CEI Today: Did Obama break transparency promise?, a review of Frack Nation, and more Obamacare problems revealed
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TRANSPARENCY - CHRISTOPHER HORNER
Competitive Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Chris Horner on the need for the White House to be more open with information.
REVIEW OF "FRACKNATION" DOC - IAIN MURRAY
Have you ever seen a water faucet burst into flames? You have if you’ve seen the documentary film Gasland, by Josh Fox. It’s the central message of his movie – that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or “fracking,” is polluting people’s water supplies so much that their running water can be set on fire. Yet Irish filmmaker Phelim McAleer knew that there were episodes of burning water throughout early American history (it’s why there are towns called Burning Springs and the like) and that this was the case in the area of Pennsylvania Fox concentrated on. He challenged Fox about this at a Q&A session, and Fox’s response spurred him on to make the documentary FrackNation, which [premiered Tuesday night] on AXS tv.
OBAMACARE - HANS BADER
President Obama claimed Obamacare would cut healthcare costs, but it actually increased them in many ways, some of which are chronicled here. Here are yet more Obamacare fees and cost increases. Another example is given by Mickey Kaus, a staunch supporter of universal health care (he once thanked Obama and Nancy Pelosi for passage of Obamacare), who points out that Obamacare’s $19 billion in taxpayer subsidies for electronic recordkeeping appear to have backfired and increased healthcare costs. It subsidized hasty, premature installment of electronic recordkeeping systems that waste physicians’ time (reducing interaction with patients), and result in the performance of more, rather than fewer unnecessary tests and medical procedures, as well as increased billings for trivial activities.