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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Will the Chickens Roost in the CO-OP? Senator Baucus' "Framework"

As Sen. Baucus, leader of the "Gang of Six" senators, prepares for his deadline to whoosh by this week, I review his Framework for reform.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Health Spending Crisis in Perspective

Your truly's column in the Detroit News.

Union Power and Patient Care Are Incompatible: California Evidence

I recently wrote a column describing one of the major (unstated) goals of the federal take-over of Americans' access to medical services: giving union bosses control of hospitals and other health-care providers.

The media will not figure this out, but a couple of stories the last few days suggest that this is already happening, and describe a negative relationship between union power in medical services and access to care. Read more at State House Call.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Radio interview with Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation interviewed me after President Obama's speech. Audio and transcript here.

Make September the New August: Tips to Stop the Federal Health-Care Take-Over

Representative Joe Wilson earned a lot of criticism for calling the President a liar. The President's legislative opponents shoudn't waste their time in DC, but go back to their districts, where real discussion was happening. More at National Review Online.

Medical Malpractice Reform: Will Republicans Take The Bait?

The only new thing in the President's speech last night was his death-bed conversion to medical-malpractice reform, which one presumes is designed to draw some Republicans onside. It would be a bad idea for a couple of reasons, which I describe at National Review Online.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

San Francisco's Employer Health Tax: Change We Can Do Without

San Francisco's job-killing tax on employers to fund the public-health bureaucracy has garnered some scholarly support, which I rouse myself to challenge in this month's Capital Ideas.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

California Republicans Hike Taxes To Rope Kids Into Government-Controlled Health Care

President Obama's so-called "stimulus" bill is working just as intended: Even Republican state legislators are voting to hike taxes to increase government control of kids' access to medical services. Read more at StateHouseCall.