Why U.S. Healthcare is So Expensive

A conservative (free markets and such) friend and I were having a private conversation about healthcare when he asked why there was so much waste in our healthcare system, i.e. why was the cost of actual care so low compared to how much we spend. Here’s my answer, edited for clarity: The waste you’re alluding […]

The Problem With Free Markets and Core Services

Conservatives are known for their belief that free markets are the answer to all problems—including those like healthcare. The idea is elegant: you have a problem and you unleash the free market upon it. Companies will compete, and you’ll have the best outcomes. Done and done. It’s been intuitive to me that there is an […]

Obamacare Basics

via upworthy.com It’s not single payer, but it’s a start. Link from danielmiessler.com

A Letter to a GOP Family Member Who is Against Obamacare

Hi $NAME, Basically, the role of the government is to provide for our welfare, to see that we flourish, etc. Note this part of the constitution: We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, […]

Andrew Sullivan on ObamaCare | The Daily Beast

Yes, it crosses the Rubicon of universal access to private health care. But since federal law mandates that hospitals accept all emergency-room cases requiring treatment anyway, we already obey that socialist principle—but in the most inefficient way possible. Making 44 million current free-riders pay into the system is not fiscally reckless; it is fiscally prudent. […]

Money Won’t Buy You Health Insurance | NYTimes

Most employees assume that if they lose their job and the health coverage that comes along with it, they’ll be able to purchase insurance somewhere. The members of Congress who want to repeal the provision of last year’s health insurance law that makes it easier for individuals to buy coverage must assume that uninsured people […]

A List of Immediate Healthcare Reform Benefits

Many love to talk about how the recently passed healthcare reform bill does nothing to help anyone. Well, here’s a list of those non-things it doesn’t not do–starting immediately and going through 2018. Insurance companies will be barred from dropping people from coverage when they get sick. Lifetime coverage limits will be eliminated and annual […]

Some Solid Ideas on Healthcare Reform

Healthcare Solutions By Dan Field, MD Tort reform. Cap every state as has been done in California and Texas. Medical justice panels. A jury by our peers. Medically trained arbitration panels to hear cases. Eliminate doctors’ malpractice costs for patients who demand free care. If the government insists that ED docs see every patient (through […]

Are We Going to Let John Die? – NYTimes.com

If Joe Lieberman or other senators came across John Brodniak writhing in pain on the sidewalk, they presumably would jump to help him and rush him to a hospital. via nytimes.com Someone tell me it makes sense for this to happen anywhere at any time, let alone in the United States in 2010. Link from […]