James Pethokoukis

It’s not just McKinsey suggesting Obamacare is a mess

June 20, 2011

Editor’s Note: This piece has been updated. Please see the update below.

Consulting firm McKinsey kicked up a hornet’s nest with these recent findings:

The hypocritical White House attack on McKinsey

June 16, 2011

Consulting firm McKinsey put out a report on Obamacare that the White House doesn’t like very much. Here is the relevant bit (bold is mine):

If Ryan Path is “cruel,” so is Obamacare

April 21, 2011

Economist Jim Capretta, co-author of the must-read “Why ObamaCare is Wrong for America,” writes the piece I’ve been waiting for him to write about Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan. First, a brief description of the Ryan plan:

Democrat control of Senate could fall victim to Obamacare

February 3, 2011

Ed Carson of IBD’s Capital Hill blog, highlight the 11 red state senators who voted against repealing Obamacare:

Saying ‘buh-bye’ to Obamacare

February 3, 2011

The always insightful Keith Hennessey show the path to repeal:

The path to repeal is straightforward and, while difficult, achievable. … In 2012 win the White House, hold the House majority, and pick up a net 3 Republican Senate seats to retake the majority there. … In 2013, use reconciliation to repeal ObamaCare, requiring only a simple majority in the Senate. … Repeal of the subsidies, the individual mandate, the insurance provisions, and the Medicaid expansions would, in each case, directly affect spending and revenues, so it would be a straight-up-the-middle use of reconciliation for deficit reduction. Democrats who argued in 2009 that it was OK to use reconciliation to create these provisions would find those same rulings working against them in 2013.

Obamacare doesn’t ‘bend the curve,’ it just breaks the law

December 14, 2010

Instead of “bending the curve,” Obamacare broke the law. Not only is the new healthcare law fiscally unsustainable, it’s unconstitutional — at least according to a U.S. judge in Virginia.

Does Bowles-Simpson kill Obamacare or enshrine it?

November 11, 2010

On this there seems to be some differing of opinion. From the liberal side, Brad DeLong:

Volcanoes, healthcare reform and global warming

April 27, 2010

Over at Edge, a variety of scientists give their take on the Iceland volcano eruption and its impact on air travel. Two really stood out to me. The first also highlights the problem of defensive medicine; the second shows the downside to action dealing with global warming:

Bernanke’s strange comments on U.S. deficits

April 8, 2010

Cato’s Mike Cannon thinks Ben Bernanke’s comments on budget deficits should have come weeks ago. And he thinks he knows why they did not (excerpts):

On healthcare reform and black holes

April 1, 2010

Ed Yardeni makes the comparison:

What a big relief! I’m not referring to the great stock market rally over the past year, but rather to Tuesday’s “Big Bang.” Particle physicists used the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva to simulate the event that might have occurred at the beginning of the universe. A few Doomsayers warned that the experiment could create a black hole that would suck us all into oblivion. Fortunately, they were wrong. However, even if a doomsday scenario is a small risk, shouldn’t all of us on the Planet Earth get to vote on whether the experiments should proceed? A spokesperson for the physicists said, “We are not doing anything that nature has not done before.” That’s not very reassuring. (Where did all the dinosaurs go?)