Archive for October, 2013
What Krugman Doesn’t Understand about Medicare for All

On Monday I proposed a simple solution to the problems of the Obamacare website: the John McCain health plan. Paul Krugman has a different solution: enroll everyone in Medicare: Imagine, now, a much simpler system in which the government just pays your major medical expenses. In this hypothetical system you wouldn’t have to shop...
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The Whole Surveillance State Must Go

The NSA surveillance scandal has awakened Americans to their dwindling privacy rights. Now is the time to stand up and consistently defend the Fourth Amendment. For years, the government has spied on all our financial dealings, our medical records, our bank transactions. Liberals shrugged because it all served to build the regulatory state they...
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“Creepy Uncle Sam” Is Back Just in Time for Halloween!

Following up on the earlier videos that went viral regarding the looming threat of Obamacare, here is the newest one involving “Creepy Uncle Sam,” “Halloween Horror 2013 – Get The Door, Chad”: For the pivotal alternative to Obamacare, please see the Independent Institute’s widely acclaimed book: Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, by John C....
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Why the Exchanges Are a Mess and a Very Simple Alternative

More than one commentator has remarked on the puzzling way the Obama presidency has dealt with online technology. When it comes to elections, the Obama campaign’s use of the Internet was state of the art—doing what had never been done before. Yet when it comes to the Obamacare exchanges, the administration has been accused...
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More on How Obamacare Is Affecting Jobs

Just over the weekend, Paul Krugman was again claiming that Obamacare is not affecting the labor market in a blog post entitled Lies, Damned Lies, and Fox News. Yet Jed Graham notes that: [R]eport after report has rolled in about employers restricting work hours to fewer than 30 per week—the point where the mandate...
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Is the Drug War Toast?

Public opinion now decisively favors legalizing marijuana. Fifty-eight percent of Americans want the war on pot to stop. Once marijuana is legal, the drug war as we know it will need a new life breathed into it to survive. Pot accounts for the vast majority of arrests and illicit drug users. It is much...
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Donald S. Barnhart (July 18, 1925 – September 8, 2009)

In the fall of 1963, I transferred from Fresno State College, where I had recently completed my sophomore year, and enrolled in San Francisco State College, where I studied for two years and then was graduated in 1965. By the beginning of my senior year, I had already completed all of the requirements for...
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More Money, Less Liberty, Impoverished Education

A new study from the Southern Education Foundation finds that half of all public school students now live in poverty. The poverty measure they use is eligibility for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program, part of the National School Lunch Program. According to study authors: The latest NCES [U.S. Department of Education’s National...
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My Limited Experience with Obamacare

I confess I don’t know much about Obamacare. Like the legislators who passed it, I have not read the law, and I’ve had some discussions over lunch with my colleagues where we disagreed about how the insurance exchanges offered coverage and what options were available to people who wanted it. I get my health...
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Death Spirals

A death spiral occurs when pricing in an insurance market spins out of control. If an insurance pool turns out to be more expensive than originally thought, the insurer must raise its premiums. As the premium rises, some healthy people drop their coverage. With a sicker group of enrollees, the average cost per enrollee...
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