Tag Archives: competition

Higher Taxes

The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn is positively giddy about tax day (see here).  Echoing the first George Bush, Cohn wants everybody to “read his lips.” Except unlike Bush, Cohn is demanding more new taxes rather than no new taxes.  Ah yes, what … Continue reading

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Competition Deniers

In this post at The Incidental Economist, Aaron Carroll agrees that Obamacare may cause hospital layoffs, but tells us that’s to be expected because, after all, if we contain costs, there will be less money for wages and profits. And Carroll further concludes that the result would … Continue reading

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Obamacare Alternative

In two separate posts (here and here) at the blog The Incidental Economist, Aaron Carroll, a determined advocate for centrally directed healthcare, is upset and frustrated with the critics of Obamacare and suggests they propose some “sensible alternatives that actually address the policy issues.” Well, … Continue reading

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Healthcare Pricing

A recent post at the blog Project Millennial outlines some of the issues relating to health-care as understood by liberals. According to the post, healthcare prices are a “total mess” because “list prices” vary immensely from provider to provider and the price … Continue reading

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The Mind Of Aaron Carroll

My experience after submitting a comment to a post on the liberal blog The Incidental Economist nicely illustrates the working of the liberal mind these days. The blog, which is well regarded within the media, claims to contemplate “healthcare with a focus on re-search,” and because it’s “evidence-based,” … Continue reading

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What’s Left For Regressives?

Flush from the gay rights victory at the Supreme Court, “progressives” are now wondering what’s left for the progressive movement. Writing in Slate magazine, for example, Barry Friedman and Dahlia Lithwick offer up a laundry list of progressive causes that they be-lieve all good progressives should pursue, now … Continue reading

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Ignoring The Blue Whale In The Room

One of the unassailable facts of social life is that centrally directed economies never out-perform economies that organize collective activity through competitive markets. The “natural experiments” of the last century, some of which continue today (e.g., see the experiment on the Korean peninsula), easily prove the superiority … Continue reading

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Catastrophic Care – Part Two

The previous post reviewed some of the problems about healthcare in America as iden-tified by David Goldhill in his recent book “Catastrophic Care.” So how does Goldhill pro-pose to fix healthcare and contain costs? First, he would require everyone to purchase health insurance, but … Continue reading

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Catastrophic Care – Part One

In his recent book “Catastrophic Care,” David Goldhill argues that the central problem with America’s healthcare system is the use of insurance to finance healthcare expen-ditures. According to Goldhill, insurance-based healthcare cannot control costs because consumers (i.e., patients) don’t directly pay for … Continue reading

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The Morality Of Capitalism

In an op-ed piece for the Washington Post, Steven Pearlstein suggests that the nation is caught up in a historic debate over free-market capitalism and poses the question:  is capitalism moral? Pearlstein points out that over the last thirty years, the experiment with communism has been “thoroughly … Continue reading

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