Tag Archives: healthcare

Replacing ObamaCare made easy: The case for the Universal Health Insurance Tax Credit

Source: Heartland Institute
by Peter Ferrara

"Replacing the arbitrary, widely varying credits and subsidies of Obamacare, the Universal Health Insurance Tax Credit would provide the same, equal, tax benefit to everyone, regardless of income. Requiring workers to guess their income for the year, pay a penalty if they guess wrong, and bureaucrats to verify income for each worker, has been the source of much of the unworkable complication of Obamacare. The amount of the Goodman credit is tied to the cost of Medicaid, ensuring that everyone has access to a basic amount of health insurance. And that we are not encouraging people to choose government insurance over private insurance. For 2017, the credit would be $2,500 for each person, and $8,000 per family." [editor's note: Hey, I've got an even easier idea than replacing one wonky nose-in-your-biz scheme with another– repeal all federal laws relating to healthcare and GET OUT OF THE WAY. Problem solved – TLK] (03/01/17)


TX: Doctor sentenced to life for botched surgery

Source: Courthouse News Service

"A Dallas County jury deliberated for one hour Monday before sentencing neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch to life in state prison for maiming an elderly patient in a botched surgery. The 12-member jury convicted Duntsch, of Plano, on Feb. 14 of injury to an elderly person — an exceptionally rare conviction of a medical doctor for substandard care. … On Friday, a surgeon who turned in Duntsch to state regulators for maiming several patients testified that the Texas Medical Board was unable to stop him. Dr. Randall Kirby told jurors he sent information the Texas Medical Board about at least five of Duntsch's botched surgeries. Kirby filed the complaint after he witnessed the spinal surgery of Jeff Glidewell in 2013. He testified that it looked like Duntsch 'tried to decapitate' Glidewell." (02/21/17)


"Right to shop" idea promotes healthcare shopping

Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Ishmael

"Opportunities for health care reform these days seem nearly boundless. Over the last few years Missouri has led the country with direct primary care, volunteer care, and right-to-try reforms, yet there is still much that the state can do to make health care better here in the Show-Me State. We've talked about a few possible reforms already, including Medicaid block grants & waivers, physician licensing reciprocity and certificate of need reforms, but another opportunity for lawmakers to reform the state's health care system is an idea called 'Right to Shop.' Like the Medicaid reform we proposed three years ago, Right to Shop realigns incentives for health care consumers by rewarding them for seeking out cost-effective care." (02/20/17)


The fakest fake news is about healthcare costs

Craig Cantoni

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Craig Cantoni

"If you listen enough to the melodramatic media, you might think that the cost of medical care/insurance has become so expensive for the average family that parents are performing tonsillectomies on their children with a steak knife on the kitchen table. Judging by how the issue of medical costs is covered by media dramatists, journalism schools are apparently teaching aspiring journalists how to find the worst case and present it in melodramatic fashion as the rule instead of the exception. It's a similar melodramatic story with respect to tuition debt. But what are the facts? What are the actual medical costs for families, and how do these costs compare to the costs for housing, food, transportation, and other necessities?" (02/18/17)


Healthcare: Government — not technology — is driving prices up

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Michel Accad

"Should we blame technology for the growth in healthcare spending? Austin Frakt, a healthcare economist who writes for the New York Times, thinks so. Citing several studies conducted over the last several years, he claims that technology could account for up to two-thirds of per capita healthcare spending growth. … should we accept the proposition that technology is the culprit for healthcare spending growth?" (02/16/17)


A political opening for universal health care?

Source: The Atlantic
by Vann R Newkirk II

"The Senate confirmed Tom Price as secretary of health and human services at 2 a.m. on Friday. After a contentious confirmation process, the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress had finally installed one of the leading generals in its war on Obamacare in the department that oversees its programs. Price is a titan in the GOP camp that wants to repeal the health law, and is perhaps one of the few Republican lawmakers with both the vision and the experience needed to begin the daunting task. But the battlefield under Price's feet has shifted substantially in the past few weeks. Republicans have splintered, the timeline for repeal has dragged on and on, alternative plans have propagated in the fertile soil of disunion, and some have lost their resolve. And in the turmoil over the fate of Obamacare, the idea of universal health care has emerged as a third way among voters in both parties." (02/14/17)


We fear the BMA has the wrong end of the stick here

Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

"The BMA, the British Medical Association, tells us that the NHS, that National Health Service, needs another £9.5 billion stat. That is, the trade union for Britain's doctors says that the employer of near all Britain's doctors should have lots more money. … It's the unnecessary competition and expensive fragmentation that betrays the error here. For as Adam Smith pointed out those 241 years ago, long enough for people to grasp the point, we become richer through the division and specialisation of labour. Yes, that damn pin factory. This does indeed apply in medicine — the literature is chock full of research showing that hospitals which do a lot of one type of operation have very much better results than those which occasionally dabble." (02/14/17)


Kenya: Regime jails doctors' union representatives as impasse over strike deepens

Source: Washington Post

"A Kenyan court Monday imprisoned seven top officials from the doctors' union after they refused to call off strike that has paralyzed the nation's health system for the past two months. With more than 5,000 doctors striking, the already dilapidated public health system has all but collapsed and private hospitals have been inundated. … The doctors have halted all talks with the government pending the release of their officials." (02/13/17)


Judge blocks Anthem-Cigna healthcare merger

Source: US News & World Report

"A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that Anthem Inc.'s proposed $54 billion bid to buy rival insurance company Cigna Corp. would result in higher prices and reduced competition, effectively blocking a merger between the nation's second- and third-largest health insurers. … Anthem and Cigna are among four health insurance companies competing for business in multiple states and specializing in health plans for businesses with 5,000 employees." (02/09/17)


Socialized medicine created a "humanitarian crisis" in the NHS?

Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

"For months, the UK's National Health Service has set new records of delay, overcrowding, and denial of service. Within just hours of each other this week, national leaders on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean — the U.S. and the UK — both cited the NHS as a looming disaster. During Wednesday's Parliament question and answer session with Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn recited anecdotes of declining service, and his followers tweeted that 'only Labour can be trusted to protect the NHS.' That came one day after Senators Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders debated healthcare reform for two hours on CNN. Sen. Cruz warned viewers about the dangers of European national healthcare systems, while Sen. Sanders lauded interventionist economic policies that treated health care as a 'right.'" (02/08/17)