14 Sep 2017
2017/09/14 – Do Democrats Know How Radical Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare For All’ Plan Is? – Investors Business Daily
It’s hard to know where to begin to show just how radical Sanders’ plan really is.
But let’s start with this. There is no industrialized country in the world that has a government-run health care system as vast as the one Sanders proposes.
Plenty of other countries “guarantee” health care to their citizens, and pay most of the costs with tax dollars. But none promises first-dollar coverage for all health care, without limits.
In fact, there are no OECD countries where the government picks up the entire health care tab. In Canada, government spending accounts for 70% of health costs, in Germany, 85%, in Sweden it’s 83.9%, and in the U.K. it’s under 80%, according to OECD data.
There’s a good reason that even socialist countries don’t go as far as Sanders proposes: They all have firsthand experience with the massive budget problems caused by government-run health care, to say nothing of the chronic delays, waste and fraud they inevitably produce.
Sanders’ plan would also be massively disruptive.
To sell ObamaCare, President Obama at least pretended that “if you like your plan you can keep your plan.” Sanders guarantees that if you like your plan, you will lose it, and be shoved into government insurance.
Some people continue to run in the opposite direction of common sense. Better and more affordable health care should move towards less government intervention – not more.
3 Jul 2017
2017/07/03 – Who is Charlie Gard, what is the mitochondrial disease he suffers from and why was there a legal battle? – UK Telegraph
Charlie is a 10-month old patient in intensive care at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London.
Doctors discovered he had a rare inherited disease – infantile onset encephalomyopathy mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS).
The condition causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.
His parents wanted to take him to the U.S. for some experimental therapy.
But doctors at GOSH concluded that the experimental treatment, which is not designed to be curative, would not improve Charlie’s quality of life.
Therefore, the matter goes to court. The UK court denied their request. The European court upheld the UK court decision.
They have raised over $2 million via GoFundMe. This has to be terrible for the family. No reports of this anywhere in the U.S.
President Trump has tweeted in as well…
This is what results from government controlled single payer health care. They make the decisions because they control the flow of money.
14 Jun 2017
2017-06-14 – Emergency drones rush life-saving help to simulated cardiac arrest cases – Ars Technica
Reenacting 18 real-life emergency calls of cardiac arrest to emergency medical services in Norrtälje, Sweden, researchers dispatched a drone carrying an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the local fire station. The drone reached the site of the emergency in around five minutes—about 16 minutes faster than emergency medical responders—researchers report Tuesday in JAMA.
26 May 2017
2017/05/25 – Wisconsin GOP advances measure that would make state first to drug test for health benefits – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin could become the first state in the nation to require needy but able-bodied adults to work and submit to drug tests to qualify for public health coverage, under a proposal advanced by lawmakers Thursday.
“The governor’s initiatives have been to help people move from dependence to independence. We’re going to support that initiative and that concept, except we do believe some of the ideas need further vetting,” said Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), co-chairman of the Joint Finance Committee.
With the state’s unemployment rate now at 3.2%, Walker wants to move as many Wisconsin residents as possible into the workforce.
25 May 2017
2017/05/24 – H.R. 1628, American Health Care Act of 2017 – Congressional Budget Office
The Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have completed an estimate of the direct spending and revenue effects of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, as passed by the House of Representatives. CBO and JCT estimate that enacting that version of H.R. 1628 would reduce the cumulative federal deficit over the 2017-2026 period by $119 billion.
25 May 2017
2017/05/25 – Elijah Cummings recuperating after heart surgery – Washington Examiner
He’s scheduled to spend the next few days in Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he had a surgery known as a transarterial aortic valve replacement. The procedure is meant to treat aortic stenosis, which is a narrowing of the aortic valve.
24 May 2017
2017/05/24 – Premiums have doubled since before Obamacare, says HHS report – Washington Examiner
The findings, assembled by the Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, show that since 2013, one year before the Obamacare regulations were fully implemented, premiums have risen from an average of $2,784 in 2013 to $5,712 in 2017 on the federal exchange, healthcare.gov. This represents an increase of $2,928, or 105 percent.
The 4 page report is here.