Health Care

Repealing Obamacare Is Not Enough

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Republicare is dead; Obamacare yet lives. The Republican bill to replace Obamacare — the American Health Care Act (AHCA), better known as Republicare — was withdrawn after the House Republican leadership realized that they did not have enough Republican votes to pass it. Too many Republicans wanted a simple bill to repeal Obamacare and not replace it with ... [click for more]

Obamacare Reform and Paternalism’s Pratfalls

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One of Donald Trump’s first actions as president was to issue an executive order to reduce the regulatory burden of the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare has been intensely controversial since it was enacted in 2010. The battle over its reform or replacement will very likely continue for most of this year, if not most of Trump’s term in office. ... [click for more]

The Right to Try to Live

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The Right to Try: How the Federal Government Prevents Americans from Getting the Lifesaving Treatments They Need by Darcy Olsen (HarperCollins, 2015); 311 pages. The highly acclaimed 2013 movie Dallas Buyers Club told the story of Ron Woodroof, who tried desperately to get drugs that might help arrest Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome back in the mid 1980s. ... [click for more]

The Failure of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted 25 years ago. It promised a brave new era of equality and freedom. Instead, it has spawned endless lawsuits and absurd federal decrees while harming some of the people it sought to relieve. The original law was badly drafted and subsequent amendments and administrative decrees have made it far worse. The 1990 ADA ... [click for more]

Why Are Republicans So Upset about Obamacare?

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Although Republicans have talked incessantly about repealing Obamacare since the day it became the law of the land, they were for Republican versions of it before they were against it. They are for Republican versions of it right now. And they wholeheartedly support government intervention into the health-care and health-insurance industries that are even worse. In the recent Supreme Court ... [click for more]

Happy Birthday Medicare and Medicaid?

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On July 30, 1965 — fifty years ago —Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Social Security Amendments of 1965 that created two new government programs. Added to the Social Security Act of 1935 was Title XVIII, Medicare, and Title XIX, Medicaid. They were the nation’s first public health-insurance programs. Medicare is government-funded health care for Americans 65 years old and ... [click for more]

Obamacare Racketeering and Intellectual Knavery

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Paternalism is a desperate gamble that lying politicians will honestly care for those who fall under their power. This axiom has been made stark with the controversy arising from a video of Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of Obamacare, in which he admits that the administration conned the American public and blames dumb voters for the flimflam. Gruber, an ... [click for more]

TGIF: Dump the Contraception Mandate and All the Rest

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“Nowadays to be intelligible is to be found out.” —Oscar Wilde In the wacky world of American politics, if you as an employer have a religious objection to paying for your employees’ contraceptives, you are the one contemptuous of religious freedom. As the New York Times editorial board lectured a judge who thinks otherwise, “the threat to religious liberty comes ... [click for more]

TGIF: The Affordable Care Act Doesn’t Go That Way

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Web problems can be fixed. The problems inherent in the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) are another story. Let’s stipulate that most people who favor the ACA have honorable intentions: they want everyone, including people in ill health, to have access to good and affordable medical care. All decent people should want that. (How many favor ... [click for more]
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