Archive for the ‘health care’ Category

Snooki on Taxes

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Recently Arizona Senator John McCain and Snooki from Jersey Shore had  a short discussion on Twitter regarding indoor tanning taxes:

“@Sn00ki u r right,” the 2008 Republican presidential candidate tweeted on his verified account. “I would never tax your tanning bed! Pres Obama’s tax/spend policy is quite The Situation. but I do rec wearing sunscreen!”

Snooki caught McCain’s shout-out and, though she didn’t respond to him directly, did tweet back, “Haha Yes!”

The health care reform legislation passed by Congress and the Obama administration imposed a 10% excise tax on indoor tanning services which goes into effect July 1st.

From a non policy standpoint this shows how the conservative movement is trying to embrace new media to attract the youth and get their message out to the public.

All Shout Does Is Make You Lose Your Voice

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

All Shout Does Is Make You Lose Your Voice. Apparently conservatives and Republicans, led on by Rush Limbaugh, have taken on the idea that yelling is the way to win a public policy debate.

There is a new trend that is happening increasingly where conservatives are showing up at “townhall” meeting with Congressmen and yelling at them to indicate dissaproval with Obamacare. The conservatives are protesting and being disruptive in a way that is reminiscent of the worst activism of those on the left of the political spectrum.

The protesting is not helping the Republican’s cause of opposing Obamacare legislation as this may make the Republican’s look bad and increase the ease with which the legislation goes through.

John Hall on Soda Taxes

Thursday, July 30th, 2009


I sent a letter to my Congressman John Hall opposing soft drink taxes and I am glad to say that his response was to oppose soda taxes. From Congressman Hall’s response:

Soft drinks alone are not the sole cause of the chronic diseases that plague our nation. While comprehensive health care legislation is still being formulated, I am concerned that a tax on soft drinks would be a regressive tax, and disproportionately hurt lower-income people. I believe we can achieve health care reform without raising taxes on lower and middle-class New Yorkers. I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind should Congress vote on this issue.

While I am not sure any “health care reform” that is going to make it through Congress will improve our health system, I am glad to see the Congressman does not think soda taxes are the solution and realizes they would be a regressive tax.

Healthcare Is Never Free

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Healthcare is never free. According to Charlie Rangel, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman in order to pay for the “health care reform” taxes will be raised by $600 billion and Medicare and Medicaid will be cut by $400 billion. This plan will not only cost more money but old people and poor people will have their healthcare limited to provide healthcare for other people.

Obama had been hoping health care reform would only cost $634 billion but it looks like it will now cost over $1 trillion.

Sanjay Gupta Likes Teevee

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Sanjay Gupta announced recently that he is not interested in the position of Surgeon General for which he was being considered.

It is perfectly understandable why Sanjay Gupta would not want the position: the Surgeon General makes little difference. It is hard to think of any Surgeon General in recently history that is memorable; the only Surgeon General I can think of is Jocelyn Elders who was fired after a bunch of false outrage after she suggested that masturbation should be discussed in sex ed.

Sanjay Gupta is likely to have a lot more impact and reach a larger audience as a commentator on CNN. It would not make sense to give up a large audience for an inconsequential Washington Office. Most of the control of health care public policy remains in control of the Secretary of HHS.

John Edwards Argues For More Lobbyists

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

John Edwards has a new ad arguing that we need to take power away from the drug companies. The only way John Edwards has proposed to take away power from the drug companies and the insurance companies is through his proposed costly national health care plan.

National health insurance might provide a better negotiating platform for negotiating with the insurance companies but it would also reduce the incentives for insurance companies to create new drugs.

Nationalizing health care will increase the involvement of lobbyists in the health industry. Decisions on which technologies are used in medical establishments will be made through Congress and the federal bureaucracy in much of the same manner as such decisions are made for Medicare in order to control costs.

Edwards Health Care Plan

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Government Bytes, the National Taxpayers Union’s blog has a guest post from me on John Edwards health care plan.

Health Care: It’s Going to Get Worse Until It Gets Better

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Arnold Kling writes at Cato Unbound that health care coverage in America is going to get worse before it gets better. Quote:

As that essay emphasizes, no serious health care policy approach (including the status quo) works well politically, because no approach is painless. The economic analysis says that we have to absorb pain in terms of limiting access to health care, limiting consumer insulation from health care costs, committing extravagant resources to health care, or some combination of all three. However, those trade-offs are evaded in political debates. Instead, there is strong demand in the political marketplace for gimmicks that purport to provide painless solutions.

This analysis is probably true. The American public does not generally accept large scale policy change until things have gone horribly wrong.