Category Archives: Health Care

New Blog Recommendation

New Blog Recommendation

You read tdaxp, so you’re smart.

That’s self-serving flattery, but not untrue. If you’re reading this post, you like intelligent, thought-provoking, and unexpectedly combative posts, like my posts on education reform, scientific research programs, the rise of Christianity, and the Chinese Civil War. You’re the sort of person who probably has also read Tom Barnett on globalization, Mark Safranski on history, Razib Khan on genetics, Catholicgauze on geography, and Lion of the Blogosphere on social class.

With this in mind, I recommend Miss Nurse, RN.

(Parenthetical note:I am writing this from China, and the only one of these sites to be blocked is Lion of the Blogosphere and Miss Nurse, RN. Make of that what you will.)

I have little tolerance for health-advise pseudoscience or sophistry, but I like how “Miss Nurse” takes a critical but educated view of personal health. Her posts don’t treat the reader as an idiot, and have no easy answers.

In other words, they are what we need as we become a sicker and sicker society.

Read Miss Nurse, RN.

ObamaCare is Dead

From RCP Senate Race Live Blog

11:35pm — A somewhat stunning statement from Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA): “If Coakley had won, I believe we could have worked out a reasonable compromise between the House and Senate health care bills. But Since Brown has won and the GOP now has 41 votes in hte Senate, that approach is no longer appropriate. I am hopeful that some GOP Senators will be willing to discuss a revised version of health care reform because i do not think the country would be well served by the health care status quo. But our respect for Democratic procedures must rule out any effort to pass a health care bill as if the Massachusetts election had not happened. I hope there will be a serious effort to change the senate rule which means that 59 votes are not enough to pass major legislation, but those are the rules by which the health care bill was considered and it would be wrong to change them in the middle of this process.”

Thank you Massachusetts!

Factual Questions

As I know, and am close to, numerous nurses who work with high-risk groups and have yet to receive the Pig Flu (H1N1) Vaccine, I would like to know the answer to the following questions

1. What is the correlation between an individual’s contributions to the Obama campaign and his or her probability of having received a Pig Flu vaccine shot?

2. What is the correlation between the average size of individual contributions to the Obama campaign for an organization, and the fraction of that organization’s workforce that have received a Pig Flu vaccine?

Bill Nelson Tries to Sabotage What Works in ObamaCare

According to the New York Times, Bill Nelson (D-FL) wants to stop ObamaCare from gutting Medicare. Of course, this is a bad thing. The only good thing of ObamaCare — and one that its more sophisticated fans often point out — is that it guts Medicare. Sure it might grant coverage to illegal aliens and tax young families in order to subsidize the old and sick, but as Obama’s supporters have insisted over and over, reform is needed to prevent us from subsidizing morbidity into extreme old age.

Bill Nelson’s amendment, supported for tactical reasons by some Republicans, would prevent any cost savings, and simply speed up the transfer of American political and economic authority from Washington to Beijing.

Taxing the young to pay for the old to dwell in sickness

One of the consequences of ObamaCare is that young families will pay higher taxes (via higher insurance premiums) in order to subsidize the sickness of old people.

Demographically, if you tax people for being young in order to subsidize old-age morbidity, you will have less young people and more sickly old people.

Specifically, young people will put off having families (because they have less income to support a family on), so that old people like Obama’s grandma can have a surgery days before she dies.

The only economically sensible reason to have “health care reform” is to allow more old people to die faster. (In military terms, increased old-age mortality under ObamaCare would be a LIHOP — let it happen on purpose.) Of course, when the American people realized this, they panicked (much of their youth is behind them, but their old-age care is still ahead of them).  This hurts those who already invested political capital in a bill that was originally intended to LIHOP eldercide.

So now, a bill whose initial goal was to shuffle the old and sick off the stage will subsidize the old and sick at the expense of the young and healthy.

This debate is out of control. Obama should “press the reset button” and try again in two years.

Would ObamaCare Cover Illegal Immigrants?

Brendan thinks so.

The mechanism would be as followed: while ObamaCare has paper-prohibitions on numerous things (such as the rich getting means-tested care, and illegal-immigrants signing up for the plan), the law provides that the Internal Revenue Service share income data, but not that Homeland Security share legal residency status.

If this is true, ObamaCare contains a double-standard, holding Americans to a “trust-but-verify” standard while illegal immigrants are held to a “trust without verification” standard.

Relatedly, NPR notes that half of all illegal immigrants already have health insurance.

Control without Responsibility

This piece by Victor Davis Hanson is acceptable, but it messes Obama’s political timing, and so ends up sounding over the top. Obama is not some enemy from 2,500 years ago dedicated to class warfare. Rather, he is a smart politician who wants control and desires to avoid the responsibility that comes from it. This is not simply a selfish stance, but rather an honest belief that government is best done by politically-minded experts who are not accountable to the public.

The economy revolution we are experiencing in the United States is without parrallel, except for China under Deng Xiaoping. Just as Deng was, economically, the first post-Chinese leader of China, Obama may be the first post-American leader of America. From automobiles to banking to insurance to health care, the government under Obama acts as both regulator and competitor, allowing it to influence the marketplace without any particular government minister fearing the bad consequences of his actions.

Like Deng, Obama also faces unsustainable social spending. In China, Deng introduced the Family Responsibility System which freed the central government from having to care for millions of Chinese. In the United States, Barack Obama will introduce “death panels ” that will free the central government from having to care for millions of elderly Americans. Here again is the theme of control without responsibility. Obama, like Deng, will consign millions of poor and elderly Americans to earlier deaths, while avoiding responsibility by blaming the family (if they really wanted grandma alive, they could fork over the thousand-a-day themselves…).

Health Care Costs

In most businesses, customers are presented with a selection of goods or services which are for sale, and then charged for which ones they select.

Medical offices do not operate under such a buyer-and-seller business model.

Instead, medical offices (clinics and hospitals) do not disclose which services they are charging for, and do not disclose the costs of these services. Instead, patients sign a vague agreement to pay all fees.

This system doubtless passes contract law muster, but doctors (as a regulated profession) should be held to a higher ethical standard. Patients should be informed, procedure-by-procedure, test-by-test, of total costs. Alternatively, patients may be informed of a flat-rate (say, so much per hour for a doctor’s time).

While learning about Canada’s horrific health care system prevented me from complaining for the rude wait time last month, Canada has nothing on the United States with regard to undisclosed fees.

(As readers may have guessed, the aggrevation comes from a fee for the service that resulted in the wait! The injustice!)