Monthly Archives August 2009

HEALTH CARE, YOUTUBE & ECONOMIC ILLITERACY

SF recently posted a YouTube video titled, “Why We Need Government-Run Universal Socialized Health Insurance,” by someone with a great sense of humor but absolutely no clue whatsoever about economics.  Here’s an equally cute and considerably more intelligent rebuttal: [HT Hot Air]

CANADA CUTS DEAL WITH U.S. HOSPITALS

Rudy Giuliani once quipped,  ?If we ever got Hillarycare in this country, Canadians will have nowhere to go for health care.? He was, of course, labeled a knuckle-dragger by the “news” media. Well, according to the Detroit Free Press he was on to something: Agreements between Detroit hospitals and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term [...]

NHS: 4,000 BABIES BORN IN LIFTS & RESTROOMS

Progressives are committed to improving the plight of women, right? So, why are they so enthusiastic about emulating government-run health care systems that always seem to shortchange women? Why do they want, for example, to emulate the medical systems of Canada, France and Great Britain when the breast cancer survival rates in those countries are worse than that of the current U.S. health [...]

HEALTH REFORM: HERO OF CHAPPAQUIDDICK VS. TRICKY DICK

This is from 1971. You will note that the terms of the debate haven’t changed much. Oddly, most of the medical advances that we now take for granted materialized since these exchanges took place. Meanwhile, we struggle to decide if Kennedy’s four decades of trying (unsuccessfully) to pass Medicare-for-All is sufficient atonement for the death of a [...]

OBAMA’S MEDICARE DISADVANTAGE

Last spring, I wrote a piece for the American Thinker in which I described the President’s plan to stiff millions of seniors on Medicare Advantage. Karl Rove thinks this is dangerous for the Dems: There are roughly 23,400 seniors on average in a congressional district who have Medicare Advantage, but who face losing it if Mr. Obama [...]

REAGAN WAS RIGHT ABOUT MEDICARE

There are few surer ways to produce a self-satisfied smirk on the face of an Obamacare supporter than to mention Ronald Reagan’s early opposition to Medicare. This post by Hanna Rosin is typically smug: This morning I heard a clip of Ronald Reagan, then candidate for governor, speaking about the prospect of Medicare, and sounding very [...]

THE ELEPHANT IN THE CHART

Patrick Appel highlights a chart created by Conor Clarke to demonstrate the logical flaw in Joe Lieberman’s suggestion that we put health reform off until after the recession. The chart does indeed smash Lieberman’s argument to hash, but both Appel and Clarke ignore the most significant feature of the chart.  Look at the deficit impact after 2012: Hmm [...]

ABOUT THOSE 47 MILLION UNINSURED

IBD’s Ramirez proves, once again, that a picture is worth a thousand words. The data to which this mordant cartoon refers have been available to the public for quite a while but, as Ed Morrissey points out, the story has been ignored. So, if it’s not 47 milliono, what’s the real number? The number of Americans uninsured out [...]

VA DEMONSTRATES WHY GOVT SHOULD STAY OUT OF HEALTH CARE

Advocates of government-run health care often hold up the VA health system as a model of efficiency. Well, I rather doubt these vets, who received a letter erroneously advising them that they had Lou Gehrig’s disease,  would agree: Letters were sent to 1,864 veterans about disability benefits for those with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s [...]

MANDATES, THE CONSTITUTION & MORE STRAW MEN

A couple of days ago I suggested that the President and his progressive supporters would be faring better in the health care reform debate if they would stop producing disingenuous answers to sincere and legitimate questions about Obamacare. An indication of progressive intentions in this regard can be found in their responses to a Washington Post opinion piece that makes the [...]