Tag: Health Care

The Ex-Canary


shutterstock_232955461On Forbes, Ricochet’s own Avik Roy has a good summary of the implosion of single-payer healthcare in Vermont. I’ve been writing about it on my blog, but Avik’s is probably the best summary of why Green Mountain Care’s demise was inevitable. He writes:

What’s remarkable, then, about Shumlin’s attempt at single-payer health care is not that it failed. What’s remarkable is that he wasted the state’s time and resources on something that attempted to refute the laws of arithmetic. That’s four years Shumlin wasn’t spending on making the Vermont economy better for the people who live there. Small wonder that his reelection margin was razor-thin.

If there’s one quote that sums up the whole episode, it’s the one from Anya Rader-Wallack, declaring that “we can move full speed ahead…without knowing where the money’s coming from.” Green Mountain Care attempted to offer Vermonters more generous coverage than they currently had, but couldn’t figure out how to convince doctors and hospitals to accept pay cuts, nor workers to accept tax hikes.

Republicans, Give Me Something to Work With


I’ve been having some breakthrough conversations about politics and government with a Millenial who works with me. He’s an intelligent lad, and well-informed, though his limited life experience hasn’t chipped away at his idealism yet.

He has a number of conservative views and opinions — net neutrality, big data, TSA, etc. — although he doesn’t necessarily recognize them as such. But hey, it’s a start.

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So let’s say you have a factory of some sort where you manufacture something everyone loves: like rice cakes. Wait, no, bacon-flavored rice cakes. There. Anyways, you build this factory not too far from a populated area. The facility is on a hill, and the only way to get to employee parking is taking this […]

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Template Progressivism


shutterstock_128011673Scan the headlines on any given day and you will see the left plotting to tinker with every aspect of society they can get their hands on. By its very nature, progressivism is allergic to Burkean restraint. There is no limit to the institutions they may try to overhaul. Not even the seven-day week is safe.

For eons, all manner of animals have lived their lives according to the cycles of the Earth’s rotation on its axis, the moon’s orbit around the Earth, and the Earth’s orbit around the sun. But why do we observe the week?

As one who self-identifies as a non-college graduate, I cannot speak to what writers and journalists are being taught in America’s universities. I suspect they are, at some point, given a template with which to write articles calling for the rethinking of longstanding institutions. This is a good thing, as allowing such traditions to arise naturally from accumulated societal wisdom is foolish when contrasted against a plan devised while in Trader Joe’s while checking a bag of chips to ensure that none of the ingredients have been genetically modified.

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I highly recommend following the Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review. The author, Bob Laszewski, has a great deal of experience in healthcare policy and insurance and always provides thoughtful posts that don’t break down along partisan lines. His most recent post is: With the Elections Six Months Away Obamacare is Up for Grabs Preview […]

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The Libertarian Podcast: “Is The ObamaCare Debate Over?”


After the recent announcement of ObamaCare’s enrollment numbers, President Obama crowed that the debate about repealing ObamaCare was over. The president clearly didn’t pay very close attention during his time at the University of Chicago, or he would’ve known that no debate is over when Richard Epstein is on the other side of it.

This week, Richard walks us through how to think about the enrollment numbers, explains what defects are likely to emerge as the program gets more fully implemented, and lays out his predictions for how ObamaCare could eventually come undone.

The Obamacare Debate is Far From Over


After the announcement that the Obama Administration had exceeded its targets for sign-ups for Obamacare, the President, engaging in premature triumphalism, announced that the debate over whether the law should be repealed is over.

He was astonishingly premature, as I explain in the latest installment of my weekly column for Defining Ideas:

Yes, Mr. President, ObamaCare Does “Impact” Employers


The inaugural study from my new organization, the American Health Policy Institute, got a lot of play yesterday, in large part because the Drudge Report picked up Elizabeth Harrington’s good write up in the Washington Free Beacon.

The study, the first-ever look at the internal cost estimates of the ACA from over 100 large employers, found that the costs to those employers over the next decade will be significant — and larger than many analysts have previously anticipated. For example, the study found that:

Pride Goeth …


President Obama today, in Rose Garden remarks touting more than 7 million Americans signing up for healthcare during ObamCare’s open enrollment period:

I’ve said before, I will always work with anyone who is willing to make this law work even better. But the debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. 

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The Future The development of cyborg technology cheapened human life. The sky city Tiphares came to dominate life on the surface of Earth, and directly beneath it, built on the trash it threw away, was a unique community called the Scrapyard. That is the scenario in Yukito Kishiro’s long running (created in 1990) manga “Battle […]

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Magical Thinking Versus Reality — George Savage


Americans exited the 20th century the triumphant torchbearers of classical liberalism—communism on the ash heap, the era of big government officially over–yet by the teens of the third millennium we find ourselves rejecting logic and experience to embrace the politics of magical thinking. How did this happen?

First, consider some examples of the phenomenon. This headline from yesterday’s Los Angeles Times, for example: “Electric cars can go only half as far in freezing weather, AAA finds.” After untold billions showered on Obama donors far-and-wide and a $7,500 per car direct federal tax subsidy for the Master of the Universe with a yen for a new Tesla, we now find a flaw: batteries don’t do well in the cold. Who knew? Apparently, our federal masterminds never consulted any automobile mechanics or high-school chemistry students before legislating alternative-energy nirvana.