Tag: Health
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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New Videos Attacking Obamacare Go Viral

Generation Opportunity has just released two videos, one featuring a woman and one a man, attacking the looming disaster of Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), which is scheduled to go into effect on October 1st. The ads feature “Creepy Uncle Sam,” performing gynecological and prostate exams on young adults. The ads encourage...
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Is Equality the Right Public Policy Goal?

A new Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines research on health disparities in the United States: Researchers Erika Cheng and David Kindig found that life expectancy varies from county to county by as much as ten years or more... In [another] study, the country was divided into...
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Life, Liberty, and the Threat of Abortion Ambivalence

I happened to catch the headline on AOL News the other day promoting an on-line Huffington Post Live interview with 27-year-old porn star Stoya. The seven-year veteran of adult entertainment was remarkably poised, even if unsurprisingly candid, but her comments raised more than a few interesting questions about life and liberty from a broader...
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Small Business Owners and Obamacare

With the news of a delay in a major part of the Affordable Care Act, small businesses and employees who want to work full time, rather than part time, have another year until they are impacted by so-called employer mandate provision of the law. As I wrote in my book Priceless, Curing the Healthcare...
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Why We Are on an Unsustainable Path

To people who subscribe to the health policy orthodoxy, the riddle of modern healthcare is: Why are health costs rising so fast? To me the riddle is: why isn’t health spending rising even faster? As I write in my recent book, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, every time you and I spend a dollar at...
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How Much Do We Spend on Healthcare?

At last count, the United States was spending more than $8,000 a year on healthcare for every man, woman, and child in the country. That’s more than $24,000 for a family of three, and it represents almost one-fifth of all consumption spending. Is it necessary to spend this much? If not, why are we doing...
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