Category Archives: Market BS

PRIVATIZATION SHELLACS OBAMACARE MODEL

In today’s American Spectator, I describe how a private hospital management company is helping to save the UK from its crumbling system of socialized medicine: An excruciating irony of Obamacare is that its architects modeled many of its features after the UK’s National Health Service … The most obvious example is Obamacare’s rationing committee, the [...]

FREE MARKET ADVOCATES HOLD THE MORAL HIGH GROUND IN THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE

One of the most irritating ironies of the ongoing health reform debate is that the advocates of government-run health care claim to be in possession of the high moral ground. In this clip, Beth Haynes, M.D., of the Benjamin Rush Society, explains why that is false and shows that individual liberty and free markets provide [...]

HSIEH: WHO SHOULD CONTROL YOUR HEALTH CARE SPENDING?

Paul Hsieh asks, in Forbes, who should control health care spending? The answer is obvious—the entity most capable of controlling costs. Who would that be? Well … er … you: What simple health care reform has reduced medical costs by up to 30%, while preserving quality of care? Hint: It’s not government price controls or [...]

VIDEO: CAPITALISM FOR DUMMIES

One of the most profound ironies of our era is that many of the people who live and die by the internet, the “netroots” for example, spend much of their time trashing the very economic system that provided them with the technology and the discretionary time to do so. This video explains it in terms even a progressive [...]

A WOLF IN FREE-MARKET CLOTHING

Dr. Milton Wolf takes on his cousin, President Obama, in an op-ed for Fox. Wolf is a strong advocate of individualism and therefore of the free market. Thus, he is able to accurately diagnose the basic problem with ObamaCare: The fundamental flaw at the core of ObamaCare is the mistaken belief that the government can spend your [...]

THE PURPLE HEALTH REFORM PLAN

The reds and the blues have been engaged in a running gun battle over health reform for a long time. But, as David Hogberg reports at IBD, one group of economists believes it is possible to achieve progressive aims by market-based means: Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff … seeks to achieve the liberal goal of universal care via a [...]

VIDEO: A DOCTOR EXPLAINS WHY OBAMACARE IS WRONG MEDICALLY AND MORALLY

This is a must watch: Dr. Beth Haynes of the Black Ribbon Project explains why ObamaCare is wrong from the perspectives of economics, medicine AND morality. Listen particularly closely to the quotes she provides from CMS administrator Donald Berwick and consider her words about capitalism as well: [ht Paul Hsieh]

DR. BERWICK AND MR. HIDE

My latest column for the American Spectator highlights the many flip-flops Obama’s CMS chief executed in his February 10 testimony before the House Ways & Means Committee. He changed so many of his positions it was as if he had become a completely different person: His disingenuous opening remarks, evasive answers, and transparent contempt for congressional oversight revealed Obama’s [...]

DUMBEST REFORM POST OF THE WEEK (V)

This week, the competition for this coveted prize was absolutely ferocious. Indeed, a veritable blizzard of brainless reform posts poured forth from the “progressive” blogosphere.” But this post by Patrick Appel takes the biscuit on the basis of its breathtaking contempt for the voters. Responding to a post at Reason discussing the value of placing “individuals on equal tax footing as employers [...]

THE GOP “HAS A PROBLEM” WITH REFORM

Philip Klein does a good job of summarizing the fundamental problem with our health care system: the U.S. health care market is everywhere shackled by government: The way the health care system functions in this country is completely different from the way any other part of the economy functions. Everywhere else, American consumers face a dizzying [...]