Category Archives: Health Care and Related Issues

Health Care Policy, Controlling Costs, And Not Admitting What You Want

The AHCA, also know as “repeal and replace,” has suffered an embarrassing defeat, and that makes me happy. It’s looking likely that Obamacare is going to survive. For now. The Republicans are in an interesting position. Most conservative intellectuals seem … Continue reading

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Hilary Clinton vs Bernie Sanders vs an unidentified gentleman

Highlights from the Fourth Democratic Debate | New Republic Presidential candidates in both parties too often speak as if the President is the secret love child of The Wizard of Oz and the genie from “Aladdin.” They make incredible promises … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Declines To Gut Obamacare, 6-3

From Chief Justice Roberts’ decision (pdf): In a democracy, the power to make the law rests with those chosen by the people. Our role is more confined—”to say what the law is.” Marbury v. Madison, 1 Cranch 137, 177 (1803). … Continue reading

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Cartoon: Maternity Leave vs Profit

This seems like a good time to announce that I’m starting a Patreon to support my political cartoons. Please check it out (and tell me if you spot any typos!). This cartoon was a collaboration with my friend Becky Hawkins. … Continue reading

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Appeals Courts Issue Contrary Rulings On Affordable Care Act

An exciting day for ACA-watchers! This morning a three-judge panel from The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that Obamacare’s federal subsidies to help people afford health insurance can be offered to people who buy their insurance … Continue reading

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Pelosi didn’t say Congress would have to vote for the ACA to know what’s in it

In another thread, Ron wrote: The ACA is one example, when even the then-Speaker of the House said that Congress would have to vote for it to find out what’s in it… Ron, regarding that Pelosi quote, here’s how Politico … Continue reading

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Want Fewer Heroin Deaths And Users? Give Addicts Heroin For Free

Well, for free under very controlled circumstances. From a blog post by “M.S.” on The Economist: But we do have a good idea of how to stop more people from destroying themselves specifically with heroin injection, which has a higher … Continue reading

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Obama Lied, And He Deserves To Be Slammed For It

Ezra Klein sums it up well: President Obama promised that “if you like your plan, you can keep it.” This is true for the vast majority of Americans, but the small fraction for whom it isn’t true still represent millions … Continue reading

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Decent Debate About Health Care Going On At Ethics Alarms

I’m having a surprisingly decent debate about healthcare (Obamacare, etc) over at Ethics Alarms, in a thread called The Ethics Of Demanding Charity. Robert is participating too. Check it out, if you like. Below the cut: One of my comments. … Continue reading

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Just Because A Company Is Owned By Christians Doesn’t Mean The Company Has Christian Beliefs

A good post by Jessica Pieklo at RH Reality Check: What’s noteworthy about the decision in this case is not the outcome, but the detailed and well-reasoned dissent crafted by Circuit Judge Ilana Rovner. In examining the question of what … Continue reading

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