Monthly Archives May 2010

WHITEWASHING DONALD BERWICK’S RECORD

Jonathan Cohn, who does most of The New Republic’s health policy writing, was once an honest man. He was, being a “progressive,” usually wrong on health care. But, before Barack Obama became President, you could usually count on Cohn to tell the truth. Sadly, those days are gone.  Cohn has devolved into just another partisan hack [...]

PALIN GETS CHEEKY TRIBUTE FROM MARINE STATIONED IN AFGHANISTAN

My father was a WWII vet (his Ike jacket hangs in a closet about 3 feet from where I’m sitting), but he wasn’t a very sentimental guy and wouldn’t care much for a lacrimose Memorial Day tribute.  But he would appreciate the sentiment expressed by Sgt. Ben Lepping—because it’s the kind of thing flesh-and-blood heros do when they aren’t [...]

VIDEO SATIRE: EMERGENCY IHOP REFORM BILL

The following gag from the Onion reminded me of something Will Rogers once said: With Congress, every time they make a joke it’s a law, and every time they make a law it’s a joke. Is this fictional IHOP legislation any more absurd than some of the bills passed by Congress during the last 18 [...]

GREAT BRITAIN’S NATIONAL HELL SERVICE

One of the reasons many of us worry about Donald Berwick, Obama’s nominee to head CMS, is his oft-stated love for the NHS—Britain’s socialized medical system. Here is an example of the kind of care that patients receive in the system for which Dr. Berwick has so much admiration: As an experienced GP, Uday Pathak had good reason to trust his [...]

FIRST, THEY CAME FOR THE BLOGGERS (II)

Last August, the Obama White House sent up the moonbat signal, requesting its mindless minions to inform on their fellow citizens: If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov. That didn’t work out very well (we think), but the Dems haven’t [...]

WHY “DOCTOR” BERWICK IS SO GLIB ABOUT HEALTH CARE RATIONING

Yesterday, I suggested that the Obama nominee we really need to worry about is not Elena Kagan. She, after all, will be a mere Supreme Court justice. She won’t have anywhere near the power over our daily lives that Donald Berwick will enjoy if he is confirmed as the Administrator of CMS. If you’re not convinced, read this [...]

VIDEO: DR. KRAUTHAMMER OFFERS TO WRITE VALIUM PRESCRIPTION FOR OBAMA

The President became so temperamental during a Tuesday meeting with GOP Senators about health care and a variety of other issues that Pat Roberts (R-Kan) suggested that Obama needs to be on medication: The more he talked, the more he got upset … He needs to take a valium before he comes in and talks to Republicans and [...]

FORGET KAGAN, DONALD BERWICK IS THE NOMINEE WE SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT

Arguably, the single most powerful person in the U.S. health care system is the Administrator of CMS. As the head of a bureaucracy that directs the flow of roughly $1 trillion per year through our medical system and effectively dictates quality standards for hospitals, nursing homes and clinical laboratories, this individual’s influence stretches far beyond the bounds [...]

NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF LIKELY VOTERS NOW FAVOR REPEAL OF OBAMACARE

The latest Rasmussen survey confirms that the White House is getting nowhere with its attempt to sell Obamacare’s “benefits” to a skeptical electorate. And these respondents are not the feckless phonaholics featured in most MSM polls. These folks are actual voters: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of U.S. voters now favor repeal [...]

KENNEDY COMPARES AZ IMMIGRATION LAW TO “SLAVE TRADE” & “TRAIL OF TEARS”

Well, I guess it was only a matter of time before this jackass started braying about the Arizona immigration statute. Predictably, there is no mention of the pressure “undocumented citizens? put on our health care system or how much they cost us in Medicaid and other social service expenditures. Why do Iget the feeling he’s [...]