Archive for October, 2014
Election on Tuesday: Who’s Running?

I’ve commented before on all the political spam I’m receiving in my email, most of it from the Democratic party ([email protected]). In many of their pleadings, they claim they are running against the Koch Brothers. (I like how they capitalize both their name and the B in Brothers.) And who’s running against the Koch...
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Government Buries Evidence of Poor Access to Care under Obamacare

Thank providence for USA Today, which has given us yet another story describing how poor access to health care is under Obamacare. People who fell for navigators’ sales pitches and signed up for Obamacare are discovering that it is junk insurance: “The exchanges have become very much like Medicaid,” says Andrew Kleinman, a plastic surgeon and president...
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Distorted Education Attack Ads Hide the Facts

Political campaigns across the country are heating up—thanks in no small part to all the hot air surrounding accusations about alleged “cuts” to education funding. As I explain in a recent USA Today column: In North Carolina, Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has been savaging her opponent, Republican N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, for allegedly cutting $500 million from...
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Airline Deregulation Act of 1978

President Jimmy Carter signed the Airline Deregulation Act on October 24, 1978. That law phased out the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) over the next four years, ending five decades of federal regulation of passenger airfares on interstate commercial flights and entry into the airline industry. One of prime movers behind this first legislative initiative...
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92 Percent of Nurses Are Dissatisfied with Electronic Health Records

Although we have discussed their dissatisfaction with electronic health records, hospitals and physicians are not the only victims of the federal government’s $30 billion adventure in underwriting poor IT investments. Nurses are almost uniformly disappointed in EHRs, according to a new survey by Black Book Market Research: Dissatisfaction with inpatient electronic health record systems...
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Is Humanitarian Aid Strengthening ISIS?

Recent reports on U.S. efforts to confront the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq revealed something disturbing. As U.S. forces launch attacks against ISIS, a vast array of U.S. and other western aid has been flowing into the region...and directly to the jihadist fighters. Reports state that in order for aid to travel through...
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Obama Appointee Supports Individual Rights

I’ve been critical of the Obama administration in the past, so it’s nice to find something positive to say. This article says that President Obama’s new acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Vanita Gupta, “supports decriminalizing cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamine, ecstasy and all dangerous drugs, including marijuana.” It’s nice to see...
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Australia to Raise $5 Billion by Privatizing Its Biggest Health Insurer

Australia’s federal government is aiming to raise almost $5 billion by privatizing the country’s largest health insurer: Australia hopes to raise up to Aus$5.51 billion (US$4.82 billion) through the sale of the country’s largest health insurer in an initial public offering, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said Monday. Cormann said the sale would remove the...
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Is Medicaid-Associated Overuse of Emergency Departments Just a Surge?

Research from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research suggests that rising Medicaid dependency does not result in a secular increase in use of hospitals’ emergency departments. Rather, the jump in ED use is just pent-up demand being satisfied, and drops off. This is the conclusion of a study that examined ED visits by...
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The Case for Drugstore Clinics

In The Atlantic, Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, has delivered “The Case Against Drugstore Clinics.” It is a weak case. Let’s take his strongest argument first: A woman with a sore throat went to a retail clinic and received a prescription for antibiotics. After a few days, she hadn’t gotten better, so she went to...
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