Monthly Archives February 2009

DOCBLOGGERS UNIMPRESSED BY OBAMACARE

Well, our new President has presented his health care “plan,” and most observers who actually work in health care have been underwhelmed. Here’s how it was received among those with a clue: Kevin, MD points out, in the NYT, that coverage isn’t care: President Obama made no mention of who exactly will take care of these patients, even [...]

ATLAS HOLDING UP THE FACTS

Despite the ongoing effort by the ”news” media to convince the U.S. public that our health care system compares poorly to those of other developed countries, the objective data reveal a far different picture. Dr. Scott Atlas provides some facts in the Washington Times: Americans have better survival rates from both common and rare cancers than Europeans. Americans have significantly better survival rates from cancer [...]

MICHELLE OBAMA’S PATIENT DUMPING SCHEME

A good deal of well-deserved opprobrium has been directed at the University of Chicago Medical Center pursuant to its patient-dumping scheme. The latest criticism comes from the American College of Emergency Physicians: ACEP’S president, criticized the hospital’s Urban Health Initiative, which diverts patients to clinics and hospitals on the South Side. Jouriles said the hospital is trying to “cherry pick” [...]

HOWARD DEAN AT HHS? WHAT A SCREAM!

It would appear that a significant number of leading Dems would like to see Howard Dean become Secretary of Health and Human Services: Senate Democratic heavyweights such as Tom Harkin (Iowa) and Patrick Leahy (Vt.) say that Dean, a doctor who focused on healthcare during his decade as Vermont’s governor, would make for a perfect [...]

POST-WAR HEALTH PROPAGANDA

If you want to know how the British public was tricked into accepting socialized medicine, watch this little nugget of pro-NHS propaganda. Note the similarities between these lies and the whoppers now being told to U.S. voters: Hmm … Odd that they neglect to mention waiting lists, ambulance stacking, denied medications or the retail price at which the [...]

FDA APPROVES DESPONDEX

Finally, a cure. Think of all the Monday mornings that will be a little easier to endure now that there is help for these people: [HT GruntDoc]

STEALTH CARE

A good summary of the hidden health care provisions contained in the porkulus bill is provided by The Corner: Give every state a temporary, across-the-board increase in their federal match for Medicaid but do nothing to hold state officials accountable for their past management of their Medicaid programs. Give unemployed workers 65% subsidies for their COBRA coverage. [...]

OBAMA THE TRANSCENDANT

It’s obvious that the new President is indeed transcendant. He has definitely gone beyond politics as usual—-to a realm of cynicism unimagined by the old time hacks of Pendergrass and Tammany Hall. First, with the help of Congressional accomplices, he stuffed the “stimulus bill” with outrageous health care provisions that he knows the public would never support in an honest piece of legislation. [...]

STIMULUS FOR SOCIALIZED MEDICINE

If you think the price tag for today’s “stimulus” boondoggle is scary, the bill’s hidden health care provisions will make your hair stand on end. As Betsy McCaughey puts it: Tragically, no one from either party is objecting to the health provisions slipped in without discussion … Senators should read these provisions and vote against them because [...]

SCHIP: THINK IT’S ABOUT POOR KIDS?

Yesterday, I pointed out that the SCHIP tobacco tax is a device designed to force poor people to buy insurance for members of the middle class. Anyone still doubting that should consider our President’s latest executive order: President Barack Obama made more children from middle-class families eligible for government health insurance Thursday by lifting a directive [...]