Monthly Archives November 2008

PHONY MYTHBUSTING FROM WAPO

In an apparent effort to prove that it has no interest in moving beyond tired DNC talking points in its coverage of the health care reform debate, the Washington Post provides a platform for two of the most disingenuous advocates of government-run health care. Shannon Brownlee and Ezekiel Emanuel (the latter being the brother of the Barack [...]

I HAD ARTHROSCOPIC KNEE SURGERY

Actually, the term “surgery” is a little grandiose for this procedure. These days, fixing a torn meniscus requires only a couple of small holes in the knee—-one for an arthroscope and the other for the instruments the surgeon uses to cut the tissue. Why should you care about this? Well, because it illustrates the swiftness and ease with which such injuries are diagnosed and treated in [...]

THE UNINSURED, WHAT ARE THE FACTS?

Advocates of government-run health care incessantly tell us that millions of Americans are financially unable to acquire health insurance. The WSJ debunks this and other canards: The notion that there are 46 million Americans who can’t get the health care they need for lack of money or public assistance is a myth. Who says it’s a myth? Some VRWC publication run [...]

NHS PRONOUNCES ANOTHER DEATH SENTENCE

Earlier this month I noted that the health care bureaucrats of the U.K. consider paying fat people to walk a judicious use of taxpayer money. Well, here’s an example what these apparatchiks consider an injudicious use of that money: Jack Rosser’s doctor says taking Pfizer Inc.‘s Sutent cancer drug may keep him alive long enough to [...]

SMALL CHANGE: A RETREAD FOR HHS

Tom Daschle? Are you kidding me? This character was so irresponsible as Senate Majority Leader that his constituents gave him the bum’s rush. And his big idea for reform, as the WSJ Health Blog points out, is yet another government behemoth to meddle in health care: His basic idea: Create a board modeled on the Federal Reserve to ‘offer a [...]

KENNEDY ALREADY PUSHING OBAMA

I have already pointed out that Ted Kennedy has a health care agenda that he plans to begin pushing early next year. Yesterday, he reiterated his intentions: Senator Edward M. Kennedy … told reporters yesterday that he would advance a bill early next year calling for universal health care. Kennedy plans to reclaim his chairmanship of the Senate [...]

BARACK OBAMA & SOCIALIZED MEDICINE

Supporters of President-elect Obama become very testy when his health care plan is equated with socialized medicine. The “S” word is inappropriate, they tell us impatiently, because his plan doesn’t call for government-owned hospitals or state-employed doctors. Some policy experts are, however, unwilling to be hemmed in by such a restrictive definition of the term. Michael F. Cannon of the Cato Institute, for example, believes that [...]

JINDAL TRIES TO REFORM MEDICAID

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, who is a Republican, wants to introduce market-based reforms to save his state’s Medicaid program: Gov. Bobby Jindal on Friday proposed restructuring Louisiana’s health-care program for the poor into a private insurance model that relies on managed-care principles to control costs and improve health outcomes. And why are these reforms needed? The [...]

SQUEALER SAYS HILLARY NOW FIT TO SERVE

During the primary season, all of the Obots kept telling us that Hillary Clinton was an evil, racist fear-monger who was unfit to serve. Now that she’s being considered for Secretary State, however, they have executed another of their trademark pirouettes. The most vertigo-inducing reversal comes from Andrew Sullivan, who spent a year slandering Mrs. Clinton with [...]

BAUCUS & THE PRIMARY CARE PROBLEM

One of the most talked about features of the health care plan just unveiled by Senator Baucus is the ostensible relief it offers for the primary care shortage: The Baucus plan would seek a continued focus on the high value of primary care-related services, with corresponding reductions in relative values for overvalued services. This hook was no doubt added [...]