healthcare

Who Will Provide My Health Care?

by Deane Waldman Whom  do you want to operate on your heart: a doctor or a bureaucrat?  This  scenario is neither a joke nor an exaggeration.  Two trends happening right  now make it likely that the person who  will provide your health care will have a BA or MBA after his name rather than  “MD” or “RN.” Trend  1: Losing doctors Doctors  are increasingly refusing to see government-in

Unequal Protection Under the Health Care Law

by Hal Scherz One  of life’s minor annoyances occurs when someone receives preferential treatment  because of his wealth or perceived power.  Many people have experienced  this firsthand when a “VIP” comes into a restaurant and jumps ahead while  they’ve been waiting for a table.  This offends most Americans because it  is contrary to our sense of fair play.  It divides people into e

Obamacare Heads to the Supreme Court

by Doug Bandow When Congress was pushing through President Barack Obama’s plan to nationalize health care decision-making, legislators gave little thought to the Constitution. After all, the denizens of Capitol Hill had grown accustomed to passing whatever laws they desired, with the expectation that, if necessary, compliant courts would fashion another magical legal doctrine or two to justify Congress’

Obamacare: Government Decided and Government Provided.

by Barbara Samuells In 2014 your healthcare will change. Your doctors and hospitals are all planning changes right now to comply with the PPACA (Obamacare) so they can remain in business. Did you know that in 2011 your W-2 will have to include the value of employer provided healthcare benefits?  Not taxed…yet. Did you know millions of low income Seniors, income under about $20,000 per couple,will be forced onto

Let’s Not Forget About Obamacare

by David Harsanyi Democrats will often get irritable when some clingy philistine refers to Obamacare as “socialized medicine.” It’s simply not a precise phrase for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In any event, it’s not socialized yet, you ignoramuses! Progress doesn’t happen overnight. No worries, though, recent signs portend that Obamacare will give us the state-run pl

Debt, Health Care, & Recession

It was bad government policies that got us into this mess. Better policies could get us out. When Standard & Poor’s downgraded its credit outlook for the United States, former senator Phil Gramm (R., Tex.) was not surprised. Now an investment banker, Gramm regularly visits the central banks of China, South Korea, and Japan — the three largest holders of dollar-denominated assets in the world — and hears t

The End of Medicare As We Know It

By Christopher Chantil As usual, Mark Steyn has comically grasped the essence of the budget problem.  Democrats are right, he admits, when they say that the Ryan Budget Plan means the end of Medicare as we know it.  But let’s be honest about the alternative. The Democrats’ “plan” — business as usual — will end America as we know it. That’s because under the Democrats̵

Editorial: Death panels, maybe. Rationing, probably

It’s debatable whether, under Obamacare, “death panels,” perhaps committees of bureaucrats charged with deciding what types of medical care the government will pay for and what it won’t, especially as the costs rise toward the end of life, are a fevered fantasy or a prudent fear, with respectable arguments either way. What now cannot be debated is that the Obama administration has decided to

Obamacare: An Unacquired Taste

Americans understand the health-care law, and they hate it. ‘History repeats itself — first as tragedy, then as farce,” noted Karl Marx. With the new Republican majority in the House planning to vote next Wednesday on repeal of Obamare, Democrats appear well into farce. Throughout the debate over health-care reform, Democrats constantly told us (and themselves) that if only they could explain the bill bett

Obamacare Pushes for Early Death

The Obama White House has backed off expressly including end-of-life counseling as part of annual well visits for seniors on Medicare. That is a victory for Americans of all ages who spoke out against this government intrusion in how and when we die. But two problems remain to be solved: the government’s attempts to script what is said between doctor and patient on this issue, and government’s heavy-han
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