Regroup and get healthcare right! (Part 2)

Congress basically has a healthcare decision to make in four areas: Social welfare programs. Is government funding to be increased or decreased for Medicare (for the poor) or other “free” healthcare programs? Federal regulation of commerce.  Is the government going to continue to mandate coverage and benefits or make coverage optional and plan design discretionary? […]

Regroup and get healthcare right!

Government rules should require simplified, binding, and tranparent pricing for care (“per-procedure”) to stimulate price competition.  If Republicans don’t get it right, the socialist solutions to healthcare (from Bernie Sanders and others) will only rise in prominence.  Congress must recognize that price competition is absent in healthcare.  Free-market reforms to reduce prices of care must […]

Media Bias Update

The New York Times, through a different journalist, apparently changed its mind since yesterday.  The withdrawal of the healthcare bill is now just a “setback” and not a “failure” as suggested yesterday.  However, they now claim Conservatives are “scaling back ambitions.”  I seriously doubt that is true.  It’s the paper’s opinion and belongs on the […]

Media Bias of New York Times on Display

Upon arrival in New York City on March 26, 2017, I picked up a copy of that day’s New York Times.  Known as “the most liberal rag” in the nation, the newspaper’s bias jumped off the page.  The headline said, “Trump Becomes Ensnared in Fiery G.O.P. Civil War” with the following subtitle, “First Legislative Failure […]

Concentrate more on cutting the size of the healthcare pie and less on how to slice it.

Congressional healthcare solutions are misguided. For purposes of illustration, let’s assume that healthcare spending is a 12-inch pie.  Congressional solutions must make the pie smaller by stimulating reductions in the prices of healthcare services.  How you slice up costs (among the payers of care) doesn’t work, you still have a 12-inch pie.  Congress needs to […]