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The Determined Statist akaThe Incidental Economist

The authors of the blog The Incidental Economist are thinking of changing its name and are asking readers for suggestions (mine is given below). Evidently, the primary authors have no formal economic training and so the name doesn’t “convey” what they do, … 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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Obama Is Not A Centrist

Liberals love to misuse language to obscure their policies and plans for America. Government spending is characterized as “investment,” gun control is renamed gun “safety,” price controls are “cost containment” measures, and proposed legislation that would eliminate the secret ballot in union elections is called … Continue reading

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Collective Action Without Big Government

During his second inaugural speech, Obama called for more “collective action” on the part of the American people, and in the process, knocked down a straw man by which he implied that those who disagree with him cling to a theory of individual action that is … Continue reading

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Wishful Thinking About Healthcare Costs

Liberals are counting on Obamacare to generate efficiencies that they believe will contain healthcare costs. One of the more celebrated initiatives is the adoption of electronic medical records, but hold on, the significant efficiencies expected from electronic record keeping might not be forthcoming after all. According … Continue reading

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Defragmenting Healthcare

Einer Elhauge, a healthcare expert at Harvard University, argues that we can lower healthcare costs and cut the deficit by “defragmenting” the system, by which he means replacing small group physician practices with large companies that combine hospitals and salaried physi-cians, similar to … Continue reading

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Misrepresenting Medicare

Liberals seem to be reading from the same broken script with respect to Medicare costs. First, Ruth Marcus and Ezra Klein claim that Medicare costs are “lower than those of private insur-ers” (here and here) and now Matthew Yglesias claims that every dollar the federal govern-ment … 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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Kiss Mammograms Good-Bye

Well, now that the election is over, the authoritarians (a/k/a liberals) can turn their full attention back to healthcare and resume the task of placing 315 million Americans under the thumb of the central government. Liberals are often seen as wanting to turn America into Europe, … 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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