Let me provide a simple translation of the title of this post. It means President Obama is going back to full campaign mode. It is a mode he rarely leaves, but was forced out of when it became apparent that the ObamaCare website was a complete disaster. Let’s see, I believe that was on October 1, during the celebrated roll out of ObamaCare and its heralded website. It didn’t take long for most Americans to realize just how large the failure was going to loom over the President’s signature legislation. But as I pointed out in a previous post, ObamaCare is more than just a website.
We are now seeing conflicting claims about the website. President Obama and company are quick to point out it → Read More
Whoever said this was going to be a boring and lackluster GOP campaign really blew it. Those who said Republican voters were so disenchanted with the current field of candidates evidently didn’t have a clue what they were talking about. To put it as delicately as I can, this field has surged, dropped, and changed so many times, it’s a little hard to keep up with who is where in the polls. First, we had Michelle Bachmann winning the Iowa straw poll, with Ron Paul coming in a close second. Much ado, etc., etc., etc. A couple of days after that, Texas Governor Rick Perry joined the race by making an announcement in South Carolina. This followed much speculation about his intentions and resulted in → Read More
With Medicare and Medicaid wrecking federal and state budgets, it’s time to get serious about lowering health care costs.
Last week I had the pleasure of listening to a talk by Dr. Bo Jordin at Kenyon College, a former health care administrator from Sweden (such talks are a fringe benefit of living near a college village). I was convinced by his data that Sweden attains equivalent health care outcomes at about half the cost. I get frustrated when people say we have the “best health care in the world,” when the data don’t support that conclusion; we have excellent practitioners and services, but the system as a whole is vastly more expensive than is necessary. Before you accuse me of being a “closet socialist” → Read More
I was talking with a friend about recent developments in the ongoing saga of Obama’s socialized healthcare plan the other night. I made a joke that I thought was pretty clever. I reasoned that if the solution to health care troubles was the individual mandate – requiring everyone to purchase health insurance or face a fine – then why not solve society’s other ills this way.
We could solve the problem of hunger by requiring people to buy food. We could solve unemployment by requiring people to get jobs. We could solve homelessness by requiring people to buy houses. Little did I know someone had beaten me to the punch line. And the identity of the man who stole my thunder illustrates the cynical attempt → Read More
There is so much that could be said or written about one of the biggest news stories of the day. There is no way I could not write about Judge Roger Vinson’s decision yesterday that the much-touted health care law passed by the Democrats last year is unconstitutional. The signature legislation of the Obama administration was dealt a harsh blow by yesterday’s decision. There is no doubt that the legislation is headed to the Supreme Court, where hopefully, it will be dealt a complete death blow and be put out of it’s misery. Let’s examine the Judge’s decision and see how he came to make what may be one of the most important court decisions we have seen in quite some time.
At the basis → Read More
As is it’s yearly custom, the Congress of the United States is waiting until the last minute to pass some of it’s mandatory legislation, namely the spending bills that will continue to fund the government while they are away on the holiday break. None of us should be surprised at this. However, what you may or may not know is some of the spending items that have been included in this mandatory spending bill. There has been much talk of defunding the health care law, but our Congress is taking matters into their own hands and providing the funding via the back door. If it doesn’t shock you, it should at least make you fighting mad.
Senator Tom Coburn has detailed some of these additions, → Read More
How long have we been debating the pros and cons of the health care reform legislation that was signed into law by President Obama earlier this year? It didn’t take long before the legislation was being challenged in the courts, with cases being started nearly before the legislation had even taken affect. At the heart of most of those cases is the single portion of the law that is it’s heart and soul. I am speaking of the mandate saying we all have to purchase health care insurance or face a penalty. This mandate was included because those who were in charge of ramming this legislation down our throats said the only way health care costs could be lowered was to make sure everyone purchased → Read More