Monthly Archives January 2009

GINGRICH ON GOVT-RUN HEALTH CARE

Newt Gingrich marvels at one of the weirder phenomena of the health care debate: Is there anything in your life you think would be better if it were run by government bureaucrats? For most of us, the answer is a laughable “No.” Nonetheless: There is sympathy for turning over our most private, personal decisions, not [...]

DASCHLE THE DODGER AT HHS

Well, it would appear that our new President has an afinity for tax dodgers. First, he puts tax cheat Timothy Geithner in charge of the IRS. Now he wants tax cheat Tom Daschle to run Health & Human Services. This highlights the essential hypocrisy that animates all “progressive” policy makers. Tom Daschle plans to vacuum your pockets to [...]

MEDICARE: A LOSE, LOSE PROPOSITION

Many advocates of government-run health care claim that Medicare is “the most successful government program in history” and urge policy makers to expand it to encompass our entire medical delivery system. These people are, of course, delusional. As IBD points out, Medicare is actually a pig’s breakfast: Anyone who thinks a national single-payer system would be an improvement isn’t [...]

NHS FOCUSED ON GLOBAL WARMING?

Among the dangers associated with giving government bureaucrats control of health care involves their tendency to make policy based on junk science and passing fads. As usual, Britain’s socialized medical system provides a case study in how bad it can get: Last year the NHS published what it believes is the biggest public sector analysis of [...]

REPUBLICANS ROLL OVER ON SCHIP

Anyone expecting congressional Republicans to hold the line on health care should consider today’s craven GOP behavior on SCHIP. The Republicans know this is a bad bill, and that Bush was right to veto the boondoggle when he was President. But don’t look for much GOP courage this time around: It’s a twofer tonight for [...]

EMR TAKES ANOTHER HIT AMIDSHIPS

A consistent refrain of some health care “reformers” is that electronic medical records can cure much of what ails U.S. health care. Not only will EMR save money, we are told, it will reduce medical errors. The EMR system that is invariably held up as the model to emulate is the VA’s VistA. Indeed, VistA is also held up as proof that [...]

TIME TO GET THE RUC OUT OF HERE

Every so often, the medical blogosphere develops a rash of posts on the ”RBRVS Update Committee? (RUC). The latest outbreak has manifested itself here, here and here. What amazes me is how consistently such discussions miss the real problem with a central authority “recommending” a price for primary care (or anything else). This question from from Bob Doherty is a case in point: We need [...]

DEMS SPEND WILDLY, WON’T PAY FOR MEDS

I have written before about the deplorable NHS policy of restricting access to life-saving medications. Anyone doubting that the “reformers” who now control D.C. have the same thing in mind for us should read this WSJ piece: In Britain, a government agency evaluates new medical products for their “cost effectiveness” before citizens can get access to them [...]

BUSH-BASHING & THE JUDGMENT OF HISTORY

A tell-tale sign of intellectual shallowness is the belief that the momentary vagaries of fashion and public opinion are permanent. This kind of naiveté is, of course, common among high school and college kids whose life experience is too short to have taught them any better. Unfortunately, a great many people masquerading as thinking adults are just as callow, with far [...]

NHS FUNDS FAT FARMS BUT DENIES DRUGS TO CANCER PATIENTS

The NHS, in its inimitable way, has been kind enough to provide more proof that government bureaucrats are utterly incapable of setting rational health care priorities: The NHS is to pay fat people up to £425 to lose weight. Overweight men and women will get the handouts for meeting personal slimming targets. Meanwhile, as I recently pointed out in [...]