If You Like Your Plan, We May Change It


It’s always interesting to see what documents get dumped on a Friday afternoon. Yesterday, the dump included 30,000 “found” Lois Lerner emails and 300 pages of proposed Obamacare regulations. One of the proposed changes would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to move you to the cheapest plan in your coverage tier if you didn’t specifically reenroll in your current plan during open enrollment.

Of course, you could wind up with a plan that doesn’t provide reasonable access to a key service you need or that excludes the team of doctors treating your current condition, but don’t worry. Our betters really know what’s good for us.

Blaming Ebola on the Republicans


My codefendant Erick Erickson has a post over at RedState about the Democrats’ attempt to blame ebola on the Republicans. He points out that under Obama the Centers for Disease Control has spent money trying to determine why lesbians tend to be overweight.

Hey, and let’s not forget all the money the CDC spent to convince people to stop smoking and now we need tobacco to manufacture the drug to fight Ebola.

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE—Seen on the road …Ebola_bumper_sticker

Two Years Ago Today


How’s Obamacare workin’ out for you?

Homeopathic Economics

Originally posted on 30 July, 2012

Homeopathy is a form of quackery that bases medical treatment on the idea that stuff which makes well people sick will make sick people well. Obamacare is, among its many faults, a form of homeopathic economics.

Consider the effect of the Medical Device Excise Tax on unemployment. It’s a basic principle of economics that if you tax something, you’ll get less of it. That’s one of the justifications for the taxes on tobacco products. So if we tax medical devices, we should expect that the demand for them will go down (to the extent that it is elastic) or that manufacturing will contract because of the increase cost (to the extent that demand is inelastic) creating shortages. Either way, the costs to consumers go up and the need for employees at device manufacturers goes down.

Only an economic homeopath would think that doing something that kills jobs in a good economy will expand employment in a weak economy.

Oh, and the tax has the effect of raising the cost to consumers for medical devices. Again, only an economic homeopath would believe that increasing the cost of goods saves money.

Is it November yet?

Ebola


Tom Clancy wrote a novel about ebola used as a biological warfare weapon. As Mary Katherine Ham writes, we may be on the verge of seeing what happens if the virus moves into a densely populated area. Lagos, a city with more than 20 million people, has now had a case.

Dr. Kent Brantly is an American physician who has contracted ebola while treating patients in Africa. He is there working with Samaritan’s Purse.