Tag: Checking Up On Health

Checking Up On Health: November 11, 2014

Health Care News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD You’re stupid. Don’t sweat all this complicated gubmint stuff.  This week’s big health care story is the revelation of a 2013 video clip by Jonathan Gruber, an architect of the Affordable Care Act. It has stirred up a hornets’ nest. Gruber, addressing an academic conference, said that the passage of ObamaCare hinged on two things: the stupidity of American voters and ObamaCare proponents’ obfuscation. First, as a lesson to you all, let me recall the poet Omar Khayyam: “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit, Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash… View Article

Checking Up On Health: November 4, 2014

Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD It’s Election Day in Georgia, so I’ll try to keep today’s post brief and election-related … or at least not stray too far! ObamaCare In an Election-Day update e-mailed by Americans for Prosperity Georgia, Michael Harden, AFP’s Georgia State Director, wrote, “Under Harry Reid’s control, the current class of senators have done real harm to our economy and threatened American prosperity with their Big Government policies. They raised taxes on every single American, voted time and time again for more spending and debt, and voted for ObamaCare, a law that is wreaking havoc on the budgets and healthcare options of millions of families.” Where’s Waldo? In a column in… View Article

Friday Facts: October 31, 2014

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Elections should be held on April 16 – the day after we pay our income taxes. That is one of the few things that might discourage politicians from being big spenders.” – Thomas Sowell “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” – Abraham Lincoln Government Trick or treat: How about this Halloween scare? Seventeen states have imposed higher taxes on candy and 26 have enacted tax hikes on sugary beverages. The nanny government claim is usually “reducing unhealthy eating.” But don’t be tricked: The mission creep evidence suggests that… View Article

Checking Up On Health: October 28, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd If you missed the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on September 19, you missed a great discussion on health care and alternatives to Medicaid expansion for Georgia’s uninsured. Watch streaming video of the event online at www.georgiapolicy.org/?p=14456. I know you’re worried the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is botching its handling of Ebola, but never fear! The CDC has Halloween covered for you! In fact, the agency even paid someone to write advice for each letter in SAFE HALLOWEEN. As in, “Hold a flashlight” for “H'” and, “Look both ways,” for “L.” The CDC has Halloween tips for you at www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/. Have you ever heard the term “veterinary View Article

Checking Up On Health: October 7, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD I’m back after a month’s hiatus! If you missed the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on September 19, you missed a great discussion on health care and alternatives to Medicaid expansion for Georgia’s uninsured. The video will be online soon, and I’ll share it here. Global community spreads disease: The enemy is Ebola, not people, Dr. Thomas Frieden, the head of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reminded Americans several times in his update broadcast Tuesday afternoon about the deadly virus that has killed and sickened thousands in Africa. Now it’s made its appearance in both Europe and the United States. Unfortunately, the enemy resides in the… View Article

Friday Facts: September 5, 2014

Friday Facts September 5, 2014 It’s Friday! The Foundation’s Benita Dodd visited the memorial at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., for the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Thursday, September 11, is the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks that forever changed this nation. Aaron Maclean wrote recently for the Washington Free Beacon about his visit to the 9/11 Museum and the artifact that encapsulated it for him: “Jules, this is Brian. Listen, I’m on an airplane that’s been hijacked. If things don’t go well, and it’s not looking good, I just want you to know I absolutely love you, I want you to do good, go have good times, same to my parents and everybody, and I… View Article

Checking Up On Health: September 2, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd (This Labor Day week, the reference to the CBO quote about the Affordable Care Act is the extent of the “Health Policy News and Views!”) BENITA DODD Around Labor Day weekend, the squeaky wheels turn to the issues of equal pay for equal work and raising the minimum wage to a “fair” wage. And yet, how do you count equal work? And who decides what is an acceptable “fair” wage? A long time and another career ago, I was notified of my annual pay raise after receiving a glowing performance review. My supervisor raved about my hard work, talent and ingenuity. So when I saw what the raise was destined… View Article

Friday Facts: August 29, 2014

It’s Friday! We need your support for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. It’s easy! Go to http://bit.ly/1lfwap4 to contribute and help us stand up for taxpayers, voters and small businesses of Georgia. Events Sept. 15: Health Connect South brings together Georgia’s top-tier health leaders and innovators to figure out how to work together to solve problems and make Georgia a leader in health care. Information and registration are at healthconnectsouth.com. Sept. 19: Reserve your seat at the 2014 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum to hear keynote speakers Herman Cain and Clint Bolick and experts on tax, education and health care reform in Georgia. The theme is “Tearing Down Walls,” in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the… View Article

Checking Up On Health: August 26, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita Dodd BENITA DODD Allergies are nothing to sniff at – especially if you’re starting to have trouble breathing! Five hours after I was stung by a wasp, my face was still swelling! I usually try to show my best side in photographs. But, as my sacrifice to good health, to the right is one of my very swollen face a few hours after I was stung under the eye by a wasp Saturday while gardening. I quickly swallowed a couple of antihistamines and sat down to wait. About 45 minutes later, I was at the Walgreen’s MinuteClinic, my face swelling visibly despite a cold compress over my eye. By the time… View Article

Friday Facts: August 22, 2014

It’s Friday! Events Aug. 28: Register by Tuesday for,“Unaccountable Government in Action: Capital Markets in the Fed’s Cross-Hairs,”a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Former SEC Commissioner Paul S. Atkins and the American Enterprise Institute’s Peter Wallison discuss the risky regulatory expansion of the Dodd-Frank Act. $30. For information and registration, go to www.georgiapolicy.org/?p=13956. Sept. 15: Health Connect South brings together Georgia’s top-tier health leaders and innovators to figure out how to work together to solve problems and make Georgia a leader in health care. Information and registration are at healthconnectsouth.com. Sept. 19: Reserve your seat at the 2014 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum to hear keynote speakers Herman Cain and Clint Bolick… View Article

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