David Hogberg

David Hogberg is a writer living in Maryland.  He is author of the book, Medicare’s Victims: How the U.S. Government’s Largest Health Care Program Harms Patients and Impairs Physicians.

The New Republic Going Full Commie

 

I’m old enough to remember when Fred Barnes wrote for The New Republic. Of course, back then Barnes wasn’t as conservative as he is now, but TNR was also a much more liberal-moderate magazine. It was far from the silly leftist rag that it has become. Now it is on the verge of going full communist. […]

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Three Cheers for the Republicans Who Let McConnellCare Sink!

 

Kudos to Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Jerry Moran (R-Ks.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) for putting an end to the proposed “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” a.k.a. McConnellCare. And kudos to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Me.) for opposing it too, even though she did so for the wrong reasons. Now the GOP can get on with other issues […]

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Bernie, Why Do You Want Little Babies To Die?

 

Charlie Gard is a 10-month-old boy who is on life support because he is dying of a rare genetic condition. If he lived in America he’d have a chance of surviving. Unfortunately, he lives in Great Britain. (Editor’s note: Lloyd Billingsley has also weighed in on this story.) Charlie has a form of mitochondrial disease which causes muscle weakness and […]

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Senate Health Care Bill Shows GOP Has Learned Nothing

 

The new health care bill released by Senate Republicans has exactly the same major flaw that the original proposed “American Health Care Act” did. As such, it does not fix the problems with the Obamacare exchanges. Rather, their decline will continue apace. From USA Today: The Senate plan does not include a House provision that would let states […]

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Site-Neutral Payments Healthy for Patients

 

Competition in the healthcare market is healthy for patients. Unfortunately, in recent years hospitals, aided by government regulation, have reduced competition by consolidating and gobbling up physician practices. “Site-neutral payments” have the potential to slow that trend. Historically, Medicare has reimbursed hospitals for outpatient treatment at a higher payment rate than outpatient treatment performed by […]

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The Lovable “Non-Violent Drug Offender”

 

You might have noticed that there is a concerted effort by many conservative groups in recent years to reduce the prison population. Groups like the American Conservative Union and Right on Crime have come out in favor of legislation that reduces the sentences imposed on criminals in federal prison. Recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions raised […]

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How the GOP Can Help People Losing Their Obamacare Coverage

 

It happens so often now that it has stopped being remarkable: another health insurance company leaves the Obamacare exchange. Near the end of May, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City announced it would be exiting the Missouri and Kansas exchanges, causing 67,000 people to lose coverage. That will likely leave people in 25 […]

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Will Senate GOP Get Pre-existing Conditions Right?

 

Do Senate Republicans have no understanding of how health insurance markets work? Or are they so afraid of taking political heat that they just don’t care? Probably a bit of both. Letting people with pre-existing conditions access insurance any time they want without paying higher premiums will render insurance markets unworkable. Despite that, Senate Majority […]

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Colleges, Free Speech, and GOP Fecklessness

 

A few weeks ago Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature put forward a bill that would expel any student at a state university who disrupted or prevented speeches on campus. After the courage that Gov. Scott Walker and other Republicans displayed in the face of unrelenting protests in 2011, it is no surprise that they have […]

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Is Reality A Winner? Not So Much

 

On Monday the FBI arrested Reality Winner for leaking a National Security Agency report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Winner, 25, was federal contractor in Augusta, Georgia with top secret security clearance. (Yes, that really is her name. Her full name is Reality Leigh Winner. Yes, a mom really named her kid […]

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