Monthly Archives August 2008

MEDICARE-FOR-ALL: STILL A BAD IDEA

I’m continually amazed by the inability of “progressive” health care reformers to learn from experience. The latest example of this phenomenon can be found at the Health Affairs Blog: Medicare-for-All is the most practical reform option. It would greatly reduce non-benefit outlays … What BS! Even if we accept (for the sake of argument) the myth of Medicare’s lower [...]

HILLARY’S FINAL HEALTH CARE WHOPPER

During her speech to the Democratic convention, Hillary told one of her trademark whoppers: I will always remember the single mom who had adopted two kids with autism. She didn’t have any health insurance, and she discovered she had cancer. But she greeted me with her bald head painted with my name on it and [...]

UNINSURED DIP MEANS WE NEED MORE GOV’T?

According to the Census Bureau, the number of uninsured Americans declined significantly in 2007. As David Hogberg reports in Investor’s Business Daily: The number of uninsured fell to 45.7 million last year from 47 million in 2006, largely due to expanded government coverage. That’s 15.3% of the population, down from 15.8%. But the advocates of government-run [...]

THE AUDACITY OF CRONYISM

The other day I did a brief post about Michelle Obama and the contract that was awarded by her employer to one of her husband’s political cronies. I thought I was done with it, but the Blackwell deal gave off such a stench that I decided to do a longer piece. Here’s a taste: The people who [...]

YES WE CAN … DUMP POOR PATIENTS

It would appear that Michelle Obama and her husband’s political cronies have been up to more than giving sweetheart deals to donors. According to the Chicago Sun-Times: Sen. Barack Obama’s wife and three close advisers have been involved with a program at the University of Chicago Medical Center that steers patients who don’t have private insurance — [...]

HOW GOV’T HEALTH CARE WOULD WORK

Funny, scary, true. [HT WeStandFirm]

OBAMA CRONY GETS HOSPITAL CONTRACTS

As I have mentioned before, Michelle Obama is employed by the University of Chicago Medical Center, which gave her a promotion and a $200K raise right after her husband was elected to the Senate. Well, it would appear that Mrs. Obama wasted no time in using her new position to line the pockets of her husband’s political cronies. The [...]

INFECTIONS, LAWSUITS & YOUR HOSPITAL

Like having a hospital within a few miles of your house for emergencies and other medical needs? Well, enjoy it while it lasts. It won’t be around for long if the following assertion in the WSJ is correct: Hospital infections will cause the next wave of class-action lawsuits, bigger than the litigation over asbestos. Here’s a news [...]

PART-D EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS AGAIN

By now, everyone who hasn’t been living on a desert island knows that traditional Medicare is headed for a fiscal meltdown. However, as I have pointed out before, there is a silver lining to the black cloud. One segment of the Medicare program in which the market has been allowed to work, the prescription drug program, has been outperforming [...]

DEMOCRAT HEALTH PLATFORM REDUX

Masochist that I am, I’ve been perusing the Dems 2008 draft platform again. I can’t help myself. This thing is like a horrible accident from which I cannot avert my eyes. It’s really astonishing that they could get so many irretrievably bad ideas into a single document. The one that caught my eye this morning was the [...]