Tag Archives: health care costs

When Shoddy Journalism Obscures A Real Public Policy Problem

Health care prices are out of control. I don’t think that’s a statement many in America would disagree with. But when reporters like the Fargo Forum’s Kyle Potter cover the issue, they often do the problem a real disservice. Potter has a story about prices charged at Fargo-area hospitals, prices that are below the national

The Problem With Health Care In America In A Nutshell

This passage from an Associated Press article about wildly disparate prices charged by hospitals for the same treatments and procedures sums up in a nutshell the entire problem with health care in America: There are vast disparities nationally. The average charges for joint replacement range from about $5,300 at an Ada, Okla., hospital to $223,000

ND Insurance Department: 27% Of 2013 Individual Health Insurance Premium Increase Is Because Of Obamacare

“Rob, you’ve got to post on the recent BCBS premium hikes,” a reader emailed me last night. “I’m seeing it all over Facebook, but NOBODY in the media is writing about it. We got kicked in the teeth for $75/mo, and we’re on the low plan. I’ve seen as high $150/mo. UNREAL. Why is something

Democrats Join With Republicans To Repeal Obamacare Tax, Heidi Heitkamp Nowhere To Be Found

Back during her campaign for the US Senate, the one in which she cloaked herself with the “independent” mantle while distancing herself from her party, Senator Heidi Heitkamp said that Obamacare was “good and bad” and “needs to be fixed.” Right now there’s a bi-partisan group of Republican and Senate Democrats who want to do

Obama: "We don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt"

We didn’t need President Obama to tell us this directly. The fiscally seriousness budget Senate Democrats have released, and the White House has endorsed tells us how lightly Democrats take our national debt problems. The budget increases spending by $2.1 trillion over the next decade and raises taxes by $1.5 trillion. But hearing the President

Are $10,000 Degrees The Answer To The Higher Education Bubble?

The cost of a degree has exploded over the last several decades, growing faster than even problem areas like the cost of medical care. Student loan debt, as a result, has also ballooned even as the value of a four-year degree has flat lined. Obviously, we’re doing something very wrong with the way we do

Medical Company Lays Off 100 Due To Obamacare

Just another victory for the Affordable Care Act: Medical company Smith & Nephew fired roughly 100 employees at its Memphis, Tenn., and Massachusetts offices, citing the medical device tax included in The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (i.e. “Obamacare”), a Fox affiliate in Memphis reports. “Inside sources told FOX13 News the layoffs at Smith

Free Markets Can Keep Health Care Costs Down

Health care and, by extension, health insurance costs have gone through the roof in America. This is no big revelation as our governments are constantly wrestling with new policies intended to help control costs but that usually end up making things worse (case in point, Obamacare). The trend is always to fix cost distortions caused

“Your freedom is likely to be someone else’s harm"

The problem with collectivizing something like health care – which is to say turning health care into a “right” that we’re all obligated to provide for one another – is that when we do so we put our freedom to make individual life choices in jeopardy. Because that freedom can be attacked on the basis

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