The "Choices"
Paul Hsieh lays them out as they pertain to health care. Not who gets what, or how much it will cost in monetary terms, but in terms of freedom and lack thereof.Here’s how I understood freedom and liberty worked:Of course healthy diet and exercise are good. But these are issues of personal – not government – responsibility. So long as they don’t
 
Health Care’s "Big Dig"
Remember this?In 1985, government officials claimed that Boston’s "Big Dig" highway project would cost $2.6 billion and be completed by 1998. The cost ballooned to $14.6 billion and the project is still not finished.In 1988, Medicare’s new home health-care benefit was projected to cost $4 billion by 1993; the actual 1993 cost was $10 billion.Why
 
Stem cell breakthrough
Here’s a medical breakthrough:A woman has become the first patient in the world to receive an organ created in a laboratory, in a pioneering operation that could change transplant surgery, doctors said yesterday.Claudia Castillo’s body part was grown using her own stem cells harvested from bone marrow.Professor Antho
 
How to use Congressional Rules to avoid debate
You just write it in to a proposed "stimulus package", ram it through as an appropriations bill and forever commit a giant portion of 1/7th of the GDP to government control without the first hearing being held:Greg Sargent hears that Democratic Senate staffers "involved in planning health care reform are starting to mull an interestin
 
Government Health Care - Coming to Congress in January
Even more of a reason to be quaking in your boots.Remember this from the DNC?"I pledge to you that I will be there next January on the floor of the United States Senate," Mr. [Edward] Kennedy told the cheering crowd in Denver. "This is the cause of my life, new hope that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every Am
 
The Law of Unintended Consequences - Part MCMLXVIII
The idea, in theory, was to provide universal health care to all the children of Hawaii. Well not really. The idea was to make health insurance and thus health care universal by providing children who didn’t have health care insurance with state subsidized health insurance.After 7 months, that stopped today.Why?Well, here’s the
 
You just can’t make this stuff up!
Yes friends, it is time for another chapter in "How the Bureaucracy Copes". Today we’ll visit the UK’s National Health Service and see how the NHS is coping:An NHS trust has spent more than £12,000 on private treatment for hospital staff because its own waiting times are too long.Heh .
 
Health care, government and rationing
The UK continues to have discussions about rationing that, of course, aren’t taking place here because we haven’t gotten to that point in the conversation.But as I’ve been saying forever, when unlimited want meets a finite supply, some sort of rationing must take place. It cannot be avoided regardless of the system.Libby
 
The evidence grows that government health care is not the solution
The Canadian health care system’s problems can be summarized in one sentence:"We thought we could resolve the system’s problems by rationing services or injecting massive amounts of new money into it," says Castonguay.What the did was both and still were stuck with a miserable system.
 
Dead doctors and Medicare
You know, it’s bad enough when this happens:Over seven years, the federal program for the elderly and disabled [Medicare] paid at least about $77 million — and possibly as much as $92 million — to purported medical equipment suppliers who used Medicare ID numbers of deceased physicians, says a report out Wednesday by congressional investigato
 
The EU "right" of health care - this should be fun to watch
Bogged down with a failing health care system with huge waiting times, Brits are sure they’ve been saved by a new EU directive:Patients will be able to escape NHS queues by demanding treatment anywhere in the European Union without the prior approval of a doctor, under proposals to guarantee health rights unveiled today in Brussels.The NHS would
 
A government health care story ...
Check out the picture and then read the story:Stunning video from a surveillance camera at a Brooklyn hospital shows a woman dying on the floor of a psychiatric emergency room while staffers ignore her.The video was released by lawyers suing Kings County Hospital alleging neg
 
About Canadian healthcare
IBD brings us up to date on the thinking of one of the founders of the Canadian government health care system.He apparently found that what critics foretold about such systems was true:Four decades later, as the chairman of a government committee reviewing Quebec health care this year, Castonguay concluded that the system is in "crisis.""We
 
Where’s the outrage?
Do your remember the Nataline Sarkisyan story? The young woman needed a liver transplant which, if all went well, would extend her life by six months. UCLA doctors put her on a list for a liver transplant Dec. 6 and a liver became available four days later, the family said. Her doctors told Cigna in a letter that patients in similar situations had a 65% chance of livin
 
The ministry says "shape up or no soup for you!"
It’s your weekly reminder of how far into your lives government will intrude if only you give it the inch it needs as an excuse to go a full mile. From US News and World Report:Japan’s Ministry of Health, labor, and welfare released in the alarming study two years ago and found that half of all men between the ages of 40 and 74 and one in five women in the same age group showed signs of of quote metabolic syndrome." A cluster of ris
 
Electronic health care records used in only 9% of small practices
As mentioned the other day, electronic medical records are touted by the Obama campaign as a major part ($77 billion) of the $120 billion savings ($2,500 per family) his health care plan would bring. FactCheck.org did a good job of exposing the fact that few if any experts expect electronic records to be on line before 2019.But why is that the case? The  
Old Time Politics: About those health care savings ...
Perhaps, somehow, amid the flurry of promises the presidential candidates have been throwing out there like confetti at a World Series parade, you remember this one:Obama says his health care plan will garner large savings – $120 billion a year, or $2,500 per family – with more than half coming from the use of electronic health records. And he says he’ll make that happen in his first term.So, says Obama, if we do it his way, each family out t
 
The best argument against government healthcare
Records made, records broken, all-in-all a darn good report on the health and longevity of the nation:Americans’ life expectancy reached a record high of 78.1 years in 2006, with disparities among ethnic groups and between the sexes generally narrowing, according to government data released yesterday.The death r
 
When government runs your healthcare ...
Remember the outcry when Cigna wouldn’t approve what it considered experimental liver transplant surgery for a young woman (Cigna later approved it but she died before the operation could be performed)?Remember how we were told that under a government insurance plan, that would never happen.Well, if Canada is any example, and I think they are, those who claimed government  
Fiscal reality sometimes even hits Democrats
As the pander-fest known as the Democratic primary toddles drunkenly on toward North Carolina, Congressional Democrats are beginning to try to lessen expections about healthcare reform- an unusual move in a presidential election year:For some senators, the promises made by Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) outside of Washin
 
Another "universal care" failure
You’ve heard the jokes about the Brit’s teeth. Well, consider this:The full, desperate state of dental care across the country can be revealed today.Half the population has received no dental care on the NHS in the last two years.And thousands of suffering patients are turning up a
 
Health Care: Restoring my faith in the intelligence of the American public
Or at least enough of it to matter:Twenty-nine percent (29%) of American adults favor a national health insurance program overseen by the Federal Government. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 39% oppose such a government-le
 
Are you an internet junkie?
Now be honest:Are you a net junkie?If you answer ’yes’ to five or more of these questions, you may have an internet addiction.· Do you feel preoccupied with the internet? (Think about your online activity or anticipate your next online session.)· Do you need increasing amounts of time on the net in order to achieve sati
 
And for those among us who will be tipping a few back tonight - take heart!
Literally. Again science finds a drop or two to be good for the old ticker:Middle-aged non-drinkers can quickly reduce their risk of heart disease by introducing a daily tipple to their diet, South Carolina researchers say.New moderate drinkers were 38% less likely to develop heart disease than those who stayed tee-total, a four-year study involving 7,500 people found.
 
The FDA: government inteference in health care
Megan McArdle...A number of liberals are angrily defending liability by arguing that the FDA is underfunded, incompetent, the victim of regulatory capture, and staffed by life bureaucrats more interested in preserving their jobs than protecting the public health. Quite possibly true. Only one question: if it doesn’t keep us safe, and the liability system does, then wh
 
NHS: Go private and lose access to health care
More about the "free" health care provided by the NHS in the UK:Debbie Hirst’s breast cancer had metastasized, and the health service would not provide her with Avastin, a drug that is widely used in the United States and Europe to keep such cancers at bay. So, with her oncologist’s support,
 
UK finds a way to keep political health care pledge
It is vitally important that politicians are seen to keep their pledges - especially concerning improving health care. In merry old England, Labour has promised to improve the timeliness of emergency care, and by gosh, NHS has found a way to do that:Seriously ill patients are being kept in ambulances outside hospitals for hours so NHS trusts do n
 
Whatever happened to "first do no harm"?
You’ll love this story - another indicator of life under a health care system run by government. They’re in charge and they make the decisions: A Winnipeg case currently winding its way to its grim conclusion pits the children of Samuel Golubchuk against doctors at the Salvation Army Grace General Hospital. According to the pleadings
 
Sweden’s health care system - people opting for private care
One of the primary reasons isn’t the level of care, but access to that care. And the problem being identified is lack of incentive to increase efficiency. Waiting times for medical care in Sweden are the longest in Europe, according to the Health Consumer Powerhouse, which analyzes health-care systems in the region. About 33,000 people had been
 
Pot and Lung Cancer
A group of New Zealand scientists think there is a definite link:In an article published in the European Respiratory Journal, the scientists said cannabis could be expected to harm the airways more than tobacco as its smoke contained twice the level of carcinogens, such as polyaromatic hydrocarbons, compared with tobacco cigarettes.
 
CA: Finally taking off Health Care rose colored glasses?
Dan Walters takes us down California’s memory lane to a point 40 years ago, when buoyed by rosy predictions, the state committed itself to "MediCal" in an effort to "convert care for the "medically indigent" from charity to mainstream medicine."Medi-Cal was hastily approved with assurances from Brown that his administration could make it work well. But 40-plus years later, the st
 
Too Old? Too Unhealthy? Too Bad!
That’s what British doctors are suggesting:Doctors are calling for NHS treatment to be withheld from patients who are too old or who lead unhealthy lives.Smokers, heavy drinkers, the obese and the elderly should be barred from receiving some operations, according to doctors, with most saying the health service cannot afford to provide fr
 
California: Utopia meets fiscal reality
The vaunted (by a certain ideology) but yet to be implemented California health care system has some new estimates in on the day of the vote: In a best-case scenario, the plan’s revenues would cover its costs in the first year, Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill wrote in her review released Tuesday evening. However, by the fifth year, she estimates the program’s annual costs would exceed revenues by $300 million.If health care premiums were to exceed the $250
 
Health Care: Penny wise, Pound Foolish?
More NHS news from the UK:Thousands of lives could be at risk if a cost-cutting ban on life-saving heart devices is rubber stamped today, doctors warned.The Health Service could be told to stop issuing drug-coated stents, tiny tubes inserted into arteries which release drugs to prevent the arteries narrowing again.
 
Amenable Mortality
Coyote Blog’s Warren Meyer makes a very compelling case that the research and graphic being touted by  
Mitt-Care crashing?
BizzyBlog has a fairly extensive look at the status of the Massachusetts Health Care plan.After one year, Commonwealth Care (aka RomneyCare) in Massachusetts is imploding even earlier than I predicted, due to “spiraling costs.” Punitive fines of $912 - $1,824 are to be imposed on those who would rather not participate in the so-called “grand experiment
 
So you want government to be your mommy
Then take notice as to how it will happen:In a move he says is necessary to trim the city’s waistline, the decidedly slim mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, has proposed charging big stores a fee when they sell sugar-sweet soda.The proposal, which was reported by The San Francisco Chronicle on Monday, would put an as yet-to-be-defin
 
The Road to Mandates
Shorter Paul Krugman: Everything will be much simpler for we central planners when you people have to do what we tell you to do. Tom Maguire performs the longer rebuttal. The short version of that: yes, as Paul Krugman claims, mandates can work...particularly "if jail is the alternative." Krugman
 
Incentives matter
The New York Times reports that the market works...[The Medicare Prescription drug bill’s "doughnut hole"] potentially forces a Medicare enrollee to pay more than $3,000 from his or her own pocket during the gap period, the hole is helping curb growth in the nation’s drug spending by pushing people toward low-cost generic drugs.And because the cheaper generics generally work just
 
The Edwards health care and IRS full employment plan
Hey Big Brother, here I am. Garnish my wages, please.John Edwards has figured out how to make sure a) you have health care, and b) you pay for it. No choice involved:Under the Edwards plan, when Americans file their income taxes, they would be required to submit a letter from an insurance provider confirming cover
 
More health care fun ...
One of the things we continually point out is that when the government runs health care, government will also tell you how you must live (or else). And if you don’t meet the government’s criteria, government will punish you:A British man who moved to New Zealand has been told by officials that his wife is too fat to join him.Rich
 
Where does innovation come from?
Take health care as an example. Lance at A Second Hand Conjecture sums it up for you.
 
Now What?
Michael Tanner at Cato-@-Liberty reports:The latest reports from Massachusetts warn that with just seven weeks left until the state’s mandate for individual health insurance goes into effect, more than 100,000 resid
 
Health care numbers
Lance at A Second Hand Conjecture has a bit of data on health care spending you might find interesting.
 
Health Care Myth Busting
Greg Mankiw challenges the numbers behind three popular statements which proponents claim can be remedied by universal health care/insurance.Most significant quote concerning insurance:Any reform should carefully focus on this [uninsured] group to avoid disrupting the vast majority
 
Your weekly socialized medicine update
And as usual, it’s fairly predictable:A 75-year-old man was forced to spend his life savings on a vital hip operation after the NHS cancelled his appointments four times.Edward Crane claims he has nothing left after clearing out his bank account for the £9000 private surgery after waiting more than
 
The Nanny State’s Darker Side (update)
Nightmare in Omaha:A Nebraska couple sued state health officials Thursday, arguing their rights were violated when their newborn baby was seized by sheriff’s deputies so a mandatory blood test could be performed.Joel Anaya, who was almost 6 weeks old, was kept in foster care for six days until the tests came back negative earlier this
 
Do you care enough to help?
The bottom-line on SCHIP funding.It gives new meaning to the phrase "smoke and mirrors".
 
More NHS news
The term "health tourist" is catching on in the UK:Record numbers of Britons are travelling abroad for medical treatment to escape the NHS - with 70,000 patients expected to fly out this year.And by the end of the decade 200,000 "health tourists" will fly as far as Malaysa and South Africa for major surgery to
 
NHS, SICKO, drugs and budgets
A critique of Michael Moore’s SICKO from a supporter - got that? - a s-u-p-p-o-r-t-e-r of universal health care:You would never guess from Sicko that the NHS is in deep trouble, mired in scandal and incompetence, despite the injection of billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money.While there are good doctors and nurses and treatme
 
You Pay First
The New York Times board of Editors who make quite a nice sum of money...The health of millions of children who lack insurance cannot be held hostage to the president’s visceral distaste for government and its essential role to protect the weak, or his desire to protect the tobacco industry.Since the health of children cannot be held hostage to the
 
SCHIP jr
Apparently the Dems are going to try again on the SCHIP program. The new bill, soon to be unveiled, will include:First, there would be no funding for families making above 300 percent of the federal poverty line, which amounts to about $62,000 a year for a family of four. This is meant to address GOP criticism that too many middle inco
 
Anti-Corporatism
Ezra Klein* writes something with which I agree...It’s part of the problem with our modern political discourse that it’s somehow become anti-corporate, or anti-capitalist, to say that we should not force corporations to become mini-welfare states and regulatory agencies unto themselves. They should not be responsible for the financing and provision of health care...Howev
 
SCHIP - The Numbers
I know a bunch of you guys are thinking "what’s with all this SCHIP stuff, enough already". It’s important. Why? Because this is one of many battles to come that showcase the Democratic strategy of incrementalism. If you can’t pass major legislation such as government run health care, what should you do? Why incrementally pass legislation that implements it piece by piece, of course. And the SCHIP expansion (and get this clear, folk
 
SCHIP - Round two: the Dems try a new family
In a tacit admission that perhaps the Frost family wasn’t the best representation of their argument for the expansion of SCHIP, Democrats went back to the well and found the Wilkersons:This week, Democrats have brought forth the Wilkerson family, whose two-year old daughter Bethany is covered by SCHIP and had life-saving heart surgery w
 
Obesity ’as bad as climate risk’
You can almost feel this one coming. The title above is the title of a BBC piece about obesity in the UK. And what can be felt coming? Well I’m sure you can guess:The public health threat posed by obesity in the UK is a "potential crisis on the scale of climate change", the health secretary has warned.Alan Johnson said the magnitude of the problem was b
 
The weekly government run health-care update
All you have to do is sit back and scan the news and you’re sure to find another example of the shortcomings of government run health care. Last week it was Japan. This week we revisit Canada: Mothers in British Columbia are having a baby boom, but it’s the United States that has to deliver, a
 
Remember the "poor" child who gave the Dem response on SCHIP? (update)
As it turns out, he’s not so poor. Don Surber brings us up to date:Remember the Frost family of Baltimore? They had a bad traffic accident 3 years ago. Their medical bills were paid by the taxpayer-subsidized SCHIP. Democrats trotted out Graeme Frost, 12, to call the president mean for not expanding the program beyond
 
Real health care reform requires a cultural change in how we view health insurance
John Stossel makes an important point about health care reform: Candidates for president have plans to get more people health insurance. Some would compel us to buy it; others would use the tax code to encourage that. Regardless, insurance is the magic that will solve our health-care problems.But contrary to conventional wisdom, it&rs
 
Busting Incrementalism - SCHIP step one
Recently the editorial board of the Atlanta Journal Constitution presented its "myth busting" opinion about the SCHIP program being pushed in Congress which will greatly expand its reach from poor children to middle class children by redefining eligibility. Unsurprisingly the AJC is for it. Mike King, writing for the board offers these "corrections" to myths as proof that the suspicions by those opposing this  
Tennessee’s freshman Senator learns how to get quoted in the NYT
If you’re a Republican, like Tennessee’s freshman Senator Bob Corker, a reliable way to get quoted in the New York Times is to go against your fellow Republicans and agree with the Democrats. Here’s Corker, on SCHIP:Mr. Bush has said the bill would move toward “government-run health car
 
Japan’s experience with universal health care
It seems like at least once a week, you can find a story about a foreign "universal health care system" which documents its failure. Yet despite that, we seem determined not to heed those lessons. I can’t help but think that comes from the "but-the-right-people-haven’t-tried-it-yet" mentality which continues to attempt to stand-up socialism around the world and continues to fail.Our story this week  
The Universal Health Care tactical battle
Right now we have Democratic presidential candidates dancing around the health care mulberry bush claiming that their plans to improve American health care aren’t really "government run". Oh sure there are universal aspects to it (mandatory insurance), but, you know, that doesn’t make it "government run". It just makes sure that everyone has insurance.Well, if
 
US Health Care: Expensive, broken and, if it’s Cancer, first choice (update)
That’s why it is the destination of at least one Canadian Member of Parliament. Lance at A Second Hand Conjecture has a telling chart and links to the rest of the story? And where is Canada on the chart? Nowhere to be found.+UPDATE: Reader Kav alerts us that the study is limited to Europe and uses the US for comparison which is why Canada wasn’t on
 
What is the basic premise of Nationalized Health Care or Insurance?
No matter whose plan we’re talking about, when they talk about it on a national level, what is the basic premise?That the current system is broken and that by dealing with it nationally through government intervention at some level, we can A) include everyone, B) deliver health care more efficiently and C) it will cost less.Somehow mentions of unicorns and magic rainbows always seems to be left out of the discussion. The lat
 
The ultimate end of nanny state health care
I say "ultimate end" because it simply follows if the state and those who represent it feel they are the final arbiters of your health care and how and under what conditions it will be provided, the following comes at no surprise at all:A man with a broken ankle is facing a lifetime of pain because a Hea
 
Meanwhile in Canada, the wait time for Health Care remains potentially lethal
Thank goodness that care was available across the border in the horrific US health system:Two Ontario patients who had brain tumours removed in the United States because they say they couldn’t get quick treatment here are suing the provincial government over what they claim are unjustly long wait times for medical care.Lindsay McCreith, 66, of Newmarket and Sho
 
UK: Let’s refuse to treat those with unhealthy lifestyles
If there was any doubt about what the probability of government run health care becoming a bit, ahem, authoritarian after reading John Edwards words below, well, erase that doubt by reading this: Patients who refuse to change their unhealthy lifestyles should not be treated by the NHS, the
 
But he wants to run your health care
This is just pitiful: I’m going to be honest with you—I don’t know a lot about Cuba’s healthcare system. Is it a government-run system? - former Sen. John EdwardsObviously he hasn’t seen SICKO yet. The answer came in response to a question at an Iowa campaign stop where Edwards was asked if he favored a Cuban-style health care system for the US.
 
But it’s "for the children" (update)
Except many of the children are those of middle class families who have access to or are already covered under private health insurance plans (this is the SCHIP program):The Bush administration, continuing its fight to stop states from expanding the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program, has adopt
 
Let Wisconsin prove socialized health care works (updated)
We’ve talked about the states as laboratories for "new" ideas and we previously mentioned how Wisconsin has decided, for better or worse (and I’d guess the latter) that it will insure everyone in the state. John Stossel says "go for it, Wisconsin". His theory i
 
SCHIP passes the House
The Democrat attempt to pass health care legislation which expands the government’s role in its subsidization has passed its first hurdle, the vote in the House. The SCHIP program (State Children’s Health Insurance Program) passed 225 to 204:Originally:SCHIP was intended to provide federal subsidies to insure children up to
 
Those niggling little facts about government health care
Michael Moore’s SICKO celebrates the Canadian Health Care system. David Gratzer, a Canadian, doesn’t. And he’s taken the time and effort to get a real inside look at the system.What he has discovered is something we’ve touched on any number of times. Rationing. Why? Because the intent of government health care is to do what? R
 
Rationing - just to emphasize the point
It really doesn’t matter how much insurance you have or whether everyone is covered if there aren’t enough of those performing the services you seek:Tamar Lewis runs a makeshift hair salon out of her one-bedroom apartment in Roxbury, a low-income neighborhood here. She’s 24 years old and has been cutting hair since she dropped out
 
The Government and health care - 2 stories
First we travel to Wisconsin where the progressives have finally had their way on state-run single payer health insurance:Democrats who run the Wisconsin Senate have dropped the Washington pretense of incremental health-care reform and moved directly to passing a plan to insure every resident under the age of 65 in the state. And, wow, is "free" health care
 
SCHIP: Great Reporting WaPo
In my post yesterday about the SCHIP program and the intention of Congress to expand eligibility to those with incomes up to 400% of the poverty level (about $80,000 for a family of 4) I mentioned that Sen. Baucus, in his ’for the children’ appeal, failed to mention this salient point.Well, the Washington Post’s Christophe
 
Yes, it’s true...
...Some people choose to go without health insurance. One of our commenters, FA, recently said, The actual number of uninsured is far lower than universal health care supporters would have everyone think (about 20% of the population, IIRC). Of this number, this vast majority choose not to elect insurance coverage.Why? They don’t get sick very often! Isn’t this a choice healthy people should be able to make, and doesn’t it encourage b
 
Incrementalism - the new way Democrats plan to nationalize health care
Hillary and Bill Clinton learned quickly and quite firmly that American’s weren’t big fans of the idea of government run health care when Hillarycare was first trotted out early in the 1st Clinton administration. Or so you assume. But in fact, what was learned was not to introduce it as a whole. Instead, like turning up the heat on a frog in a pot, just take a little at a time, until,  
Free-Market Health Care
One of the things that advocates of a state-run health care system argue is that the US health care system is an example of market failure. The free market, they argue, simply doesn’t provide health care at a reasonable price, so it leaves too many people uninsured.The one really difficult thing to get many people to understand is that the US doesn’t actually have a free-market health care system. What the US has is an assortment of private
 
Impervious to Reality
Bruce’s post on Ezra Klein’s incomprehensible point about health care rationing prompted me to pop over to Ezra Klein’s place and examine it.I’ve grown convinced that many conservatives actually don’t understand what rationing is.Well, I don’t know what "most conservatives" know about rationing, but, after reading the post, I&rsquo
 
Ezra Klein: National Health and magic - no rationing
The usual suspects are all atwitter because Paul Krugman, behind the Times Select shield, has decided that those who oppose national health care "have run out of honest arguments", because, apparently, he’s decided they’re lying about rationing health care. Ezra Klein swallows it whole:I’ve grown convinced that many conservatives ac
 
Propagandizing Health Care
It’s always interesting to read what Michael Moore is saying when one of his movies come out. The most recent, "Sicko" is due for release on June 29th. Obviously I haven’t seen it. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have an opinion on his words:Do you think your movie has the potential to shake them out of that?
 
National Health Care and avoidable deaths
The verdict? Not so good in Scotland:Poor NHS treatment has led to almost half a million Scots dying in the last 30 years, a new study has revealed.Doctors at Glasgow University found that between 1974 and 2003, a total of 462,000 people died in Scotland as a result
 
Unspinning the spin on Cuban healthcare
Bella Thomas is a British writer who has lived in Cuba and just recently returned from a visit there. Her article is a must read for those who choose to romanticizes life in that benighted country. Take a moment and read it.One excerpt I’m interested in putting up, though, deals with Cuban healthcare and the growing myth that it is something to which we shoul
 
Obama’s Health Care panacea
Barack Obama has declared:"The time has come for universal, affordable health care in America," Obama said in a speech in Iowa City, at the University of Iowa’s medical school.And with that he has unveiled his program. Note that the term he uses is "universal, affordable health care". OK?Care, at least where I come from, means more than just "insurance".
 
At Least it Was Free
Jon turned me on to this in a telephone call this evening.Michael Moore took some wounded US soldiers to Cuba for some of that fantastic health care they’ve got down there. When former Senator Fred Thompson criticized the trip, Moore challenged Thompson to a debate on health care.Thompson decided to reply by video, to talk about the free health care a
 
The "crippled and broken " US health care system comes through again (update)
It is certainly not as "crippled and broken" as many would love to have you believe:British cancer patients are substantially more likely to die of the disease than those in other western European countries because of poor access to the latest drugs, according to an authoritative report to be published today.While more than half of patients
 
Another "benefit" of Universal Health Care
And one which is rarely discussed. From the UK:More than half of doctors questioned in a poll said morale within the profession is "poor" or "terrible", blaming government targets and reforms for the downbeat atmosphere.A total of 54 percent of the 1,442 online survey respondents said morale within the profession was at a low, with more than two-thirds saying it had w
 
Clinton and health care
These words should chill you to the bone if you’re a lover of freedom and liberty:"We’re going to have universal health care when I’m president — there’s no doubt about that. We’re going to get it done."That’s Senator Hillary Clinton. And, of course, she’s not the only one
 
This is your health care. This is your health care run by government
I wish I had two pictures to illustrate the point. Obviously one would be the Walter Reed annex.Anyway, a report released on the system recently favored by the left as an example of a good government health care system concluded:The Department of Veterans Affairs’ 1,400 clinics and hospitals suffer from hundreds of problems, including worn carp
 
The Big Lie: VA Budget cuts
Well you knew it had to eventually become a talking point.Face the Nation. Sen. Claire McCaskill:SCHIEFFER: Now, one of the things we’ve found out over the past couple of weeks, that these problems go beyond Walter Reed. They go to some of the other military hospitals, and they also extend into the Veterans Administration, where we&
 
The VA system of health care
As is obvious, the Walter Reed debacle is now spreading into an examination of the VA health care system. And the system which the left loves to hold up as the shining example of what government health care can be seems to be severely troubled.As one might imagine, it is very bureaucratic, and in terms of administrative technology, abysmally backward.I
 
Edwards Universal Healthcare "plan"
The short form:Universal healthcare is one of the primary components on Edwards’ agenda. In Nashua, at a New Hampshire house party, Edwards explained his plan to provide health coverage for all by 2012. He told ABC News he would pay for it by eliminating President Bush’s tax cuts on the richest Americans."The money is either there o
 
California: The Healthy State
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has unveiled his super cool health care plan, which will provide universal health insurance coverage to everyone in California—including, of course, illegal aliens.Under the proposal:—Individuals would have to buy insurance, with government subsidies for people earning up to 250% of the federal poverty
 
Friedrich Hayek on Universal Health Care
As the 110th Congress prepares to convene and the run for the ’08 presidential nominations begins in earnest, we’re seeing far more appeals from the left, both from politicians, bloggers and opinion makers to address the supposed “health care problem”.The appeals range from governmentally run universal h
 
And maybe we’ll all get free ponies, too!
Ezra Klein appears to be giddy with delight at the prospect of universal health coverage being implemented in the next few years.Massachusetts has passed the nation’s first near-universal healthcare plan, creating a structure that should cover 95%-plus of its citizens by making healthcare as mandatory as car insurance. National
 
Health Care: A step in the right direction
For the most part, with modifications, I could get behind this:Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is readying a proposal to provide health care coverage to all Americans through a pool of private insurance plans."Employer-based coverage is melting away like a Popsicle on the sidewalk in August," said Wyden, a Democrat and member of the Senate Finance Committee’s
 
Infant Mortality: The statistical scam continues
This irritates me every time I see it. Breathless accounts of a high infant mortality rate in the US have again hit the front pages of morning newspapers:An estimated 2 million babies die within their first 24 hours each year worldwide and the United States has the second worst newborn mortality rate in the developed world, according to a new report.Americ
 
Assurance Universelle de Santé
OK, let’s take another look at Universal Health Coverage.In reference to yesterday’s post on France and Germany: Some people, evidently thought the point of yesterday’s post was to criticize the French system. Some people are way too sensitive. I explained how the French system worked. Along the way, I pointed out some things that the French the
 
Universal Health Coverage
Jon emailed McQ and I with a message about this blog post at Healthy Policy Blog.Jon wondered:I’d be curious to know:1) what you think of it, and..2) ...why France, et al, have "better outcomes", lower costs and no appreciable waiting times. I’m not arguing that universal coverage is an optimal policy