Tag Archives: healthcare

Why do hospitals have to beg for permission to save lives?

Source: Heartland Institute
by Matthew Glans

“North Carolina has long been one of the nation’s leaders in providing medical care, and the Duke University Health System is seeking to expand the state’s reputation by building an $88 million cancer-treatment therapy center that would offer an innovative new treatment to the people of North Carolina and beyond. However, before Duke — or any other hospital, for that matter — can begin building its facility, it needs to get permission from a state-run board under North Carolina’s certificate of need (CON) law. North Carolina is one of 35 states that limit the ability of health care providers to expand their businesses through certificate of need, an obstructive and unnecessary approval process.” (10/23/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/10/why-do-hospitals-have-to-beg-for-permission-to-save-lives/

Schumer says all 48 Senate Democrats are on board with healthcare deal

Source: NBC News

“Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday morning that ‘all 48 Democrats’ in the Senate are on board with the health care deal negotiated between Senators Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash. … After numerous attempts at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act failed to pass Congress, the two leaders of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Sen. Alexander and Sen. Murray, started creating an outline for legislation that’s aimed at stabilizing the health insurance markets. … Alexander announced 12 Republican co-sponsors to the bill this week, and McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, told CNN on Sunday that he would allow votes on the legislation if he felt President Trump was behind it.” (10/23/17)

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/schumer-says-all-48-democrats-are-board-health-care-deal-n813051

Trump signs executive order on healthcare

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

“Frustrated by health care failures in Congress, President Donald Trump directed his administration Thursday to rewrite some federal insurance rules as a beginning of renewed efforts to undermine ‘Obamacare,’ the program he’s promised to kill. ‘With these actions, we are moving toward lower costs and more options in the health care market,’ Trump said before signing his directive in the Oval Office. Trump said he will continue to pressure Congress to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Some experts said the White House plan could undermine coverage on the ACA’s insurance marketplaces, particularly for people with health problems. That would happen if healthy people flock to lower-cost plans with limited benefits.” (10/12/17)

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/trump-signs-order-on-health-insurance-says-millions-will-be-helped/

“Direct care” could help ease medical costs

Source: Cato Institute
by Jeffrey A Singer

“People every day consider cost/benefit when they purchase shelter, food, cars, computers, smartphones, etc. They ask detailed questions and expect satisfactory answers. Not so when it comes to healthcare decisions. The public uncritically accepts screening, early detection and early treatment as always worthwhile. The public also accepts that having insurance is a critical part of staying healthy. Yet insurance is supposed to protect against unforeseen, high-cost, catastrophic events. As a result of years of tax and regulatory policy, health insurance has morphed into a form of prepaid healthcare, covering predictable, foreseen, pre-existing and routine ‘maintenance’ events in addition to the catastrophic and unforeseen. Hospitals, labs, pharmacies and providers negotiate fees with a third-party payer, not the consumer. Consumers are left out of the loop, along with consumer-driven market forces.” (09/29/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/direct-care-could-help-ease-medical-costs

European or American healthcare system?

Source: The Anarchist Shemale

“The question about socialized medicine can easily be boiled down to one simple question: Would you rather have an expensive cancer cure now, or a free [sic] cancer cure in eighty years? Despite fears that the United States is going to lose its technological and biotechnological edge, the numbers are in, and there’s actually been a 7% increase in the recent years. Beyond that, the United States alone is responsible for forty percent of all biomedical research papers. In fact, the United States produces more medical research papers than the next five countries combined. One might be inclined to think that this is only possible if the United States is producing junk papers, yet this also is proven untrue by the numbers. American research papers are the most cited by an enormous margin, far outstripping even the 40% production line.” (09/25/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/09/25/european-or-american-healthcare-system/

Healthcare is so expensive because you don’t pay for it yourself

Source: Heartland Institute
by Greg Scandlen

“Almost everyone involved in health care will tell you that the greatest problem in our system is that we pay on a fee-for-service basis. Almost everyone is wrong. The logic is obvious: paying a fee for a service encourages providers to get more fees by providing more services. Ergo, we consume too much and spend too much. Ipso facto, getting rid of fee-for-service would result in fewer services and less spending. Case closed. Well, maybe not. In fact, almost everything we do in the course of our economic lives, we do on a fee-for-service basis. When we go to the movies, get our oil changed, have our roof replaced, buy a computer, get a haircut, hire a babysitter, buy a steak dinner, get someone to do our taxes or defend us in a suit, we do it on a fee-for-service basis. None of it is particularly inflationary. … What is unique about health care is not fee-for-service, but third-party payment. Only in health care is someone else picking up the tab for our spending.” (09/18/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/09/health-care-is-so-expensive-because-you-dont-pay-for-it-yourself/

Why single payer will only make healthcare more expensive

Source: Heartland Institute
by Scott Ehrlich

“Why do single-payer health care supporters treat it like an unassailable good? Even if you can point to a place like Denmark, with 5 million people and little ethnic diversity, why do people think we can transport that into a country of 330 million ethnically diverse individuals with the same results? After all, we couldn’t even get Americans to buy into the infinitely easier metric system, but they are going to enjoy higher taxes to pay for rationed health care? I’m not here to bash single-payer because it’s European. I’m also not a fan of socialism in principle, but if there is a way to provide better care at a cheaper price, then I’d be all for it, even if that would make me an awful libertarian. But the arguments I hear for single-payer nationwide are full of ridiculous extrapolations, economically illiterate assumptions, and pie in the sky dreams of willing, abundant, qualified providers to treat these hundreds of millions of patients. I’m willing to listen, but the arguments need to be better.” (08/03/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/08/why-single-payer-will-only-make-health-care-more-expensive/

GOP Senators threaten to block “skinny” healthcare bill

Source: NBC News

“Support for a pared-down version of an Obamacare repeal bill still doesn’t have the support it needs as the Senate prepares for a long night of voting on health care. Unsatisfied with the so-called ‘skinny’ bill GOP leaders are crafting, some Republican members are threatening to block it unless they have a guarantee that the measure will move into negotiations with the House of Representatives, where it could be fattened up. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., John McCain, R-Ariz., Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and Bill Cassidy, R-La. — enough members to kill the legislation should they vote against it — held a last-minute news conference laying out their demands. … House Speaker Paul Ryan has not given his guarantee that they would go to conference. Other options include an informal conference that leaves Democrats out of the process or that the House just vote on whatever the Senate passes. ” (07/27/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/republicans-scramble-ahead-vote-rama-n787056

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/