Tag: socialized medicine
Obama Seeks “Death Panels” by Regulation

The New York Times now reports that exactly contrary to its earlier claims, the Obama administration is now quietly seeking to sneak back in by regulation the provision of “end-of-life planning” (“death panels”) that were dropped from the Obamacare bill that was signed into law. The Times article reports that the regulations have been…
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Virginia Judge Strikes Down Provisions of Health Care Law

U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson’s ruling today affirms that there are limits to Congress’s powers under the Commerce Clause. Congress’s attempt to force Americans to participate in the market for health insurance is a bridge too far under current precedent. Judge Hudson rightly recognized that requiring Americans to participate in commerce to is…
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The Health-Care Reform Act: Que Paso?

What has this gargantuan statute wrought? To this question, there can be only one answer: Nobody knows. I am being quite serious: no single human being knows ― no one can know ― what provisions the statute’s more than 2,000 pages contain. Even if someone had the power to read and remember everything in…
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The V.A.’s Failure to Provide: The Promise of Obamacare

With the enormous and dangerous implications of Obamacare for American health care, employment, innovation and the economy, understanding the actual track record of existing governmental control and management of health care services is of enormous relevance to what health care nationalization/socialization promises to create. As a result, the Independent Institute has just released the…
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A Few Questions for President Obama

President Obama is scheduled to be interviewed by Fox News’ Bret Baier on Wednesday. I would really love to seem him confronted with a few tough questions like these: Your administration has pointed to recent insurance premium rate increases in California to make the case for the health care bill. Many pieces of the…
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Observations on Obamacare

In Newsweek, November 16, 2009, p. 20, Fareed Zakaria says, “There are two general health-care crises in America — one involving coverage and the other cost. The Obama plan appears likely to tackle the first but not the second. This is bad economics but also bad politics: the crisis of cost affects 85 percent…
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Why Does Health Insurance Cost So Much?

In direct contrast to Barack Obama’s nationally televised talk on his government-mandated health care plan, here is John Stossel’s recent, very incisive, special segment on ABC-TV’s 20/20, “Health Care Mystery: What’ll That Cost?”, in which he examines government-created third-party payers and asks why it is so hard to find out what health care actually…
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ObamaCare Speech: I’m Radical and Mad as Hell

Dateline: September 9, 2009: Obama speech (as I watch): From the lips of POTUS . . . Introduction: Insurance companies are evil but I do not want to put them out of business. (Huh? After listening to the litany of insurance company evildoing, any sane person would put them out of business.) Middle section:…
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Obamacare vs. Freedom

CNN of all places has a decent piece laying out some of the fundamental freedoms that would be compromised or destroyed by the Democrats’ health care plan. Already, more Americans disapprove of Obama on health care than approve. There’s a real chance we’ll see one of the worst threats of the Obama presidency, as…
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Another Victim of “Single-Payer Health Care”

The British National Health Service has claimed another victim. Despite a phone call and note from a doctor stipulating that a critically ill patient, Stewart Fleming, be given immediate care, the staff of Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, Kent, kept him waiting for six hours. By the time they finally got around to treating…
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