Tag: Health

Taxpayers Get Forked Again »

From the “you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up” file, California Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles) is sponsoring a bill to create an Office of Farm to Fork. AB 2413, which was introduced February 21, would create a new office within the California Department of Food and Agriculture to promote “healthy food access,” especially in “underserved” areas, and...
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FDA Regulations Kill »

Paul Howard and Yevgeniy Feyman in Health Affairs: Meningitis is a terrible disease that can kill its victims in a single day. About 4,100 new cases are diagnosed annually in the U.S., with a mortality rate of more than 10 percent. Even with treatment, survivors are often left with serious side effects that can...
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Hooray! The Medicare “Doc Fix” Is Fixed Until March 31 »

Hooray! The Medicare “Doc Fix” Is Fixed Until March 31. Once again, Congress pretends to have fixed the unfixable: The way Medicare pays doctors. An earlier blog entry describes how Medicare pays physicians by using a method that puts the old Soviet Gosplan to shame. The simplest description is that a government-authorized committee determines...
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U.S. Ranks Third Lowest of Eleven Countries on Health Care Spending »

Every year, scholars from the Commonwealth Fund report the results of a survey of eleven developed countries, which questions thousands of residents about their health costs and access to health care. The media invariably cherry pick the report to produce headlines like this: “We pay more, wait longer than other countries”. Perhaps there is...
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Pelosi Caught on Obamacare Lies »

On the November 17th edition of “Meet the Press,” NBC’s David Gregory admirably confronts Nancy Pelosi, having been a key architect and political organizer for Obamacare as House Majority Leader, regarding her June 10, 2009, MSNBC TV-interview statement that, “What we are talking about is affordable, quality, accessible healthcare for all Americans. It’s about...
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Tattering the Safety Net »

Here is irony: the people who talk the most about the need for a social safety net (including the president himself!) are cheerleaders for a health reform that is going to shred it. How is that happening? By means of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Through the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the federal government...
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The Median Voter, the Marginal Consumer, and Obamacare: Why No Politician Competes for the Votes of Patients with Bladder Cancer »

On October 30, President Obama gave a now infamous speech celebrating the going out of business of so-called “bad apple” insurers. According to the President, “before the Affordable Care Act, these bad apple insurers had free rein every single year to limit the care that you received or used minor pre-existing conditions to jack...
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Can You Hear Me Now? We Have Too Much Health Insurance »

Hearing aids have been expensive—until now. An interesting story in the New York Times a little over a year ago related the journey of a woman who had broken the shell of one of her hearing aids. Shocked at the price of hearing aids from private audiologists—at least $2,000 for a set, and usually...
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A Woman May Die Because of Obamacare »

For the past 20 years I have been trying to convince my colleagues in the health policy community that managed competition contains perverse economic incentives. These incentives do more than misallocate resources. They create ominous risks for the health and safety of patients with serious medical conditions. Consider the editorial in Monday’s Wall Street...
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Jon Stewart Savages Obamacare’s Healthcare.gov Website »

The utter disaster of the Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov, is attacked here by Jon Stewart of The Daily Show on Comedy Central. The further significance of Stewart’s critique is that according to the Pew Research Center, Stewart is the #2 leading source of news and analysis for 39% of young adults, ages 18-29 (The Colbert...
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