This technology is not simply for modeling and prototyping, either. TV personality Jay Leno uses a 3-D printer to make custom and hard-to-find parts from scratch for his collection of classic cars. Entrepreneurs have been using these printers in a myriad of ways, and the trend is speeding up.
The Affordable Care Act creates a new health insurance marketplace (the exchange). But because of the great uncertainty about what buyers will enter the market and who will buy what product, the law creates three vehicles to reduce insurance company risk.
Facts are easy. You can check facts. What supporters of the Affordable Care Act are doing, on the other hand, transcends factual bungling. It’s far more advanced: a warping of reality so debauched it looks like something out of a tale by H.P. Lovecraft.
The highest form of charity, argued the 12th-century Jewish philosopher Maimonides, is when the help given enables the receiver to become self-sufficient.But our systems of state charity — aka welfare — have too frequently had the opposite effect: They have actually created dependency. It is time to rethink the way we help people.I’m going to […]
Recent difficulties with implementing the Affordable Care Act have increased opposition to the program. A majority of Americans now oppose it. Problems with the HealthCare.gov website are in all likelihood temporary. However, there are serious long-term problems, particularly considering long-term finance and labor supply issues. Given the mounting difficulties with and growing concerns about the […]
Do you trust your doctor? Most patients assume their doctor is working in their best medical interests whenever he or she orders a diagnostic test or recommends a particular treatment. Customers might wonder whether an unscrupulous auto mechanic is being truthful when he recommends a brake job or a new transmission. But most patients trust […]
The faces of the Detroit bankruptcy are the thousands of pensioners whose promised benefits are suddenly part of the restructure negotiation. When Motown filed for Chapter 9 last July, the city had $11.5 billion in unsecured liabilities. The vast majority of this was pension and health care benefits owed to retired city employees.The images of […]
So you’ve maneuvered the Obamacare website, plugged in your top-secret information and found out how much you are forced to pay to avoid a fine.And for some of you, it turns out you qualify for a government subsidy — making the premium sound like a bargain. But signing on that line to accept the government’s […]
The New York Times published an interminable article on health care recently. Plenty of facts — how scrupulous are these journalists! — but the article displayed absolutely no comprehension of the basics of cause and effect. I was left wondering about the whole point.The article details how the health care system rewards specialists to an […]
Dr. William C. Padgett is a retired optometrist who has been trying to bring an elderly care facility to Beaufort County, North Carolina, for over a decade.“Our senior citizens,” he laments, “are finding that it is difficult and in many cases impossible to find an appropriate long-term care facility locally.” Though he has received several […]
Professor John H. Cochrane of the University of Chicago had an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Dec. 25, in which he gave a brief description of (among other things) a market in which individuals buy our own health insurance — and not from an Obamacare exchange.According to Professor Cochrane: “…we should transition to […]
A new survey from Harvard University found a large majority of young Americans do not believe the law will save them money, do not believe it will improve their health, and do not intend to sign up for insurance through the new exchanges.
Liberal supporters of the Affordable Care Act specifically, and big government in general, are quick with excuses for all the problems that Obamacare has been experiencing in these early days. We have heard: they did not have enough time, it’s complicated, it’s the insurance companies’ fault, we just need to make a few adjustments, and […]
I opened a new bottle of probiotics this morning, and it had one of those circular seals on the top. You know, the one that reads, “Sealed for your protection.”And that seal got me thinking… how much protection do we need? How much security is enough?How much homogenization, pasteurization, disinfection, national security, etc…. do we […]
As the fallout continues over the cancellation notices sent to millions of people covered by health plans in the individual insurance market, it is becoming clear that millions more workers and their families are expected to lose their employer-based coverage as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is implemented.According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), 156 […]
A president stands disgraced. Congress is scattering. Bureaucrats are baffled. Pundits are reaching. Industry is scared. Politicians are scrambling to do something, anything, to make it better. One political party is in meltdown and the other loving every minute of it, hoping to ride the calamity to electoral gains.The so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care […]
Any married couple that earns more than 400% of the federal poverty level -- that is $62,040 -- or a family of two earns too much for subsidies under Obamacare. But if that same couple lived together unmarried, they could earn up to $45,960 each -- $91,920 total -- and still be eligible for subsidies through the exchanges in New York state.
The president assures us he is not responsible for the wave of health insurance policy cancellations. The insurance companies are. OK, so where is the other side?
The saying goes that things have to get worse before they get better. But with Obamacare, things just keep getting worse — and then they get worse still. In private, even many critics of the law are at least a bit surprised by how poorly the rollout has gone. The question that many are asking […]
Though the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges has dismayed even the law’s supporters, the problem the ACA is designed to address is real enough: Millions of Americans, even those with insurance, lack access to adequate health care. In a voluntary society, civil-sector groups would step up to provide social services, like health […]
It is such a kick to read the transcripts from the White House’s health care “war room” in the first days of release. What a meltdown, and you get to watch it all in real-time.I’m not trying to be cruel to the kindly despots who have wrecked so much of what worked in the existing […]
Obamacare certainly has made history. It has set the record for the fastest-failing Big Government program in world history. This isn’t only about a website flop; it is about the failure of government to accomplish the aims of Obamacare in general, and in a way that has profoundly touched millions of individual lives.“Train wreck” is […]
A handful of reports last week suggested that the Obama administration had moved to delay the health law’s individual mandate — the penalty the law imposes on those who are uninsured. That’s not quite right: Instead, the administration will align the 2014 penalty date, which had been February 15, with the end of Obamacare’s open […]
A common argument made in favor of government-financed health care is that it is inherently cheaper than a private system. Strangely, however, the people who celebrate the government’s ability to hold down health care spending would be horrified at the same argument applied to other public-sector functions. It’s a seriously inconsistent position held by advocates […]
You didn’t want to be the guy chosen to tell Stalin that the wheat crop failed or the production quotas on trucks and cars were not met. Why?Because despots always blame people, not systems.In the same way, you don’t want to be the guy chosen to tell Obama that his health care websites are a […]
Lately, many have characterized this administration as socialist, or having strong socialist leanings. I differ with this characterization. This is not to say Mr. Obama believes in free markets, by any means. On the contrary, he has done and said much that demonstrates his fundamental misunderstanding of and hostility toward the truly free market. But […]
As the health care debate rages on, there is one reality that even the proponents of this hostile takeover of health care by government cannot ignore — and that is money. The government simply does not have the money for a new, expansive, public health care plan.The country is in a deep recession. The last […]
“Dad, I’ve got to do something,” begins a panicky letter from one of the children.
“When I changed my job status, I lost my health insurance. The best policy I can find is $550 a month. What should I do?”
“Don’t buy the insurance,” we suggested. “It’s a waste of money.”
“Just don’t get sick,” we added helpfully.
There are two ways a government can rip off its citizens — force and/or fraud. Health care uses both.
Back in the times of Genghis, Attila, Caesar and Napoleon, things were simpler. People were conquered. They submitted. “Insurgents” were disposed of. Houses were looted. Maidens were deflowered. Those were the good ol’ days — before health insurance!
But even in the oldest of days, a man on his own couldn’t keep a whole population under his heel. He needed help. Thus were born the ruling elites, sharing power among at least enough people to control the armed forces. There are governors of all sorts. But if they don’t control the military and police, they will soon be governed by them.
The beauty of democracy is that it defrauds the average person into believing that he has been taken into the ruling elite. He thinks that ultimately, he decides what government does. Naturally, he deserves a share in the spoils.
All government is an exercise in larceny. All governments take things away from some people — power, money, dignity, freedom — to bestow favors on the ruling elite and its clients. The masses willingly and eagerly comply as long as they think they can get something out of it — that is, someone else’s property.
The argument in Congress, which, when last we checked, was holding up the whole parade, was over how health insurance works.
Roughly, $2.2 trillion is spent annually in America — more, per capita than in any other nation — on health-related consumption. The fight is over who gets the money and who gets the care.
It is a zombie war… As far as we know, no one has suggested the obvious solution: Let people decide for themselves.
To win elections, governments need to give as well as take. So in addition to public safety and national security, they offer free health care, free education, free highways, and free elections to determine who gets what.
As near as we can tell, most of the money spent on health care is simply wasted. Just compare life expectancies.
France has a nationalized system. It costs considerably less per person than the U.S. system. Britain, France, Germany — all the developed countries have health care programs partly or wholly run by the feds. All spend substantially less than the U.S. and all have about the same or better life expectancies.
Taking a more extreme example, Cuba spends only a fraction as much as the U.S… but its life expectancy rates that are not much different.
Here, again, you might be tempted to say that the feds have failed to create an efficient health care system in the U.S. In that, you would certainly be correct. But you would miss the larger point: The U.S. Federal Reserve succeeded better than any of their rivals in transferring wealth from the dumbbell public to their wily favorites in the insurance and health care industries.
And wait… What’s this? According to a recent BMJ study:
“Researchers at the London School of Economics, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute at Harvard Medical School and Stanford University School of Medicine compared the effectiveness of exercise versus drugs on mortality across four conditions (secondary prevention of coronary heart disease, rehabilitation of stroke, treatment of heart failure and prevention of diabetes).
“Secondary prevention refers to treating patients with existing disease before it causes significant illness.
“They analyzed the results of 305 randomized controlled trials involving 339,274 individuals and found no statistically detectable differences between exercise and drug interventions for secondary prevention of heart disease and prevention of diabetes.”
Well, that’s great news, isn’t it, dear reader? Forget the pills. Just go out and take a walk. That should save the nation hundreds of billions, right?
Oh, dear reader, you crack us up. You’ve missed the point again. The idea is to transfer money, not help people become healthier.
If the feds really wanted a healthy population and an efficient health care system, they’d cease offering health care services to anyone who was overweight, for example, or to anyone who couldn’t do at least 10 pushups.
Get it? They’d encourage people not to need health care.
As the system works today, few people will choose exercise over drugs. When you exercise, you pay the “costs” yourself. You have to spend the time. You have to do the work. But when you get free drugs from Medicaid, someone else pays.
Get used to it: More drugs… more drones… and more Fed credit-pushing drivel.
Article originally appeared here.