Thursday, March 25, 2010

Government Role in Healthcare

Here is a great article that I found a while back that explains the history of health insurance in the United States and how government intervention into medicine got us into the mess we are in today. It's a long article, but here are some of the key points:

  • The difference between health care and health insurance.

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield started out a non-profit to protect doctors from losses, not patients.

  • How insurance raised the cost of health care in this country.

  • How government intervention worsened heath care costs.

  • Routine maintenance is not covered in our auto and home insurance policies, so why is it covered in our health insurance?

  • The failures of government-run Medicare and Medicaid.

  • Government mandates increase the cost of insurance. Here's a great quote in response to that:
    "This is the health care equivalent of the government requiring all homeowners insurance policies to cover theft of coin collections, even though most homeowners do not own coin collections."

  • Why the wait in the EMERGENCY room is so long and why many are closing their doors for good.

  • ER doctors often willingly break federal law just by telling you the condition of your loved one.

  • Documented statistics that show that the mortality rate for cancer is higher in the single-payer system of Canada.

  • Why Canadians doctors are flocking to the United States to practice medicine.

  • Small-business owners are being run out of business because of the government forcing costs upon them.

  • Americans are very charitable with their money especially when they have more of it to give.

  • Practical solutions to the health care problem in our country.

Monday, May 4, 2009

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

9 Things the Media Messed Up About the Obama Stem Cell Story

This is a great article about the recent Obama stem cell story and how the media botched another story by telling half truths and/or outright lies:

Thursday, February 19, 2009

No Self Defense Allowed

Two recent news stories have me up in arms. The first is about a Marine who was arrested for carrying a gun on a college campus. (Source) The reason this bothers me is because he has a concealed carry license and was not doing it to harm anyone, but to protect himself and others from the crazies that have been shooting up college campi in recent days. If I were back in college, I would love to know that there was a Marine in my classes packing heat because I would feel safe. A lot safer than some silly zero-tolerance policy that is going to do nothing to stop a madman from carrying a gun on campus intent on doing harm.

The second story is about a rancher on the border who is being portrayed as a bad guy for protecting his property and his country from illegal aliens. (Source) First of all, why can't a man protect his property any more? And secondly, if the government isn't going to protect the borders, then why can't the citizens?

Just more examples of our country heading in the wrong direction, in Hucklebuck's humble opinion.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

You Only Turn 200 Once

Today is the 200th birthday of two famous men: Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. I find it interesting that Google chose to honor Darwin over Lincoln today.

I'm not surprised, mind you, given Google's leftist political views, but I am still disappointed.