Tag: Health Care

Richard Epstein describes a potentially groundbreaking healthcare case out of Idaho, where insurers are looking to give consumers more options than are currently allowed under the Affordable Care Act.

Richard Epstein opines on whether Donald Trump or Barack Obama deserves more credit for the current economic expansion, then tackles the policy agenda the president laid out in his State of the Union address.

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I was listening to the latest Mad Dogs & Englishmen this morning, and Charlie and Kevin kept saying that there is no right to health care, which got me thinking. We all (at least on the right) agree that we have a right to free speech. But your ability to act upon that right depends […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the political debate to come as more and more Democrats enthusiastically endorse full government control of our health care and point out Americans sour on the idea quickly when they learn even a little bit about what single-payer really means. They also kick back and watch the public implosion of Hillary Clinton, most recently featuring her refusal to offer “absolution” to women who didn’t vote for her and contending George Orwell’s message was to trust our government and media. And they react to College Park, Maryland, officials voting to allow illegal immigrants to vote in local elections.

In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Tim Carney hosts a panel discussion regarding whether obtaining medical care from trained health care professionals who are not doctors, such as nurses and nurse practitioners, could drive down costs. The panel of economists and medical professionals discuss this issue of regulation, safety, and economic opportunity, and conclude with a discussion of the role for new innovations, such as telemedicine, in the future of health care.

Panelists include Benedic N. Ippolito (AEI), Cindy Cooke (American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and R. Shawn Martin (American Academy of Family Physicians).

Welcome to Politics as Theater


It’s not so rare that politics turns into dreaming dreams of revenge–and dreams of monsters. Newly-acquired power is intoxicating rather than edifying or instructive. Things get in the way of getting what you want and that encourages revengeful action. The solidity — or at least viscosity — of political life is almost unbearable. The more you want to change things the harder it gets, it seems. What do the supporters of the current president or administration have but anger at their opponents, who are either invisible or too many to count? Politics for supporters of the president looks like an endless series of the same two choices: Shout in anger at people you want to destroy or give up on politics in disgust.

So also with those who are afraid of the power they themselves or their allies no longer wield: They begin to see monsters lurking in every change. The boundaries of reality are an unsteady bulwark against nightmares. You never know what’s coming. You only know that you’re not in control. The unprecedented vulgarity of the administration and its talking puppets humiliates the proud architecture of D.C. and the usual decorations that feed the American pride in America and the way things used to be. By itself, that announces unfathomable changes. Politicians in D.C. still wear suits, but might turn to demotic habits at any point now, it seems. The conventions and politeness of politics now seem shattered, humiliated.

Larry Elder: The Sage of South Central


Libertarian talk show host and best selling author Larry Elder, “The Sage Of South Central,” joins us at Whiskey Politics and tears it up! Larry is heard on over 300 radio stations on the Salem Media Network and is regularly featured on all major television news networks. Larry shares his thoughts on states rights, health care, Trump’s first six months, the media’s double standards and bias, his touching story from his book Dear Father, Dear Son about reconciliation with his Father. Of course, it’s Larry Elder, so we finished up with his outrage once again targeting O.J. Simpson, the response from the black community and what, if anything, has improved with race relations in the past 20 years.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome Arizona Sen. John McCain back to Capitol Hill despite the grim diagnosis he received last week, and are happy that Republicans now have a full roster as the health care debate continues. They also bemoan President Trump’s continued use of Twitter to attack Attorney General Jeff Sessions for being “weak” in failing to investigate Hillary Clinton over her emails and alleged collusion with Ukraine during the 2016 campaign. And they analyze a surprising new Michigan poll showing rock star Kid Rock leading incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Thomas Miller hosts a group of experts gather to begin a series of conversations regarding emerging topics in health policy research, particularly the role of health savings accounts (HSAs) to reduce costs and improve outcomes.

Mr. Miller begins the event by discussion how HSAs fit within the contemporary health policy debate. In the following panel discussion, topics include how HSAs work in practice, how certain policy measures could aid in leveraging these accounts, how HSAs boost enrollment in small group health plans, and how they may capture the benefit conferred by the federal tax treatment of health insurance. Panelists include Jinqi Ye (Huazhong University of Science and Technology), Roy Ramthun (HSA Consulting Services), and Lauren Roth (St. John’s University School of Law). The discussion is moderated by Thomas P. Miller (AEI).

David Deeble Returns! The Fire Inside


With the recent political news, on this week’s Whiskey Politics we take time for a drink, to breathe and exhale while focusing on what’s really important… friends, family, and laughter. We welcome back @DavidDeeble who talks about comedy in the age of Trump, Jimmy Fallon, crazy travel locations, his wife’s naturalization and “tax cut porn” (we do get a little political about the Republican health care plan). David also shares how he reinvented himself after a tragedy that impacted both his career and life; A lesson showing how our fire inside can propel us forward when facing monumental challenges. You have seen David on the Tonight Show, The Late Show with James Cordon, America’s Got Talent, Last Comic Standing, CBS This Morning and also appears regularly at The Comedy & Magic Club, emcees the Magic Castle and is a popular writer at Ricochet.com. Follow David at DavidDeeble.comFacebook and Twitter.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America devote their martinis to House passage of the updated American Health Care Act. They explain how the bill is not as good as it could be but is far better than the original version for conservatives. They also explain the uncertain future the legislation faces in the U.S. Senate and the GOP’s narrow margin for error. And they scratch their heads as Republicans hold a victory rally for a bill that is not yet law.

With the explosion of the American Health Care Act now nearly a full week behind us, one question remains: What now?

Mixed signals from the White House, the uncertain fate of tax reform, and a health care system still on a downward slope means the issue can’t simply be swept under the rug. That’s why we’ve brought in Ryan Ellis, Forbes contributor and co-founder of the Repeal Coalition, to dissect what went wrong and how Conservatives can navigate the shaky waters ahead.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America shake their heads as infighting among congressional Republicans and even White House staffers clouds the push for a vote. They also cast suspicion on President Trump’s vow to just let Obamacare continue if Congress failed to pass the bill. And they have some much needed fun by examining the push to rename the airport in Las Vegas for former Sen. Harry Reid.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to hear Senate Democrats have found no good reason to oppose Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court. They also react to the Congressional Budget Office scoring of the GOP health care bill. And they shake their heads as the Middlebury College professor assaulted by students says she understands their anger and blames Trump for it.

In an exclusive interview on this week’s OppCast, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) outlined a GOP replacement to Obamacare, explaining that the Republican alternative will largely resemble the comprehensive the Empowering Patients First Act introduced by now-Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, M.D.

As for what kind of political climate such a bill will face, we bring in Lanhee Chen of the Hoover Institution and Stanford University to outline the brass tacks.

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What parts of Republican healthcare reform can be implemented independently of others? What can be done immediately and without a comprehensive bill? For example: Is there any reason Republicans cannot enable selling of insurance across state lines without reference to any other change?  Preview Open

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Getting Through to the Left: A Story of Success


I have a friend, a dear and kind man. He’s not an intellectual, neither atheist nor agnostic; in fact, I’m sure he does not even know what an agnostic is. (I’m not sure I do either, except that I think I’m one.) He’s Christian and accomplished, but not highly educated. He’s hardcore blue collar, the son of a farmer. Yet despite all this, he’s of the Left. It seems incongruous, but that’s what he is. He doesn’t hate conservatives, he just believes that the Left shows a more empathetic way; a kinder way. In his world, life is hard, and harder for some than for others. Government, to him, seems the best and most efficient way to soften life’s edges and help those who have it tough. To him, that is progress. Republicans impede that progression in his view: they oppose funding; they oppose welfare programs; they oppose everything. In his mind, it’s always about money for the Right. Dirty pieces of paper with pictures of dead men on them.

So, this morning, I was relaying the fact that I had promised a second essay for Ricochet on health care reform. I explained how I struggled to put my thoughts together, having earlier tweaked my back. Vicodin was clouding my mind, but I got it done. He asked about the details and I gave him my “unleashing the uncanny ability of American consumers to find a bargain” speech. He was following the logic when he stopped me, and asked “Why don’t we just nationalize health care? They do it in Canada, and in Britain. People say it’s great.”

I answered thus:

Richard Epstein examines efforts by the new Republican Congress to restrict the power of federal regulators, and explains the history of how unelected administrators came to hold so much political power.