Category Archives: Healthcare

NIH Budgets and Zero Sum Games

The ridiculous belief that the government can run out of money–which then leads to stupid austerity policies such as spending caps–is really harmful to scientific research. I’ve also described how Republicans have used these imaginary austerity constraints* have been used … Continue reading

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A Lack of Gratitude: The ACA Edition

I’m not sure what to make of this (boldface mine): Atlanta resident Ted Souris, 62, describes himself as an “arch-conservative” who initially opposed the health law. He said he had mixed feelings about the ruling. He receives what he calls … Continue reading

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The Uncharacteristic Anti-Keynesianism of ACA Opponents

Sure, those who vehemently oppose the ACA (‘Obamacare’)–conservatives–say they’re not Keynesians, but, in reality, they do love themselves that massive Keynesian stimulus. Which brings us to a point we’ve made many times before–and is stated very clearly by Kevin Drum … Continue reading

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The Opacity of Healthcare Billing Is a Feature, Not a Bug

A couple of years ago, I noted that a medical bill I received had some really bizarre prices: While my health insurance covered just about all of the cost (minus $50 for a co-payment*), the bill worked out to $2,725.79. … Continue reading

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The Problem With Healthcare ‘Shopping’

There’s a sucker born every minute. Last week, there was a lot of chortling over Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz signing up for Obamacare since he has been and still is opposed to it (Cruz receives his health insurance … Continue reading

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People Have to Like This Crap: The Healthcare Deductible Edition

As always, it’s worth noting this was not only predictable, but predicted (boldface mine): Although more Americans have health insurance coverage, 25 percent of non-elderly Americans don’t have enough liquid assets to cover the deductible on their health insurance plan, … Continue reading

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Chait Misses a Very Important Reason Why Republicans Will Never Have a Real Health-Care Plan

In a good article, Jonathan Chait lays out seven reasons “Why Republicans Will Never, Ever Have a Real Health-Care Plan”: 1. It has been a truism of American politics for decades that American voters are symbolically conservative and operationally liberal: … Continue reading

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