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  • Monthly Archives: July 2009

    Morning Bell: Obama's Empty MedPac Promise

    Americans may distrust economists, and most of them would have a rough time with an Econ 101 final exam if they had to take it today, but through everyday experience Americans also have internalized one of the most fundamental concepts of economics: there is no such thing as a free lunch. And it … More

    Is the House Health Plan Really Paid For?

    Confused about whether the House health care bill, H.R. 3200, is deficit-neutral? No wonder. House Leadership maintains the bill will be “fully paid for and not contribute to the deficit.” On the other hand, CBO has said the bill will add $239 billion to the deficit over 10 years. Leadership’s … More

    Coerced Participation in Abortion: The Next Phase of Federal Health Policy?

    The Alliance Defense Fund announced today that a lawsuit had been filed in federal court on behalf of a Catholic nurse who says her employer, Mount Sinai Hospital, forced her to assist in performing a late-term abortion in spite of her strongly held religious beliefs against abortion. The suit alleges … More

    Walter Williams on Cap and Trade

    Here’s what I wrote in last year’s column titled “Global Warming Rope-a-Dope” (12/24/2008): “Once laws are written, they are very difficult, if not impossible, to repeal. If a time would ever come when the permafrost returns to northern U.S., as far south as New Jersey as it once did, it’s … More

    Individual Mandate Faces Broad Opposition

    Under the headline “Like Car Insurance, Health Coverage May Be Mandated: A Proposed Requirement That All Americans Have Policies Has Broad Support Among Reformers” Ceci Connolly reports today: Labor unions, economists, the medical industry, big business, some prominent Republicans and Obama all support the [individual mandate], which has its roots … More

    Cash and Carry: Honduras’s Former President Zelaya’s Bank Job

    The crisis in Honduras moves into its third week. Talks scheduled today for Costa Rica between the government of Roberto Micheletti and representatives of deposed president Manuel Zelaya appear to have broken down. The sticking point remains the demand for the return of Zelaya to presidential office. While mediating President … More

    Live Blog: Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK)

    Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), member of Armed Services Committee, is about to speak at here at Heritage about missile defense. Why? Because the missiles don’t know the difference between liberals and conservatives. No Alaskan has served on armed services since 1968. That’s surprising, because Alaska is critical on many national … More

    Lewin vs Stark: How Many Americans Will End Up on the Public Plan?

    Earlier this week, in conjunction with The Lewin Group, we released an analysis of the House health bill showing that if the public plan component became law: Approximately 103 million people would be covered under the new public plan and, as a consequence, about 83.4 million people would lose their … More

    Elmendorf, Obama Put CBO’s Integrity at Risk

    According to President Obama’s televised remarks, he recently met with Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Doug Elmendorf to discuss health care reform. Of course, the President may desire to meet with anyone if he believes such a meeting can help advance his agenda. However, it is extremely disturbing for a … More

    A Warning From Good Friends

    The Obama Administration managed to open a wide gap with some of America’s most reliable allies, those of Central Europe. In the recent Open Letter to the Obama Administration from Central and Eastern Europe, some of the most magnificent freedom fighters of the region, including former presidents Vaclav Havel of … More