Monthly Archives May 2009

UNIVERSAL CAR CARE

An accurate (and scary) video metaphor for universal health care: Think about it. [HT We Stand Firm]

SOCIALIZED MEDICINE & DOCTOR SHORTAGES

One of the most consistent features of government-run health care is the physician shortage. It’s not surprising, really. The government tries to control costs by reducing physician reimbursement and many of the docs go where they can make a better living. This has happened in pretty much every place that socialized medicine exists and, as usual, the British system [...]

HOW PROGRESSIVES DEBATE REDUX

For another example of how “progressives” plan to villify those who fail to fall in with the party line on health care, one need look no further than Paul Krugman’s latest calumny: Less than two weeks have passed since much of the medical-industrial complex made a big show of working with President Obama on health care reform — and the double-crossing [...]

WHY GENUINE HEALTH REFORM HASN’T A PRAYER

I use the word “genuine” to mean reform that isn’t, like Obamacare, a fiscally unsustainable expansion of already-crumbling programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP. A good example of genuine reform would be the Patient’s Choice Act proposed by Tom Coburn, Richard Burr, et al. It is a sensible, free-market alternative that would empower patients and their [...]

AHA PRESIDENT CALLS OBAMA A LIAR

When President Obama announced last week that he had worked out a deal with various health care “stakeholders” to reduce health spending 1.5% per year, most of the “news” media reported the event by parroting the White House talking points. It would appear, however, that the Obama talking points diverge somewhat from the actual agreement. According to AHA President Richard Umbdenstock, our fearless [...]

QUISLINGS AT THE AMA

One of the most grotesque features of the charade that our new President refers to as “health care reform” is the pathetic groveling of various “stakeholders.” A particularly nauseating example can be found in the post at Kevin, MD by J. James Rohack, President-elect of the AMA: In an unprecedented endeavor aimed at achieving health-care reform this year, the American Medical Association [...]

OBAMA’S MAGICAL HEALTH CARE TOUR

Megan McArdle points out what should by now be blindingly obvious even to people dumb enough to believe that Obamacare will somehow “stimulate” the economy: Obama’s health care plans are very, very expensive, and they mean higher taxes for everyone. Having made this assertion, she adds the following: Otherwise, how could Obama hope to pay for it? I think [...]

NURSE K NAILS COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH

There’s a reason why I tend to like ER nurses more than my fellow finance nerds. It’s because your typical ER nurse calls ‘em like she sees ‘em, without a lot of BS. Nurse K’s take on “comparative effectiveness research” is a shining example: If we’re really lucky, we can have the government do little “studies” … and then tell [...]

EMR SECURITY AND A CURIOUS IRONY

Am I the only one who has noticed that the very people who told us that electronic voting machines can’t be hacker-proofed are now telling us that electronic medical records will be perfectly safe and secure? The cognitive dissonance associated with being a contemporary “progressive” must be awful. Perhaps that’s why they still seem so miserable even though [...]

HIDING THE COST OF OBAMA’S PUBLIC PLAN

IBD does a great job of explaining how the true costs of the “the public option” will be hidden. It will be done exactly the way the real cost of Medicare is hidden. Public figures for Medicare’s administrative costs count only what it takes to print reimbursement checks. Normal operating costs — rent, management, health [...]