Archive for August, 2009


August 7, 2009

For Private:

Via NYT’s:

The A.M.A., with about 250,000 members, is America’s largest physician organization. … “The A.M.A. does not believe that creating a public health insurance option for non-disabled individuals under age 65 is the best way to expand health insurance coverage and lower costs. The introduction of a new public plan threatens to restrict patient choice by driving out private insurers, which currently provide coverage for nearly 70 percent of Americans.”

odd, as that’s not what you hear from NPR…

Kenneth Anderson via Volokh:

Hoover Senior Fellow Scott Atlas on Why American Health Care
is not as bad as you might have thought and, as it happens, has important advantages. (I ran across this in the latest Hoover Digest, and then found it had been making the rounds.) Dr. Atlas is also head of the neuroradiology department at Stanford Medical School. (Full disclosure: I’m also affiliated with Hoover). Dr. Atlas walks through a list of ten:

Krugman vs Canadians

For Government:

Via NYT’s:

The A.M.A., an umbrella group for 180 medical societies, does not speak for all doctors. One group, Physicians for a National Health Program, supports a single-payer system of insurance

Clearly a minority, again, not what you hear from NPR…

Dean Kamen, the most prolific medical inventor of all time:

We spent in all branches of all our pharmaceutical suppliers, $260 billion. … Last year what did we spend supporting professional sports? $409 billion.

Now if somebody in this country wants to explain to me that we ought to be spending about twice as much supporting sports as on all of our pharmaceuticals, then stop spending. You don’t like that drug? You don’t want to cure this disease? Don’t buy it. But don’t make villains out of people so that we can turn what is a real social responsibility issue into a political debate.

Doctors’ Group Opposes Public Insurance Plan, New York Times, ROBERT PEAR, June 10, 2009
Obama wants to kill your grandma, Five right-wing myths about healthcare reform, and the facts, Salon, Mike Madden
Popular Mechanics, Inventor Dean Kamen Says Healthcare Debate “Backward Looking”, By The Editors, Published on: August 6, 2009
Reuters, French government to tackle surging health care deficit, Mon Sep 7, 2009
BBC New, French healthcare is ‘badly run’, Friday, 23 January