Category: Health Care

By Charles Romano and Ross Mason Biotechnology research is emerging in Georgia through a financially buoyant and talented pool of professionals who bring great science, technology and jobs to the state. This industry is typically cost-effective for medical innovation while exploring novel products that can save millions of lives. Speaking at the launch of a Georgia-grown research partnership recently, Gov. Sonny Perdue noted, “This partnership demonstrates the strengths Georgia provides industry through collaborations among its research universities, health care organizations and the Georgia Research Alliance.” This clear endorsement, combined with a relatively low cost of living compared to other states, should position Georgia high on the list of clinical research projects awarded each year. How does Georgia rank for exposure View Article

Shifting the Health Care Debate from Irate to Ideas

By Ronald E. Bachman  Americans are clearly angry about the policies and politics of Washington, D.C., and the Tea Party movement has led the way, uniting the silent majority and giving renewed voice to American principles of limited government, personal responsibility, and self-reliance. More people see that the proposals of 2009 were not about health or health care but about centralized power, increased bureaucracies and expanded political control.   But, being against something is always easier than knowing what to be for. The challenge now is to shift from irate to ideas, from success to significance. “Tea Party Patriots” can remain a movement against selected policies or grow into a movement that promotes common principles and/or specific policies. It need not… View Article
By Jacob Shmukler Forcing every American to buy health insurance is a key component of both House and Senate health care legislation that will be merged into a single bill in the coming months. The logic behind the individual mandate is rather simple: To eliminate the problem of health insurance companies denying applicants based on pre-existing conditions, ban them from doing so. But to make sure that people do not wait until they are sick to purchase insurance, force everyone to do that now. Aside from the obvious problem many Americans may have with banning private companies from behaving in their own self-interest – and earning outrageous 3 percent profit margins in the meantime – while forcing people to purchase… View Article

Redistributing Wealth Through Health ‘Reform’

By Ronald Bachman  It turns out that “Joe the Plumber” gave us the real insight to the ultimate goals of the Obama presidency and the current Congress: redistribution of wealth.  Centralized government power, federal control and redistribution of wealth seem to be behind many of the proposed “reforms.”  This includes more than $1 trillion in redistributed wealth in the guise of health reform.     The targeted major financial losers in the morphing House and Senate proposals will be Medicare beneficiaries; adults under age 30; owners of individual health policies; Americans insured under small group employer plans and health-conscious Americans.   There are four methods to implement redistributive health reform, in which government draws from targeted populations to reallocate wealth and benefits to… View Article
By John C. Goodman According to Politico, the White House is trotting out some new arguments lately, including pushing a report from the Treasury Department that tries to make clear that lack of insurance can happen to anyone, not just those with low incomes. For example, the report found that: 48 percent of the population is uninsured at some point over a 10-year span and 41 percent go without coverage for at least six months. The New York Times, for one, considers this a convincing argument for reform. But what kind of reform? The Treasury report is consistent with the observation that uninsurance, like unemployment, happens to lots of people for short periods of time. This is particularly true… View Article

Ten Things to Look for in Health Care Reform

By Kelly McCutchen Disguised as “reform,” numerous health care proposals are finding support. The result is a mishmash of plans that do little to improve access, quality or cost. There are at least 10 criteria that provide a foundation for reform. Fifty percent of the nation’s health care costs are attributable to lifestyle, such as smoking, alcohol abuse, improper diet, lack of exercise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lesson: Reform must include incentives for changing behavior. Roughly 75 percent of all health care spending is associated with a small number of patients with one or more chronic conditions, according to Emory University’s Ken Thorpe. Lesson: Reform must work for the sick as well as… View Article

Do the Math on Health Care Reform

By Ronald E. Bachman  How will health care reform affect you? It may be confusing and complicated but it does not take a degree in mathematics. At an early age we are all taught certain basic truths, such as 2+2=4.  Even those who learned “New Math” know this, even though it may at times be an inconvenient truth.  Three key challenges emerge in all health care reform proposals: access, quality and cost. In the debate process, look for truthful answers to these simple questions. See if it all adds up for you.  Access: If 47 million currently uninsured lives are added into the system, will you find it easier or harder to get an appointment with your primary care physician?… View Article

Government is no cure for health care woes

By Johnny Isakson  One of the biggest and most important issues for Americans right now is the health care reform being debated in Congress. This issue touches every single one of us and I am glad to see so many Georgians and so many Americans engaged on this issue.  On Sept. 9, 2009, President Obama addressed both chambers of Congress in an attempt to increase support for a government-run plan. The president is insisting on a government option, but the thousands of Georgians I heard from back home during August are very leery of being pushed into a government-run system that will have to be paid for with higher taxes. I will not be a part of driving Americans to… View Article

The Mother of All Slush Funds

By Ronald E. Bachman   Now that Congress is back in session and President Obama has spoken, Washington’s focus on the various health plans will intensify. But health legislation passing through Congress has nothing to do with health reform, or even health care. It is about raw political power.   Controlling $2.5 trillion with grants, awards and expanded federal bureaucracies is a winning combination for increasing government intrusion into citizens’ lives. Congress has proposed minimizing individual responsibility and maximizing central power in Washington. The power includes the ability to spend more, allocate pork-barrel funding and expand government bureaucracies.  The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee (the HELP Committee) has produced one “health reform” proposal that may be the “Mother of All… View Article

Hellish Health Reform

By Ronald E. Bachman The loudest voices clamoring for health “reform” in Washington are seldom considering health or health care first. The furor is about power: Controlling $2.5 trillion gives politicians control over election results.   Legislation stumbling through Congress is loaded with new controlling councils, agencies, boards, departments and other entities, all with the power to spread tax dollars around to cronies through “planning and establishment” grants. The word “grant” shows up 421 times in one piece of legislation.   This nation already has the largest government run health care system in the world. The government controls 50 cents of every health care dollar spent in the United States. Federal programs of Medicare, Medicaid, S-CHIP, VA health, and Tri-Care are responsible… View Article

The best way to make a lasting impact on public policy is to change public opinion. When you change the beliefs of the people; the politicians and political parties change with them.

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