How could a bloated government bureaucracy achieve such low-cost success? As we found out recently, it’s by quietly sticking veterans on a waiting list and putting off their treatment for months-sometimes until the patients are far too dead to need much in the way of expensive care. Which is to say, calling it a “success” is stretching the meaning of the word beyond recognition. And, while the White House insists it learned from press reports about the secret waiting lists, Press Secretary Jay Carney acknowledges that the administration long knew about “the backlog and disability claims” that have accumulated in the VHA.
The article begins:
Just a couple of years ago, Paul Krugman pointed to the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) as a “huge policy success story, which offers important lessons for future health reform.” He gloated, “yes, this is ‘socialized medicine.'”
Read more: The Veterans Health Administration Really Does Offer ‘Lessons’ in ‘Socialized Medicine’ – Hit & Run : Reason.com.
From the Associated Press:
[M]ore consumers realize they bought plans with limited doctor and hospital networks, some after websites that mistakenly said their doctors were included.
Before the law took effect, experts warned that narrow networks could impact patient’s access to care, especially in cheaper plans. But with insurance cards now in hand, consumers are finding their access limited across all price ranges.
The dilemma undercuts President Obama’s 2009 pledge that: “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period.”
More: Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans – The Washington Post.
Via the NCPA.
Paul Hsieh, MD writes:
There will always be limits on who will or will not receive expensive medical treatments. We have no choice about that. But we do have a choice of whether those decisions will be made by patients based on their personal and economic priorities — or by government bureaucrats. The first protects the doctor-patient relationship. The second creates divided loyalties for doctors, who will always be serving two masters. As a doctor, I prefer the first. As a patient, you should too.
Read more: Should Doctors Limit Medical Care To Save Money For ‘Society’?.
Linda Gorman describes how the so-called Affordable Care Act required one Coloradan to leave Colorado’s high-risk pool for a plan on Colorado’s health insurance exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. The premiums are similar, but the exchange plan’s a narrow physician network did not include her doctor. Read more: Colorado Health Exchange Premiums Roughly Equal to Those of High Risk Pool | John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog | NCPA.org.
Do you use sunscreen or sunblock? The Washington Post explains how the FDA forces you to use inferior products:
The tourists flocking to the French Riviera or Spain’s Costa del Sol this summer will slather on sunscreen containing the latest ingredients for protecting against the sun’s most harmful ultraviolet rays.
But American beachgoers will have to make do with sunscreens that dermatologists and cancer-research groups say are less effective and have changed little over the past decade.
That’s because applications for the newer sunscreen ingredients have languished for years in the bureaucracy of the Food and Drug Administration, which must approve the products before they reach consumers.
“We have a system here that’s completely broken down, and everybody knows that it has broken down,” said Wendy Selig, president of the Melanoma Research Alliance, the largest private funder of melanoma research.
Via Marginal Revolution: Still Burned by the FDA.
It’s FDA policies like the above that validate my view of the agency as one run by paternalistic overlords.
See also: FDAreview.org, Cato on the FDA, “Kill the FDA (Before it Kills Again)“, and this video by economist Dan Klein:
From the WSJ:
ObamaCare’s implementers continue to roam the battlefield and shoot their own wounded, and the latest casualty is the core of the Affordable Care Act—the individual mandate. To wit, last week the Administration quietly excused millions of people from the requirement to purchase health insurance or else pay a tax penalty.
More: ObamaCare’s Secret Mandate Exemption – WSJ.com.
Via the NCPA.
Remember, Obamacare is the law of theland. And there’s absolutely no messing with it. Unless you are the Obama administration, and it’s an election year.
In The Hill, Elise Viebeck reports on the latest delay anticipated for the health care legislation.
Read more: Is Another Politically Motivated Delay of Obamacare On the Way? – Hit & Run : Reason.com.
35 Changes to ObamaCare…So Far | Galen Institute.
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