Tag Archives: central planning

Demand Competition In Healthcare

Wise Boy (aka Ezra Klein) and other members of the Big Government priesthood often claim there is no evidence that competition can control healthcare costs. Although it’s true that many healthcare markets may be less competitive than they should be, … Continue reading

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More Medicare Is Not The Answer

Matthew Yglesias is again misrepresenting Medicare, advocating that more of it is the answer to high healthcare prices. As Steven Brill has pointed out, tightening the antitrust laws is the real answer to the problem (although Brill may not really believe his own … Continue reading

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Break Up The Big Hospitals

In his Time magazine cover story, Steven Brill criticized the prices that M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston charges patients. In an op-ed piece appearing in the Wash-ington Post, a couple of the hospital’s doctors step forward evidently to defend their employer against Brill’s criticism. And no … Continue reading

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Demanding Collective Action

In his second inaugural speech, President Obama calls for “collective action” on the part of the American people, claiming that: For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have … Continue reading

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Medicare Eligibility Age

It’s always bizarre to see liberals like Matthew Yglesias ignore the historical evidence and argue that central government, with its central planning and price controls, will do a better job at managing the economy than a system organized around markets and competition. … Continue reading

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Obama’s Condescension

For over four years, Barack Obama has shown his contempt for half the people of this country, yet the Washington Post still claims that it’s Romney who insults voters, mostly because Romney hasn’t given enough details about his various plans. But what should … Continue reading

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Obama’s Philosophy Of Government

With the election rapidly approaching, liberals are working to convince voters to support Obama. Some of the arguments amount to nothing more than saying that Obama is the candidate most likely to put and keep 315 million Americans squarely under the thumb of centralized government. … Continue reading

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Healthcare Efficiencies

According to Matthew Yglesias, Slate magazine’s central planning enthusiast, healthcare accounts for a large and increasing share of the overall labor force. He seems to suggest that increased efficiency in the healthcare sector (which he evidently expects as a result of the impending government takeover) could generate … Continue reading

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The Central Planners Are Coming

Most people use hospitals and see doctors that are located within a few miles of their homes. That is, healthcare is a decidedly local activity. So why are liberals continuing to force a centrally planned system on 315 million Americans spread across … Continue reading

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Saving American Capitalism

Steven Pearlstein’s long, rather useless article (doesn’t even mention Hayek or Friedman) about saving capitalism contains several questionable comments. For example, he suggests that conservatives reject the notion that it “takes a village to create a successful company.” This is a straw man; everyone knows that we live … Continue reading

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