Tag: Healthcare
Right-to-Try Legislation Helps Patient Battling Bone Cancer

With 42 million US citizens suffering from a terminal illness or knowing someone with one, it’s a fight that affects us all.

Cigarette and Soda Taxes Don’t Save Many Lives

Selective excise taxes may raise revenue for the public sector by targeting the consumption of things that elites disdain, but they do not save millions of lives.

Medicare Trust Fund Is Running Out of Money

Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund is set to run out of money by 2026.

Mick Jagger Has Heart Surgery in New York

Given the choice, people will avoid socialized medicine, at least when there is a lot at stake.

Lessons for California from Canada’s Killer Nurse Cover-Up

Strengthening the CA Nurses Association doesn’t strengthen patient protection.

Medical Apps: Improving Healthcare on a Global Scale

Health apps use smartphone technology to provide medical assistance or access to medical professionals.

Tax Reform III: Tax Employer Health Care Benefits; Offer a Tax Credit to Health Insurance Purchasers

In an earlier blog post I suggested eliminating all personal tax deductions, with a possible exception related to health care. One of the well-publicized problems with the American health care system is that employer-provided health insurance is not taxed, pushing us to a system in which people get health insurance from their employers. A...
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Prosperity, Not Soda Taxes, Fosters Good Health

Berkeley’s soda tax is being trumpeted as a success because a new study finds that purchases of sugary soft drinks fell by 10 percent in the city from March 2015 to February 2016. Of course, soda-tax advocates claim that the penny-per-ounce excise tax, which took effect in 2015, is fully responsible for the drop....
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The Health-Care Insurance Quagmire as a Linguistic Problem

The House of Representatives has just passed a statute it represents as “repealing and replacing Obamacare.” This legislation, now awaiting what promises to be major challenges in gaining the Senate’s approval, does amend certain aspects of the Obamacare setup, but all in all the changes are less than earth-shaking, and the previous system will...
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Pre-Existing Conditions and High-Risk Pools

Obamacare’s most popular provision is its prohibition against health insurers charging higher premiums for pre-existing conditions. It is so popular that Republican politicians have promised to keep it! (Or, at least bring it back once they repeal and replace Obamacare.) Scholars at the Kaiser Family Foundation have estimated that 27 percent of American adults...
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