James Pethokoukis

Why healthcare co-ops are a political solution, not an economic one

August 19, 2009

Here is a devastating critique of the idea of healthcare co-ops in place of a true public option (via Tim Foley at Change.org):

Why Medicare is a beloved fraud

August 18, 2009

First a few numbers on U.S. healthcare, courtesy of Ed Yardeni:

1) Federal spending on Medicare combined with Federal and State spending on Medicaid over the 12 months ending July totaled a record $923.5bn.

A healthcare plan to save Obama’s presidency

August 17, 2009

President Barack Obama has told Americans to be skeptical of reports of an end to the recession, saying the downturn has “many more months” to run. Given the recent retail sales data, Americans seem to be listening to their economist-in-chief.

About those healthcare protests …

August 14, 2009

(Lightly microblogging from the Great White North)

I think it is hilarious that the protesters get criticized for being uninformed about an uber-compliated plan that has been marketed in talking points and catch phrases. How dare they! This administration loves complicated, only-an-economist-could-love approaches.

Segway inventor Dean Kamen: Nationalized healthcare will kill innovation

August 7, 2009

Let’s spend more on healthcare! An interesting chunk from a Popular Mechanics chat with Segway inventor Dean Kamen (via The Health Care Blog):

Will healthcare reform create trillion-dollar budget deficits?

August 6, 2009

That is the contention of former White House budget official James Capretta who does the math:

Obama’s problematic surtax on the rich

July 31, 2009

Bruce Bartlett makes several good points about slapping a surtax on wealthier Americans to pay for expanding healthcare coverage: 1) breaks the linkage between the taxes people pay and the benefits they receive; 2) won’t actually generate enough dough to pay for reform; 3) ignores the vast tax subsidy for high-end health plans. Other than that, it is a super idea.

The declining odds of a public plan

July 31, 2009

A handy way of summing up what a rough patch the Obamacrats have been going through, (via Intrade and Baseline Scenario):

One-way health reform from Washington

July 30, 2009

Arnold Kling rightly notes that only left-of-center ideas are being considered for healthcare reform. I find this particularly weird since I’ve read about company after company coming up with interesting healthcare innovations.  Here is Kling:

Why ObamaCare is morphing into RomneyCare

July 30, 2009

Time for a political reality check. Government-run public health insurance that competes with private plans — a Democratic dream since President Truman suggested it in 1945 — may not be dead for now on Capitol Hill, but its vital signs are awfully faint.