Archive for the ‘Medicine’ Category

Thirteen miscellaneous thoughts on the Hobby Lobby case and the reactions to it

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." —Thomas Jefferson Other than the absurd necessity (and apparent futility) of explaining that a government's failure to mandate something doesn't equate to outlawing it, nor does it enable other people or ...

It is not possible to reason with some people

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

"Gee, you're just now figuring that out?" you might say. But seriously, think about the full meaning and implication of this fact: Adult human beings of average or even above-average IQ have become so willfully ignorant, so blinded by bias and partisanship and fighting their battles, that they are constitutionally ...

The contraceptive mandate is wrong for the same reasons the rest of Obamacare is wrong

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Later this month, the Supreme Court will begin hearing Sibelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. regarding Hobby Lobby's objection to Obamacare's "contraception mandate" on the grounds that it violates the owners' religious freedom to abstain from paying for anyone's contraception. Obamacare requires Hobby Lobby to provide its employees only certain ...

Hobby Lobby, religious freedom, and contraceptive mandates

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

In my sporadic research on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case (and a basically identical case brought by Conestoga Wood Specialties, a Pennsylvania company owned by Mennonites), in which the companies argue that they should not be forced to pay for employee health insurance that covers contraceptives and thus violates ...

Of course we were right about Obamacare

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Now that the blatant lie "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it" has been exposed and the Obama administration—along with the usual chorus of Democratic devotees and sycophants—is trying to justify, cover up, explain away, and/or forestall the ruinous effects that Obamacare is already having, I ...

Easy prediction about Obamacare (and Democratic voters)

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

At Cafe Hayek, Russ Roberts writes, Either ObamaCare is going to be dismantled or the government is going to take over the insurance industry. The latter is an unlikely possibility given the botched logistical performance of the roll-out of ObamaCare. I just don’t see how these kind of unexpected changes are ...

The Saturday Night Live solution to high medical bills

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

I have an audio file of a 1992 Saturday Night Live skit in which Dana Carvey plays Ross Perot discussing some of his proposals to save the United States from financial ruin. One of the many funny passages goes: Let's take the issue of waste. You know, I find it fascinating ...

On emergency contraceptives, pharmacists, and individual rights

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

A lot of people seem to be confused about what rights a pharmacist has to refuse to fill certain prescriptions, particularly the morning-after pill or other emergency contraceptives, and what things a customer can force a pharmacist to do, so I'll explain it here. Any consideration of rights or justice must ...

Blatant, misleading propaganda about Obamacare

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Via my Facebook feed (where else?), I came across this inane guide from Health Care For American Now called How to talk about Obamacare during the holidays. Almost every point it makes is either false or interpreted in an inaccurate, pro-government way. Health care is too expensive. Everyone agrees with that. ...

On the duty to buy health insurance

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Tina Rulli, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, and David Wendler published a column in the Journal of the American Medical Association titled The Moral Duty to Buy Health Insurance. Inspired by the recent Supreme Court Approval of (most of) the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA; "Obamacare"), its thesis is that ...

Michael F. Cannon on Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

I liked Cato's Michael F. Cannon's take on the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation's decision to suspend its partnership with and funding of Planned Parenthood: First, this controversy provides a delightful contrast to the Obama administration’s decision to force all Americans to purchase contraceptives and subsidize abortions. The Susan G. ...

Links for an ending week

Friday, November 5th, 2010

The Fraud Started at the Very Top: With Government Leaders, from Washington's Blag. See their numerous examples of how rating agencies, the Treasury Department, the SEC, the Federal Reserve, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and others committed fraud and helped banks commit fraud. This is truly a devastating list of criminality ...