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John R. Graham Archive

John R. Graham is a Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute.
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Medical Marijuana Saves Taxpayers Money



In a fascinating article in Health Affairs, Ashley Bradford and David Bradford of the University of Georgia have estimated that medical marijuana has benefited taxpayers: Using data on all prescriptions filled by Medicare Part D enrollees from 2010 to 2013, we found that the use of prescription drugs for which marijuana could serve as...
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Obamacare’s Perverse Job-Creation Program



The latest jobs report gave the stock market a boost and injected some optimism into public sentiment about our economic prospects. Unfortunately, there’s a problem with the current employment situation that few understand: Obamacare has likely led to too many jobs in health care, drawing labor from more productive functions. Dan Diamond of Politico...
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Government Price Controls and Drug Addiction



In the print edition of the latest issue of National Review, staff writer David French has a sobering article describing how the Veterans Health Administration is overdosing veterans on prescription drugs. A veteran himself, French has plenty of anecdotes about his buddies: They couldn’t sleep, so they had to take Ambien. They were depressed,...
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Hospitals and Insurers Are Dropping the Ball



An advocate of consumer-driven health care, who makes the case that individuals should control most of our health spending directly, will not get very far before hearing the rebuttal: “When you have a heart attack or get hit by a bus, you won’t be in any condition to negotiate which hospital you go to.”...
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The Business Case for Health Insurance Is Weakening



Boeing, the giant aerospace concern, has been cutting out the middle-man for health benefits: In another sign of growing frustration with rising health costs, aerospace giant Boeing Co. has agreed to contract directly for employee benefits with a major health system in Southern California, bypassing the conventional insurance model. The move, announced Tuesday, marks...
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Ambulatory Surgery Centers Saved $38 Billion in Private Health Spending



New research from the Healthcare Bluebook (sponsored by the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association) indicates the privately insured population saved $38 billion by using Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) instead of hospital outpatient departments for day surgeries. That figure includes $5 billion of lower out-of-pocket costs paid by patients directly. What is remarkable is that only...
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Should Dissent Be Allowed in Health Care?



An eminent physician has tentatively proposed that published treatment guidelines be accompanied by dissenting expert opinions, much like U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Daniel Musher, MD, of Baylor College of Medicine, served on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which considered guidelines for a dual vaccine approach...
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More Evidence Against Health Insurance



David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times, whose columns on health policy tilt heavily towards single-payer advocacy, has done a great service to the cause of consumer-driven health care: In a recent piece he describes how much more sense it makes to pay cash prices for health services than to pay what your health...
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Is It Now Okay to Sell Your Kidney in the U.S.?



There is a global shortage of many human organs for transplantation. Yet, it is illegal to sell your organ for transplantation in the United States. Or is it? Just a few days ago, President Obama announced a series of actions to encourage more organ donation. The president noted that while 95 percent of Americans...
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The Regulatory State Reaches the Wellness Industry



The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has finalized rules on how employers can use wellness programs. By current federal standards, the rules are concise: 19 pages pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act and 17 pages pertaining to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. Both laws are extremely popular. The ADA (1990) passed by 91-6...
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