Annals of Government Medicine

Annals of Government Medicine

Featured image The Rolling Stones are still touring after all these years. But a week ago, they announced a postponement of their upcoming North American concert series because of a heart condition suffered by Mick Jagger. Then, only days later, it was announced that Jagger had undergone a successful transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure. Jagger tweeted his thanks to hospital personnel: Thank you everyone for all your messages of support, I’m feeling »

Annals of Government Medicine

Featured image From the BBC, an account of 21st Century British dentistry: “We couldn’t see an NHS dentist so we pulled out our own teeth.” The NHS carried out 39 million dental treatments in England last year, but Rebecca Brearey and Nick Oldroyd, who live in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, said no local NHS dentists would treat them. “We’ve been trying for four years but no dentist will take us on. Every time »

Annals of Government Medicine

Featured image At the Telegraph, Simon Heffer reviews the condition of Britain’s National Health Service after 68 years and finds: “The NHS will simply collapse unless politicians have the courage to reform it.” According to Government figures, the £437 million spent in the first year of the NHS’s existence in 1948-49 is equivalent to £15 billion today. Yet the UK total spent on the NHS is now £116.4 billion, £101.3 billion of which is spent »

Grubered Again

Featured image I think “Grubered” should enter the modern political vocabulary along side “Borked.”  If “Borked” has come to mean “obstruct (someone, especially a candidate for public office) through systematic defamation or vilification,” then “Grubered” will mean “systematic defamation or vilification of oneself through one’s own words.” Over on TownHall Katie Pavlich has rounded several more videos where Gruber contradicts what he told the House committee earlier this week, namely, his disclaiming »

Fraud? Did You Say Fraud?

Featured image Liberals who defend Obamacare used to point to the VA as an example of how the government could provide universal health coverage just dandy. Well, that talking point has rather disappeared down an Orwellian memory hole. Another favorite talking point was that the government’s low administrative costs for Medicare proved that private insurance, with their higher overhead, were inefficient profiteering price gougers, etc. That was one reason for Obamacare’s mandate »

Annals of Government Medicine

Featured image A point that we and other conservatives have made repeatedly about the VA scandal is that no one should have been surprised. The problem with the VA isn’t the person appointed to head the organization, and it can’t be solved by a few tweaks to the statute. The fundamental problem with the VA is that it is government medicine. When health care is uncoupled from the competitive market, what happens? »

Obamacare: Who Could Have Seen This Coming?

Featured image Really, who could have seen this coming?  From today’s Wall Street Journal: ER Visits Rise Despite Health Law Health Act Isn’t Cutting Emergency Volume So Far; Government Says It’s Too Early to Draw Conclusions The only thing wrong with the main headline is its accuracy; it should of course read “ER Visits Rise Because of Health Law.”  Anyway: Early evidence suggests that emergency rooms have become busier since the Affordable »

Impeach President Romney?

Featured image Thought experiment: What would the media and the Left (but I repeat. . .) be saying if President Romney was rewriting Obamacare on his own executive authority, delaying the business mandate, etc.?  My guess is they’d be screaming for Romney’s impeachment. Turns out National Review‘s Charles Cooke was way ahead of me—well, at least a day ahead of me—with this same inquiry.  Only he fleshes it out in more detail: »

Oregon’s Obamacare Scandal: Fraud Charges?

Featured image John wrote here a few weeks ago about the fiasco of Oregon’s state-designed Obamacare exchange, and especially how his old college classmate, the current governor John Kitzhaber, walked out of a TV interview when pressed on the issue.  Maybe he walked out to avoid having to admit that the whole situation is worse than had been disclosed–that Oregon may in fact face federal fraud charges.  That’s the allegation reported today »

Pump It Up: An Update

Featured image Another update: my story last week about how the federal government funds penis pumps for elderly gentlemen brought this wonderful note: I teach high school government, and every single year during my unit on bureaucracy and health care policy I have my students use the following prompt as an in class discussion starter: “According to data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare has spent more »

Annals of Government Medicine, With a Postscript on American Liberals

Featured image If you want your health care to be run like the post office, government medicine is for you. Otherwise, not so much. From the U.K., another in a long series of sad stories about government malfeasance, arising out of an inquest into the death of a four-year-old boy: A four-year-old boy who died on a “shambolic” hospital ward was so neglected that he resorted to sucking moisture out of wet »

Today’s #ObamacareFail: Another Day, Another Delay

Featured image At some point this is going to stop being news (like the latest alarmist global warming study): California extends payment deadline for Obamacare policies to Jan. 15 Amid deepening consumer frustration, California’s health exchange extended the payment deadline to Jan. 15 for insurance coverage starting Jan. 1 under the federal healthcare law. The state’s move late Saturday comes as many enrollees continue to report problems getting an invoice from their »

Today’s #ObamacareFail: Don’t Have Any Babies

Featured image Turns out the genius designers of the Obamacare website forgot to include a protocol for updating your coverage to reflect basic life changes like, for example, having a baby.  Maybe they figured after taking in Pajamaboy, no one would ever want to have kids again, or, equally likely given liberal ideology today, they think everyone will choose the contraception and abortion options from their menu.  From the AP: WASHINGTON (AP) »

Happy New Year: Another Obamacare Triumph In Sight

Featured image Remember how Obamacare was supposed to result in fewer wasteful visits to emergency rooms?  Yeah, yeah, I know: only a liberal wonk detached from reality—their natural habitat—could think that.  Well guess what?  Looks like it’s already failing.  From the New York Times today: Access to Health Care May Increase ER Visits, Study Suggests Supporters of President Obama’s health care law had predicted that expanding insurance coverage for the poor would »

Today’s #Obamacarefail

Featured image So the “Navigator” geniuses running Obamacare have been referring people in New York to call . . . a cupcake shop: Thanks to ObamaCare, New Yorkers can now get health insurance with rainbow sprinkles. In yet another bungle for the botched government insurance rollout, the state Health Department has mistakenly listed numerous non-health-related business as enrollment sites — including a Brooklyn cupcake shop that has been besieged by callers. “I »

The Obamacare Failure Rolls On

Featured image In today’s #Obamacarefail news, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius confessed that many employer-sponsored health care plans will also be terminated because of “nonconformity” with the new rules.  So it won’t be just the 5 percent of individual health insurance purchasers who may lose the health care plan they have, and Jay Carney will need to come up with a new bogus talking point.  Hmm: be interesting to see what happens if »

Annals of Government Medicine, Venezuela Edition

Featured image The Associated Press reports on the state of health care in socialist Venezuela: Doctors not allied with the government say many patients began dying from easily treatable illnesses when Venezuela’s downward economic slide accelerated after Chavez’s death from cancer in March. Doctors say it’s impossible to know how many have died, and the government doesn’t keep such numbers, just as it hasn’t published health statistics since 2010. Almost everything needed »