Monthly Archives October 2008

OBAMA’S MISINFOMERCIAL: HEALTH CARE BS

Predictably, Barack Obama’s  pregame show was not only cheesy and trite, it contained a number of hopelessly implausible claims about his health care plan: My health care plan includes improving information technology, requires coverage for preventive care and pre-existing conditions and lowers health care costs for the typical family by $2,500 a year. I think not. His [...]

OBAMA’S LATEST HEALTH CARE LIE

Not satisfied with his egregious misrepresentation of John McCain’s Medicare proposal, Barack Obama has deployed another whopper about how McCain’s health care tax credit would compare to employer-based insurance: This morning, we were offered a stunning bit of straight talk – an October surprise – from [McCain's] top economic advisor, who actually said that the [...]

OBAMACARE, STATISM & ABUSE OF POWER

George Will’s latest column is about a last ditch effort in Arizona to stop our long slide toward government-run health care: On Election Day, Arizonans can give the nation the gift of a good example. They can enact a measure that could shape the health care debate that will arrest or accelerate the nation’s slide into [...]

OBAMA’S WEATHERVANE HEALTH ADVISORS

Today’s WSJ exposes the cynicism of Barack Obama’s main health care advisors, Jason Furman and David Cutler, who executed neat pirouettes on health policy after signing on with “the One.” Before becoming an Obamaton, Furman was a vocal advocate for very type of reforms that John McCain proposes to make in the employer-based insurance system: When President Bush unveiled a [...]

KENNEDY’S HEALTH CARE BAIT & SWITCH

While Barack Obama runs for President on an ostensibly ”moderate” health care reform proposal, his accomplice Ted Kennedy is busy putting together the actual program they plan to shove down our throats: From his sickbed, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has secretly been orchestrating meetings with lobbyists and lawmakers from both parties to craft legislation that would greet [...]

ANOTHER HOSPITAL BITES THE DUST

Since 1980 about 2,000 community hospitals have closed. Lincoln Park Hospital is the latest, and the CEO lists the causes: A higher than anticipated level of uncompensated care (charity care, Medicaid reimbursements) that has resulted in an unprofitable hospital, regulators imposing facility upgrades that are extremely costly and not feasible given our existing financial state, and the [...]

EQUALITY, NHS STYLE

Advocates of socialized medicine often cite “equality” as a major advantage of their preferred health care delivery model. Recently, however, the NHS demonstrated that some patients will be more equal than others when government bureaucrats run the system. An NHS trust has spent more than £12,000 on private treatment for hospital staff because its own waiting times are too [...]

THE FEAR WE NEED

Barack Obama, the ostensible candidate of “change,” is using the usual Democrat scare tactics to round up votes for his ticket. To that end, he has been lying through his teeth about McCain’s health care policies. My latest article for AmSpec fleshes out the details: The Democrat standard bearer has expanded the usual narrative of Republican perfidy to [...]

OBAMA’S MEDICARE WHOPPER

Barack Obama has added another whopper to the growing list of lies he tells about John McCain’s health care plans. He has now begun accusing McCain of wanting to cut Medicare benefits: Senator McCain would pay for part of his plan by making drastic cuts in Medicare -$882 billion worth. Thus, the candidate of “change” reverts to the [...]

ANOTHER “UNIVERSAL COVERAGE” PLAN FLOPS

I wonder how many state-level “universal coverage” plans have to crash and burn before the advocates of government-run health care figure out that they don’t work. The latest such plan to slam headlong into the laws of economics is The Keiki Care program in Hawaii: Hawaii is dropping the only state universal child health care program in the [...]