Tag Archives: healthcare

Comparing ObamaCare scams

Source: Independent Institute
by Gary M Galles

"Speaking on the Boston Herald's 'morning drive' radio show several days ago, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber called the Republicans' Obamacare 'repeal and replace' plan 'a scam.' That's an interesting accusation coming from one of the architects of Obamacare, who helped 'sell' the plan to the American people by misleading them. As British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is credited with saying: 'There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.' Gruber seems to have mastered all three, using his knowledge of economics to twist things so the less-well-informed would believe his lies. And he has repeatedly bragged about it." (03/27/17)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9027

How right-wing media saved ObamaCare

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

[T]the GOP didn't honestly acknowledge the hard tradeoffs inherent in health-care policy before making the case for a market-driven system. Republicans tried to hide the fact of tradeoffs …. And it helps explain how Republicans could win a presidential election and lots of congressional elections on the promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare, only to produce bill so wildly unappealing to voters. Once Republicans commenced governing, the tradeoffs couldn't be elided any longer. Still, even the insight that Republicans spent years willfully obscuring the tradeoffs involved in health-care policy doesn't fully explain the last week. Focusing on GOP officials leaves out yet another important actor in this debacle: the right-wing media." (03/27/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/the-right-wing-media-helped-obamacare-in-spite-of-itself/520851/

Why Trump can't fix healthcare

Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

"Bill Clinton tried to fix America's health care problems and was shot down by Congress. Barack Obama got his solution enacted only to find most people didn't like it. Republicans who voted repeatedly to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something far better have found it fiendishly hard to agree on how. It could be that our health care problems don't get solved because of partisanship, incompetence, corruption or dishonesty among our elected officials. Or it could be because those problems are not soluble." (03/27/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/03/27/why-trump-cant-fix-health-care

For GOP on healthcare, there's no "moving on"

Source: Cato Institute
by Michael F Cannon

"On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan trudged to the White House to tell President Donald Trump Republican leaders didn't have the votes to pass their health care bill. Then, moments before a scheduled vote, leadership withdrew the bill. Paul Ryan says it was a 'setback' and that Republicans are 'moving on' from health care. Meanwhile, Donald Trump says Obamacare will explode and it won't be pretty. 'We will be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,' Trump told the media after the House pulled the bill. There is no way this will stand. No matter what President Trump says, he is not done with Obamacare. Congress still needs to rescue Americans from this law. Now they have a chance — and a responsibility — to do it right." (03/27/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/gop-health-care-theres-no-moving

National healthcare is the health of the state

Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

"Ever since the Libertarian Party was formed in December 1971 there has been a hope by some that electing libertarians to high office could slow or reverse the march to greater government control over private affairs. We just had a crystal-clear proof that it's a fatally-flawed theory. In 2016 the American electorate voted for a Republican president and Republican majorities in both houses of Congress pledged to repeal the Democratic-Party-passed Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. … Debates endlessly rehash everything except the obvious: only a small caucus of Republican legislators had any desire to repeal the ACA and the GOP replacement bill was merely a reshuffling of how government-provided benefits were to be managed. … There's a lesson here for all political observers, but particularly libertarians: socialistic programs, once enacted into law, can’t be repealed. Politics, itself, foils it." (03/25/17)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2017/03/national-healthcare-is-the-health-of-the-state/

Trump's healthcare debacle

Source: The American Conservative
by Robert W Merry

"Political capital is like financial capital. A politician invests it in ventures that may or may not pay off. The more bold the venture, the greater the risk — but also the greater the potential return if things go well. But the politician, like the financial investor, has to understand the market. If either makes an investment based on a faulty perception of the market, the investment almost surely will go south. Then the financial investor ends up with less financial capital to play with, just as the political investor ends up with less political capital. President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan invested a large chunk of political capital in health care. They didn't know the market. The investment went south, taking with it a large store of political capital. Now they have less to play with." (03/24/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trumps-health-care-debacle/

Washington's princes of paperwork are crushing physicians and bankrupting, if not killing, patients

Source: Cato Institute
by Steve H Hanke

"In the rancorous to and fro over the repeal of ObamaCare and its possible replacement with the American Health Care Act, an elephant in the room has remained unnoticed. It's that giant bundle of burdensome regulations that is crushing physicians, their staffs, and sending the costs of healthcare soaring. A recent, detailed study published by the American Medical Association (AMA) sheds a common-sense light on what Washington chooses to ignore. For every hour physicians spent with patients, almost two additional hours are spent pushing papers. Even when face-to-face with patients, doctors spent 37% of their time filling out forms." (03/24/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/washingtons-princes-paperwork-are-crushing-physicians-bankrupting-not

TrumpCare: Bad policy, even worse politics

Eric Schuler

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Eric Schuler

"There are many policy areas where the politicians that support bad policies will suffer no political repercussions for the harm caused. These are areas where the relationship between cause and effect is sufficiently complicated or indirect that the average won't really understand why the negative outcome occurred. Indeed, in many cases, supporting bad policies is actually an excellent strategy politically. But healthcare is not one of those cases. It has too high of a profile at this point for failure to go unnoticed. Additionally, the failure is readily identifiable by regular voters in the form of higher premiums, fewer choices, etc. So if TrumpCare passes and then subsequently fails, there will be little doubt who's responsible." (03/23/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/trumpcare-bad-policy-even-worse-politics/

Where does your health insurance premium go?

Source: Independent Institute
by John R Graham

"AHIP, the trade association for health insurers, has a nifty infographic answering the question: 'Where does your premium dollar go?' Obviously designed to defray accusations that health insurers earn too much profit, the infographic shows 'net margin: of only three percent. A full 80 percent of our premium dollar goes to paying medical, hospital, and prescription claims.' Fair enough. However, the elephant in the infographic is the 18 percent of premium that goes to 'operating costs.' Lest you think that's a synonym for 'overhead' or 'bureaucracy,' AHIP helpfully explains: 'Operating costs include consumer-centric activities such as communicating with members, running customer service operations, quality reviews, and data analysis, among other activities.' Well, readers have to judge how 'consumer-centric' those operations are." (03/21/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/03/21/where-does-your-health-insurance-premium-go/

CBO: GOP's ObamaCare replacement would leave 14 million more without prepaid care

Source: CBS News

"The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the Republican health-care bill Monday. CBO says that by 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured [sic] under the legilation than under current law. According to the CBO analysis, the legislation would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the next decade, with the largest savings coming from reductions in Medicaid outlays and the reduction of Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies. … Republicans pushing a plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law had been bracing for a CBO analysis that was widely expected to conclude that fewer Americans will have health coverage under the proposal, despite President Donald Trump's promise of 'insurance for everybody.'" [editor's note: Health coverage today is not, for the most part, "insurance" (a hedged bet against catastrophic illness or injury). It's just prepaid health care – TLK] (03/13/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cbo-report-says-14-million-more-would-be-uninsured-by-2018/