Friday, March 25, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The Independent Women's Voice held a video contest to help alert people to the destructive effects of the law. My entry is below. Though not as professionally done as the winners, the message is crucial to the fight for our health care freedom.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
If you don’t like ObamaCare, you probably really don’t like Donald Berwick, the current administrative head of Medicare and Medicaid.
You know him. He’s the one who’s “in love” with the Britain’s National Health Service, the guy who insists that we “must — must — redistribute wealth,” and tells us that, since rationing is unavoidable, we’d best do it “with our eyes open.”
But in regards to government-funded health care — including Medicare and Medicaid — Dr. Berwick is right, so it does no good to shoot the messenger.
You can read the rest here.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
(HT Ideas Matter)
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
In any other field, Jeffrey Brenner would be a millionaire. But because he’s in health care, he doesn’t know how he’s going to make ends meet. Like entrepreneurs in every market, Brenner thought outside the box. He discovered an ingenious way of lowering health care costs: focus on the “hot spots” of medicine — the high-utilizing, high spending patients — and solve their problems with unconventional care...So how much does Medicare reward Dr. Brenner for all the savings he creates for our nation’s largest health plan? Zip. Zero. Nada. How much does Medicaid pay for all the savings it realizes? Zilch. Zippo. Not a penny...
No one knows if Brenner’s techniques can be replicated (any more than we know if the medical practices of the Mayo Clinic or the Cleveland Clinic can be replicated). But there’s one way to find out: let Brenner become rich. Rich? Yes, rich...
[Gawande] actually believes that ObamaCare is going to liberate Brenner and people like him.
When is the last time you heard Barack Obama say he wants entrepreneurs to get rich solving the nation’s most pressing health care problems? When is the last time you heard him say he wants anyone to get rich doing anything? When is the last time you heard him say even a kind word about people who get rich?
No? Never? Not even once? Case closed.
Read the rest of the story from John Goodman. It's both inspiring, and infuriating.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Current Individual Mandate law suit rulings
Case #1 – individual mandate ruled constitutional
Randy Barnett amicus curiae – very worthwhile reading.
Case #2 – individual mandate ruled constitutional
Case #3 – individual mandate ruled unconstitutional, and severable
Case #4 – individual mandate ruled unconstitutional and nonseverable, declaratory relief granted; injunctive relief denied as unnecessary because declartory relief is sufficient
Case #5 – individual mandate ruled constitutional
Mead v. Holder 02-22-11
Case #4 – Order 03-03-11
Judge Vinson “clarifies” that he had clearly ruled the PPACA unconstitutional and expected the Government to either quickly file appeal or cease implementing the law.
A stay of his declaratory injunction is granted provided the Government files a notice for an expedited appeal within seven days.
Key Landmark Supreme Court Cases on the Commerce Clause
Wickard v. Filburn (1942) http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/wickard.html
Rule by regulation is rule by men. The more discretion given to regulatory agents, the further we move away from Rule by Law. This is one of the fatal flaws of central planning. Laws are too rigid and too slow to accomplish the tasks required for efficient use of resources--so attempts are made to provide flexibility by delegating decision-making power to regulatory agencies. But this very flexibility means arbitrary power in the hands of government bureaucrats--the exact opposite of Rule by Law. (Witness the more than 900 waivers already granted by Sec. Sebelius allowing a privileged few to escape some of the destructive consequences of the PPACA)