David Catron

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



One Million Reasons Obamacare Made Things Worse


During the last presidential debate, Hillary Clinton denounced Donald Trump for pledging to repeal the “Affordable Care Act” and take our health care system back to “the way it used to be.” The underlying assumption of this accusation is, of course, that the system works better now than before it was “reformed.” Many accept that […]

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The Opportunity Cost of the Trump Catastrophe


At the beginning of the presidential campaign, things looked grim for the Democrats. The vast majority of the electorate believed that, after eight years of Barack Obama’s “leadership,” the country was headed in the wrong direction. The economy was lethargic, Obamacare had wrecked the health care system, and social unrest was at its highest level […]

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Clinton’s Real Foe in Tonight’s Debate: Fairness


Hillary Clinton’s supporters are nervous about tonight’s debate with Donald Trump, but not for the reasons partisans normally hyperventilate prior to such forums. They aren’t worried that Trump will be more articulate, informed, or sound on policy than Clinton. Sharing her hubris, they take it for granted that that she is Trump’s superior in all […]

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Hillary’s Worst Health Problem May Be Obamacare


When Hillary Clinton held a seemingly insurmountable lead in most national and state polls, she didn’t need to worry about the health insurance sticker shock that much of the electorate is about to experience. Her edge was large enough to ensure victory even if she lost a couple of points due to voter anger over […]

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Think Obamacare Is Broken Now? Wait Till Hillary ‘Fixes’ It.


Hillary Clinton frequently says that, as president, she will “build on the successes of the Affordable Care Act.” If you are among the 54 percent of Obamacare enrollees who hate their coverage, or belong to the majority of Americans who want the law repealed, or are merely one of the millions whose out-of-pocket health care […]

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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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