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I Heart Romneycare

‘Galatea’ is a columnist writing about her experience looking for work after her recent downsizing. Previous entries in her series can be strong> read here

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Written by Galatea on Friday December 2, 2011

The Wrong Way to Attack Gingrich

The American Spectator has decided to attack Newt Gingrich’s position on healthcare because he once praised the work of Dr. Donald Berwick’s Institute for Healthcare Improvement. I must say, as someone who has pretty consistently thought that Obamacare was a terrible way to go about reforming …

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Written by Stanley Goldfarb on Wednesday November 30, 2011

The Case of the Century

The U.S. Supreme court has agreed to hear essentially all of the challenges to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care and Protection Act, President Obama’s health care law. The AP is reporting that there will be five hours of oral arguments in March or April, after all of the briefs are …

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Written by Howard Foster on Monday November 14, 2011

Wal-Mart Wants to be Your Doctor

Or so NPR reports . The nation's largest retailer is planning to offer medical services ranging from the management of diabetes to HIV infections, NPR and Kaiser Health News have learned. This raises a question I've long wondered about: Why has there never appeared a giant low-cost …

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Written by David Frum on Wednesday November 9, 2011

Veterans Earned Their Benefits

Thanks alot McCain, I'm sorry I voted for your sorry RINO ass. Of course, I only voted for you because the alternative was unthinkable--but it's not as if there was a conservative in the running. This latest caper of yours confirms it: According to reports, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has …

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Written by Sean Linnane on Tuesday November 8, 2011

Res Judicata: Defending Romneycare

The Massachusetts health care law signed in 2006 by Governor Romney has three main parts: 1. It requires all citizens to buy a state-approved health insurance plan, 2. It provides subsidies to certain low-income people to pay for insurance, 3. It requires employers to provide health …

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Written by Howard Foster on Monday October 17, 2011

What's to Blame for Healthcare Costs? Doing Nothing.

The Associated Press reports that a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that health insurance premiums rose last year by 9%. Let’s try to affix blame by looking at some of the common arguments that try to explain this. Argument #1: Health Insurers are Greedy. It is true that …

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Written by Stanley Goldfarb on Wednesday September 28, 2011

The Romney We Need

Mitt Romney arrived loaded for bear this evening, pointing out, for example, that Rick Perry's Texas created jobs at barely 1/3 the rate of Anne Richards' Texas. On Social Security, Romney battered Rick Perry's call to have a debate about Social Security ... some time in the far, far future, in …

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Written by David Frum on Monday September 12, 2011

How I'd Reduce Healthcare Costs

“Easy for Me to Say” is a  Frum Forum feature series in which David Frum answers reader questions about political issues. Readers are invited to pose questions that take the form of: “OK – so what would you do instead of this or that politician you’ve criticized?” Questions should be …

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Written by David Frum on Tuesday August 23, 2011

Medicare's Disastrous Bidding Process

In the Weekly Standard , Eli Lehrer discusses a little understood but deeply flawed process that Medicare is using to bid on certain medical equipment. The consequences of the flawed system may lead to higher healthcare costs and lower life expectancies: In the trial areas, problems have …

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Written by FrumForum Editors on Monday August 8, 2011

Will Pawlenty Be Pressed On Economic Plan?

Questions are being asked about the realism of Pawlenty's economic plan: massive tax cuts he has said can produce five percent growth. The day after the New Hampshire Republican debate, Tim Pawlenty made the rounds of the morning talk shows to answer questions about his debate performance. Much …

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Written by David Frum on Thursday June 16, 2011

McConnell Gambles on Real Medicare Cuts

After months of mostly symbolic action the Republicans are in a position to propose real Medicare reform can be signed into law. After months of proposing symbolic actions (cuts in domestic discretionary spending), decent if politically risky ideas (the Ryan Medicare reform) and one truly …

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Written by Eli Lehrer on Saturday May 14, 2011

How Do Americans Rate Their Healthcare?

Obamacare's backers are trumpeting a study suggesting Americans are unsatisfied with health care quality. But a close look, makes it harder to draw this conclusion. News reports are trumpeting a new poll which seems to su g gest that Americans are unhappy with the quality of their healthcare. …

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Written by Stanley Goldfarb on Wednesday April 13, 2011

Obamacare: One Year Later

Wednesday marked the first anniversary of the health reform bill. But in this past year there's been no progress on addressing the real crisis: high health costs. Wednesday marked the first anniversary of the Democrats' health reform bill. But in this past year little progress has been made on …

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Written by Stanley Goldfarb on Thursday March 24, 2011

Will GOP Back Benefit Cuts on Military Retirees?

State governors are reacting to deficits by cutting public employee benefits. Now similar cutbacks are being proposed at the federal level for military retirees. The teachers must be wishing they wore uniforms. Governors across the country are reacting to deficits by cutting - or trying to cut …

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Written by David Frum on Tuesday March 15, 2011

The Wrong CEO for Medicare

Obama's nominee to head Medicare, Dr. Donald Berwick, is a respected academic physician. But can he turn around an agency with a $500 billion budget? This week, forty-two Senate Republicans signed a letter to President Obama asking him to withdraw the nomination of Dr. Donald Berwick to head …

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Written by Stanley Goldfarb on Friday March 4, 2011

Ryan Won't Defend Romney's Healthcare Law

Ryan Won't Defend Romney's Healthcare Law The Weekly Standard reports : This morning at a breakfast meeting sponsored by the American Spectator , Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan talked about what he's looking for in a Republican presidential candidate, reiterated he won't seek …

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Written by FrumForum News on Wednesday March 2, 2011

Obama's Mandate Waiver Trick

Obama's new proposal would grant waivers to states to create their own health plans. But the economics of healthcare may set the states up for failure. On Monday, President Obama announced to the National Governors Association that he would endorse a waiver for states to create their own health …

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Written by Stanley Goldfarb on Tuesday March 1, 2011

The Reid Bill's Hidden Pork

ClintonCare sat at 1,342 pages. The Reid bill is 2,070 pages, pre-amendments. Democratic leaders have put together increasingly long bills, packed with regulations and pork. Break time for nursing moms?  Hundreds of millions in funding to help teenagers make the transition to adulthood (including …

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Written by David Gratzer on Wednesday December 2, 2009

Dems Get Obamacare Back on Track

The Democrats took a major step forward today when Sen. Baucus pushed his legislation though the Senate Finance Committee – and did it with Sen. Snowe's support. Now, health-reform legislation by year's end once again seems likely. In September, they seemed hopeless – internally divided, …

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Written by David Gratzer on Tuesday October 13, 2009