Tag Archives: healthcare

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)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11037

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)

https://fee.org/articles/the-failure-to-repeal-obamacare-is-an-intellectual-failure/

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)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/07/simple-and-meaningful-ways-to-change-american-health-care/

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)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11022

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)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/good-conservative-health-care-plan-look-like/

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)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-republicans-plan-to-introduce-a-new-health-bill-this-week-vote-next-week/2017/07/10/9c897996-658f-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html

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)

https://palmbeachfreepress.com/2017/06/28/californias-very-expensive-free-lunch/

Facing GOP opposition, US Senate leaders postpone vote to overhaul ObamaCare

Source: Washington Post

"Facing a rebellion within their own ranks, Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday postponed a vote to overhaul the 2010 Affordable Care Act until after the July 4 recess. The delay, which came after five Senate Republicans said they could not support a move to bring up the bill this week in the wake of a new budget analysis of its impacts, means that lawmakers will be exposed to a barrage of lobbying in their home states in the coming days. The current proposal by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), which would make deep cuts to the Medicaid program while rolling back many of the existing law’s insurance mandates and tax increases, has come under attack from both the left and right." (06/27/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-republicans-scramble-to-keep-alive-plans-to-overhaul-obamacare/2017/06/27/c8ea4c02-5b37-11e7-9fc6-c7ef4bc58d13_story.html

White House hammers CBO for health bill score

Source: The Hill

"The White House slammed the Congressional Budget Office after its analysis showed the Senate Republicans’ healthcare bill would leave 22 million more people uninsured over the next decade. 'The CBO has consistently proven it cannot accurately predict how healthcare legislation will impact insurance coverage,' the White House said in a statement on Monday evening. 'This history of inaccuracy, as demonstrated by its flawed report on coverage, premiums, and predicted deficit arising out of Obamacare, reminds us that its analysis must not be trusted blindly.' President Trump’s team is questioning the credibility of the non-partisan budget office in order to stanch the political fallout from the score. The numbers have created a hurdle for GOP leaders, who are hoping to hold a vote on the ObamaCare overhaul this week, before senators leave for July 4 recess." (06/26/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/339566-white-house-hammers-cbo-for-health-bill-score

The real ObamaCare opposition

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Too many mainstream Republican congressmen lack the courage of their constituents’ convictions. They apparently do not really believe that a freed-up health care system and insurance market can work to the general good. At least, not in time for the next election." (06/23/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/06/23/the-real-obamacare-opposition/