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On Obamacare and the Real U.S. Healthcare Crisis, Part I: A Look In The Rearview Mirror

The US healthcare system is about to radically change, whether or not Obamacare stands. Exactly how it’s going to change, and the degree to which that change will be good or bad for the country, is a choice we still need to make. Before we can make that choice, however, we need to understand how we got here in the first place.

Medicare vs. Universal Health Care: An Honest Question for the Right

Over the past two years, our country has raged over the questions surrounding healthcare reform.  The Democrats, for better or worse, have taken the need to address serious healthcare system flaws that threaten the country’s economic footing and reframed it as a duty to make sure that even the poor and underemployed have health insurance.…

Competition in the healthcare industry

John Hood, writing at The Corner, grumbles about the shuttering of Principal Financial’s health insurance division. This is understandable since Principal Financial provides Mr. Hood with his own insurance. Here’s the New York Times: At the Principal Financial Group, the company’s decision reflected its assessment of its ability to compete in the environment created by…

In defense of quality not quantity: the case for better safety nets, not more entitlements

Reading this Will Wilkinson piece (which is a follow-up to pieces by Megan McArdle, Tyler Cowen, and Michael Cannon – all of whom you should also read on this subject) has gotten me thinking once again about health insurance reform, and especially about the way we think about entitlements in this country.  More specifically I’ve…

Should Democrats pass the healthcare reform bill?

Via Andrew, Jonathan Bernstein thinks the Democrats should pass the bill regardless of the public’s distaste for the process: Reconciliation is thirty years old, and there’s nothing at all wrong with using it to pass legislation.  What’s more, pass and patch (or pass-then-patch) involves passing health care reform through perfectly normal, regular, procedures — and…

Misconceptions of presidential disapproval

Allahpundit jumps on the Obama-approval-ratings-are-dropping bandwagon and, like most conservatives who try to interpret the data, totally misses the point: More than 60 percent of indies disapprove of his handling of health care and the economy. Meanwhile, the overall 44/51 split is the widest gap yet on ObamaCare and the first time it’s been statistically significant…

Nothing’s ever certain except race and taxes.

Andrew Sullivan has this map posted at the Dish today, which he found via Open Left.  What I take from Open Left’s analysis is that by and large white men are not all that progressive.  Why this should be “discouraging” to Sullivan is beyond me, unless we’re conflating a lack of progressiveness with out and out…