Op-eds
ObamaCare, Tried in Greece, Leads to Bankruptcy, Rioting & Bloodshed
ObamaCare, Tried in Greece, Leads to Bankruptcy, Rioting & Bloodshed
Originally published October 2010. By Alieta Eck, MD Some people learn from others' mistakes, and some have to "learn the hard way."  Will America follow the lead of countries who have actually tried their own version of ObamaCare, or could we still learn from their mistakes?  In a remarkable statement, the International Monetary Fund has recommended that, before any bailouts are considered, the Greek government must privatize transportation, energy and health care to rein in costs.  The IMF recognizes that increased government involvement in health care does not save money.  It also does not lead to better health care. In... read more
King v. Burwell: The Fix Was Definitely In
King v. Burwell: The Fix Was Definitely In
By Richard Amerling, M.D. As I predicted back in March, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the administration in King v. Burwell. So I was not surprised by the decision, but that doesn’t mean I am not deeply disappointed. I am. Beyond the ramifications for the continuation of the abominable Obamacare, the obvious truth is that we are being ruled by a corrupt oligarchy that includes the majority of the Supreme Court. This was driven home on Friday by the discovery by Justice Anthony Kennedy of a right to same-sex marriage in the “shadows and penumbras” of the Constitution, which... read more
Will Republicans Keep the Court from Blowing Obama’s Cover?
Will Republicans Keep the Court from Blowing Obama’s Cover?
by Jane M. Orient, M.D. The Big Lie of ObamaCare is in the title: the Affordable Care Act. Administration officials invoke “affordable” over and over again. The U.S. Supreme Court could well blow the Democrats’ cover in King v. Burwell if it rules that people in the 37 states that did not establish an Exchange cannot legally get taxpayer subsidies for health insurance. The subsidies hide the reality. People generally look only at what they themselves have to pay. They do not care what faceless taxpayers are paying to insurance companies for their policies. Of the 11.7 million Americans who... read more
Shopping Around for Medical Care
Shopping Around for Medical Care
By Gerard Gianoli, M.D., F.A.C.S. - http://www.EarAndBalance.net/ Shopping around is something we do to get the best quality and the best price for our needs. Without price transparency and the ability to shop there is no free market. Imagine if you were limited to one store and didn’t know how much something would cost until after you had purchased it. You would be stuck with whatever price the seller decided on. What kind of customer service would you expect? Poor at best, since shopping elsewhere would not be an option. In essence, there would be no real freedom of choice.... read more
An American Response to Loss of ObamaCare Subsidies
An American Response to Loss of ObamaCare Subsidies
By Jane M. Orient, M.D. This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court could, in King v. Burwell, uninsure 8 million Americans by finding that subsidies are illegal outside State Exchanges. Some Republicans are saying “Let it burn.” For Democrats, it’s “ObamaCare or nothing.” Can you detect a difference? How about an American, rather than a partisan response? One that is voluntary and constitutional. Amid the wreckage left by ObamaCare, one arrangement remains standing, exempt from the individual mandate: the healthcare sharing ministry. This offers the prospect of a solution to the real problems:Medical care costs too much, and so does medical... read more
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