Op-eds
If You Like Your Medicare, You Can Keep Your Medicare
If You Like Your Medicare, You Can Keep Your Medicare
By Jane M. Orient, M.D. Not just Barack Obama, but all politicians promise to protect Medicare—even if they are robbing it to pay for ObamaCare. They don’t promise that you can keep your Medicare doctor, however. And they don’t address the question of what happens if you don’t like your Medicare. You can drop Medicare Part B, though there is a penalty for getting back in. But to drop Medicare Part A, you have to give back all the Social Security payments you ever received, as well as forgoing future payments. This was litigated in the case of Hall v.... read more
The State of My Union
Richard Amerling, MD
The State of My Union
By Richard Amerling, M.D. Our clandestine agent in the White House has obtained a first draft of President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address to Congress. We were told that Mr. Obama wrote this himself, though we cannot be certain. Somehow we doubt that Valerie Jarrett will permit much of this to reach the President’s TelePrompTer. Edited for length, grammar, and spelling. “My Americans, my Members, my Press, my guests, welcome to the halls of my Congress. With two short years remaining in what many of you think is my last term as president, there is much yet for... read more
Congress Doesn’t Create Free Markets—It Only Destroys Them
Congress Doesn’t Create Free Markets—It Only Destroys Them
By Jane M. Orient, M.D. When people clamor for Congress to pass a “free-market health plan,” they are forgetting two things: Congress only does laws, which restrict freedom. We need fewer laws, not more. And the free market is by nature not a plan. Big laws like ObamaCare are designed by special-interest groups, such as the “insurance” (managed care) cartel, Big Hospitals, Big Pharma, and influential groups that want their benefits (abortion, contraception, drug and alcohol rehab, AIDS therapy, etc.) paid for by people who would never use them. There are good ideas circulating, such as health status insurance, expanded... read more
CRomnibus: Why Politicians Cannot Be Trusted with Our Money
CRomnibus: Why Politicians Cannot Be Trusted with Our Money
By Alieta Eck, M.D. - http://zhcenter.org Congress just passed—without even reading it—a trillion dollar spending bill. The Continuing Resolution (CR) allows the government to keep spending in the absence of a budget. The “omnibus” package—“omni” means everything in the kitchen sink—adds in 1,600 pages of pork all mixed together. No amendments, no extractions: Take it all at once or shut down the government. Obviously, congressmen who voted for it don’t live in the real world of mortgages, food budgets, and car payments, where real Americans actually have to pay their bills. The mix includes a lot of things that Americans... read more
Lawlessness in Ferguson—and D.C.
Lawlessness in Ferguson—and D.C.
By Jane M. Orient, M.D. Lots of people are apparently seeking their 15 minutes of fame by destroying the property and life’s work of people unfortunate enough to live in Ferguson, Missouri. They don’t seem to be worried that their face on ever-present network news will be used as evidence to convict them of looting, arson, vandalism, or other crimes. And is anybody concerned about prison time for incitement to riot? Inflaming passions, stirring up grievances, and providing excuses about “seeking justice” might all get cloaked in the First Amendment with the help of clever lawyers and controlled media. But... read more
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