Monthly Archives December 2008

OBAMA, THE SEIU & UNIONIZED HEALTH CARE

As most informed observers realize, our new President-elect achieved his November victory with more than a little help from his “friends? in the Service Employees International Union. The union’s PAC made more than $27 million in contributions to Obama’s campaign while SEIU members knocked on nearly 2 million doors, made 4.4 million phone calls, sent more than 2.5 million pieces of mail, and registered [...]

HEALTH CARE IT: THE TRUE STATE OF THE ART

Many health care reformers and politicians, including our President-elect, peddle the idea that government-sponsored dispersion of health care technology will cure much of what ails our medical delivery system. Dr. Bobbs links to a great post in which Dr. Rick Peters  explains why this is hopelessly naive. It begins with the following brutal (but all too accurate) indictment of [...]

HOW NOT TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY

As I pointed out recently, the socialized medicine crowd has come up with a new pretext for imposing government-run health care on the country—-that it will somehow stimulate the economy. Michael Cannon asks an inconvenient question: That seems to contradict their usual spiel … that America’s health care sector is wasteful and inefficient … How is pumping more [...]

BLAGO SCANDAL REACHES HEALTH CARE

The more government involvement we have in health care, the more politicized the system becomes. In addition to shenanigans such as those we have seen relating to SCHIP and Medicare Advantage, there will also be straightforward graft. Per the WSJ: The $8 million in new state money that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich allegedly tied to a $50,000 campaign contribution from a [...]

STARK CONTEMPT FOR HEALTH INDUSTRY

If you want some insight into the mentality that will drive health care “reform” next year, I recommend Philip Klein’s recent piece at the American Spectator. The sheer contempt that Pete Stark shows for the various stakeholders in the U.S. health care system is breathtaking. Here, for example, is what he says about doctors: I have yet to see a physician come into [...]

PLURALITY PANS GOVT-RUN HEALTH CARE

The advocates of government-run health care are always telling us that the public supports their cause, but a recent Rasmussen survey finds the following: Nearly half of U.S. voters (46%) say the quality of health care will decrease if the government oversees a national health plan. And a a plurality also realizes that government has no [...]

THE 18,000 DEATHS MYTH

A favorite talking point of the “universal coverage” crowd is the claim that 18,000 Americans die annually because they have no health coverage. Greg Scandlen does a good job of debunking this canard: Like other misleading claims, this one is also based on a report by the Institute of Medicine … The study conducts no original research, [...]

OBAMA, DASCHLE, LOBBYING & CORRUPTION

Anyone remember how, during the late unlamented presidential campaign, Barack Obama kept yammering about the malign influence of Washington lobbyists? Well, evidently he doesn’t. Today, the President-elect offically announced that his choice for HHS secretary and “director of the White House office of health reform” is a guy whose wife is a health care lobbyist: His wife, Linda Daschle, [...]

OBAMACARE: ‘TWERE WELL IT WERE DONE QUICKLY

Like MacBeth, the Obama administration and its accomplices in Congress know the danger of dawdling. They believe that Hillarycare was killed back in 1993 because the Clintons moved too slowly, allowing time for the opposition to mobilize. This time, as the WSJ points out, Obama’s “health care czar” isn’t about to let that happen: According [...]

OBAMA STILL PEDDLING EMR SNAKE OIL

Saturday, the President-elect unveiled a “modern version of FDR’s New Deal,” which he claims will help the struggling economy. Passing lightly over the fact that the original version of the New Deal prolonged the Great Depression, what interested me was his remarks about electronic medical records: The economic recovery plan I’m proposing will help modernize our health [...]