Monthly Archives November 2011

VIDEO: RON PAUL’S DEADLY ANTI-GINGRICH AD

This hits Newt hard on his global warming ad with Nancy Pelosi, his lucrative health care lobbying, and his numerous flip-flops on a wide variety of issues. The irony, of course, is that Ron Paul has also been guilty of serial hypocrisy. I guess it takes one to know one, eh? [ht Spectacle Blog]

VIDEO: GINGRICH ENDORSES MANDATES

Yesterday, I wrote in the American Spectator that Newt Gingrich has been on the wrong side of too many crucial health care debates.  In this video, from a discussion in 2005, he endorses insurance mandates. He begins with a bit of his trademark stream-of-consciousness maundering about the need for 100% coverage if we want proper preventive care [...]

WOLF: BYE BYE BERWICK

Perhaps I’m mistaken, but reading his latest column for the Washington Times, I’m getting the feeling that Milton Wolf considers ObamaCare to be something of a liability for the Democrats: Obamacare is the Kryptonite of American politics: Not even Superman himself could survive touching this truly terrible law … Obamacare is the albatross Democrats have hung around their [...]

VIDEO: ANDREW SULLIVAN’S ORWELLIAN TAKE ON CONSERVATISM AND MEDICARE

Andrew Sullivan has gone completely off the rails. In ths video he claims to be more conservative than the GOP because he wants to stick with the unsustainable status quo on Medicare. When did it become conservative to support a program whose unfunded liabilities are more than twice the country’s annual GDP? [ht Breitbart TV] 

NEWT’S HEALTH PROBLEMS

In today’s American Spectator, I discuss Gingrich’s foot-in-mouth disease as it relates to health care. He has been on the wrong side of every important reform controversy. He has even praised the egregious Donald Berwick: Don Berwick at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement has worked for years to spread the word that the same systematic approach to quality [...]

AN HCA EXEC TO RUN CMS?

Now that Donald Berwick has resigned, President Obama has nominated Marilyn Tavenner to replace him as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). One wonders if she’ll get the Rick Scott treatment. What, you ask, is Catron raving about now? Well, Rick Scott once ran a company called Hospital Corporation of America [...]

DEM SENATOR CALLS FOR PROBE INTO OBAMA ADMINISTRATION NO-BID VACCINE CONTRACT

Last week we learned that the Obama administration gave a $433 million no-bid contract to Siga Technologies, whose controlling shareholder is a Democrat donor, to make a smallpox vaccine that may not be needed and might not work. That deal stinks so badly that even a Democrat Senator has asked for an investigation: Sen. Claire [...]

BERWICK BITES THE DUST

Well, I guess we can all give thanks tomorrow that Dr. Donald Berwick, President Obama’s recess-appointed Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has resigned: The embattled acting director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Donald Berwick, will step down from his post on Dec. 2 after Republicans succeeded in blocking [...]

VIDEO: DOCTOR EXPLAINS WHY OBAMACARE WILL BE WORSE THAN CANADIAN SYSTEM

Dr. Lee Kurisko, who has actually practiced medicine in Canada, eloquently describes the disaster that is Canadian health care and debunks the absurd notion that any group of ”experts” (in Canada, the U.S. or anywhere else) can outsmart the market. He caps that point off with a quote from Friedrich Hayek, who called this the “fatal conceit” of central planning: [ht [...]

THE LATEST MEDIA LIE ABOUT NEWT: HE WAS FOR DEATH PANELS (UPDATED … MEA CULPA)

The NYT, Washington Post and other media outlets are insinuating that Gingrich wrote an op-ed in 2009 advocating the kind of end-of-life counseling that Donald Berwick tried to impose on Medicare patients last year. Here’s how the National Journal put it: Gingrich wrote a July 2009 op-ed on [WaPo's] web site that praised Gundersen Lutheran Health [...]