Healthcare Reform
Stupidity, Lies, and Videotape
Stupidity, Lies, and Videotape
By Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD Lies and promises have been a staple of politics since its inception. As Plato observed, “propaganda, that is, ‘enticing people into a change of opinion by promises of pleasure’ and deceit always go together.” ObamaCare’s empty promises have become not-so-funny household jokes: health law negotiations would be live on C-SPAN, if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, the law will not add a single dime to the deficits, the average family will save $2,500 on their premiums, and on and on and on. Now the deceit has been exposed. My heartfelt... read more
A Lame Duck?
A Lame Duck?
This Week's Health Policy News Roundup Curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. ObamaCare architect Gruber outed on video. Gruber was also a member of the team headed by William Hsaio, famous for the Resource-Based Relative Value Scale, that designed the Vermont single-payer plan. Gruber’s attitude appears typical of the ruling elite. Is there any shame if it works? http://www.wnd.com/2014/11/obamacare-stupid-american-belief-pervasive/. They are, after all, both holier and smarter than thou: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/392500/smarter-thou-ian-tuttle The Republican victory could still mean the twilight of ObamaCare, writes John Graham: http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2014/11/05/obamacares-twilight-health-reform-in-the-next-congress/. Avik Roy suggests seven bills that might pass in 2015: http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2014/11/05/seven-obamacare-bills-that-the-new-gop-senate-majority-should-pass-in-2015/print/ Free markets work. Greg Scandlen... read more
Post Election Legislative Update
Post Election Legislative Update
By Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD The election is over and the lame duck Congress is back in session. Hopefully little damage will be done in the next six weeks. We look forward to fewer laws overall and that any legislation introduced be focused on a single issue. California’s Anti-Physician Proposition 46 Goes Down in Flames There is some good news to report from California regarding the overwhelming defeat of Proposition 46, a voter initiative largely financed by plaintiffs’ attorneys. Proposition 46 may have had a chance had it not included three disparate issues. First, it would have quadrupled the current... read more
Summary of Health Related Bills Passed by 113th Congress
Summary of Health Related Bills Passed by 113th Congress
By Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD Congresspersons are out trolling for votes so they haven’t been in Washington working on legislation. The House Energy and Commerce Committee has summarized bipartisan legislation channeled through its committee that was passed by 113th Congress and signed into law or is awaiting action by the Senate. Some health related bills are listed below. Pandemic Preparedness One particularly ironic law is the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013, H.R. 307 signed by the President in March 2013. Did you know that since 2006 HHS had an Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response? Since 2009,... read more
The ‘Progressive’ Way: Cancel, Block, Spin
The ‘Progressive’ Way: Cancel, Block, Spin
Health Policy News Roundup Curated by Jane M Orient, MD Remember how ObamaCare was supposed to be about keeping your insurance? The irony is that more health insurance policies have been canceled under Obamacare than ever before, writes Merrill Matthews. While trying to stop health insurers from canceling policies that couldn’t be canceled anyway because of a provision in HIPAA, Obamacare initiated widespread policy cancellations. http://www.forbes.com/sites/merrillmatthews/2014/10/10/remember-when-obamacare-would-stop-health-insurers-from-canceling-policies/ The reach of the regulatory state keeps growing at an accelerated pace. Recent notes on what the FDA “protects” us from:Adult stem cells. A man paralyzed after a clean cut to his spinal cord... read more
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