Tag Archives: healthcare

The fakest fake news is about healthcare costs

Craig Cantoni

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Craig Cantoni

"If you listen enough to the melodramatic media, you might think that the cost of medical care/insurance has become so expensive for the average family that parents are performing tonsillectomies on their children with a steak knife on the kitchen table. Judging by how the issue of medical costs is covered by media dramatists, journalism schools are apparently teaching aspiring journalists how to find the worst case and present it in melodramatic fashion as the rule instead of the exception. It's a similar melodramatic story with respect to tuition debt. But what are the facts? What are the actual medical costs for families, and how do these costs compare to the costs for housing, food, transportation, and other necessities?" (02/18/17)


Healthcare: Government — not technology — is driving prices up

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Michel Accad

"Should we blame technology for the growth in healthcare spending? Austin Frakt, a healthcare economist who writes for the New York Times, thinks so. Citing several studies conducted over the last several years, he claims that technology could account for up to two-thirds of per capita healthcare spending growth. … should we accept the proposition that technology is the culprit for healthcare spending growth?" (02/16/17)


A political opening for universal health care?

Source: The Atlantic
by Vann R Newkirk II

"The Senate confirmed Tom Price as secretary of health and human services at 2 a.m. on Friday. After a contentious confirmation process, the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress had finally installed one of the leading generals in its war on Obamacare in the department that oversees its programs. Price is a titan in the GOP camp that wants to repeal the health law, and is perhaps one of the few Republican lawmakers with both the vision and the experience needed to begin the daunting task. But the battlefield under Price's feet has shifted substantially in the past few weeks. Republicans have splintered, the timeline for repeal has dragged on and on, alternative plans have propagated in the fertile soil of disunion, and some have lost their resolve. And in the turmoil over the fate of Obamacare, the idea of universal health care has emerged as a third way among voters in both parties." (02/14/17)


We fear the BMA has the wrong end of the stick here

Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

"The BMA, the British Medical Association, tells us that the NHS, that National Health Service, needs another £9.5 billion stat. That is, the trade union for Britain's doctors says that the employer of near all Britain's doctors should have lots more money. … It's the unnecessary competition and expensive fragmentation that betrays the error here. For as Adam Smith pointed out those 241 years ago, long enough for people to grasp the point, we become richer through the division and specialisation of labour. Yes, that damn pin factory. This does indeed apply in medicine — the literature is chock full of research showing that hospitals which do a lot of one type of operation have very much better results than those which occasionally dabble." (02/14/17)


Kenya: Regime jails doctors' union representatives as impasse over strike deepens

Source: Washington Post

"A Kenyan court Monday imprisoned seven top officials from the doctors' union after they refused to call off strike that has paralyzed the nation's health system for the past two months. With more than 5,000 doctors striking, the already dilapidated public health system has all but collapsed and private hospitals have been inundated. … The doctors have halted all talks with the government pending the release of their officials." (02/13/17)


Judge blocks Anthem-Cigna healthcare merger

Source: US News & World Report

"A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that Anthem Inc.'s proposed $54 billion bid to buy rival insurance company Cigna Corp. would result in higher prices and reduced competition, effectively blocking a merger between the nation's second- and third-largest health insurers. … Anthem and Cigna are among four health insurance companies competing for business in multiple states and specializing in health plans for businesses with 5,000 employees." (02/09/17)


Socialized medicine created a "humanitarian crisis" in the NHS?

Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

"For months, the UK's National Health Service has set new records of delay, overcrowding, and denial of service. Within just hours of each other this week, national leaders on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean — the U.S. and the UK — both cited the NHS as a looming disaster. During Wednesday's Parliament question and answer session with Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn recited anecdotes of declining service, and his followers tweeted that 'only Labour can be trusted to protect the NHS.' That came one day after Senators Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders debated healthcare reform for two hours on CNN. Sen. Cruz warned viewers about the dangers of European national healthcare systems, while Sen. Sanders lauded interventionist economic policies that treated health care as a 'right.'" (02/08/17)


Obamacare repeal would not be a disaster

Source: USA Today
by Sally C Pipes

"From #MakeAmericaSickAgain (Senator Charles E. Schumer's [D-NY] latest catchphrase) to #CoverageMatters, Twitter hashtags have emerged as the rhetorical weapon of choice for defenders of Obamacare. One of the latest is #the27percent, supposedly the share of Americans under the age of 65 with pre-existing conditions who are at risk of losing coverage if Obamacare is repealed, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation. But the 140-character version of Obamacare's story leaves out a lot — including the truth. The overwhelming majority of 'the 27%' are in no danger of losing coverage after Obamacare is repealed and replaced. In fact, a straightforward reading of the data reveals that the pre-existing condition crisis used to sell Obamacare to voters never actually existed." (01/28/17)


Five huge problems nobody told you about American healthcare

Source: Cracked
by Jim Avery

"If, like us, you've ever had to pay $5,000 in medical bills for a few stitches after crashing your razor scooter trying to jump a bag of charcoal, you already know how nightmarishly ridiculous the state of health care in the U.S. has become. However, odds are you have no idea why health care costs more than a newspaper heir's ransom and rarely seems to make anyone better. As it turns out, the causes of our terrible system are pretty obvious, but for some reason, nobody has figured out how to make them go away." [editor's note: This is a good summary of some of the real problems in the health "coverage" game – SAT] (01/25/17)


Price suggests states will lead on ObamaCare replacement, access for "everybody"

Source: Fox News

"Rep. Tom Price gave a glimpse Wednesday into how and when incoming President Donald Trump and fellow Republicans will replace ObamaCare, saying their goal is to 'insure everybody' and suggesting the new GOP plan will largely give states the responsibility of covering Americans. 'Insurance for everybody has always been my stated goal,' Price said during the start of his Senate confirmation hearings. He also argued that more insurance accessibility along with financial help for consumers are the keys to a better plan. The Georgia lawmaker and orthopedic surgeon made the remarks as Americans look for details on how Trump plans to replace the 2010 health care law, which insures roughly 20 million Americans." [editor's note: still focused on "coverage" not promoting wellness. Fail! – SAT] (01/18/17)