Tag Archives: Medicare

A Simple Picture

Trying to make sense of economics, the dismal science, is a pretty thankless task, especially with the sharp political divide in Washington and the myriad ways of expressing statistics. Nevertheless, with the Great Recession and stubbornly high unemployment, economics is … Continue reading

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A Medical Hobson’s Choice

In a post titled Ice Bergs and Ice Cubes last week I expressed my opinion that healthcare is at the core of America’s financial crisis, and that the profession of doctor is being corrupted by the medical industrial complex through the … Continue reading

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Ice Bergs and Ice Cubes

The financial crisis in healthcare dwarfs all other federal budget problems.  It is an iceberg, and the ship of state is headed right for it.  The ACA does not do enough to rein in medical costs that continue to outpace … Continue reading

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Hello. This Is Your Doctor Returning Your Call.

Concierge medicine has the potential to provide the two essential elements missing in our health care system, that is, a way to hold down costs and a way to get people to pay it forward instead of waiting until they need … Continue reading

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Uncle Sam’s Protection Racket

George Will, that persistently pedantic pundit of politics, now chooses in today’s Joplin Globe (3/14/11) to peruse the constitutionality of mandatory health insurance, i.e., the Affordable healthCare Act, a.k.a., ObamaCare.  I enjoy watching George on television, but his writing, not … Continue reading

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Bitter Medicine

It is astonishing to me how the two the political parties continue to argue about the economy when the facts are well known.  The posturing is demagoguery on both sides, so I submit that it is time for a simple … Continue reading

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Health: A Caring Business?

In a guest column for the Joplin Globe (1/30/2011) Anson Burlingame discusses the financial ramifications of the end-of-life issue as it bears on MediCare and taxpayers.  In my opinion he does a good job in summing up the problem but … Continue reading

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An Economic Conversation

Having been inspired by my recent trip into the past in the time machine left to me by my distant ancestor, Dr. Wells, I recently resolved to test its functions for traveling into the Floyd’s house was a modest, well, … Continue reading

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