Archive for June, 2016
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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Spain Defeats the Extreme-Left Populists

Spain, the Eurozone’s fourth largest economy, has been without a real government since October, when the campaign for a general election kicked off. After an inconclusive result, the country was left in political limbo. That status will change soon due to last week’s elections, which produced a clearer outcome. Without an effective government, Spain...
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PBS Debate: Why We Should Embrace Human Organ Sales

A couple weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of being part of a debate as part of the PBS late night show, Point Taken with Carlos Watson (you can get more details on the episode here). Filmed in front of a live audience who is not only polled at the beginning and end of...
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Fathers Matter: More Evidence on their Importance

Scientists concerned with the increasing incidence of early onset puberty have discovered a disturbing correlation: Girls who grew up without a biological father are twice as likely to get their period before age 12 This is important because, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, “the health consequences of earlier onset of...
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Brexit, Sexit, Texit

Brexit In the short time since the Brits voted to exit the EU, much of the commentary I’ve read views the vote as a move toward isolationism. Regardless of the motivations of the voters, a more accurate way to look at it is that the British voted for self-government rather than government from afar....
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Decisive Brexit Referendum: What Happens Next? Part 1: UK Politics

[See Part 2 Here] Thursday, 23 June 2016, will go down in history as the United Kingdom’s own Independence Day. American readers will hopefully appreciate the irony. The take-home message is that people in the UK lost confidence in a complacent and corrupt European Union (EU) elite that wouldn’t listen to them and was...
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State’s Two-Way Mirror

Constant surveillance State’s prying eyes seek your wrongs Yours alone, not state’s ****** Got nothing to hide? Not to worry, citizen State makes no mistakes ****** But if it should err You will pay the error’s price State will not confess

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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Califor-ni-ED May Be Coming to a Classroom Near You

One export I’d like from California is its pre-Common Core math standards, hailed as the country’s finest. Instead, we’re likely going to get some horrific version of its pending K-12 history and social “science” framework—or as the Hoover Institution’s Bill Evers calls it, Progressive “goo-goo reform.” Whether or not we live in California, we need to...
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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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