Tag: Checking Up On Health

Checking Up On Health: August 19, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled By Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Several friends have raved about the healing/soothing/therapeutic/calming/antidepressant benefits of essential oils, but I’m still not buying them. (Although, if you want to give me some, I’ll gladly try them!) I would love to hear from readers about their experiences, but truth be told, I’m as skeptical about the multilevel marketers’ claims regarding these costly essential oils as I am about the overrated cures that some chiropractors promise. There, I put it out there. And then there’s Whole Foods Market. I was reading about the Affordable Care Act on Forbes.com when up popped a story titled, “The Three Dumbest Things About Whole Foods Market.” If there’s one… View Article

Friday Facts: August 8, 2014

It’s Friday! Events August 28: Mark your calendar to hear former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission Paul S. Atkins and the American Enterprise Institute’s Peter Wallison discuss the dangerous regulatory expansion of the Dodd-Frank Act. Registration for Unaccountable Government in Action:  Capital Markets in the Fed’s Cross-Hairs” opens next week. September 19: Register now to reserve your seat at the 2014 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum. Talk show host and former presidential candidate Herman Cain is one of the keynote speakers at the forum, whose theme centers on, “Tearing Down Walls,” in recognition of this year’s 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Experts will discuss tearing down the walls to… View Article

Checking Up On Health: August 5, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD The biggest health story in a while is happening right here in Georgia, as Ebola makes its first official appearance in the United States while nearly 1,000 have died in West Africa. Two American missionaries infected as volunteers who were treating Africans for the devastating virus have been transported to Emory Hospital in Atlanta to be treated. The questions raised show some ignorance, some fear and some concern for the cost and ramifications of bringing these two patients home. The virus kills 25-90 percent of the people infected, so there’s some justifiable worry. I have concerns, too. Not just about the two patients now on U.S. soil, but… View Article

Friday Facts: July 25, 2014

July 25, 2014 It’s Friday!  Radio talk-show host and former presidential candidate Herman Cain joins an exciting lineup of speakers at the 2014 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Sept. 19, hosted by the Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute! Current plans include his keynote speech and a live broadcast of his program from the venue, the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly. Reserve your seat today for an informative day of free-market policy ideas with a theme linked to the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, “Tearing Down Walls.” For information and registration, go to http://bit.ly/WFmqJz. Another Forum keynote speaker, Clint Bolick of the Goldwater Institute, co-authors an op-ed this week with Jeb Bush in The Wall Street… View Article

Checking Up On Health: July 22, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD In case you missed it: There were two rulings today regarding the Affordable Care Act. In the biggest ruling yet to affect ObamaCare, a District of Columbia appeals court panel ruled 2-1 in Halbig v. Burwell that the Obama administration and the Internal Revenue Service were wrong in extending subsidies to enrollees in federally run health exchanges. This is critical because 36 states decided not to establish a state exchange. Without the subsidies, health care is suddenly not so “affordable” to millions. Congratulations to Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon (read his Forbes article on the significance of this ruling) and his colleague, Jonathan Adler, for establishing the foundation… View Article

Friday Facts: July 18, 2014

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note “For nearly 40 years, it’s pretty much been all reform, all the time for the nation’s public school students, teachers, and parents. Many of the children whose schools were supposed to be revolutionized by America 2000 in 1990 now have the chance to see their own children’s education revolutionized by Common Core. Nothing can stop the impulse to reform our nation’s public schools. For professional policymakers, it is the itch they just can’t scratch.” – Andrew Ferguson “Today many people in America slavishly devote themselves to a political party without engaging in critical analysis of whether the philosophies of that party are really in sync with their true values and with the betterment of their… View Article

Checking Up On Health: July 15, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Don’t believe the middleman makes a huge difference in health care? Listen carefully the next time you’re at the doctor. I’ve become a believer in direct primary care. It’s a little like a health club membership, where you sign an agreement to use the facility’s services. Unlike the elite concierge doctors of the USA Network show, “Royal Pains,” this affordable model is also called “concierge care for the little guy.” The difference health insurance makes in the price point was reinforced after my recent visit to an imaging center. The assistant offered me the option to file a health insurance claim or pay $130 up front.… View Article

Friday Facts: June 27, 2014

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note  “The appropriation of public money always is perfectly lovely until some one is asked to pay the bill.” – Calvin Coolidge “[T]hinking that more federal aid will make college affordable is like believing that a dog can catch its tail if it goes faster. One reason colleges charge so much more today is that federal aid makes it easier for students to cover the bill. The more the government does, the less reason students have to demand cost control, and the higher tuition will climb.” – Steve Chapman  “For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Events Today: Dinesh D’Souza’s latest movie, “America …… View Article

Friday Facts: June 20, 2014

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note  “[T]he great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachment of the others.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 51, 1788 “It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning cannot be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final.… View Article

Checking Up On Health: June 17, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD I’m lucky enough to have a window office in a business complex that includes a dialysis center, a Lasik surgery center and a cosmetic surgery center. As I like to say, you can walk through the complex and get your eyes fixed and your nose fixed before you stop by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation here to get your philosophy fix … Needless to say, I see my fair share of ambulances, sometimes dropping off or picking up, but quite often racing in with lights flashing. I never know what’s gone wrong. But physicians do know what can go wrong. Which is why this blog entry by Patrick View Article

Thank you for the great work that the Public Policy Foundation is doing across our state setting a wonderful example. I first ran for the Senate in 1994, and the Foundation was that resource I called upon to be a great help to me as we were articulating positions and formulating public policy initiatives. We appreciate very much your leadership and all that you stand for.

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