win or lose, the ordeal of a malpractice trial is a devastating experience. But do good doctors really need to be this [...]

LIFE EXPECTANCY STUDY: INCOMING MEMES

A new Harvard study shows that life expectancy in the U.S. has risen for both men and women. Per the WSJ: Men nationally saw life expectancy rise 3.1 years to 74.1 years … Women nationally saw life expectancy rise by 1.28 years from 1983 to 1999, to about 79.6 years. But that’s not what you’ll be reading [...]

OBESE AUTEUR ENDORSES OBAMA

Commenter David All advises me that Michael Moore, no doubt extremely bitter about his recent failure to capture an Oscar for the ridiculous SiCKO, is encouraging Pennsylvania Democrats to vote for Barack Obama: If you live in Pennsylvania, can you do me a favor? Will you please cast my vote — and yours — on Tuesday for Senator [...]

NHS DENTISTS AS RARE AS HEN’S TEETH

I think I’ll go into the pliers business and open up a franchise in Perfidious Albion. Soon everyone on that benighted isle will need a pair. The Daily Mail reports that half the country can’t find a dentist: Half the population has received no dental care on the NHS in the last two years.  So, where do they go for dental care? [...]