Tag Archives: healthcare

When is government-run healthcare not government-run health care?

Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

"When it's supported by Republicans of course …" (04/26/17)


US Freedom Caucus endorses revised ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill

Source: The Hill

"The House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday announced it will back the GOP's healthcare plan now that an amendment allowing states to opt out of key ObamaCare rules is included. The group of roughly 30 hard-line conservatives held out for weeks, scuttling a planned House vote on the bill last month after it became clear there was't enough Republican support to pass it. The group said it sees the new amendment, brokered by Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), as the best option short of fully repealing the 2010 law. … Moderate Republicans are facing a difficult decision on the bill now that the Freedom Caucus has backed it, bringing the legislation close to the 216 House votes needed for passage." (04/26/17)


Beyond ObamaCare: The seven percent solution

Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Loren Lomasky

"ObamaCare is dead, long live — what? The House Republican plan achieved the rare feat of displeasing fellow conservatives almost as much as Democrats before dying stillborn. Does it follow, as numerous commentators have intoned, that ObamaCare ought to be retained? No, for it too is multiply flawed and has been rejected by citizens in most polls. So what is to be done? This isn’t a wonkish question about design but rather a plea for radical rethinking. America makes three demands on its healthcare system that, unfortunately, are jointly incompatible." (04/19/17)


Repealing ObamaCare is not enough

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

"One would think that repealing Obamacare would have been the first order of business for the Republican-controlled Congress once Trump was sworn in. After all, Republicans have spent the last seven years since Obamacare was passed denouncing the law, campaigning on promises to repeal it, airing more than $235 million in ads attacking the law, and staging more than 50 high-profile votes in the House to repeal it. It turns out that 'some GOP legislators are saying that the political assault on Obamacare was an exercise in cynical politics, and that an outright repeal was never on the table.'" (04/07/17)


Republicans learn to love single-payer health care

Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker

"Who wants a Medicare-for-all system? A plurality of Republicans, apparently. A new Economist/YouGov survey shows 46 percent of the party in favor of 'expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American.' Just 38 percent are opposed. This comes on the heels of a January Pew poll where 30 percent of Republicans agreed that the government has a responsibility 'to make sure all Americans have health coverage.' That looked like a pretty high number at the time, but these new results make it seem small. If you were alert, you could see this sentiment building for a while. About a year ago, a Gallup poll suggested that 41 percent of the GOP liked the idea of replacing ObamaCare with federally funded universal health care. That number was probably inflated by people willing to endorse anything framed as an alternative to ObamaCare, but you can't say that about this year's results." (04/06/17)


White House presents new GOP health care plan to moderates, conservatives

Source: CBS News

"The White House has come up with a new proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told reporters Monday night. Meadows said Vice President Pence, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney met with the conservative House members Monday. Pence met with moderates earlier in the day. While Meadows said 'there is no deal, in principle,' he did refer to the proposal as 'a solid idea that was offered,' and said his caucus would evaluate its impact on premium costs. … The White House initiative on Capitol Hill comes just after another vocal opponent of the last Republican bill, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spent the weekend playing golf with President Trump and talking about health care." (04/04/17)


The root cause of health care dysfunction

Source: Independent Institute
by John R Graham

"In 2014, real health spending per person was $9,532. However, if government policy had not encouraged control of health spending to shift from patients to governments and insurers, spending would have been about $4,316 per person — less than half of what we actually spend. The difference is explained by waste, fraud, and abuse that quickly finds its way into markets controlled by third-party payers, who then impose costs to try to control these problems. If a politician promised to reduce the cost of driving by forcing auto insurers to pay for our cars, gasoline, tires, engine oil, windshield-wiper fluid, and all the other items and services we need to be on the road, we would all understand why our premiums would skyrocket—because those added costs would have to be accounted for." (03/31/17)


Is healthcare a right or a good?

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

Is healthcare a right in America? In a word, no. Rights are either natural immunities — existing in areas of human behavior that, because of our nature, must be free from government regulation, such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as well as speech, the press, religion, travel, self-defense and what remains of privacy — or legal claims that we qualify or bargain for, such as the right to vote, which the Constitution presumes, and the right to use your property to the exclusion of all others and the right to purchase a good that you can afford." (03/30/17)


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)


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)