Thursday, October 30th, 2014

By Sally C. Pipes

This book presents cogent arguments for a health system in which patients and doctors are able to work together with fewer government intrusions. Ms. Pipes uses hard numbers and statistics combined with real-life stories and humor to support her take on the Top Ten Myths of American Health Care. The 190 page book has an open design which lends to a quick read.

What does a single-payer system mean to me? Fewer choices, less freedom.

The very people who object to having large insurance companies control a majority of the health care dollars are requesting an even larger entity to control all of the health care dollars. For some reason, a for-profit organization that lavishly rewards the upper management causes a stomach churning reaction among many consumers while a mega-bureaucracy with no incentive program causes calm. It has the opposite reaction for me.

Interesting article in which Obama is quoted as saying, “If I were starting a system from scratch, then I think that the idea of moving towards a single-payer system could very well make sense.  That’s the kind of system that you have in most industrialized countries around the world. The only problem is that we’re [...]

Michael F. Cannon discusses the consequences of creating a fixed health insurance premium and its effect on healthy vs. unhealthy people.

Michael D. Tanner discusses the advantages of taking time crafting health care reform. There are many proposals on the table and this issue deals with 1/6 of the US economy.

Michael F. Cannon explains the difference between healthcare costs and expenditures.

Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute shares her firsthand experiences with Canadian healthcare and suggests how we may avoid some of Canada’s mistakes.

Michael D. Tanner discusses health care reform ideas that would increase choice and competition. Ideas include allowing consumers to purchase insurance across state lines and offering the same tax breaks for individuals as corporations for purchasing insurance.

David A. Hyman discusses how true Medicare administrative overhead is obscured and the difficulty in comparing the full costs of government insurance with private insurance.

Rep. Paul Ryan discusses how the government controls the health care “game” and is able to out-compete the private sector.