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Reminiscing About PPACA -Obamacare Has Got To Go

    The Media has been awash this past two weeks with mostly bad news regarding PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act).  That was the original acronym but it got punted after President Obama’s reelection to ACA (Affordable Care Act).  This was...
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Obamacare Court Case- An Example of Federalism At Work

        This week the news has been abuzz regarding the recent court outcomes related to the portion of  the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (lately just the Affordable Care Act) that is addressing the plain language dispute regarding subsidies...
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So The Lifetime Achievement Award- Won’t Be Going To Your Marijuana User

  In the June 5th New England Of Medicine Journal a review article on the adverse health effects of marijuana use by Dr. Volkow et al we learn that the ongoing trend of politicizing medical marijuana may turn out to have some significant adverse health issues, most notably...
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Is Health Insurance Worth It?

Current health insurance options don’t make sense for many Americans. Why pay high premiums for services that you don’t even use? Health insurance does make sense for catastrophic events like a traffic accident injury that could bankrupt you if you aren’t...
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How The Supreme Court Doomed PPACA To Failure

In this excerpt from Regulation: The Cato Review of Business and GovernmentThomas Lambert of the Cato Institute perfectly sums up why we have such expensive healthcare in the United States.  When third party payers (Medicare and Insurance companies) pay for nearly all of the...
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Future Predictions for Healthcare in America

According to the recent Presidential vote, we as a nation do in fact wish to nationalize healthcare.  We do believe that a larger federal government is the answer to our woes and finally, it is ok to ask for more taxes to enable this to go on. Bottom line prediction:  Under...
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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way Back From Washington….

Well, not really funny but it did happen.  September 10th, 2012 marked my third meeting with the Physicians Counsel For Responsible Reform (PCRR) which is a physicians caucus to discuss health care recommendations to the (mostly) republican physician congressmen currently in...
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Doctor Shortage May Swell to 130,000 With Caps

“Does anyone in this country beleive in a free market economy anymore? Here are some ideas. Why don’t my professional membership organizations such as the ACP, AMA or state Medical Associations start a volunteer fund that will use the monetary resources to analyse real...
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What Should Replace the Affordable Care Act?

In my prior piece, I explained that health insurance plans and government programs shield patients from the true cost of services provided, leading to expensive healthcare by creating artificial supply and demand curves.  Individual patients and proper market dynamics will lower...
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How Perverse Market Forces Contributed to Counterfeit Cancer Medication Arrival To United States Patients

This is a story involving socialized healthcare, price controls, supply reality, poor judgement, protectionism, arbitrage, and greed. A special report feature in Friday, July 20th’s Wall Street Journal explains how fake cancer drugs entered the United States.  This story...
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Medicare For All?

This is the sign in the upper photo of the Wall Street Journal’s front page July 29th 2012. This appears to be the sentiment of the people cheering for the Supreme Court’s decision. Poor folks, they think it will be Medicare for all but actually it will be Medicaid for all....
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