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Health and Individual Choice

Details: Health care can be amazingly expensive and suppose a young single healthy male decides not to buy health insurance, but then through misfortune needs it. What then?

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Health Care Spending

Details: Health care (like gasoline) is an example of a product that shows very little change in demand for a given change in supply/cost. People do not suddenly need an appendectomy just because you cut

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Health Care and Individual Mandates

Details: If both health insurance and health care cost $200/month, then you either get taxed on $800 of your $1000 income, or you get taxed on $1000 of your income, but credited for $200 worth of taxes

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Health Care, Pooling, and Monopsony

Details: Health Care, Pooling, and Monopsony. Steve Verdon · Tuesday, June 30, 2009 · 45 comments. At a recent press conference President Obama had this to say about the public health care option he is

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California’s Universal Health Care

Details: Gov. Schwarzenegger has unveiled his new plan for universal health care for all people in California. This is a big topic and as such it is a difficult one to discuss in a single blog post, so I

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The Healthiest Place To Live Is, New York City

Details: FILED UNDER: Health, Quick Takes. About Doug Mataconis Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of

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New York City Doctor Tests Positive For Ebola

Details: Health authorities declined to say how many people in total might have come into contact with Dr. Spencer while he was symptomatic. Mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking at a news conference Thursday

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NYC Health Officials Find New, Virulent HIV Strain

Details: NYC Health Officials Find New, Virulent HIV Strain (Bloomberg) New York City doctors have discovered a previously unseen strain of HIV, which appears to be resistant to three of the four types of

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Appellate Court Rules New York Large Sized Soda Ban

Details: The health care costs associated with these problems are going to be vast, to say nothing of the suffering of kids who’s lives are getting screwed up right out of the gate.

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Health Care and Tribalism

Details: I wanted to touch on Brad DeLong’s post on health care that Dave Schuler pointed too a few days ago, but I was a bit busy at the time. First off, I think DeLong, or more accurately his graduate

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Health Care: Who Is Going Broke

Details: Private company health premiums would decline by 90% and cover the private luxury rooms, private nurses, gourmet meals, etc that Medicare does not pick up.

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Controlling Health Care Cost or…

Details: …shifting health care costs. There is this curious notion that comes up occassionally that by switching to universal health care (read government funded health care) corporations could control

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An American Health Service

Details: An American Health Service could include the more than 1,300 Community Health Center organizations that already exist, which ran 11,744 care sites in 2018. Biden could triple or quadruple their

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The Real Problem With Health Care

Details: Or one could say, the more serious problem with health care is the growth rate of health care expenditures. Projections for health care expenditures by Health and Human Services show health care

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Health Care, Choice, and the Role of Government

Details: Health Care, Choice, and the Role of Government. Over at Cato-at-Liberty Michael Cannon has an interesting post. Cannon argues that the Republicans are moving more and more towards a Big Brother

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Health Reform: What Liberals Want

Details: Kevin Drum seconds Alex Massie that a British-style nationalized health system is not a politically feasible option in the United States. Indeed, even Democrats don’t want that: [W]ith the

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Preventive Medical Care: Really Worth It

Details: As the health care system in the Netherlands had been brought up in this thread with out an examination of social structure, I would recommend Russel Shorto’s fun article titled “Going Dutchâ

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Health Care Outcomes

Details: Government and private health and public policy analysts have compared the health care systems of Canada and the United States.[1][2][3][4] The U.S. spends much more on health care than Canada

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Dianne Feinstein’s Declining Mental Health

Details: Dianne Feinstein’s Declining Mental Health A sad and disturbing report from a reliable source. James Joyner · Thursday, December 10, 2020 · 45 comments

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Masking, Science, and Public Health

Details: Masking, Science, and Public Health Guidance from WHO, CDC, and local governments differs widely and for good reason. James Joyner · Thursday, July 8, 2021 · 16 comments

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The Right’s Story on Health Care

Details: Isn’t the conservative answer (to the extent there is a single conservative answer) designed to (1) engage the consumer more in in his health care by giving him a larger role in paying for it

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Health Care Badly Run

Details: Citizens need to pay more out-of-pocket. Doctor’s need to alter their behavior. Could add $88.7 billion to the budget deficit by 2020. Use three times as many anti-biotics as the Germans. Health

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Clinton Health Scare Raises Questions

Details: Clinton Health Scare Raises Questions Clinton stumbles and leaves an event early, leading to the news that her campaign has been withholding health information from the press.

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Bush’s Health Care Plan

Details: A better idea would be to fund universal free health care where it makes sense for public health and worker productivity reasons (e.g. child immunization, setting broken bones, treating other

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Romney Signs Universal Health Care Bill

Details: Maybe another part of the problem with free or universal health insurance is the same with health care in general. People tend to think they are entitled to exist without any suffering or strife.

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4 of 5 Americans Hate Health System

Details: 4 of 5 Americans Hate Health System. James Joyner · Friday, May 30, 2008 · 32 comments. Ezra Klein snarks, “It’s weird how the country with the best health care in the world — America, or

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The Left’s Story on Health Care

Details: The health care system there is a financial black hole. I have been hearing the line about the French/UK/Canadian health care systems being on the brink of collapse from the right for 25+ years

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Health Insurance and Malpractice

Details: I’m confused at your last paragraph. You seem to have shifted from malpractice insurance to health insurance. After all, pregnancy is a big factor in setting malpractice rates.

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Health Care Fallacy #2

Details: Health Care Fallacy #2. Tyler Cowen’s second health care fallacy is from one of my least favorite psuedo-economists Robert Reich, Social Security is a tiny problem. Medicare is a terrible one

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The Impact of Medicare on Health Care Spending

Details: Providing nearly universal health insurance to the elderly as well as many disabled, Medicare accounts for about 17 percent of U.S. health expenditures, one-eighth of the federal budget, and 2

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Why Does USA Outspend G7 on Healthcare

Details: Health care is “free” because of the 3rd party payer system. But foreign countries have rationally reacted to the natural byproduct of the demand for a supposed “free”‘ good, they ration

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Is Health Insurance Really Insurance

Details: Health insurance, at least the comprehensive type rather than the more no frills HMO variety, isn’t really “insurance†at all but rather a combination of traditional insurance and an all

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The Real Health Care Issue

Details: Robert Samuelson puts his finger on the real issue with American health care: rising costs. We need to have a candid debate about health care in 2008, but the odds are against it. The fact that

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Health Care Spending: International Comparisons

Details: Matthew Yglesias notes the following expenditures for health care for different countries. United States: $5,267 on health care/ $2,364 is government spending. Canada: $2,931 on health care

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Health Care Costs Crippling U.S. Business

Details: As health care costs become a larger percentage of employee benefits, businesses increasingly compete on health care benefits. This type of competition favors the government and health care

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What Can’t The Government Mandate

Details: Health insurance pretty obviously falls under commerce. The left has a pretty damn good way of limiting government abuse, and it’s been with the due process clause of the fourteenth amendment

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President Obama’s Health Care Statement

Details: The more I think about it, health insurance is designed to cover whatever circumstances the designer so desires. Since the coverage of child birth by health insurance is ubiquitous, we can

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Obama’s Op-Ed on Health Care

Details: President Obama, seeing that he is taking a beating in the polls, and that health care is starting to founder took to the pages of the New York Times to lay out the case for health care reform. I

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Medicaid’s Crowding Out Effect

Details: Where is health care $2000 per year? Where I pay for mine, the cheapest I can find for INDIVIDUAL coverage is $460 per month. If it was only $2000 per year, I think more employers would offer it

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The Problems With Individual Health Care Mandates

Details: The Problems With Individual Health Care Mandates. With Hillary Clinton and John Edwards’ health care plans, the idea of individual mandates has popped up as a topic in how to address the health

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More on Health Care as Public/Common Good

Details: In the comment section of my post yesterday on health care policy, a discussion started about the question of whether health care can be construed as a public good (i.e., the ever-popular notion

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Republicans Still Oppose Government Health Care

Details: With health care reform as President Obama’s main agenda item this week, Greg Sargent digs up a 1993 William Kristol memo that argues Republicans could make significant electoral gains by

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The President’s Health Insurance Proposal – A First Look

Details: Health care is risky enough if you are employed, I’m not sure that most people will be jumping at his proposal just to own their own. Steve Verdon says: Thursday, 25 January 2007 at 12:46.

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Coffee is (Mostly) Healthy Again

Details: Longtime NYT personal health columnist Jane E. Brody extols “The Health Benefits of Coffee.”They’re rather impressive. The latest assessments of the health effects of coffee and caffeine

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Health Reform & Standards for Equal Justice

Details: Health care will bankrupt us even without reform, it is just a matter of time. I don’t think so. Health care is not a boolean all or nothing commodity. People will continue to buy what they can

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Mandatory Health Insurance in California

Details: If they can afford health insurance, they should be required to get it, because the other option, eliminating emergency care, is completely immoral. G.A.Phillips says: Saturday, 14 April 2007 at 14:11

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The Implosion of the Canadian Health Care System

Details: The country’s publicly financed health insurance system — frequently described as the third rail of its political system and a core value of its national identity — is gradually breaking

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