Health care

Physician to speak on health care reform in Wichita

Please note: Effective October 2, 2009, the location of Wichita Pachyderm Club meetings has changed. The new location is the Wichita Petroleum Club. This Friday (October 9, 2009) the Wichita Pachyderm Club at the Petroleum Club of Wichita presents Dr. George Watson, D.O. The topic will be "We Need Change in Health Care, and the Correct Diagnosis!" Dr. Watson operates a patient direct practice, meaning he accepts no government or insurance company payments. He serves his patients 100% and they pay him directly. He is a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. On August 27 this group…
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In health care debate, can we trust the president?

In the health care debate, President Obama pleads with Americans to get the facts straight before making up their minds. But that's easier said than done, and by his actions, I wonder if the president really believes this. Here's an example: A page at mybarackobama.com under the title "Setting the Record Straight" holds this prominent statement: "It seems like a new lie about health insurance reform crops up each day. These lies create fear and anger -- and we're seeing the results around the country. It's time to work together to set the record straight and expose the special interests…
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Fact-checking the president on health insurance

Advocates for more government control over health care, including President Obama, cite cases where people have been abused by private health insurance companies. We ought to be sure that these cases are real, and we need to be aware of the scope of the problem, before we assign weight to these arguments. Wall Street Journal reporting (Fact-Checking the President on Health Insurance: His tales of abuse don't stand scrutiny, September 14, 2009) provides some vitally important information in the health care debate. As it turns out, the facts underlying two cases that President Obama cited in his address to Congress…
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Health care reform threatens anesthesiology, patients

While doctors aren't the only source of information we should use when considering health care reform, they are on the front lines of providing care, and so their insights are valuable. Recently, Ronald Dworkin contributed An Anesthesiologist's Take on Health-Care Reform to the Wall Street Journal. He makes some good observations on doctors in general, and on the special nature of anesthesiology. Dr. Dworkin warns of a mistake liberals always make: that they can raise tax rates, and people will still earn as much as they did. With the higher tax rates, it's hoped that revenue to the government soars.…
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Health Czar, interrupted

The Sam Adams Alliance presents another humorous look at health care reform in America. The first, Health rations and you, was very popular on YouTube. Now: "After months of Americans happily sacrificing for the Health Administration Bureau, Health Czar O'Brien holds his first press conference, ready to answer the tough questions."
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Death goes to Washington

Wichita's Wendy Aylworth, dressed as the grim reaper, appears in Washington, D.C. (For a larger version, click on the photo, then click on "All sizes.") Wichita activist Wendy Aylworth has taken her cause, Morticians for National Health Care, to Washington. This group, a tongue-in-cheek preview of the future Wendy believes we face under ObamaCare, seeks to inject a little humor and satire into the debate over health care reform. (I know, there aren't death panels mentioned in the current health care bills working their way through Congress. The President also says that care isn't going to be rationed. But there's…
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President Obama’s health care speech

Speaking to a joint session of Congress and the American people, President Barack Obama laid out his latest vision for health care reform. The President said that he doesn't want a radical shift. Instead, he wants to build on what works, and fix what doesn't. He criticized those who use scare tactics that split people into unyielding idealogical camps. The time for bickering is over, he said. Now is the season for action. President Obama outlined three goals. The first is security and stability for those who have insurance, the second is to provide insurance for those who don't have…
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Health care video fails to make case for universal, “socialized” medicine

A video that's getting some viewers on Youtube (235,000 as of this moment) serves as an illustration of how wrong the left is in its diagnosis and prescription for health care reform. As a way to diffuse the actual implications of turning over control of medicine to government, the narrator uses the phrase "universal, socialized, whatever you want to call it." This is repeated several times throughout the short video. This is a common technique used to divert attention away from a negative aspect of an argument or position. By using the "s" word -- "socialized" -- early on, and…
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Government institutions not role model for health care

One of the arguments used to promote more government involvement in the provision of health care is this: government already provides so many services, and government provides these so well, that we ought to turn over medicine to it too. The New York Times' Nicholas D. Kristof made such an argument in a recent column, citing, specifically, "fire protection, police work, education, postal service, libraries, health care" as examples of where "governments fill needs better than free markets." This might possibly make sense if the premise of the argument -- that government does all this stuff well -- wasn't false.…
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Some without health insurance are eligible

Last week we looked at U.S. Census data regarding the number of people in America without health insurance, and we saw that a large number of people are eligible for various free insurance programs, but haven't applied. The number may be as high as 14 million. Today's Wichita Eagle has a story that may illustrate such a case. A family of four -- two adults, two children -- earns $2,000 per month, but has no insurance. Given these facts, it appears that at least the two children in this family are eligible for insurance coverage under HealthWave, which is the…
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