Should Doctors Limit Medical Care To Save Money For ‘Society’?

Paul Hsieh, MD writes:

There will always be limits on who will or will not receive expensive medical treatments. We have no choice about that. But we do have a choice of whether those decisions will be made by patients based on their personal and economic priorities — or by government bureaucrats. The first protects the doctor-patient relationship. The second creates divided loyalties for doctors, who will always be serving two masters. As a doctor, I prefer the first. As a patient, you should too.

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Colorado Health Exchange premiums ~ equal to high-risk pool premiums, and you can’t keep your doctor.

Linda Gorman describes how the so-called Affordable Care Act required one Coloradan to leave Colorado’s high-risk pool for a plan on Colorado’s health insurance exchange, Connect for Health Colorado.  The premiums are similar, but the exchange plan’s a narrow physician network did not include her doctor.  Read more: Colorado Health Exchange Premiums Roughly Equal to Those of High Risk Pool | John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog | NCPA.org.

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How the FDA promotes skin cancer

Do you use sunscreen or sunblock? The Washington Post explains how the FDA forces you to use inferior products:

The tourists flocking to the French Riviera or Spain’s Costa del Sol this summer will slather on sunscreen containing the latest ingredients for protecting against the sun’s most harmful ultraviolet rays.

But American beachgoers will have to make do with sunscreens that dermatologists and cancer-research groups say are less effective and have changed little over the past decade.

That’s because applications for the newer sunscreen ingredients have languished for years in the bureaucracy of the Food and Drug Administration, which must approve the products before they reach consumers.

“We have a system here that’s completely broken down, and everybody knows that it has broken down,” said Wendy Selig, president of the Melanoma Research Alliance, the largest private funder of melanoma research.

Via Marginal Revolution: Still Burned by the FDA.

It’s FDA policies like the above that validate my view of the agency as one run by paternalistic overlords.

See also: FDAreview.orgCato on the FDA, “Kill the FDA (Before it Kills Again)“, and this video by economist Dan Klein:


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ObamaCare’s Secret Mandate Exemption

From the WSJ:

ObamaCare‘s implementers continue to roam the battlefield and shoot their own wounded, and the latest casualty is the core of the Affordable Care Act—the individual mandate. To wit, last week the Administration quietly excused millions of people from the requirement to purchase health insurance or else pay a tax penalty.

More: ObamaCare’s Secret Mandate Exemption – WSJ.com.

Via the NCPA.

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Is Another Politically Motivated Delay of Obamacare On the Way?

From Reason:

Remember, Obamacare is the law of theland. And there’s absolutely no messing with it. Unless you are the Obama administration, and it’s an election year.

In The Hill, Elise Viebeck reports  on the latest delay anticipated for the health care legislation.

Read more: Is Another Politically Motivated Delay of Obamacare On the Way? – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

See also:

35 Changes to ObamaCare…So Far | Galen Institute.

Related:PPACA’s Corrupting Lawlessness: The new health care law’s proponents have done long-lasting damage to constitutional order. By Christina Sandefur and Timothy Sandefur

 

 

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Drug Rationing for Seniors on Medicare?

David Catron in the American Spectator:

Buried beneath the avalanche of recent news reports about the latest Obamacare-mandated funding cuts to the Medicare Advantage (MA) program is a related but far more disturbing story — the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken a major step toward rationing medications to the elderly. Since passage of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, seniors enrolled in the Medicare prescription drug program have been guaranteed access to “all or substantially all” of the drugs in several classes of pharmaceuticals. President Obama’s health care bureaucrats, however, have proposed removing three of these classes from the “protected” list. …

Even some left-leaning media outlets are uncomfortable with the Obama administration’s rationing policy.  …

It’s a little disorienting to find such an objective view in a publication that normally repeats Obama administration talking points verbatim, but there it is. Presumably, this departure from partisanship is an indication of just how far CMS has over-reached this time.

More: Drug Rationing for Seniors Begins | The American Spectator.

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Improvisational government: 35 Changes to ObamaCare…So Far.

From the Galen Institute:

By our count at the Galen Institute, more than 35 significant changes already have been made to ObamaCare: at least 18 that President Obama has made unilaterally, 15 that Congress has passed and the president has signed, and 2 by the Supreme Court. But even this large number of changes hasn’t stopped the cascade of failures we are seeing today in the implementation of the law.

More: 35 Changes to ObamaCare…So Far | Galen Institute.

Via “Of Course He Should Be Impeached,” by David Catron.

Related:PPACA’s Corrupting Lawlessness: The new health care law’s proponents have done long-lasting damage to constitutional order. By Christina Sandefur and Timothy Sandefur

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Employer mandate and the Obamacare Thought Police

From Ross Kaminsky:

In the Federal Register update which includes President Obama’s most recent unlawful modification of the Affordable Care Act (called Obamacare by liberals only when it is polling above 40% favorable with the public), two main conditions need to be met for employers of between 50 and 99 workers to qualify for another year-long delay in the law’s mandate that they provide health insurance to their employees or face fines.

In addition to having to keep substantially the same insurance coverage for their employees, an employer will not receive relief from the law if she has fired workers in order to get the company’s employee count down below 100 for the purpose of qualifying for the current waiver.

Read more: The Obamacare Thought Police | The American Spectator.


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Colorado Senate Bill 14-016 a boost to health care cronyism

In the Greeley Tribune, Linda Gorman writes:

Some Colorado legislators have shown impeccable timing in seeking to exacerbate the problem. Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, and Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, have introduced Senate Bill 016, which would force the closure of already existing freestanding emergency rooms unless they are owned by a hospital. SB 016 provides an exemption for emergency rooms more than 25 miles from a licensed hospital. Given the geographic structure of the Front Range corridor, however, the practical effect of the bill would be to give hospitals monopoly control of all emergency facilities. …

Colorado’s hospitals are big businesses. As the bill to close competitive emergency rooms shows, they would rather outlaw competitors than outproduce them. Colorado legislators need to remember that handing hospitals a monopoly over freestanding emergency rooms does not serve the best interests of their constituents. It will increase health care costs while reducing health care access, and increase the pain for ordinary citizens already suffering from Obamacare cost increases.

More: Gorman: Senate Bill 016 a boost to health care cronyism in Colorado | GreeleyTribune.com.

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Inequality – In freed markets, people get rich by producing what others want

Thomas Sowell writes:

One of the problems with so many discussions of income and wealth is that the intelligentsia are so obsessed with the money that people receive that they give little or no attention to what causes money to be paid to them in the first place. …

Yet when the intelligentsia discuss such things as the historic fortunes of people like John D. Rockefeller, they usually pay little — if any — attention to what it was that caused so many millions of people to voluntarily turn their individually modest sums of money over to Rockefeller, adding up to his vast fortune.

What Rockefeller did first to earn their money was find ways to bring down the cost of producing and distributing kerosene to a fraction of what it had been before his innovations. This profoundly changed the lives of millions of working people.

More: The Inequality Bogeyman | National Review Online.

More by Sowell on income & wealth inequality.

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