David Catron

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



Gruber Still Lying About Obamacare


A stable human being, having earned national notoriety by admitting that he participated in a conspiracy to deceive the voters on an important public policy issue, would not expect them to believe anything else he had to say on the subject. This would be particularly true if he had also said that the deception was […]

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GOP Moves to Block Illegal Obamacare Bailouts


House and Senate Republicans have introduced legislation to prevent the Obama administration from executing a last-minute end run around Congress to bail out insurers that lost money on Obamacare. Rep. Morgan Griffith put forward a bill in the House last Thursday. Senator Marco Rubio and three colleagues introduced a similar measure in the upper chamber […]

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Obamacare Repeal: Trump Has a Mandate


Many commentators, including yours truly, seriously underestimated Donald Trump’s electoral prospects despite prescient assurances that he would win from American Spectator stalwarts like Jeffrey Lord and R. Emmett Tyrrell. Unlike most Trump skeptics, however, I’m delighted to have been proven wrong. His flaws notwithstanding, “the Donald” has spared the nation four years of Clintonian corruption […]

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Clinton’s Campaign Is Predicated on the Gruber Principle


In 1778 Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Laws will be wisely formed and honestly administered in proportion as those who form and administer them are wise and honest.” Does anyone believe that the Sage of Monticello, had he been unfortunate enough to know her, would have included Hillary Clinton among the ranks of such people? The voters […]

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Yes, Obamacare Rate Hikes Do Hurt People with Employer Plans


Among the most frequently repeated talking points promulgated by the White House and its media allies about Obamacare’s latest premium spikes is that they only affect the “small” number of people who buy coverage on the individual market, leaving those with employer-based coverage unscathed. The New York Times dutifully parrots the party line, “These increases […]

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A Vote for Hillary Is a Vote for Single-Payer


Throughout this election cycle, Hillary Clinton has insisted that she doesn’t favor single-payer health care. Prepare yourself for a shock — she’s lying. As early as 1994, she described the future of our medical delivery system thus: “I think the momentum for a single-payer system will sweep the country … if it’s not successful the […]

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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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