Washington, DC – December 11, 2014 – NIHCM Foundation is introducing a new Health Care Digital Media Award, which will recognize excellence in digital media that improves understanding of health care through analysis grounded in empirical evidence.The winner, selected by an independent panel of experts, will receive a $10,000 cash prize.“We have been so impressed by the influence of digital media on health care issues,” said Nancy Chockley, President and CEO of NIHCM Foundation. “We want to recognize those bloggers who are a cut above, who are changing the way we look at health care.”
Voices for Reason – Jonathan Gruber Is Not the Only One Guilty of Deception | The Ayn Rand InstituteDecember 11, 2014
For example, the passage of Medicare in 1965 was one of the first major steps taken towards socialized medicine in America. Medicare socializes health care in old age, forcing everyone in society to foot the medical bills of seniors and forcing seniors to get most of their medical care through the government. Medicare’s proponents knew that most Americans — young or old — would not support the program if they knew what it was: a massive entitlement program at odds with the American spirit of individualism and self-reliance. So to pass it, Medicare’s proponents, borrowing a page out of the Social Security playbook, told a different story. They dressed up Medicare as insurance and argued that Medicare benefits, far from being handouts, are actually earned. In The Politics of Medicare, Medicare historian Theodore R. Marmor explains some of the tactics used to sell the program:
“The contributory requirement of social security [Medicare] — the limitations of benefits to those having paid social security taxes — gives the system a resemblance to private insurance. Thus social security members would appear to have paid for hospital insurance. In fact, social security beneficiaries are entitled to pensions exceeding those which, in a strict actuarial sense, they have “earned” through contributions. But this is a point generally lost in the avalanche of words about how contributions, as a commissioner of Social Security, Robert Ball, once remarked, “give American workers the feeling they have earned their benefits.” The notion that contributions confer rights analogous to those which premiums entail within private insurance was one that deeply permeated the advocacy of Medicare.”
Since the passage of Medicare (and Medicaid, which was passed at the same time), American health care has incrementally been further socialized, through new and expanded entitlement programs and increasing regulatory control. Each time, proponents called greater government control of health care anything but socialized medicine. Obamacare is just their latest play.
But Gruber’a ideas, and his deceptions, are part of the foundation of Obamacare. They just don’t want to admit it. Indeed, by trying to escape his remarks, Obamacare’s defenders are amplifying Gruber’s essential point, which wasn’t that Obamacare supporters made up spectacular fabrications but instead that they heavily shaded the truth, presenting it and editing it in a way intended to create a false but politically convenient impression: The deception that he described regarding the crafting and selling of Obamacare is on full display as supporters of the health law desperately attempt to diminish and downplay the role of one of its key architects, despite the plain evidence to the contrary.As an episode in the ongoing saga of Obamacare, it’s both revealing and confirming: The White House and its allies are misleading the public about Gruber just as they have about the law. They don’t want the public to know the full truth about either.
The Supreme Court followed up the landslide election on Tuesday with its own shocker: it announced that it will hear the Burwell case, which challenges the Obama administration’s extension of insurance subsidies in states that do not have health-care exchanges.I think the chances are high that the administration will lose. Because:
1. The plain text of the statute denies subsidies to people who live in states without an exchange.
2. There was no split in the circuits — the lower courts actually seemed to accept the Obama administration’s misreading of its own law.
3. This gives Chief Justice Roberts the chance to atone for his error in upholding Obamacare as a valid use of the taxing clause in that case. His decision in Sebelius did great violence to the Constitution’s protections for federalism — it will be the mission of his Chief Justiceship to repair the damage.
4. The Court will be acting in agreement with, rather than against, majority wishes.
The Obama administration is dramatically reducing expectations for the open-enrollment period that begins on Saturday. HHS now expects 9 million to 9.9 million individuals to obtain coverage through the state and federal exchanges for 2015.
That range was contained in a memo released by the agency Monday. That’s far short of the 13 million enrollments projected by the Congressional Budget Office for 2015.
Today, the Manhattan Institute is publishing my 20,000-word, 68-page health reform proposal entitled “Transcending Obamacare: A Patient-Centered Plan for Near-Universal Coverage and Permanent Fiscal Solvency.” It represents a novel approach to health reform: neither accepting Obamacare as is, nor requiring the law’s repeal to move forward. And yet its ambition is to permanently solve our health care entitlement problem, while also expanding coverage for the uninsured.
An informative video on “job creation” in health care. Health Care | Marketplace.org.