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Johnson & Johnson’s War on Affordable Healthcare

 

Last week, industry executives from Johnson & Johnson, including J&J Vision North America President Peter Menziuso, conducted meetings with legislators on Capitol Hill to “deliver a message to Congress about eye care, patient safety and the importance of ‘in-person vision care’ provided by optometrists.” They focused the bulk of their energy on influential members, such […]

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TC Heartland Is Not a Magic Bullet

 

Early this week, the Supreme Court dropped yet another historic ruling on the subject of patent law. In fact, not only was the decision historic, but it was historically correct. That case, TC Heartland v. Kraft, a seemingly innocuous dispute over flavored drink mixes, amounts to a sweeping rejection of the legal strategy employed by […]

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California Wants to Make Health Care a ‘Right’

 

Sacramento A Bay Area Assemblyman got an earful last week as he pushed a largely symbolic bill that would have made it legal for California public employees to be members of the Communist Party. Rob Bonta of Oakland contritely withdrew the measure, which had passed out of committee, after leaders from the state’s large Vietnamese […]

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A Great Time to Buy Used… But Not Because They’re Cheap

 

You might want to buy a used car while they’re cheap — but not just because they’re cheap. And cheap they are. Because of unprecedented desperation tactics to sell new cars — including under-bid incentives, cash back offers, and “free money” loans at zero or nearly zero interest, which the car companies have had to […]

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Google Fiber Moves Toward Wireless, Leaving Taxpayers in the Lurch

 

Google Fiber’s recent announcement to potential customers in Kansas City that they won’t be served is part of a trend by the tech behemoth of pulling away from its fiber broadband business. And the biggest insult is that much of that business grew thanks to governmental concessions and taxpayer handouts. KSHB in Kansas City recently […]

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A Tax Cut Will Boost Jobs and Growth: Is That Too Hard to Understand?

 

A recent front page story in the Wall Street Journal opines that 3 percent economic growth isn’t achievable. It argues that 2 to 2.5 percent growth is the best we can do because of low labor force and productivity growth. Who says America can’t grow faster? The long-term growth path for the U.S. economy from […]

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Policy Misdiagnoses Also Harm Patients

 

The problems of the U.S. health-care system are mounting. Prices are high. Expenditures are unaffordable. And quality is declining. While something must be done, doing the wrong thing will cause more harm than good. And this is why Mytheos Holt’s editorial on May 18, 2017, is so disappointing. By simplistically blaming the health-care crisis on pharmaceuticals, he […]

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Freedom is Aboodiful Thing

 

On May 23, 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. It was a terrible decision for worker freedom, and advocates for freedom have been trying to overturn it ever since. The controversy prompting the case started, because Michigan law allowed unions to become the exclusive representatives of […]

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Blue Cross Blows Big Pharma’s Cover

 

With healthcare reform now back on the docket in the U.S. Senate, liberals are crying bloody murder over the purely hypothetical costs to the insured that exist entirely in their heads. But they’re not wrong about one thing: healthcare is too expensive, and the fact that people try to lay the costs of it almost […]

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The Farm Bill Comes Due

 

It’s once again time for the half-decade kabuki dance called the farm bill reauthorization. In this stylized political drama, fiscal conservatives decry the wasteful spending in existing farm programs and argue farmers, especially big agribusinesses, should be treated like almost every other business in this country and forced to compete in the free market without […]

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