AAPS News October 2014 - ObamaCare Kudzu
Volume 70, no. 10 October 2014 With its complicated structure and phased implementation—and strategic modifications and delays that blunted opposition, ObamaCare is becoming deeply entrenched. Former congressman Ernest Istook writes: “Obamacare was designed to be the governmental equivalent of kudzu—growing everywhere, propagating by multiple means, and sinking in its roots and becoming impossible to control.” Kudzu (Pueraria lobata), native to Southeast Asia, is an invasive plant in the U.S., outpacing herbicide spraying and mowing. It can smother trees and envelop entire structures. At first used to shade porches, it has become “the vine that ate the south.” Kudzu chokes off... read more
AAPS News August 2014 - Consent
Volume 70, no. 8 August 2014 The Nuremberg trials established a precedent for international standards for human rights. One fond hope expressed by American prosecutor Robert H. Jackson, former Attorney General and then-Supreme Court Justice, as portrayed in the television miniseries Nuremberg, was that countries would stop waging wars of aggression. This hope was immediately dashed as the Soviet Union, one of the four powers sitting in judgment on Germany, invaded Eastern Europe. The Nuremberg tribunals invented the concepts of “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity.” These included the atrocious Nazi human experiments. The doctrine of informed consent is one... read more
AAPS News July 2014 - 2 + 2 ≠ 5
Volume 70, no. 7 July 2014 “Do you remember,” [O'Brien] went on, “writing in your diary, ‘Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four’?” “Yes,” said Winston. O’Brien held up his left hand, its back toward Winston, with the thumb hidden and the four fingers extended. “How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?” “Four.” “And if the Party says that it is not four but five — then how many?” George Orwell, 1984 The torturer’s goal was not simply to force Winston to say “five,” but to get him actually to believe it—and to change... read more
AAPS News June 2014 - Death Spiral
Volume 70, no. 6 June 2014 The “adverse selection death spiral” in insurance occurs when costs increase rapidly because lower-risk policy holders choose to change policies or be uninsured. While some critics predicted an ObamaCare implosion during the disastrous roll-out, Ezra Klein triumphantly pronounced the “death of Obamacare’s death spiral” (Wash Post 1/14/14). Even though enrollment of persons aged 18–34 was only 24% rather than the needed 38%, Klein predicted that more would sign up just before penalties hit. Even if they didn’t, individual premiums would rise at most a few percent in 2015. Obama would roll out a sophisticated... read more
AAPS News May 2014 - Do Doctors Expire in 10 Years?
AAPS News May 2014 - Do Doctors Expire in 10 Years?
Volume 70, no. 5 When it comes to legal liability, doctors may still be the “captain of the ship.” But increasingly, government, hospitals, and third-party payers are demanding that doctors constantly have overseers. In living memory, a medical school diploma and perhaps a year of internship could gain one a medical license. And board certification—showing successful completion of rigorous extra specialty training —was good for life. Starting in the 1970s, specialty boards began issuing time-limited certifications, at first good for 10 years. Now even “grandfathered” physicians will be stigmatized online for “not meeting requirements” for maintenance of certification (MOC). After... read more
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