Matthew Holt

Sunday mumbles

If you can’t quite remember why we’re doing this health reform stuff, here’s a very amusing defense of the current health care system by Jonathan Adler at Newsweek (hat-tip to Jon Cohn).

Meanwhile by any measure July was the most read month on THCB with sitemeter telling us that there were some 129,000 visits. Thanks to everyone for coming, but to be fair while we could expect health reform month to ramp up the visits a little, this shows the power of Google. If you search “Obama health care”, this excellent article by Bob Laszewski comes up near the top of the front page… Hopefully some of the new readers will see that it’s 18 months old and stick around to catch the new developments. But kudos to Bob L for doing such a great job here and of course on his own blog Health Care Policy & Marketplace Review.

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Hillimonster

If as B.O. says “Of course we need a vigorous debate on health care…” why was it so important to rush it through!!! That is the bottom line on why people are “ticked” off. This problem is 30 years in the making and it can’t be solved overnight!!!
If no one “is standing between you and your doctor” why wouldn’t every doctor give every gold plated treatment to everyone to get them healthier?…Somebody somewhere is standing there putting the brakes on..!!!

Alexander Saip
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The Dr. Who Knows the Truth, I really applaud your commitment to making healthcare affordable. No doubt, there is a tremendous amount of self-interest in any business, and health insurance is not an exception. But I wouldn’t oversimplify the issue of financial risk insurance companies bear: http://health.howstuffworks.com/health-insurance1.htm What you suggest is that you become an “insurer” for your customers, collecting premiums and providing services when they come to you, covering your expenses from that pool of money. But what if some sort of catastrophic event, like an epidemic, forces you to spend more money treating your patients, than is there?… Read more »

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pidgas

EHR Guy: Yeah, thanks for the link. Graham Walker (the ER resident to whose site you linked) is a nice smart mid-western guy from Kansas who will readily admit that he tends to “rant” in favor of single-payer. I don’t personally find his presentation all that compelling. He was “interviewed” during medical school and listed Quentin Young as one of his major formative influences. Dr. Young is a gracious and kind man about whom I will not speak ill. I stayed as a guest in his home in Hyde Park when I interviewed for residency at the University of Chicago.… Read more »

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I think this article “Obama health care”.. is very interesting an excellent!

The EHR Guy
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Dear The Dr. Who Knows the Truth,
You have been elected as the single-payer doctor to go guy.
If only most doctors thought like you!
Thanks,
The EHR Guy

The Dr. Who Knows the Truth
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The Dr. Who Knows the Truth

The truth is health insurance is a joke. What makes anyone who actually uses their brain think that by paying some technocrat in nowhereville Nebraska, 300.00 a month + your employer paying another 4 -800.00 a month + %20 of your income going to Medicaid and Medicare is somehow going to give you health care. These institutions do not provide health care they are money making organization whose only products are pieces of plastic that state that they promise nothing. I am health care. If everyone paid me 100.00 a month I could provide you with all the health care… Read more »

Matthew Holt
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Pidgas, I thought everything Manikw wrote was a joke

The EHR Guy
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Dear pidgas,
You will find highly educational the following website:
http://www.grahamazon.com/sp/index.php
Please visit,
Thanks
The EHR Guy

pidgas
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pidgas

Regarding my above comment:
Mr. Holt linked to an absurd article by John Adler and described it as “very amusing.” I thought it might be even funnier if written from the opposite perspective. The result is my “comment.”
So Mr. EHR guy, go ahead and hire up your reader. They might even get you some useful information. But I’ll warn you, it’s not a rousing call to arms for single payer.
JD, thanks for the tip.

Alexander Saip
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What do you think about scaled-down healthcare reform, which is called “health insurance” reform now? My thoughts are on
http://betterhc.blogspot.com/2009/08/healthcare-reform-alpha-version.html

The EHR Guy
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Dear pidgas,
I’m going to hire someone to read your comment.
It’s too long and it really doesn’t say anything tangible.
It’s always polite never to use more characters in the comment than are in the post.
But if you are saying that single-payer is the way then you’ve made my day.
Thanks you,
The EHR Guy

Jd
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Jd

Uh, pidgas, pasting the entire article violates Fair Use laws.

pidgas
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pidgas

Go ahead, shoot me. I like the reforms advocated by the House and Obama on health care in the United States. I’ll get insurance now – Gubment insurance! Damn pretty! I’m with that woman who wrote the president supporting “socialized medicine” and added: “Be sure and leave the employer based insurance system untouched like you’ve promised.” That’s the spirit! I am entitled to the same insurance that members of Congress get. Frankly, I’m entitled to the best insurance anyone gets. Why shouldn’t I be? Blue Dogs need to just focus on finding the money to make it happen. I’m just… Read more »

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justine

Put the screws on big business insurance carriers and cut executive salaries.
The doctors have become defacto employees of the insurance carriers.
The guy who runs the not for profit Highmark in Pittsburgh is earning 3.5 million (dollars)to rape its customers.