Health Reform: Critics of the Republican´s ObamaCare replacement plan — and many moderate Republicans as well — complain that it will result in millions losing insurance. What nobody asks is whether we have too much insurance today. Insurance, after all, is supposed to make health care more affordable. But what if it´s making it less so? University of Michigan economist Mark Perry recently compared inflation rates for health care with price increases for cosmetic surgery. What he discovered was illuminating. From 1998 to 2016, the overall inflation rate was 47.2%. But for medical care services, prices went up 100%. And for hospital services,
Major medical and hospitalization insurance have given way to "healthcare" - no longer sharing risk but sharing costs. The healthcare industry makes billions off "Preventive" procedures that prevent nothing and are rolled into the premiums you pay. Healthcare reform keeps this shared costs model, expanding coverage into pre-existing conditions and kids under 26.
I’m sick of listening to the bellyaching. You want to have emergency medical care available immediately when you are taken to the hospital with chest pains, including a CT scanner that cost a couple million bucks just sitting at the hospital waiting for you to need it? And you want health insurance that will cover most of the cost of that care so that you don’t have to sell your house and drain every penny of your savings to pay for it? Yes? Then it’s going to cost you.
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, or a free CT scan or hospital stay or doctor’s care or cancer treatment or health insurance. What you pay for in all of it is technology and medications that now will keep you alive for decades with medical conditions that 50 years ago would have killed you on the spot. Don’t want all that? Then don’t call the ambulance in the first place, because most of the complaints I hear are just people wanting something for nothing.
Know several persons who have experienced economic hardships so extreme that health insurance was dropped. When expensive medical procedures such as MRI, CT scans, etc were required the Doctors and medical facilities significantly dropped their prices to accommodate payment in cash up front. Some of the price reduction was out of the goodness of their heart; the rest was due to reduced payment collection costs. Payment in full up front versus haggling with an insurance company for months before being paid. Government and Insurance are driving up prices. (Persons in this situation that I personally know usually experienced a price decrease of 1/3)
IBD is quite right. Nobody seems to care anymore about how and why costs have soared. And nobody seems to care about containing those costs, concerning themselves only with how to pay for them.
I worked in the medical field during the 70´s. Routine health care was eminently affordable and most people did not carry insurance that covered routine care. So what happened?
The biggest factor, I think, was the huge influx of taxpayer money into the medical marketplace through the emerging Medicare and Medicaid programs. As more and more people were added to those rolls, costs started to soar.
We´ve seen it in housing, we´ve seen it in higher education and we´ve seen it in health care. When government enters the marketplace, cost containment goes out the window as there´s always a way to tap Uncle Sam for more money, more money, more money. When are we ever going to learn this lesson?
One factor in increased hospital/doctor fees is their advertising costs. It´s only been in the past twenty or thirty years that they have been advertising their services. Before then, advertising by doctors and hospitals (and, I might add, lawyers) was considered unethical.
Russian Connection: The naming of former FBI head Robert Mueller to look into allegations of improper Russian influence on the last election should have a clarifying effect — and not just for President Donald Trump, who is the main target of the probe. President Obama´s and Hillary Clinton´s Russian ties will come under the legal microscope, too. Mueller, who was named by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to act as special counsel, has a reputation for being a competent straight shooter. After all, he was able to get along with both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. We hope
Politics: The fact that some Democrats are already calling for the impeachment of President Trump is hardly news. What is news is the fact that even some ardent liberals are worried that reflexively jumping on the impeachment bandwagon is folly. According to a list compiled by CNN, 27 Democrats have so far come out in favor of impeaching Trump. What they don´t provide is context. For 36 years, Democrats have routinely called for impeaching Republican presidents at the drop of a hat. Here is a sampling: On May 1, 1981, thousands of protesters marched in Washington to denounce President Reagan´s economic and social
While there´s much to recommend about Donald Trump´s recently floated tax-reform proposal, we think the President and his team erred by not seeking to abolish the charitable deduction. We say this in full consideration of the health of nonprofits. About the deduction, it´s frequently argued that if it shrinks or goes away altogether, donations to charities will dry up. Such worries are overdone, not to mention that the deduction itself is arguably immoral. Fear of reduced giving is overstated simply because charitable donations aren´t driven by the tax preference nearly as much as many presume. As American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks
Climate Deceit: Just when you think the climate change lunacy couldn´t get any worse, the U.N.´s climate-crats up the ante. Meeting in Bonn, Germany, for yet another unneeded climate conference, attendees are now demanding $300 billion a year more to help less-developed nations cope with anticipated climatic warming. Are they kidding? By the way, that $300 billion is in addition to the $100 billion that the world´s governments have already promised to deliver under the Paris Climate Agreement. So now they´re asking for a total of $400 billion a year in climate welfare for the developing world. No sane government would
Priorities: President Trump finds himself embroiled in a number of controversies at the moment. Blame whomever you want for the scandal-of-the-day, someone needs to tell Trump that the only thing he should be talking and tweeting about is getting the economy back on track. Yes, there have a been some good economic reports recently. Industrial output rose sharply in April, the Federal Reserve said on Tuesday. The 1% monthly gain was the biggest jump in more than three years. And unemployment dropped last month to the lowest it´s been since 2007. Surveys of businesses show them to be optimistic. But GDP growth
Media Anti-Trump Bias: The Washington Post now reports that President Trump revealed U.S. secret intelligence about terrorist plots to the Russians. While the story is likely mostly true, our only question is: So what? The Post, for its part, cited as sources for its story "current and former U.S. officials," who said that intelligence that Trump shared had "been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government." We have no reason to disbelieve the basic story that Trump shared some intelligence with the
Scandal: Here´s a story that would seem ripe for media bloodhounds to pursue. A disgruntled insider may have leaked damaging information about his employers, and was later murdered on his way home by two unidentified assailants. Put President Trump´s name somewhere in the mix and it would be the latest scandal-to-end-all-scandals, capturing wall-to-wall coverage, eliciting new calls for independent prosecutors and impeachment, and probably making Jimmy Kimmel cry again. But since the person involved worked for the Democratic National Committee, it´s being ignored by everyone in the press except a cadre of conservative reporters. The story involves Seth Rich, a DNC staffer who
Debt: Yes, Puerto Rico is broke, and has declared the equivalent of bankruptcy in a federal court. But U.S. states, cities and counties have no reason to feel superior. They, too, are nearly insolvent, running deficits as soaring pension costs threaten the nation´s fiscal health, a new report says. The study by Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Joshua Rauh, "Hidden Debt, Hidden Deficits," is an update of a report issued last year. It should sound an alarm across the U.S. about the growing crisis of underfunded pensions at the state and local level. Instead, sadly, it will likely be ignored. To put it
Income Inequality: Every year the AFL-CIO puts out a grossly misleading but widely covered report on "excessive" CEO pay. But what about top union bosses? Turns out their salaries are actually bigger than that of the average CEO. The latest report from the AFL-CIO claims that the CEO-to-worker pay ratio in 2016 was 347 to 1. In other words, for every dollar the average worker makes, the top CEOs in the country make $347. That´s up from 123 to 1 in the mid-1990s, and 20 to 1 in the 1960s. That´s the story anyway. And every year, the statistic gets extensively reported
The drug lords, street thugs, and Mugabe wannabes running Venezuela these days are trembling in their boots this morning. Seems the European Union has issued a Stern Warning to them about violence against protesters. This being the E.U., I will have to clarify: the E.U. is against it. That´ll fix ´er. Which brutal dictatorship doesn´t listen eagerly and take heed dutifully when the august bodies of the European Union issue their pronunciamientos? EU foreign ministers said in a statement Monday that "violence and the use of force will not resolve the crisis in the country." They said people´s rights "must be respected, including
Supporters of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) claim an unparalleled victory, a promise fulfilled, and a cure for our failing health care system. Detractors see the end of the world: "thousands will die" from lack of health insurance. Let´s all step back from the ledge, take a deep cleansing breath, eschew the hyperbole, and consider six facts followed by a suggestion. Fact #1: Nothing has happened, nothing at all. Despite the shock and awe, regardless of proclamations of "insurance for everybody" on the one hand or doomsday on the other, the AHCA has not impacted the health care of a single
Below is the incredible New York Times editorial* published on Thursday that lays out the case for how the Hillary Clinton campaign was colluding with the Russian government, and then tried to cover it up by blaming her election loss on Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Hillary Clinton-Russia Nexus The acting director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, told Congress on Thursday that President Trump´s firing of James Comey has not derailed the agency´s investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Hillary Clinton campaign. Which is good news. Despite Mrs. Clinton´s assertion that the idea of collusion is "a total hoax," and
Clearly disappointed to have been left out of the headline heroics from Friday night (courtesy of The Washington Post and The New York Times), CNN has decided that anonymously sourced perspectives on officials´ feelings now warrants reportage. The latest in the sad sage of mainstream media´s downward spiral, as The Hill reports, is that former FBI Director James Comey is expected to testify that he believes President Trump was deliberately trying to meddle in the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election, according to a report late Friday. Despite swearing under oath that he "had never" been influenced
It’s coming from inside the house. Throughout Trump’s presidency and increasingly in the past few weeks, leaks from staff members to the press are undermining the president. The New York Times reported Friday exact details of Trump’s meeting last week with Russian officials. The report cited a document read to them by an “American official,” which summarized the meeting. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump said, according to the report. The president then added, “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” The White House did not dispute this account. Shortly
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The Obamas arrived in Tuscany on a private plane escorted by six fighter jets and a 13-car motorcade on Friday as they continue their all-expenses-paid world tour. Barack and Michelle Obama will have an entire 14th century village to themselves during their five-night stay - at an eye-watering cost of $15,000 per night. Not that the couple are likely to have paid, as it´s owned by the ex-president´s former ambassador to Italy, John Philips. On Friday, the former president and first lady touched down at Grosseto Air Base in Tuscany, their private jet accompanied by six Eurofighter Fourth Wing jets. The couple where
Actor Robert De Niro delivered an outburst of anti-Trump vitriol just before the Saturday night debut on HBO of The Wizard of Lies, a movie in which he plays Bernie Madoff. He told USA Today that Madoff’s story still “resonates” thanks to President Donald Trump and that while what Madoff “did was horrible and awful; monstrous,” Trump is worse than the Ponzi scheme criminal since he’s a “bad con artist” who every day is “doing something that is absolutely — what word can I use? He’s just a slob. He’s a pig.” From the top of the article by Patrick
Notre Dame students are planning to walk out during the Vice President´s commencement address. The students are planning to leave ´respectfully and quietly´ before Mike Pence delivers his speech on Sunday, and are organizing the walkout because they disagree with his administration´s stance on immigration, gay rights and the criminal justice system. The organizers of the walk out are a part of a student group in Notre Dame called We Stand For ND. For four days, this group has galvanized support for their plan through Twitter and Facebook, to stand with the ´vulnerable´ members in their community. ´The participation and
WASHINGTON — President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” Mr. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.” The conversation, during a May 10 meeting — the day after he fired Mr. Comey
Former GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush suggested Friday that his predictions on the campaign trail that President Trump would bring "chaos" to the White House had been validated. "When I ran for office, I said he is a chaos candidate and would be a chaos president," Bush said at the Skybridge Alternatives (SALT) hedge fund conference in Las Vegas, according to CNN. "Unfortunately, so far chaos organizes the presidency right now," he added. Bush, a former Florida governor, fought bitterly on the 2016 campaign trail with Trump, labeling the real estate mogul a "chaos candidate" and arguing he would make a
Gender studies is a fake academic industry populated by charlatans, deranged activists and gullible idiots. Now, a pair of enterprising hoaxers has proved it scientifically by persuading an academic journal to peer-review and publish their paper claiming that the penis is not really a male genital organ but a social construct. The paper, published by Cogent Social Sciences – “a multidisciplinary open access journal offering high quality peer review across the social sciences” – also claims that penises are responsible for causing climate change. The two hoaxers are Peter Boghossian, a full-time faculty member in the Philosophy department at Portland State University, and
Anderson Cooper shocked his viewers after he told fellow commentator Jeffrey Lord that he´d ´defend Trump if he took a dump on his desk!´ The frustrated CNN host was discussing Trump´s recent ´nut job´ comments about his recently fired FBI director James Comey. ´You can´t defend what the president of the United States just said,´ Cooper told Lord during the live show on Friday. (Photo/Video) But when the conservative commentator tried to do just that, Cooper snapped: ´If (Trump) took a dump on his desk, you would defend it.´ Lord looked stunned before bursting out laughing at the extraordinary comment.
The latest round of White House staff shake-up stories has prompted a change in how President Trump´s team handles the media, shifting away from engaging in issue debates with reporters to a blunt yes-no approach. Insiders said it is driven by Trump who was angered by a New York Times story predicting a staff shake-up that included dumping spokesman Sean Spicer. It was headlined: Looking Like a Liar or a Fool: What It Means to Work for Trump. "F**k the New York Times," Trump said. "They´re not our friends. We´re never going to win them over," he added, according to a
Friday on CNN’s “New Day,” host Chris Cuomo and Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) went back and forth on whether or not there was the existence of evidence that President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia. While Duffy maintained there was no evidence of collusion, Cuomo insisted Duffy offer proof there was no evidence of collusion. Transcript as follows: CUOMO: You make a lot of points that deserve consideration there, congressman. First of all, I would hope you have the same perspective on so many members of your party who say there’s no evidence of collusion. because we both know, as
China killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 CIA sources from 2010 to 2012, hobbling U.S. spying operations in a massive intelligence breach whose origin has not been identified, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Investigators remain divided over whether there was a spy within the Central Intelligence Agency who betrayed the sources or whether the Chinese hacked the CIA´s covert communications system, the newspaper reported, citing current and former U.S. officials. The Chinese killed at least a dozen people providing information to the CIA from 2010 through 2012, dismantling a network that was years in the making, the newspaper