Tag Archives: healthcare

What Americans really want from health care reform is impossible

Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

"It is true that the US spends nearly a third more on health care than the second-highest-spending developed country (Sweden), both in per-capita dollars and as a percentage of GDP. But that reduction in spending can come with a price of its own: The most effective way to hold down health care costs is to limit the availability of care. Some other developed countries ration care directly. Some spend less on facilities, technology or physician incomes, leading to long waits for care. Such trade-offs are not inherently bad, and not all health care is of equal value, though that would seem to be a determination most appropriately made by patients rather than the government. But the fact remains that no health care system anywhere in the world provides everyone with unlimited care." (06/23/17)


NY: Court of Appeals hears arguments on physician-assisted suicide

Source: Newsday

"Judges on New York’s top court voiced skepticism Tuesday about establishing a right to physician-assisted suicide while questioning how the state can ban that but allow a person to refuse medical treatment. In oral arguments before the Court of Appeals, an advocacy group, 'End of Life Choice New York,' along with some terminally ill patients and physicians asked the judges to view 'aid in dying,' as the groups call it, as different from 'suicide.' … The lawsuit was filed by a coalition in 2015 led by three patients with terminal diagnoses. Steve Goldenberg, who has since died of HIV-related illness; Sara Myers, who has since died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Eric Sieff, who is still being treated for cancer." [editor's note: What my physician assists me in doing, and how, should be entirely between me and my physician. It's none of the state's business – TLK] (05/31/17)


The high cost of not owning your healthcare

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Rachel Mills

"When you ask or force some other entity that doesn’t love you to pay for your healthcare (or education for that matter) for how long will you suffer under the illusion that you also retain control or that decisions made for you are truly in your best interest? Put a large layer of bureaucracy between you and your doctor and what do you imagine you might get? I promise you it won’t be more control. Health insurance companies routinely deny this or that course of treatment, for whatever reason and they largely get their way. They are paying the piper." (05/11/17)


Government shouldn't be in medicine

Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

"It’s 2017, ObamaCare is morphing into TrumpCare, and it’s still not about 'care.' Instead, it’s about government controlling a huge segment of the economy, taking away choice, and robbing people to pay for things they may not want. Government has no business meddling in medicine." (05/10/17)


Some ideas to guide your thoughts on health care

Source: Notes On Liberty
by Rick Weber

"This post is meant to help my non-economist friends think more clearly about how we pay for health care. I’ll talk about markets, but the truth is that the American system is built of deeply bastardized markets. If our car markets worked like our health markets, most of us would walk to work. I’m trying to focus on the essential logic of the situation which is going to sound Utopian because Congress isn’t going to give us any sort of logical policy any time soon. But we aren’t going to get a logical solution until we as voters understand the logic of health care finance." (05/09/17)


The healthcare insurance quagmire as a linguistic problem

Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

"The federal government and the state governments have intervened haphazardly in the health-care insurance business so pervasively and for so long that by now the whole setup is nothing but a gigantic mess that flies in the face of the insurance principle and dictates a host of requirements that make no sense except as answers to the prayers of special-interest groups and rent seekers. Once a net benefit has been created, however, each beneficiary group will scream to the heavens if reforms should threaten to remove its privilege, and legislators will be reluctant to buck such organized political insistence on continued subsidies and privileges no matter how irrational these interventionist distortions are as components of an insurance system." (05/08/17)



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

"The 'Overton window' of the politically possible is not where a libertarian like me is. Conservatives and Minarchists (this latter a term coined by my old friend, Samuel Edward Konkin III) believe in restricting the State as much as humanly possible. Democrats, liberals, progressives all favor Universal Health Care, also known as 'Single Payer' also known as Socialized Medicine. Even a former Nixon administration economist like Ben Stein sees this as inevitable. I don’t. I see a possible stopgap from destroying all remnants of the free market in medicine, health care, and health insurance." (05/06/17)


US House passes ObamaCare repeal

Source: The Hill

"House Republicans on Thursday passed legislation aimed at repealing and replacing ObamaCare, taking a major step toward a long-held goal and setting in motion an overhaul of the nation’s health system. The narrow 217-213 vote is a victory for GOP leaders, who faced a tumultuous path to getting the bill to the floor. The measure had to be pulled in March because of a lack of votes, but a series of deals since then brought on board the conservative Freedom Caucus and then wavering moderates. … The bill, known as the American Health Care Act, repeals the core elements of ObamaCare, including its subsidies to help people get insurance coverage, expansion of Medicaid, taxes and mandates for people to get coverage. In its place, the bill provides a new tax credit aimed at helping people buy insurance, though it would provide less help than ObamaCare to low-income people." (05/04/17)


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)