Friday, July 31, 2009

Healthcare Roundup

  • The New York Times has an opinion piece on another reason healthcare costs have risen. Hint: it's not (only) the evil insurance companies' fault. Another hint: who decides what constitutes "being healthy"? [link via Instapundit]

  • How often do you think your Congressperson votes on a bill without bothering to read it? No matter how high your guess, it's probably too low.

  • Fortune rounds up some fun easter eggs hidden in the Senate's healthcare bill. [link via Instapundit]

  • Why the "incremental approach" (read, "buy now, worry about the cost later") is how you say, not a good idea.

  • This is why politicians don't ask questions in public unless they already know he answer.


  1. There's one problem with the NY Times Opinion Piece. While it is clearly in favor of government run healthcare and paints all healthcare related businesses as evil, it does state at the end of the article that you, the individual, has to begin to take back responsibility for your health care. Well, maybe I missed something, but that is completely contradictory to the rest of the article. To me that means that I take responsibility for my healthcare and I make the final decision of what I consider "healthy," and I decide which procedures I want. Which in turn means I consult with with my doctor gather the facts and make a decision. That leaves the government completely out of the healthcare picture and I don't think that was the intent of the article. But hey, I always have a twisted view on things.

  2. I'm sure the author doesn't see that "not surrender[ing] that decision to “experts” with strong financial incentives" applies to a government bureauocracy as much as to an HMO or individual doctor. The other thing I don't like about the article is that it doesn't mention another big reason why doctors overprescribe procedures: trial lawyers. There's a huge market in suing doctors because they didn't take every possible measure, no matter how unlikely to help, to treat a patient.