Monthly Archives September 2008

PARLIAMENT OF MORONS

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, by failing to pass the bailout package, has done its best to wreck the economy.  And, of course, the usual suspects are blaming (surprise!) the Republicans. For anyone interested in an honest perspective on why it happened, however, Thomas Sowell explains that the people who now control Congress can never be expected to act responsibly in [...]

HEALTH AFFAIRS & MCCAIN’S HEALTH PLAN

The recent article in Health Affairs about John McCain’s health care reform plan is not to be taken seriously. It reads like it was written by Barack Obama’s campaign staff. John Goodman does a good job of exposing how slanted the piece really is: Somewhat unusual for an article in Health Affairs, this piece is incredibly biased. [...]

THE AUDACITY OF SLANDER

When they aren’t launching viral smear campaigns on the sly, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has been busy promoting the ironic canard that John McCain is a liar. The audacity of this charge was more than I could stand, so I wrote a piece for the American Spectator highlighting some of Obama’s whoppers. Here’s an excerpt: Obama’s whoppers [...]

HEALTH CARE: U.S. VERSUS U.K.

Few of us actually experience, first hand, the difference between socialized medicine and market-based health care. F. Brinley Bruton has been a patient in both types of systems, and here’s what she says about the latter: In New York, I never feared that I would be overlooked. At my doctor’s office in upscale Gramercy Park, he and [...]

HOW MANY DIE FOR LACK OF INSURANCE?

David Hogberg looks at this question in the American Spectator, and finds that the answer isn’t as easily discerned as some would have us believe. Health outcomes are affected by many factors, including income, education level, smoking, and diet. Those factors also affect insurance status, making it difficult to discern the exact effect lack of [...]

MCCAIN, OBAMA AND DRUG REIMPORTATION

As I have pointed out before, the one health care position John McCain and Barack Obama have in common is their wrong-headed support of prescription drug reimportation. It appears, however, that both candidates may be waking up: Barack Obama and John McCain are reviewing their support for allowing individuals to import cheaper prescription drugs in light of tainted medicines [...]

KRUGMAN AGONISTES

While participating in a debate about universal health care, Paul Krugman apparently wanted to demonstrate how happy Canadians are with their health care system. So, he decided to involve the audience in the discussion, with the following result: PAUL KRUGMAN And private insurance? That’s the thing, I— Actually, can I just —I wanted to ask a [...]

MORE BS ABOUT MCCAIN’S HEALTH PLAN

Barack Obama is not the only one lying about John McCain’s health care reform plan. Many of his supporters in the establishment media and blogosphere are being equally mendacious. An illustrative example is the following assertion by Joe Klein: John McCain wants to tax your employer-provided health care benefits. He wants to replace those benefits with an insufficient [...]

OBAMA LYING ABOUT MCCAIN HEALTH PLAN

Among the canards promulgated by Barack Obama’s increasingly desperate presidential campaign is that John McCain has gone through a sudden and shocking metamorphosis. The ”once-principled” Republican (i.e. one willing to supinely accept defeat) has somehow become a pathological liar. This nonsense is, of course, being robotically repeated by all of the usual Obamatons. Yet, with the laudable exception of Andrew Sullivan, none of these people seem to notice any of Obama’s [...]

AN HONEST LOOK AT OBAMACARE

Although we can safely disregard the WSJ piece by David Cutler and Brad DeLong on Obama’s health care plan, there is an excellent article on the plan in Health Affairs, and its conclusion is not flattering: It greatly increases the federal regulation of private insurance but does not address the core economic incentives that drive health [...]