Monthly Archives September 2009

AARP RUNS CYA AD CAMPAIGN

Last week, I wrote a post about AARP’s complicity in Obama’s planned destruction of Medicare Advantage, a very popular program among the organization’s own members. AARP’s obvious conflict of interest got a lot of play in the blogosphere and a variety of other conservative media, and this apparently produced an angry backlash. So now the organization has [...]

THE PUBLIC OPTION IS SHOVEL-READY

Despite attempts to resuscitate the public option, the Senate Finance Committee gave the Rockefeller and Schumer amendments some much-needed end-of-life counseling: In a long-anticipated showdown, liberal Democrats twice failed on Tuesday to inject a government-run insurance option into sweeping health care legislation taking shape in the Senate. Good news, of course, but it will probably [...]

WHY O CAN’T CLOSE THE DEAL ON REFORM

Because the voters already invested in one of his grandiose schemes, the stimulus package, and the ROI has been pretty dismal. That boondoggle has done serious damage to his credibility. More and more voters are taking a dim view of his performance on the economy. As this chart highlighted by Sullivan shows, O is going south even [...]

ALIENS RIDE AS OBAMACARE SLIDES

Well, another public opinion poll shows Obamacare on the skids. Only two-fifths of the respondents favor the Democrat version of “reform.” Only 41% favor the health-care reform plans in Congress now, while a steady 56% oppose them.  Seniors hate the idea, and independents have almost disappeared from Obama’s flank on this issue. There are a [...]

RATIONING AND DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR

I just read a post at Kevin, MD by an “anonymous NICU nurse” suffering from a syndrome that occasionally appears in clinical types, an acute combination of naïveté and delusions of grandeur. The subject was the recent experience of Sarah Capewell: Sarah Capewell gave birth to a baby son when she was 21 weeks and 5 days [...]

I CAN KEEP MY DOCTOR, EH?

Senate Republicans provide the following chart showing what it would take to keep your current doctor under ObamaCare,  Baucus version. For a larger image click here. This is what the Dems mean when they talk about making the health care system more efficient.

THE PUBLIC OPTION: REALISM AND NAIVETÉ

Sullivan makes the following irrefutable point about the public option: It seems to me that a public option which allows the government to use its huge buying power to achieve cost cuts that no private company could manage would be a Trojan horse. Disappointingly, he adds the following: But a government option forbidden to use [...]

HEALTH CARE IS EXPENSIVE BECAUSE IT’S SO CHEAP

Yep. That’s what I said. Or, more acccurately, it’s what David Gratzer says: American health care is feverishly expensive because it’s so cheap: People pay just 13 cents directly on every health dollar. That’s the core economic reason why costs continue to rise year after year. Gratzer’s larger point is that, regardless of what happens [...]

OBAMACARE AIN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE

Barack Obama ran for president espousing a far different health reform plan than he is about to give us.  My latest piece for the American Spectator argues that he deliberately perpetrated a bait and switch on the voters: On a host of reform issues, including insurance mandates, taxing health benefits and patient choice, Obama has demonstrated [...]

GUTTING MEDICARE ADVANTAGE

Last March I wrote a piece for the American Thinker about the Democrat plan to gut Medicare Advantage, a program that happens to be very popular with poor and minority seniors. Here’s a video of OMB director, Douglas Elmendorf, explaining that proposed cuts under one of the Democrat bills will reduce the additional benefits MA [...]