Monthly Archives March 2009

ANOTHER HHS NOMINEE WITH TAX ISSUES?

Well, at least the Obama administration is consistent. They always make sure their nominees are tax dodgers: President Obama’s nominee to become Health and Human Services secretary, said in a letter obtained by the Associated Press that she made “unintentional errors” on her taxes and has corrected her returns from three different years. This is [...]

SOCIALIZED MEDICINE 101: WHERE THE MONEY GOES

Last week, I wrote a post about the latest NHS scandal in which patients were left to die on unmanned wards while others were forced to drink from flower pots because no one would bring them water. Well, as the Guardian reports, the horror stories are still coming in: Hundreds of patients suffered and died unnecessarily as [...]

ANOTHER HEALTH IT PRIVACY BREACH

Advocates of government-run health care are always telling us that it will be possible to dramatically expand access without an equally dramatic spending increase because the widespread adoption of health IT will produce stupendous savings. The claim that HIT will save huge amounts of money has long since been shot down, and the idea that it will improve quality has also been shown to be [...]

CROWDER ON CANADIAN HEALTH CARE

Funny. True. [HT Devon Herrick]

80% HAPPY WITH THEIR HEALTH CARE

According to a CNN poll, the vast majority of Americans remain happy with their health care: More than eight in 10 Americans questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Thursday said they’re satisfied with the quality of health care they receive. And it would appear that three-quarters of our fellow citizens are happy with their health insurance as well: Nearly three [...]

HOW “PROGRESSIVES” DEBATE

To see how advocates of socialized medicine prefer to conduct the health reform debate, read their responses to John Goodman’s Health Affairs post about his well-researched paper on U.S. health care. For anyone interested in objective data, Goodman’s twenty-page discussion is quite thought-provoking. But our “progressive” friends are not interested in mere facts. Matthew Holt’s comment is typical: There’s little point going [...]

MICHAEL KINSLEY BRAYS ABOUT HEALTH CARE

For a long time, I thought Ezra Klein was dumbest health care commentator writing today. I must confess, however, that I failed to take Michael Kinsley into consideration. Kinsley, using the mighty intellect that he once applied to the question of monkeyfishing, has decided to weigh in on the comparative effectiveness controversy:  When you look at the pricetag before [...]

BRITAIN’S THIRD-WORLD HEALTH SYSTEM

If you have a friend or loved one in an NHS hospital, make sure to send them flowers. They may have to drink the water out of the vase to avoid dying of thirst. Think I’m kidding?  This is what investigators report about Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust: Dehydrated patients were forced to drink out of [...]

DR. OBAMA’S EMR SNAKE OIL REDUX

Ignoring mountains of evidence showing that electronic medical records will not save our health care system any significant amount of money, our new President is still promoting EMR as a panacea. This is becoming too much even for some of the people who voted for him. Doctors Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband, for example, are so irritated by this BS that [...]

OBAMA HYPOCRISY ON TAXING HEALTH BENEFITS

During last year’s presidential campaign, Barack Obama repeatedly expressed shock and dismay over John McCain’s alleged intention to tax health care benefits. This, Obama told us in one Presidential debate, was the last word in Republican perfidy: Senator McCain … says that he’s going to give you a $5,000 tax credit. What he doesn’t tell you [...]