Tag Archive: Medicare

Vermont Falls

I am Hal’s total lack of surprise:

Vermonters will not be part of a single-payer healthcare system.

Gov. Peter Shumlin had hoped to create the first state-based single-payer system in 2017, but skepticism from both state lawmakers and constituents has halted the idea.

“This is not the right time” for enacting single payer, Shumlin said in a statement.

Shumlin cited the big increases in taxes Vermonters would see that would be required to pay

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The Right to Die

Brittany Maynard has a few months to live. Or three weeks, if she ends her own life on November 1.

For those of you who can’t or don’t want to watch the video, she has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. There is basically no chance she will live for more than a few months. She has moved to Oregon, which has a law allowing terminally ill people to self-administer drugs to end their own … Read more

The $2000 Eye

One of the biggest problems with our healthcare system, as David Goldhill has relentlessly argued, is that the incentive system is completely messed up. Almost all the economic forces in healthcare push us toward more expense for less return. Insurance insulates people from cost, the government shells out money with little concern for its use and so the pressure to push costs back down — a pressure that exists in every other industry — is … Read more

We Should Hope This Works

As the insurance exchange debacle drags on into its fourth week, the Democrats and the Obama Administration continue to dodge questions, obfuscate and try to find ways to blame Republicans. Yesterday’s hearing featured Democrat Frank Pallone calling the hearing a “monkey court” because Republicans have the temerity to wonder what the hell is going on with an overhaul of one-fifth of our economy. The Democrats’ media dog-washers are trying to silence liberal critics of the … Read more

A Tale of Two Budgets

Earlier this week, Alex posted on the first Senate budget in four years. I have little to add to his criticism. The Democrats claim it continues the good work of the last two years — you know, the flat spending that they have continually claimed is going to ruin the economy and that their budget undoes. Remember that last point: our economy is supposed to be falling into ruin right now because of the … Read more

This Week in Flip-Flopping

Ugh:

Mitt Romney said congressional Republicans were wrong to accept a deal last year that could ultimately result in across-the-board spending cuts, including massive cuts to the military.

“I thought it was a mistake on the part of the White House to propose it,” Romney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I think it was a mistake for Republicans to go along with it.”

I’m just reeling at that. The spending cuts were Obama’sRead more

Running from the Cuts

It’s really pathetic that Team Obama is trying so hard to pretend they didn’t sorta maybe cut Medicare spending, unlike the evil evil Paul Ryan who … also … hasn’t … yet. You can read Avik Roy’s response here. The critical point is this:

Of [Obama's] $716 billion in [Medicare] cuts, $415 billion come in the form of “updates to fee-for-service payment rates,” a euphemism for reducing Medicare’s payments to doctors and hospitals. But what

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The Ryan Factor

(I’m on vacation. I spent today in a pool throwing Sal 11000 Beta up in the air. So, this week, I will just have an occasional post when the family’s asleep and I haven’t had too much to drink yet.)

I’ll give Team Romney credit for this: his VP pick sure has the Left shitting their pants. Today, some protesters tried to rush the stage. And the Democratic leadership, with Ms. Verbal … Read more

Wishful Thinking

So the consensus, even among liberals, is that Obamacare did not have a good week at the Supreme Court. It was so bad, in fact, that I heard people speculating that the Solictor General deliberately did a bad job to get it struck down.

Huh?

The thinking is that if Obamacare is struck down, this will pave the way for … a single payer system. Seriously:

In the face of a total strike down,

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Dying With Your Stethoscope On

I’ve been mulling over this absolute must-read for some time:

It’s not a frequent topic of discussion, but doctors die, too. And they don’t die like the rest of us. What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they get compared to most Americans, but how little. For all the time they spend fending off the deaths of others, they tend to be fairly serene when faced with death themselves. They know exactly what

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