Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Chronicle: Socialist in Seattle

This week’s Chronicle column, just in time for Thanksgiving, is about socialist Seattle councilwoman Kshama Sawant’s attempt to induce Boeing machinists to stage a violent takeover of the aerospace company’s Puget Sound area factories. Enjoy! Tweet

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The FDA Moves to Block 23andMe

Because you can’t handle the truth about your own genome.  Tweet

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Et Cetera – 21 November 2013

Jeff Tucker articulates his general thoughts on the ACA and government intervention in health care beautifully. “It turns out,” he writes, “you can’t just pass a law that causes everyone to get all the healthcare he or she desires at … Continue reading

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US Physicians: More Efficient, or More Protectionist?

In yesterday’s post, I discussed the importance of considering real resource costs when discussing health care expenditures, rather than simply looking at “spending totals” on their own when comparing international systems. I quoted heavily from John Goodman’s work in that … Continue reading

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Consider Health Care’s Opportunity Costs

There is an old joke in economics that goes something like this: two economists run into each other on the street. The first economist asks the second, “How’s your wife,” and the second replies, “Compared to what?” I was reminded … Continue reading

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Was the Pre-ACA Frequency of Rescissions Exaggerated?

In an editorial in the Washington Post yesterday, Jay Inslee, Steve Beshear, and Daniel P. Malloy–the Democratic governors of Washington, Kentucky, and Connecticut–claimed that political cohesion has led to a successful ACA rollout in their states. “In our states,” they argue, “elected … Continue reading

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UC Hastings: Public Debate Forum on the ACA

A friend of mine in law school at UC Hastings recently helped create the school’s Public Debate Forum, which this past Tuesday held its inaugural debate on the subject of the Affordable Care Act. I’ve posted both a short intro … Continue reading

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The Fix is In: Breaking Down President Obama’s ACA Announcement Today

Under growing pressure from Americans who have seen their health insurance cancelled in recent weeks due to the ACA, President Obama announced a change to the law earlier today that could allow some of those people to regain their coverage. … Continue reading

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Is the ACA’s Failure the Fault of Michael Cannon?

Alec MacGillis of The New Republic has named Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute the Affordable Care Act’s “single most relentless antagonist.” (Cannon says that, though he’d prefer to be known as freedom’s single most relentless protagonist, he’ll take the title). If … Continue reading

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The Chronicle: Who’s Afraid of Health Reform

My column in the Chronicle this week, about how the left’s fear of health insurance rescissions and the right’s fear of “death panels” both reflect concerns over endowing impersonal bureaucracies with extensive decision-making power. Enjoy! Tweet

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