Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

October 27, 2009

Obama Creates Perfect Storm with Marijuana Policy Change

Last week’s announcement from the Obama Administration that the Justice Department would call off the dogs with regard to medical marijuana in states where legal has created a perfect storm regarding state and local regulations. Colorado Attorney General lamented that with this announcement, a “legal vacuum” has been created and was quoted in The New [...]

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October 22, 2009

Is An Individual Health Insurance Mandate Constitutional ?

Over at Findlaw, Cornell University Law Professor Michael Dorf criticizes the libertarian argument that a government requirement that every citizen purchase health insurance is unconstitutional: A federal statute that was already in effect in 1994 provides that “all citizens shall have . . . an obligation to serve as jurors when summoned for that purpose.” [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:27 am || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Commerce Clause,Constitution,Federalism,Healthcare,Individual Rights
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October 19, 2009

When the Government Controls Medical Care …

… patients are an expense or liability to be gotten rid of rather than a source of profit who must be served. Much of the problems with government supplied health care can be traced to this truth concerning incentives.  A hospital is not paid more if they treat people well.  They don’t lose money if [...]

Posted By: tarran @ 9:23 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Fascism in America,Healthcare
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October 8, 2009

An HSA Isn’t Insurance

My old representative when I lived in Georgia, Tom Price, has offered competing health care legislation to the Democrats’ bills. I’m not a health-care wonk, so I’m not going to get into the meat of his proposal, but apparently one of the key points is limiting the employer-provided health insurance tax deduction and extending a [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:38 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Healthcare,Individual Rights,Socialism
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October 7, 2009

Quote of the Day: Unlearned Lessons of Failed Experiments Edition

Peter Suderman writing for The Wall Street Journal has written an excellent article about the (apparent) unlearned lessons of government run healthcare. But unlike many others who use Canada and the UK as examples, Suderman insists that we only need to look at states like New York, Massachusetts, Washington, and Tennessee for their respective failed [...]

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October 6, 2009

Transparency No Longer* In Vogue in Democrat Controlled Congress

Gosh, it doesn’t seem like all that long ago the American public was promised hope, change, and a more open, transparent, ethical federal government if we only elected Obama the next President of the United States. Before that, in 2006 Pelosi and Co. made many of the same promises. Now the Democrats have the House, [...]

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September 28, 2009

Republican Senator Expresses Support For Mandatory Health Insurance

Former Republican Senator Bill Frist starts out the U.S. News And World Report article in which he comes out in support of a government requirement that each American have health insurance with what can only be described as a fair degree of irony: I believe in limited government and individual responsibility, cherish the freedom to [...]

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September 24, 2009

HHS Blocks Misleading Insurance Company Propoganda! [It Just Happens To Be True]

The Department of Health and Human Services isn’t pleased. You see, Humana has sent out a mailer (PDF) claiming that under the proposed health care legislation, Medicare Advantage benefits might be cut. HHS thinks this might be misleading, partly because Max Baucus (D-MT) says it won’t cut benefits and because they suggest it can be [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:17 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Free Speech,Government Regulation,Government Transparency,Healthcare
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September 18, 2009

Hey Ezra, Strawman Much?

Ahh, the infamous strawman. Take one aspect of an argument, assume it is not part of a cohesive whole, and argue against it as if it negates everything else at hand. I.e. libertarians and conservatives argue that capping drug prices just MIGHT reduce drug innovation, and Ezra Klein acts as if we’d keep everything else [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:01 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Healthcare,Look About,Socialism,The Nanny State,The Welfare State
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September 16, 2009

Chinese Worried Obamacare Is Too Expensive For Them To Pay For

Obama says that he won’t sign a healthcare bill that adds one dime to the deficit. I hope he’s right about that, because the people who are financing that deficit are a tad bit worried about the prospect: And yet, there was budget director Peter Orszag rushing to a lunch with Chinese bureaucrats on a [...]

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September 15, 2009

The Other Bad Healthcare “Reform” Bill

The Senate Finance Committee is finishing up work this week on a “compromise” Obamacare bill that’s being billed as better than pure Obamacare because it doesn’t include “death panels”, a public option, and free healthcare for illegal aliens. The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said Monday that he will propose an overhaul of the [...]

Posted By: Kevin @ 6:22 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Fascism in America,Healthcare,Taxation,The Welfare State
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September 11, 2009

Tough Choices for Certain Americans: Buying Health Insurance or Getting Drunk

Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of drunkenness? Well now that you put it that way…

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 11:03 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Healthcare,Humor
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Two More Perspectives on Obama’s Speech

In addition to my own take, there are two other takes on the speech I’d like to highlight as being dead on. The first is from Cato@Liberty, which offers us a look at Obama’s speech in plain English: Translation: I, Barack Obama, ignoring thousands of years of failed price-control schemes, will impose price controls on [...]

Posted By: Quincy @ 10:00 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Healthcare
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September 9, 2009

Barack Obama’s Newspeak on Health Care

Tonight’s speech on health care was a doubling down on the part of the administration. All the bad policy, all the economic voodoo, and all the flat out repression remain in the President’s platform. So does all the newspeak: Since health care represents one-sixth of our economy, I believe it makes more sense to build [...]

Posted By: Quincy @ 6:22 pm || Permalink || Comments (13) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Economics,Healthcare
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September 3, 2009

A Conversation with Family

From my cousin: No one should die because they cannot afford health care, no one should go broke because they get sick, and no one should be denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions. (But I also believe that everyone is entitled to their opinions especially from personal experience. And I won’t urge you repost this [...]

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AARP Ad: Opponents of ObamaCare Oppose “Health Care Reform”

The “Ambulance Commercial” from AARP claims that the “special interest groups” are “trying to derail” the healthcare debate. Those who oppose “reform” are “spreading myths” about rationing of care. In case you’ve missed it, here’s the ad: One of the things that really makes me angry about this debate is the way groups like AARP, [...]

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August 31, 2009

UAW = Unions Accepting Welfare

Hmm, I guess we can see once again that our Congress is not in any way trying to manage our car companies (and their unions) for political gain: The latest example is the $10 billion taxpayers will be asked to shell out to prop up the United Auto Workers’ retiree health insurance program. That provision [...]

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August 26, 2009

Democrats Already Using Ted Kennedy’s Death To Push ObamaCare

Well, that didn’t take long at all: US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed Wednesday to push through embattled health reform legislation this year following the death of Senator Ted Kennedy, who called the effort “the cause of my life”. “Ted Kennedy?s dream of quality health care for all Americans will be made real this year [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 8:28 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democrats,Healthcare,Politics
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August 20, 2009

US Life Expectancy Hits Record. Something Must Be Done!

This must be why we need reform: Americans are living about two months longer, with the U.S. life expectancy reaching a record 77.9 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. During the past decade, life expectancy has increased 1½ years. Death rates are down for major killers, including heart disease, cancer and HIV. [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:18 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Healthcare
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August 19, 2009

Reelection Is More Important Than Legislation

In the health care debate, the question has somewhat changed within the Democratic party from “what do we want?” to “what can we actually pass?” Because they’re relatively sure there’ll be no help from Republicans, this puts them in an awkward spot, and as Bruce of QandO points out, highlights a point showing how all [...]

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