Hunt Lawrence and Daniel J. Flynn

Hunt Lawrence is a New York-based investor. Daniel Flynn is the author of five books.

Obamacare Unconstitutional, Now What?

 

“Compromise has an incredibly small constituency,” retiring Representative Trey Gowdy reflected in a parting-thoughts interview with Fox News Channel’s Martha McCallum. He lamented a prevailing, partisan mindset that it only takes 51 percent to govern. Entering Congress by riding the Republican wave that followed the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act without […]

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Poll: Dems, GOP Disagree Profoundly on Healthcare Solutions

 

Americans unite on identifying the major problem facing the nation but divide profoundly on the solution. We agree, and then we agree to disagree. Exit polling for the 2018 midterms found voters citing healthcare far more than any other issue, even the economy, as their number one concern. But a new poll by Gallup indicates […]

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The Medical Industrial Complex

 

60 Minutes demonstrated the primary ailment of American healthcare on Sunday. “The actual drug naloxone can cost as little as a nickel a dose, according to industry insiders,” Lesley Stahl remarks about the drug that brings the opioid dead back to life. “But Evzio costs a lot more: its price tag is over $4,000.” Nobody […]

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Voters: Healthcare Top Issue

 

Voters cited healthcare as the top issue in the VoteCast poll of more than 100,000 Americans conducted by the Associated Press. Democrats ran hard on healthcare. Democrats won back the House of Representatives. This seems more causation than correlation. Sure, Democrats did not exactly beat Republicans the way the Harlem Globetrotters beat the Washington Generals. […]

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All Politics Isn’t Local

 

Massachusetts considers a ballot question on Tuesday that proposes to “limit how many patients could be assigned to each registered nurse in Massachusetts hospitals and certain other health care facilities.” Judging by signage and surveys, “yes” on Question 1 appeared headed for an overwhelming victory. Then something happened. Voters thought about the consequences. Limiting the […]

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Is There an Algorithm in the House?

 

Amazon killed Sears, Toys R Us, and Borders. Can it save our healthcare system? The company further fueled speculation about its desire to venture from its rainforest into the healthcare jungle through a recent job posting. The Amazon Benefits Department seeks a math whiz to “analyze data to help identify opportunities to improve employee wellbeing […]

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It Don’t Come Easy Leaving Quantitative Easing

 

The rate on ten-year U.S. Treasury bonds rose from below 3 percent to 3.2 percent last week. Signals abound that that Quantitative Easing morphs into Quantitative Tightening. The rise in the bond rate follows the Federal Reserve, which devoured U.S. bonds when the economy tanked during the Great Recession, announcing the increase of the federal […]

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Rachel Mitchelling the Debt

 

President Donald Trump finally figured out how to avoid those periodic PR disasters over looming government shutdowns. It turns out that if you distract the media with explosive charges involving Quaaludes, gang rape, and “boofing,” “ralphing,” “devil’s triangle,” and other words and phrases heretofore not uttered under the Capitol dome, they forget to saturate the […]

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Trillion Dollar Deficits in an Age of Prosperity

 

Paul Reveres or Chicken Littles, depending upon your perspective, warn of a coming danger. The doomsday scenarios appear confined neither to an intellectual ghetto where the respectable fear to tread nor to either end of the ideological spectrum. “The Coming Trump Recession” (Vanity Fair), “How to Survive the Coming Recession” (Salon.com), and “Early Recession Warnings […]

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A $21,432,243,515,559 Reckoning

 

Federal revenues flatline at $3.3 trillion. The amount the federal government took in this year matches what it took in last year, and the year before that, and the year before that. There would be a Groundhog Day quality to the repetition if only the major players learned to finally get it right. The Congressional […]

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