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  • Monthly Archives: October 2009

    In the Green Room: Dr. Norm Thurston, Utah's Free Market Health Reform Architect

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5-BoR9hAvQ[/youtube] Dr. Norm Thurston is doing something extraordinary: he’s implementing consumer-driven health care fixes in Utah. When many employers recently started dropping health benefits the state reacted with reforms that make costs predictable for both employers and consumers. Predictability depends on accurate information for all sides. The Utah Health Exchange makes … More

    What Child Labor Laws?

    A new ad on health care from Family Research Council plants tongue firmly in cheek to make a serious point: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXHSw8-YP3w[/youtube] The earliest identified use of the phrase, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch,” dates, fittingly enough, to the Depression Era. And what is true of free lunches, … More

    The Left's Health Care Crony Capitalism

    The Washington Post reports today: The nation’s preeminent seniors group, AARP, has put the weight of its 40 million members behind health-care reform, saying many of the proposals will lower costs and increase the quality of care for older Americans. But not advertised in this lobbying campaign have been the … More

    The Left's Green Crony Capitalism

    Newsweek‘s Stefan Theil reports from Berlin: Climate change is the greatest new public-spending project in decades. Each year as much as $100 billion is spent by governments and consumers around the world on green subsidies designed to encourage wind, solar, and other -renewable-energy markets. The goals are worthy: reduce emissions, … More

    EPA’s Economic Analysis of the Boxer-Kerry Cap and Trade Bill

    “Second verse same as the first, a little bit louder and a little bit worse.” This is the basic theme of the EPA’s analysis of the shrouded Boxer-Kerry Bill (S. 1733). Given just 12 days to analyze the Boxer-Kerry climate bill (that others were not allowed to review), the EPA … More

    Barney Frank: "We Are Trying on Every Front to Increase the Role of Government in the Area of Regulation"

    Last night on The Ed Show, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) debated Ralph Nader. Honesty ensued. Watch: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXPwr-MxvDQ[/youtube]

    Morning Bell: No Matter What You Call It, It's Still Just Government-Run Health Care

    Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that the health care legislation he is drafting will include a government-run health insurance plan, or as many on the left like to call it “the public option.” The new wrinkle that Reid has thrown into the proposal is an “opt out” … More

    Global Warming Roulette

    Spin the wheel and whatever number the ball lands on will be the new tipping point we must get below; if not, catastrophic global warming to cause 2012-style disasters on our planet. A few years ago the upper limit on carbon dioxide was 450 parts per million (ppm), which meant … More

    Strong Public Plan Means Heavy Cuts to Hospitals

    Behind closed doors, the House and Senate leaders are trying to cobble together very different and complex provisions of their respective bills. A key issue is the impact of the public plan, a government run health plan intended to compete against private health plans. In the House version of the … More

    Secret Obamacare Senate Negotiations End on Day 13 – Reid Announces Deal

    The secret Obamacare negotiations have come to an end in Day 13th and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced today that the insiders have a deal. Senators Reid, Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Director of the Office of Management and Budget … More