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  • Obama Rejects Reality as "Politics of the Moment," Embraces Politics of Fear

    July 21, 2009
    Listening to President Barack Obama and other top Democrats on the subject of health care, one could be forgiven for thinking commercial medicine itself is on the verge of collapse, and that most of us soon will be completely unable to access decent medical treatment.  In response to criticisms from GOP lawmakers and gloomy CBO projections, Obama re-emphasized what he insists is a need for immediate, drastic reform.  He dismissed the illumination of the fiscal insanity of his prized health care plan as the "politics of delay and defeat" and "politics of the moment" and said, "The need for reform is urgent and it is indisputable." It is impossible to arrive at the...
  • House Dems Would Ban New Private Health Insurance

    July 17, 2009
    "Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day" of the year the legislation becomes law.
  • Regulation of the Day: The Color of Stitches

    July 16, 2009
    The federal government regulates which colors may be used in surgical stitches.
  • Health care taxes -- devastating effects for NYC

    July 16, 2009

    Lead headline on the Drudge Report today – “Terrifying 57% tax looms for biggest earners in NYC.” It links to a NY Post article that points to the “job-killing effects” of the proposed tax surcharges to pay for the Democrats health care plan. As the Post noted,

    That means New York's top earners, small-business owners and most...

  • Government health care monopoly--not in consumers' interests

    July 9, 2009
    dmvRegina Herzlinger, chair of Harvard Business School, in National Review takes on health care and the Obama Administration's arguments that a government-run plan would increase competition, provide more choice, and lead to greater cost efficiencies:
    But before we get swept away, let us remember that these health-insurance markets would be monopolies run by government, two characteristics that normally do not enhance consumer welfare. Picture the efficiency of your Division of Motor Vehicles, for example. Also consider government-...
  • Stepping Up the Class War

    July 7, 2009
    On both of the most salient issues of the day, health care reform and climate change, proponents of the corresponding legislation are setting their sights on the rich to pay for these expensive measures. The massive government health care bill in the House involves a very expensive restructuring of the health care system in the United States--so expensive, in fact, that Democrats are proposing a tax increase on the rich, that is, in addition to the one that will occur when the Bush tax cuts expire in 2011.  They are calling it a "surtax"--a yet-undetermined slice of the incomes of those earning over $200,000 per year, which would be used to help pay for the implementation of the health care overhaul. At the same time, a...
  • Washington Post Sells White House Access to Lobbyists, and Misreports Obama Health-Care Facts

    July 2, 2009
    Until it was publicly-exposed, the Washington Post was selling its access to the White House to lobbyists. As Politico reported, "For $25,000 to $250,000, the Washington Post is offering lobbyists and association executives off-the-record, nonconfrontational access to 'those powerful few' — Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and the paper’s own reporters and editors. The astonishing offer is detailed in a flier circulated Wednesday to a health care lobbyist, who provided it to a reporter because the lobbyist said he feels it’s a conflict for the paper to charge...
  • "If you like public housing, you will love public health care"

    July 1, 2009
    Best line this week -- should be a slogan for health care debate: "If you like public housing, you will love public health care." Read the opinion piece "Parsing the health reform arguments" by George Newman in the Wall Street Journal today for concise rebuttals of oft-repeated claims about government health plan.
  • Hearings Open on Coercive and Counterproductively Costly Health Care Bill

    June 23, 2009
    Congressional Democrats are pushing hard to complete their health care bill before next week's recess, but their hopes for a quick passage and the fulfilling of Obama's goal of signing by October look increasingly bleak--especially since the drafting was done without Republican input, leading, of course, to a political firestorm.  The bill would mandate health insurance coverage for all Americans at enormous taxpayer expense and require major employer contributions, though there is not yet full agreement on the specifics of the burdens that will ultimately be imposed on employers.  All that is clear so far is that...
  • FDA Tobacco Regulation May Harm Public Health By Blocking Healthy Alternatives

    June 23, 2009
    FDA regulation may actually undermine public health by making it harder to market to smokers other tobacco products, like snus, that are not as lethal as cigarettes.


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