David Catron

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

 

No, Medicaid Work Requirements Aren’t Racist or Cruel

 

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that states could experiment with work requirements and volunteer community service as prerequisites for Medicaid eligibility, the melodramatic response from the Democrats and their media allies was as predictable as it was mendacious. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi summed up the position of her congressional […]

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Trump Drives Another Nail Into Obamacare’s Coffin

 

During the 2016 primary season, Donald Trump pledged to facilitate lower health insurance premiums by permitting coverage to be sold across state lines. Oddly, considering that conservatives have long advocated this as a way of augmenting market competition among insurers, the proposal was ridiculed by his opponents for the Republican presidential nomination. During one debate […]

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Trump Is Right About the Obamacare Insurance Mandate

 

Obamacare advocates have insisted since 2010 that the individual mandate was the “linchpin” of health care reform. That was the primary argument used by the government lawyers who defended it before the Supreme Court in 2012, and it remained the party line until last month. As recently as December 18, Erwin Chemerinsky of the UC […]

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Why Susan Collins Will Vote to Kill Obamacare’s Insurance Mandate

 

Last summer, when Senator Susan Collins defied her party’s leadership by voting to save the “Affordable Care Act,” she became a heroine to the left. Obamacare apologists effusively praised the Maine Republican for courageously protecting the poor and infirm from the fell designs of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Lately, however, Collins has fallen out […]

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Sex and the Single Goal

 

The sexual harassment hysteria that shifted with such convenient alacrity from the entertainment industry and the news media to Capitol Hill has nothing to do with protecting women, “rape culture,” or radical feminism. It isn’t even about destroying President Trump, though his downfall is ever a consummation devoutly to be wished by the left. #MeToo, […]

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Senate Bill Kills Obamacare’s Taxes on the Poor

 

It was as inevitable as, well, death and taxes that the Democrats would react to the Senate tax reform bill with public lamentation, rending of garments, and portentous declarations about the death of the Republic. It was no surprise, then, that Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) charged the Republicans with “tearing down our democracy” or that […]

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Progressives Whine about Obamacare Premiums

 

It’s wrong, of course, to revel in the misfortune of others. I nonetheless laughed aloud when I read what the editors of the New York Times imagine is a heart-rending tale of several Obamacare supporters who, having ignored years of conservative warnings about the inevitability of premium increases under Obamacare, now lament the financial difficulties […]

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Maine, Medicaid, and the Gruber Principle

 

An aphorism much favored by my fellow dipsomaniacs goes thus: “Dogs are smarter than people. A dog won’t eat or drink anything that has made him sick in the past.” In other words, fill up Fido’s water bowl with Booker’s, let him slurp down enough to induce vomiting, and you’ll not get him near booze […]

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Does Ralph Northam Think 67% of Virginians are Racists?

 

Democrat Ralph Northam wants to be Virginia’s next governor, but he evidently holds the Commonwealth’s voters in low regard. Northam told a group of supporters last April that the people who want Obamacare repealed only oppose the law because “they never accepted who our President was.” What does that mean, exactly? Was he suggesting that […]

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House Votes to Repeal Obamacare’s ‘Death Panel’

 

Late Thursday afternoon the House of Representatives voted 307-111 to repeal one of Obamacare’s most dangerous provisions. A bipartisan coalition of 231 Republicans and 76 Democrats passed the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2017 (H.R. 849), a bill sponsored by Tennessee Republican Phil Roe and California Democrat Raul Ruiz that would abolish the […]

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