Before this is over, the mean-spirited Montana senator will be dubbed Mad Max.
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As the Journal concluded regarding the government’s scandalous mistreatment of Humana, “This episode neatly shows how all U.S. health care will operate if Mr. Baucus’s bill becomes law.” But that is an overly polite understatement of the ugly reality. What the episode shows is that AMERICA IS NO LONGER A FREE COUNTRY while these left-wing extremist Democrats are in power.
The Baucus bill also includes $6 billion in start-up funds “to establish health care cooperatives that would provide insurance coverage and operate as non-profit organizations,” as the CBO explains. This is in service to the left-wing notion that insurance company profits are the problem in health care. But such profits are a negligible factor in health costs. As economist John Lott explains, “The Kaiser Foundation estimates that self-insured companies covered about 75 million out of 137 million workers in 2008.” In the remaining market, Lott continues:
[T]he dominant players…are non-profits….In state after state, Blue Cross and Blue Shield hold the largest market share. On average, the largest non-profit holds over half of the “full” market share in…29 states. Why add another non-profit to the mix? Getting rid of profits would not make costs go down. They would go up, because without profits there would no longer be the same incentive to hold down costs. Profits are the reward firms get for figuring out what consumers want.
The other big problem in the Baucus bill is that it provides the foundation for government rationing of health care. This is done through bureaucracies granted the power to make decisions regarding “comparative effectiveness,” which involves the government deciding what medical treatments work and what don’t (as if faraway government bureaucrats are going to know better than your own doctor), “cost effectiveness,” which involves whether particular medical treatments are worth the cost (as if the government can really make judgments about that either), and whether or when new medical technologies and breakthroughs can be adopted and implemented. When legislation talks about “quality,” that is often defined to include cost control, meaning ultimately rationing.
The Baucus bill is hazardous to your health, as well as your wallet.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?