Tag Archives: healthcare

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)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/04/06/republicans-for-single-payer

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)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/white-house-presents-new-gop-health-care-plan-to-moderates-conservatives/

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)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9034

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)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/03/andrew-p-napolitano/health-care-right/

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)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9027

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)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/the-right-wing-media-helped-obamacare-in-spite-of-itself/520851/

Why Trump can’t fix healthcare

Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“Bill Clinton tried to fix America’s health care problems and was shot down by Congress. Barack Obama got his solution enacted only to find most people didn’t like it. Republicans who voted repeatedly to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something far better have found it fiendishly hard to agree on how. It could be that our health care problems don’t get solved because of partisanship, incompetence, corruption or dishonesty among our elected officials. Or it could be because those problems are not soluble.” (03/27/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/03/27/why-trump-cant-fix-health-care

For GOP on healthcare, there’s no “moving on”

Source: Cato Institute
by Michael F Cannon

“On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan trudged to the White House to tell President Donald Trump Republican leaders didn’t have the votes to pass their health care bill. Then, moments before a scheduled vote, leadership withdrew the bill. Paul Ryan says it was a ‘setback’ and that Republicans are ‘moving on’ from health care. Meanwhile, Donald Trump says Obamacare will explode and it won’t be pretty. ‘We will be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,’ Trump told the media after the House pulled the bill. There is no way this will stand. No matter what President Trump says, he is not done with Obamacare. Congress still needs to rescue Americans from this law. Now they have a chance — and a responsibility — to do it right.” (03/27/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/gop-health-care-theres-no-moving

National healthcare is the health of the state

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

“Ever since the Libertarian Party was formed in December 1971 there has been a hope by some that electing libertarians to high office could slow or reverse the march to greater government control over private affairs. We just had a crystal-clear proof that it’s a fatally-flawed theory. In 2016 the American electorate voted for a Republican president and Republican majorities in both houses of Congress pledged to repeal the Democratic-Party-passed Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. … Debates endlessly rehash everything except the obvious: only a small caucus of Republican legislators had any desire to repeal the ACA and the GOP replacement bill was merely a reshuffling of how government-provided benefits were to be managed. … There’s a lesson here for all political observers, but particularly libertarians: socialistic programs, once enacted into law, can’t be repealed. Politics, itself, foils it.” (03/25/17)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2017/03/national-healthcare-is-the-health-of-the-state/

Trump’s healthcare debacle

Source: The American Conservative
by Robert W Merry

“Political capital is like financial capital. A politician invests it in ventures that may or may not pay off. The more bold the venture, the greater the risk — but also the greater the potential return if things go well. But the politician, like the financial investor, has to understand the market. If either makes an investment based on a faulty perception of the market, the investment almost surely will go south. Then the financial investor ends up with less financial capital to play with, just as the political investor ends up with less political capital. President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan invested a large chunk of political capital in health care. They didn’t know the market. The investment went south, taking with it a large store of political capital. Now they have less to play with.” (03/24/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trumps-health-care-debacle/