David Catron

David Catron is a health care consultant and frequent contributor to The American Spectator. You can follow him on Twitter at @Catronicus.



Clinton Would Be Jailed Were She a Doctor


If your doctor is caught accepting money in exchange for providing a health care facility exclusive access to her patients, she will be prosecuted by the Justice Department under the Anti-Kickback Statute. She will be subject to fines, imprisonment, and exclusion from treating Medicare or Medicaid patients. The schemes that result in such consequences are […]

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Obamacare’s Collapse: The Weirdest Excuse Yet


The speed at which Obamacare is now collapsing has exceeded the pace at which its advocates are able to produce plausible excuses. For evidence of this, one need look no further than the latest conspiracy theory concocted by Andrew Slavitt, the paragon of public service who runs the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). […]

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Whining About the Media Is a Losing Strategy


What did the political careers of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush have in common? Many observers, particularly supporters of Donald Trump, would respond to this question by shouting, “Absolutely nothing!” These people would be wrong. In reality, the careers of Reagan and Bush shared at least three important characteristics. They were both viciously assaulted […]

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Democrats Warn: Your Gun Is a Public Health Threat


Ronald Reagan famously said, “One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine.” He believed that government programs ostensibly meant to address public health crises would inevitably chip away at our personal liberties. For evidence that Reagan was right, one need look no further than […]

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Will Pence’s Obamacare Perfidy Damage Trump?


One reason John Kasich was unacceptable to many conservatives as this year’s GOP standard bearer involves his acquiescence in Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid. Many believe that, as Governor of Ohio, he has squandered the hard won 2012 Supreme Court victory concerning a provision of the “reform” law that granted the President and his apparatchiks the […]

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Trump Health Care Plan Would Reduce Premiums


As I have previously written in this space, Donald Trump’s health care plan is by no means perfect. It is, on the other hand, self-evidently superior to Obamacare or the dystopian medical delivery system that Hillary Clinton would inflict on the nation if the voters are foolish enough elect her President. Last week, the Center […]

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Trump, Romney, and Data Denial Syndrome


Few supporters of Donald Trump will take kindly to the suggestion that he has anything in common with Mitt Romney. It is nonetheless true that the former suffers from a significant handicap that also hobbled the latter—overzealous partisans who flatly refuse to acknowledge very real challenges facing their candidate. The most obvious example involves an […]

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L0031469 The Devil and Dr. Faustus meet.
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The Devil and Dr. Faustus meet.
ca. 1825 The life and horrible adventures of the celebrated Dr. Faustus; relating his first introduction to Lucifer, and connection with infernal spirits; his method of raising the Devil, and his final dismissal to the tremendous abyss of Hell.
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Insurers Try to Sue Their Way Free of Faustian Bargain


In Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, the sinful sawbones eventually thinks better of his bargain with the devil and does his best to weasel out of the deal. A number of health insurers, having made similarly cynical arrangements with the Obama administration, are now attempting to use the court system to escape the consequences of their […]

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The GOP Plan to Replace Obamacare


A talking point often heard from the White House, congressional Democrats, and the “news” media concerning Republican calls for the repeal of Obamacare has been that the GOP has no plan with which to replace it. This has always been fiction, of course, and House Speaker Paul Ryan has once again put the lie to […]

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Obamacare’s $250 Million Bribery Scheme


Shortly following last week’s revelation that Obamacare premiums will spike yet again in 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would offer $22 million in grants to state insurance officials to enforce “compliance with Affordable Care Act key consumer protections.” The Obama administration will, in other words, bribe state regulators […]

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