Category Archives: Health Care

To be an atheist and pro-choice

Ramesh Ponnuru responds to critics who call him a hypocrite for arguing that the government should accommodate the religious views of those who oppose abortion, when what he really wants is to impose his religious views on believers and non-believers … Continue reading

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The Welfare Queen is Dead. Long Live the Welfare Queen

There are enough poor people in this country that, if they chose to vote as a unified block, they could easily block Republican efforts to systematically dismantle the social safety net. Unfortunately, the GOP has had great success scapegoating immigrants … Continue reading

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To Kirsanow

Kirsanow (v.): to use a combination of hyperbole, misleading wording, omissions, non-sequiturs, unsubstantiated claims and outright falsehoods, all in support of a paranoia-driven right-wing political rant; to lie in order to characterize another individual as a liar. Example 1: hyperbole … Continue reading

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Just Scratching the Surface (2)

The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn provides another example of how network/cable news continue to rely on unconfirmed/unchallenged anecdotes to present a misleading picture of how the ACA is impacting Americans who obtain insurance through the individual market. As we’ve already … Continue reading

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Just Scratching the Surface

It’s generally a good rule of thumb to be skeptical of arguments premised on anecdotes. Much of the recent press coverage of the impacts of the ACA has focused on the first-hand accounts of certain Americans enrolled on the individual … Continue reading

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Republicans’ “Breathtakingly Cynical” Health Insurance Antics

Mild-mannered health care policy expert Jonathan Cohn is taken aback at the cynicism of the GOP’s professed upset that insurers are opting to cancel some health insurance plans: Republicans have repeatedly endorsed proposals that would take insurance away from many … Continue reading

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Cause For Concern

The problem with the Obamacare website might become a problem with the exchanges themselves, undermining the policy. Ezra Klein interviews health policy expert Robert Laszewski on the problems with the site; Yuval Levin at National Review, in a seemingly fair-minded reported … Continue reading

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The Fundamental Unseriousness Of Republicans On Health Care: “The Patient Can Only Get Better If He Wants To”

Josh Barro helpfully explains why “the conservative health policy project is completely bullshit and in bad faith” in this article: Tom Miller has a “reality check” for conservatives in the current issue of National Affairs: While Obamacare is going to … Continue reading

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We’re #1!!!!

The stark difference between how much Americans pay for medical care (pre Obamacare, at least) and what they get in return has typically been RE’s beat, but I couldn’t pass up this story from yesterday’s New York Times: Only in … Continue reading

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Obamacare Costs

The Kaiser Foundation’s been studying them: A new report estimates that U.S. consumers who purchase their own health insurance saved $2.1 billion last year due to tougher rules in the federal healthcare law.

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Employers Discontinuing Health Insurance Coverage Due To Obamacare

… seems not to be happening in real life. Gotta keep monitoring the issue, but this indicates that criticism of the ACA has been overblown: The health care law’s requirement that companies with at least 50 employees provide affordable health benefits is the … Continue reading

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Semantic Infiltration

Back in Poison Your Mind’s early days, I wrote about the way Republicans used poll-tested words to reframe political debates.  (Former Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan aptly described this tactic as “semantic infiltration.”)  My target at the time was the word “entitlements”: … Continue reading

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How Media Bias Distorts The News: Obamacare Costs

There are a few headlines trumpeting Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions‘ take on a new GAO study on the Affordable Care Act. Sessions notes that the study shows that Obamacare adds a few kajillion dollars to the debt over the next … Continue reading

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The F Word (Updated)

NPR invited the CEO of Whole Foods on this morning to talk about Obamacare.  Here’s what he said: Technically speaking, it’s more like fascism. Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn’t own … Continue reading

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Pres. Obama’s Mainstream Conservative Presidency

Libertarian-leaning Leon Hadar explains how the president is an old guard Republican: With the selection of Republican Hagel, an intellectual heir to the Baker-Scrowcroft Realpolitik tradition, Obama has taken a major step toward transforming his presidency into a replica of … Continue reading

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Our Health Care System Is Costly And Gets Poor Outcomes

To continue on the theme of health care reform, here is a conclusion from the RAND Corporation: We’re not getting our money’s worth. As we pointed out in our earlier paper, it is difficult to justify the relentless growth of U.S. … Continue reading

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A Further Look At Our Terrible Health Care Outcomes

Yesterday, I posted a “Reminder: The US Has The Worst Health Outcomes Of All Wealthy Nations”. Aaron Carroll, a doctor and generally mild-mannered and wonkish health care expert, goes into more detail in posts helpfully entitled “What the hell is … Continue reading

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Reminder: The US Has The Worst Health Outcomes Of All Wealthy Nations

David Frum flags a New York Times story: Americans often say they have the best health care on earth. Maybe. But they also have the worst health results of any developed country. A New York Times report today underscores just how bad: Younger Americans … Continue reading

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