Monthly Archives June 2008

MEDICARE-FOR-ALL: A PREVIEW

A variety of Democrats and advocacy groups have been telling us for years that “Medicare-for-All” is the cure for what ails U.S. health care. Well, Congress has just demonstrated why that’s such a dumb idea. Donald Johnson over at The Health Care Blog spells it out: Under a “universal health insurance system,? which is advocated by the [...]

MEDICARE ADVANTAGE & PHYSICIAN CUTS

Congressional Democrats, worried that market-based health care reform is actually working, have been doing their best to throttle Medicare Advantage in the cradle.  Last year, abetted by ”experts” who made the disingenuous claim that we had to choose between ”the kids” and the insurance companies, the Dems tried to use SCHIP expansion as a pretext for killing MA. When their SCHIP scam failed, they floundered around for a while but eventually came up with [...]

CANADA’S HEALTH SYSTEM DISSED BY ITS DAD

Claude Castonguay is known as “the father of Quebec Medicare.” However, as David Gratzer points out in IBD, Castonguay can be more accurately described as the “father” of the Canadian single-payer system: Back in the 1960s, Castonguay chaired a Canadian government committee studying health reform and recommended that his home province of Quebec adopt government-administered health [...]

NHS DENIES TREATMENT, PATIENT KILLS SELF

Another happy ending for the bureaucrats who run Britain’s system of socialized medicine. Per the Telegraph: A cancer sufferer killed himself the day after he was denied a new drug on the NHS. Albert Baxter’s primary care trust wouldn’t pay for the drug Sutent, which constituted his only real hope, so he went home and suffocated [...]

MEDICARE’S ALLEGEDLY LOW ADMIN COSTS

Advocates of government-run health care are always telling us that administrative costs are somehow lower for Medicare than for private insurance. But they never explain precisely how Medicare manages to operate on such miraculously low admin costs. Scott Gottlieb provides the answer in the WSJ: It passes costs for that on to the broader health-care system by [...]

GOVERNMENT INSURANCE AT WORK

Nurse K has an illustrative post about a real patient so entangled in red tape that she can’t get urgently needed treatment: A patient with a military insurance plan calls up and says that she had a foreign body removed from her eye and was instructed to see an eye doctor the day after discharge … The [...]

GENUINE HELP FOR THE UNINSURED

Barack Obama often says, ”the reason people don’t have health insurance isn’t because they don’t want it, it’s because they can’t afford it.” He is right in this. Unfortunately, like the rest of his Democrat brethren, he has offered no plausible plan for reducing health insurance premiums. One of the most significant contributors to the high cost of [...]

OBAMA: HUMBLE MEGALOMANIAC

When Barack Obama gave his nomination victory speech he advised his listeners that he was (like the Dickens character, Uriah Heep) very, very humble: I face this challenge with profound humility and knowledge of my own limitations. It would appear, however, that Obama’s humility is as “profound” as his commitment to public financing of presidential campaigns and FISA. He’s so [...]

HEALTH CARE BUREAUCRATS AT WORK

If you are one of those people who believe that giving our masters in Washington full control over our health care delivery system will make things more efficient, I recommend GruntDoc’s latest post on the National Provider Identifier (NPI). For anyone lucky enough to be unaware of the NPI, it is the latest number that CMS has ordered [...]

OBAMA + HEALTH CARE = BAD MEDICINE

Robert Goldberg has a mordant op-ed in the Washington Times about Barack Obama’s plan to “reform” U.S. health care. Here is his succinct description of Obamacare: Mr. Obama plans to make Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) expansion the foundation of his proposal to expand coverage. He would make private health insurance affordable by having the government [...]