Tag Archives: healthcare

Healthcare is so expensive because you don't pay for it yourself

Source: Heartland Institute
by Greg Scandlen

"Almost everyone involved in health care will tell you that the greatest problem in our system is that we pay on a fee-for-service basis. Almost everyone is wrong. The logic is obvious: paying a fee for a service encourages providers to get more fees by providing more services. Ergo, we consume too much and spend too much. Ipso facto, getting rid of fee-for-service would result in fewer services and less spending. Case closed. Well, maybe not. In fact, almost everything we do in the course of our economic lives, we do on a fee-for-service basis. When we go to the movies, get our oil changed, have our roof replaced, buy a computer, get a haircut, hire a babysitter, buy a steak dinner, get someone to do our taxes or defend us in a suit, we do it on a fee-for-service basis. None of it is particularly inflationary. … What is unique about health care is not fee-for-service, but third-party payment. Only in health care is someone else picking up the tab for our spending." (09/18/17)


Why single payer will only make healthcare more expensive

Source: Heartland Institute
by Scott Ehrlich

"Why do single-payer health care supporters treat it like an unassailable good? Even if you can point to a place like Denmark, with 5 million people and little ethnic diversity, why do people think we can transport that into a country of 330 million ethnically diverse individuals with the same results? After all, we couldn't even get Americans to buy into the infinitely easier metric system, but they are going to enjoy higher taxes to pay for rationed health care? I'm not here to bash single-payer because it's European. I'm also not a fan of socialism in principle, but if there is a way to provide better care at a cheaper price, then I'd be all for it, even if that would make me an awful libertarian. But the arguments I hear for single-payer nationwide are full of ridiculous extrapolations, economically illiterate assumptions, and pie in the sky dreams of willing, abundant, qualified providers to treat these hundreds of millions of patients. I'm willing to listen, but the arguments need to be better." (08/03/17)


GOP Senators threaten to block "skinny" healthcare bill

Source: NBC News

"Support for a pared-down version of an Obamacare repeal bill still doesn't have the support it needs as the Senate prepares for a long night of voting on health care. Unsatisfied with the so-called 'skinny' bill GOP leaders are crafting, some Republican members are threatening to block it unless they have a guarantee that the measure will move into negotiations with the House of Representatives, where it could be fattened up. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., John McCain, R-Ariz., Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and Bill Cassidy, R-La. — enough members to kill the legislation should they vote against it — held a last-minute news conference laying out their demands. … House Speaker Paul Ryan has not given his guarantee that they would go to conference. Other options include an informal conference that leaves Democrats out of the process or that the House just vote on whatever the Senate passes. " (07/27/17)


Healthcare: A house divided cannot stand

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"Let me define the problem by mangling a famous Abraham Lincoln speech: A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this healthcare system cannot endure, permanently, half government-run and half kind-sorta private. I do not expect healthcare to disappear — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. The two real alternatives before us are: Adopting a 'single-payer' system in which the state takes complete top-to-bottom charge of healthcare; or radically reducing — even eliminating — the state’s role in healthcare." (07/16/17)


The failure to repeal ObamaCare is an intellectual failure

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey Tucker

"Absolutely amazing. Even tragic. The Republicans railed against the proven failure that is Obamacare for years and voted at least half a dozen times to repeal it. It was the most important issue of the entire 2016 election. Then the GOP gained control — House, Senate, Presidency — and what happened? So far, nothing. There is no agreement on what a replacement should look like. It is entirely possible that four years from now, nothing important will have changed. Who or what is at fault? People blame partisanship, special interests, public opinion, plots, bad leadership, annoying lobbyists, feckless careerism, the Democrats, the moderates, the conservatives, the CBO, the insufferable media, and Trump’s notorious lack of interest in the details of the legislative process. But really there is only one underlying source of failure: the failure to understand." (07/15/17)


Simple and meaningful ways to change American healthcare

Source: Cobden Centre
by Ram Nagarajan

"Here are some meaningful solutions that can provide good access, affordability and quality of health care in a sustainable way. Some of these are derived from quite simply understanding the inherent problems in the existing system and laws. The theme of these solutions are based on the obvious fact that we cannot keep growing health care entitlements and hope that we can provide sustainable, universal, affordable and quality health care. Instead, recognize that we need to introduce free market fundamentals into health care and limit government provided health care to a minimum safety net." (07/14/17)


Death panels: Sarah Palin was right, sort of

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"Healthcare is a 'scarce resource,' by which I mean that there is more desire for it than there are doctor hours and hospital beds and bottles of medication to fulfill all that desire. In any healthcare system, therefore, care is going to be rationed. If people want or need ten units of health care and there are only nine units available, someone is going to lose out. Rationing can be handled in a number of ways: Pricing in an entirely free-market system, quick triage in an emergency situation with multiple victims presenting varying levels of injury, alleged experts in systems ranging from the bureaucratic mess of an 'insurance' system in the US to the 'single-payer' systems in the United Kingdom and other countries. While I favor a free-market system, my intention here is not to argue that point, but rather to point out that 'death panels' are inherent in the overall situation." (07/13/17)


What a good conservative healthcare plan would look like

Source: Niskanen Center
by Ed Dolan

"Senate Republicans have fallen short in their first attempt to attract 50 votes for their health care bill. Small wonder. The Better Care Reconciliation Act, as it is called, is remarkable in many ways, but perhaps most remarkably of all, it fails to draw on a large body of constructive conservative ideas about what real health care reform should look like. As a result, it fails to fix the flaws of Obamacare that conservatives most often complain about. Now the Senate’s Republican leaders have a second chance. Instead of more secret meetings and backroom deals, they could use the extra two weeks they’ve given themselves in August to hold hearings on health care reform." (07/12/17)


US Senate Republicans have new health care fiasco in the works (expect cancellation of next week's vote by Friday)

Source: Washington Post

"Senate leaders are rewriting their health care plan in an effort to vote on it next week, Republican Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said Monday, even as some GOP senators expressed deep pessimism about the prospect of reaching a final agreement. The push for a revised bill comes as Senate Democrats are working to enlist the help of Republican governors to scuttle the current health-care proposal. Some rank-and-file Republicans have suggested their party should negotiate with the minority." (07/10/17)


California's very expensive free lunch

Source: Palm Beach Free Press
by Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D.

"California’s state senate’s unipartisan passing of a sweeping single-payer health care bill, the Healthy California Act, has drawn attention to single payer as a solution to the decaying Affordable Care Act. The ACA decreased competition and plan availability in health insurance and leaves patients holding the bag of unaffordable premiums, deductibles, and copays. It’s no surprise that a majority of state residents polled were in favor of universal, government-run health care — as long as it doesn’t raise their taxes. But as the fanfare died down, pragmatists in the state assembly put the bill on hold as 'woefully incomplete.' The unrealistic bill provides that every California resident, regardless of age, employment, or immigration status, would be eligible for coverage with no premiums, copayments, or deductibles." (06/28/17)