Ezekiel Emanuel’s Confused Health-Care Argument
Ezekiel Emanuel recently published an article in the Washington Post in which he criticized the health-care reform plans offered by Republican presidential candidates Scott Walker and Marco Rubio. Emanuel seems to think he exposed the fatal flaw of these plans. …
Health Insurance, in Sickness and in Health
How Obamacare replacement plans can enable people with pre-existing conditions to get health insurance.
Jindal vs. Walker on Health Care
Changing the way we subsidize health insurance so that almost everyone can get catastrophic insurance is a good idea, and I think it has to be part of any politically viable Obamacare replacement plan. Scott Walker’s new plan draws …
Walker Kicks Off Critical 2016 GOP Health-Care Debate with New Plan
Standing in front of a stack of wood crates with his sleeves rolled up, Scott Walker on Tuesday unveiled a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Gesturing to a projector screen as he ticked through slides, Walker looked almost like …
What the GOP Candidates Should Say on Health Care
At the two GOP presidential debates last week, health care was not front and center for most of the conversation. At the session for those in the top ten in polling, Donald Trump was given a chance to clarify his …
The Simple Way to Repeal Obamacare
Can Obamacare be repealed, in its entirety, through the budget reconciliation process?
Some Republican leaders were hopeful that they would not be forced to answer that question. With a decision in King v. Burwell looming, it became increasingly clear that …
A Chance for Real Mental-Health Reform, If the Mental-Health Industry Gets Out of the Way
Mental-health programs received $172 billion in federal and state taxpayer funds in 2014. As a result of lobbying by the mental-health industry, however, little of it went to reducing homelessness, arrest, incarceration, and hospitalization of the 10 million who have serious mental illness …
. . . run by state governments.
Obamacare Plans Seeing Massive Rate Increases for Next Year
On the 4th of July, the New York Times had a story about health insurers’ requests for massive increases in premiums. The rate increases — or rather, the requests for increases, which are subject to federal approval — are the …
There is a fascinating new story from ProPublica that tells us an awful lot about how government works.
Conservatives often rail against Medicare Part D, the Bush-era expansion of Medicare coverage that, among other things, helped finance prescription drugs for …
Catholic Hospital Caves to ACLU, Agrees to Perform Sterilization
“Here I stand . . . but I can also move, if you like.” Via SFGate:
Facing a possible sex-discrimination lawsuit, a Catholic hospital in Redding reversed its position Monday and agreed to let a woman’s doctor sterilize her after she gives …
Three Actual — and Actually Good — Plans to Replace Obamacare
Perhaps today will mark the beginning of a new phase in the long campaign for the GOP nomination for president in 2016. That’s possible because two of the leading candidates — Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and Florida senator Marco Rubio …
Walker’s Plan to Replace Obamacare: The Best, to Date, from the 2016 Field
Scott Walker is putting forward a plan to replace Obamacare that conservatives and voters generally ought to find very attractive. It takes a scythe to Obamacare’s regulations: The plan restores states’ pre-Obamacare role as the lead health-care regulators. The …
MD Wins Right Not to Prescribe Contraceptives
A settlement in a religious freedom case favorited protecting religious freedom. From the ACLJ Website:
The American Center for Law and Justice is pleased to announce the settlement of the case of Doris Fernandes vs. The City of Philadelphia, et …
Avik Roy on single payer in Canada and socialized medicine in Scotland.
Megan McArdle on whether subsidizing contraception is likely to slash abortion rates.
Congress Right to Cut Off Medicare Penile-Pump Payment
We complain about health care costs — and then we continually expand what qualifies as covered medical costs under government insurance and mandates to the private sector.
In California, for example, gay people who want to have children are entitled …
Ending the Hospice ‘Cruel Choice’
At last, some good news on the health-care front!
Dying patients who want hospice are compelled to make what I call the “cruel choice” between the benefits of that specialized care and curative/life-extending treatments. The consequence has been people …
Obama Administration Beats Nuns in Contraception Mandate Lawsuit
A federal appeals court has ruled against the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious groups who argued that Obamacare’s contraception mandate, and the “accomodation” crafted for the groups by President Obama’s Health and Human Services Department, imposed …
Congress and Governors: Just Say No to Obamacare
The Supreme Court of the United States will soon decide the case of King v. Burwell. The legal question there is simple: Can the president wave his magic wand and rewrite Obamacare to mean whatever he wants it to mean? …
How Is Obamacare Working?
We haven’t heard much about Obamacare from the media lately (with the exception of Paul Krugman, who slips a paragraph into every other column — regardless of topic — to tell us how well it’s working). It’s …