From The Daily Caller – After spending $305 million and enrolling zero people in Obamacare, Oregon is giving up on its online exchange. “I no longer use the word ‘hope’ that something is going to work,” said Rocky King, the Executive Director of Oregon’s exchange. “I am planning to do a full manual system from here through March 31.” [...]
Originally published in The Daily Caller, November 18, 2013 – Is it the imperial presidency, the impudent presidency, or just the ignorant presidency? For some time I have thought it was the first, with a dose of the second. I figured President Obama for a man who thinks so well of himself and his notion [...]
Oregon’s experience with expanded Medicare has done little or nothing to improve the health of those benefiting from the expanded coverage. Read an analysis of what has been learned from the Oregon “experiment” in Commentary [here]. Read an editorial comment from today’s Wall Street Journal [here]. From the WSJ editoria: “On Wednesday the New England [...]
Originally published in Defining Ideas, April 3, 2013 Don’t people have a right to be obese? New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s big soda ban ran afoul of reason and common sense, or so decided New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling last month. Bans on some big sugary drinks but not others, and on [...]
Writing at e21: Economic Policies for the 21st Century (economics21.org), Charles Blahous, James Capretta and David Malpass explain what needs to be done to save Social Security, reform health care and entitlement policy, and achieve an effective monetary policy.
Writing at AEI.org, Christopher J. Conover of Forbes notes that “we’ve seen a growing disconnect between our willingness-to-pay for government and our willingness-to-spend for government.” Conover explains [here] how we got here and where we are headed due to federal funding of sky-rocketing health care costs.
Originally published in Defining Ideas, December 5, 2012 – The contraception mandate is not a form of insurance; it is a wealth transfer, plain and simple. By demanding that her health insurer pay her monthly birth control expenses, Sandra Fluke earned herself a speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention. Her speech, and several others [...]
Originally published in The Daily Caller, October 16, 2012 – We all have heard, or read on the Internet, claims that President Obama is a Marxist and/or a Muslim extremist who wants nothing more than the downfall of America, and that he is willing to sacrifice American lives and prosperity to these ambitions. Maybe the [...]
The Kansas Supreme Court, by a 5-2 vote, upheld a $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages in a medical malpractice case. Read the National Law Journal story here.
Writing at the invitation of the editors of The New England Journal of Medicine, presidential candidate Mitt Romney explains what kind of health care reform he would try to accomplish if elected president. To see President Obama’s comments in response to the same invitation, click here.
If you are a member of AARP and, like most AARP members, you oppose Obamacare, you might want to reconsider your membership in the old folks organization. Turns out, says Kimberly Strassel in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, AARP was in the pocket of the White House.
Thomas Miller writing at AEI.org says yes. ” The ACA is not just too misguided to succeed. It’s too dangerous to maintain and far too flawed to fix on a piecemeal basis. The law will jeopardize future economic growth, distort health care delivery, and limit access to quality care. It doubles down on our already [...]
Let’s hope so, because Medicare as we know it is destined for bankruptcy. Andrew Biggs, writing at AEI.com, counters the claim that senior’s will lose health care benefits under the Ryan/Wyden plan.
Originally published in The Oregonian, August 23, 2012 – Will the race for president come down to Obamacare vs. Ryancare? When Mitt Romney selected Paul Ryan to be his running mate, one of the dreariest presidential elections in recent memory suddenly got interesting. No, the cheap-shot negative ads on both sides weren’t suddenly replaced by [...]
Mediscare tactics have followed fast on the heels of Mitt Romney’s announcement that Paul Ryan will be his running mate. That’s because Ryan has proposed (with Democratic Senator Ron Wyden) a fundamental reform of Medicare designed to avoid inevitable bankruptcy down the road. Writing in The Weekly Standard, James Capretta and Yuval Levin reveal that [...]