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  • Michigan SEIU Scam the Product of Government Collective Bargaining

    January 30, 2012
    Proponents of government collective bargaining view it as a fundamental human right. The shameful actions of SEIU in Michigan, however, undermine this claim. In 2005, Michigan lawmakers signed off to create the Michigan Quality Community Care Council (MQC3). MQC3 maintains a registry of homecare providers to assist Medicaid recipients looking for a caregiver. In reality, the primary function of MQC3 was to make 45,000 private homecare providers government employees and dues-paying union members. In 2006, SEIU took advantage of Michigan law deeming homecare providers government employees. To gain exclusive representation SEIU organized a covert union campaign. The stealth-organizing tactic led to...
  • Doctors Grow Disenchanted With Obamacare's Costs and Burdens; Health Care Law Arbitrarily Discriminates

    January 20, 2012
    69% of physicians are "pessimistic about the future of medicine" because of the 2010 healthcare law, notes Dr. Marc Siegel in USA Today. "Just 13% of those surveyed backed the Affordable Care Act."  "When surveyed by" the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, "83% of doctors said one likely change to the medical system as a result of the law would be increased wait times."  "73% said it would not reduce costs." "The concern of doctors is reflected among the American people: Support for the law has sunk to 29% in the latest...
  • Obama Administration to People Needing Bone Marrow Transplants: Drop Dead

    January 19, 2012
    In December, a federal appeals court ruled in Flynn v. Holder that the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 (NOTA) does not forbid compensation for the majority of "bone marrow donors." That was great news for patients needing bone marrow transplants: As CEI's Greg Conko noted earlier, the court's...
  • War on Drugs Keeps Badly Needed, Perfectly Legal Medicine Away from Sick People

    January 18, 2012
    Sick people, like those suffering from narcolepsy, are suffering from a manufacturing shortage of Adderall. That shortage was caused by the Drug Enforcement Agency, which controls and limits the supply of Adderall’s ingredients. Denying the obvious, the DEA falsely claims that there is no shortage, and that if there is one, it's because manufacturers don't want to make more of the drug, despite the fact that there is plenty of market for the drug:
    To manage controlled substances that can potentially be abused, the DEA sets manufacturing quotas for drug ingredients each year to control supplies like Adderall. But Adderall...
  • Price Fixing Causes Greek Medicine Shortage

    January 12, 2012
    Greece is rapidly degenerating into third-world status. The UK's Daily Mail reports:
    Youngsters are being dumped by their parents who are struggling to make ends meet in what is fast becoming the most tragic human consequence of the Euro crisis. It comes as pharmacists revealed the country had almost run out of aspirin, as multi-billion euro austerity measures filter their way through society.
    If you only read this much of the article, you would assume that the country’s “austerity measures" are responsible for the medicine shortage, but if you’ve ever opened an economics textbook, you’d know this can’t be the case. Shortages occur when prices aren’t able to readjust to higher demand. Why aren’t prices able to adjust? Keep reading....
  • Obamacare Causes Layoffs in Medical Device Industry, Harms Medical Innovation

    January 3, 2012
    Ramesh Ponnuru writes about the layoffs and lost jobs resulting from Obamacare's new tax on medical devices at Bloomberg News:
    A year from now, the federal government will start collecting a new tax on medical devices from tongue depressors to imaging machines, thanks to the sweeping health-care overhaul that Democrats enacted in the spring of 2010. People in the industry say it’s already having an effect. In November, citing the new tax, Stryker Corp. (SYK), whose products include artificial hips and knees,...
  • Obamacare Stifles Job Creation, Causes Layoffs

    December 28, 2011
    At Bloomberg News, Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc., explains how the 2010 healthcare law is preventing jobs from being created and resulting in layoffs. For example, Puzder notes, CKE Restaurants, which operates Hardee's and Carl's Jr. restaurants, “will have to cut spending on new restaurant construction," in order to “offset higher health-care expenses," even though "building new restaurants is how" the company creates jobs.  Puzder argues that the increase in the company's healthcare costs will “more than consume" the amount it "spent on new restaurant construction last year, leaving nothing for growth."  It “...
  • Businessmen: Obamacare Stops Them from Hiring

    December 23, 2011
    Journalist John Stossel describes how "three successful businessmen came on" his TV show last week "to explain how Obamacare is a reason that unemployment stays high. Its length and complexity make businessmen wary of expanding." "An owner of 12 IHOPS told me that he can’t expand his business because he can’t afford the burden of Obamacare." Others complained that even experts admit they "can't tell you" how much Obamacare will cost them. "Brad Anderson, CEO of Best Buy, added that Obamacare makes it impossible to achieve even basic certainty about future personnel costs." Stossel agrees with Robert Higgs of the Independent Institute, who says that "if you wonder...
  • FDA Needs to Act on Internet and Social Media Policy

    December 16, 2011
    Way back in September 2009, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would begin using the social media site Twitter to share news and other information about drug safety and regulation. "Messages on Twitter provide consumers, healthcare professionals, the pharmaceutical industry, and others with timely information on new drug approvals, safety alerts, compliance actions, and consumer information," the announcement said. It was curious that FDA mentioned the pharmaceutical industry. You see, drug and device companies have been feeling their way around the Internet and other new media, including Twitter, for several years without substantive guidance from the FDA. That's important because, under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, there's a lot that's not permitted, but nobody's quite sure what is and what isn't. And if the...
  • Over-The-Counter Plan B? What Would Jed Bartlet Do?

    December 8, 2011
    Back in March 2009, President Obama issued a memorandum on scientific integrity to the heads of executive branch agencies and departments. It announced that “[s]cience and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of [his] Administration on a wide range of issues.” And in a statement to the press, Obama insisted that “Our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values.” Previous administrations (and one in particular -- nudge nudge, wink wink … Know what I mean?) had let politics interfere with what should have been purely...

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