Tag Archives: Health Care

Free Market Health Care or What Happens When The Free Market Happens

The Left would have you believe our health care system is jacked.  That it sucks and we pay too much.

In that we pay more than we have too, we pay too much.

Either way, the debate is how do we increase results while decreasing costs?  Contrary to every single iota of anecdotal evidence that the market delivers, the Liberal class continues to want to make the government make it better.  The government.

I present to you, via Care Diem, a better way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEgyvQYiIlY

As Mark Perry points out, WhiteGlove will see you the same day.  Government care?

…the average wait time for family medicine is 36 days, up 7 days.

The government has no business doing what business can do better.

Caution Government at Work

Wanna know why the cost of Medicare is going up?

Raleigh, N.C. — If a wheelchair costs $160, why would Medicare pay eight times as much? That’s the question one local woman asked after her elderly father needed a wheelchair to get around.

As a WRAL investigation found, it’s all in the way Congress set up the spending plan.

A wheelchair seemed like a simple purchase for Jeanne Gunter’s 95-year old-father when he moved to assisted living, but she soon learned that Medicare’s payment system is not so simple.

Medicare rents to own equipment, such as wheelchairs. One wheelchair, for example, costs $104 a month for up to 13 months, which is about $1,300 total. Providers must maintain the liability to repair the chair during the 13 months of rental.

“We could’ve bought a wheelchair,” Gunter said. “I looked at a local pharmacy and looked at a wholesale club, and you could easily get one for $150 to $200 comparable to what we have.”

By all means, let’s have these people run my health insurance program.

A Thought Occurred To Me

The bedrock principle that the authors of Obamacare used to legally justify the federal government regulating health insurance is the “Commerce Clause”.  Basically, this clause states that the federal government has the right to regulate all interstate trade to ensure that the economic interests of America are met.

Except, health insurance is not allowed to be sold across state lines.

It’s not inTER-state trade.  In’s inTRA-state trade.

Ahhh….but I forgot.

Wickard v. Filburn, 317 U.S. 111 (1942), was a U.S. Supreme Court decision that dramatically increased the power of the federal government to regulate economic activity. A farmer, Roscoe Filburn, was growing wheat to feed his chickens. The U.S. government had imposed limits on wheat production based on acreage owned by a farmer, in order to drive up wheat prices during the Great Depression, and Filburn was growing more than the limits permitted. Filburn was ordered to destroy his crops and pay a fine, even though he was producing the excess wheat for his own use and had no intention of selling it.

The Supreme Court, interpreting the United States Constitution’s Commerce Clause under Article 1 Section 8 (which permits the United States Congress “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;”) decided that, because Filburn’s wheat growing activities reduced the amount of wheat he would buy for chicken feed on the open market, and because wheat was traded nationally, Filburn’s production of more wheat than he was allotted was affecting interstate commerce, and so could be regulated by the federal government.

Long ago the Leftists felt that they had the answer to the Great Depression.  And they passed many laws intended to help us through this great time.  However, they were illegal laws and the Supreme Court struck them down.

Then FDR:

…sought to counter this entrenched opposition to his political agenda by expanding the number of justices in order to create a pro-New Deal majority on the bench.

{His} legislation was unveiled on February 5, 1937 and was the subject, on March 9, 1937, of one of Roosevelt’s Fireside chats. Shortly after the radio address, on March 29, the Supreme Court published its opinion upholding a Washington state minimum wage law in West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish by a 5–4 ruling, after Associate Justice Owen Roberts had joined with the wing of the bench more sympathetic to the New Deal.

So, because FDR was a thief who stole the right of a citizen from growing enough wheat to feed his animals, we now have to live through a law that seeks to regulate inter-state trade of a commodity that is illegal to sell inter-state.

Nice!

Interesting Distinction

I’m pretty Libertarian in my thinking when it comes to drugs and alcohol.  If YOU wanna do ’em, take ’em or drink ’em, you should be free to do so.  However, I think that there should be some reasonable control.

  • Can’t sell to a minor.
  • Can’t sell to someone clearly under the influence
  • Can’t operate a motor vehicle

Etc etc etc..

Now, in order to enforce some of the common sense restrictions, it becomes important to be able to identify the age and/or identification of the person buying or using the substance.  You  need to show ID.  This is true of alcohol, cigarettes and even lottery tickets.

No one has a problem with this.

I also feel that similar requirements should be in place for other activities. I also think that similar requirements should be in effect for other activities, you know, like voting or being in the country.  I don’t believe there’s  anything more “holy” about proving you are who you say you are when you vote than having to  prove you are who you say you are when you buy a beer.

But Leftists do.

So I’m surprised this got through:

People picking up certain prescriptions at the pharmacy will have to show a photo identification starting today, as new state health regulations intended to prevent prescription drug abuse and overdose deaths take effect.

Certainly this will impact the ability of the undocumented resident from obtaining the medication that Obama just passed for him; right?  Or the citizen that is just TOO poor to be able to afford either:

  1. The transportation to get to the state office to obtain ID
  2. The ID itself

I would like to hear the Leftist explain the contradiction that is his eternal need to protect us from ourselves vs the burden of proof that is required of citizens who live and or vote.

The Best Medical Care Money Can Buy

We’ve heard it all.

The United States has the most expensive health care system in all the world.  It’s true, go look it up.

And, if you were to add up the amount of money that we spend on medical care and compare it to other nations, our total would be higher than others.

In the same way t hat our total spend on fish tanks, running shoes, low brow caps, suit coats and baseball gloves is higher too.

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Where Liberty Clashes With Liberty: A Study of the Leftist

So, what is Liberty? What is a “human-right”? People say all kinds of things are human-rights. In fact,in many nations, more and more things are becoming human-rights.

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Our Plan Is So Good—We're Gonna Tax The Hell Oughta Ya

So, at a time when the country is strugglin’ pretty mightly [notice I avoided saying that we are struggling like we haven’t struggled since the Great Depression?  Yeah, cause sayin’ that is kinda stoopid.  We aren’t strugglin’ like we was strugglin’ as recent as 1981] the administration is worrying about a lot of other things besides that strugglin’.

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And No More Homework!

Just like a kid running for class President, Obama runs on populist messages.  He promises that we’ll all have ice cream before bed, get free tickets to the circus and catch a fish every cast.

And he usually gets a bump when he does.  But the speed of reality catching up is getting faster and faster.

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Markets In Everything: Inventing the Old

In a stunning display that there are markets for everything, a group of entrepeneurs have “invented” Polaroid film:

NEW YORK – A group of engineers and enthusiasts who leased an old Polaroid film factory in the Netherlands announced Monday that they had successfully reinvented instant film and will start selling packs this week.

The news gives new life to some old Polaroid cameras. The company, called The Impossible Project, will sell film for SX-70 cameras made in the ’70s as well as more recent cameras that take 600-series film.

Each film pack will cost $21 and produce eight black-and-white images. The company plans to introduce color film this summer, and expects to make 1 million packs in the first year. The film will be sold online initially, but the company expects to make it available in some stores as well.

Amazing.

On a side note:

Had this been the government running the film industry we never would have advanced beyond the Polaroid film.  Instead, we would be looking at ways to cut costs and reduce service.  Rather than re-inventing the old film, we would still be making it, selling it for $31 a pack, yielding 4 pictures per with a successful “take-rate” of about 80%.

How sweet it is.

Preferred Route as Advocated by the Government Run Bus Service: Walk

If you want an example of government efficiency at it’s very VERY best, check this out:

Mike Munger, in an effort to be green in his life, albeit where it makes sense, tried using the Raleigh Transit Bus service to get from his house to the airport.  For suggestions on potential routes, he went to the service’s website and submitted his request.  He got two answers.  The first suggested that he walk 3.25 miles and catch the bus to the airport.

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