Health care

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    Government Drives Up Consumer Costs

    Government is a necessary institution, and I would argue that, when it is fulfilling its constitutionally designated role, it has the capacity for much good. I realize some of my most libertarian friends rally around a battle cry of “Taxation is theft” as they raise their well-worn copy of The Law (a…
    Brooke Medina, September 20, 2021
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    Nearly half for other reasons? How misleading are Covid hospitalization numbers?

    New research finds that barely over half (52%) of Covid patients in the VA during the post-vaccination period were hospitalized for the management of Covid-19 disease. The rest (48%) were in the hospital for some other reason and incidentally found to be infected with SARS-CoV-2.
    Jon Sanders, September 20, 2021
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    ‘Free’ Health Care Carries High Price

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online ponders “free” health care. Middle- to upper-middle-income Britons do pay higher national income taxes than do their American counterparts, but when state and local taxes are taken into consideration, the math looks different, with middle-income households in New York State, for example,…
    Mitch Kokai, September 15, 2021
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    Vaccination Battles Threaten the Hippocratic Oath

    Patrick Hauf writes for the Washington Free Beacon about a COVID-related dispute within the medical community. A growing number of doctors have threatened to withhold treatment from the unvaccinated, sparking backlash from doctors and bioethicists who say such sentiments violate the Hippocratic Oath. Those critics are even more…
    Mitch Kokai, September 14, 2021
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    National Recognition in Forbes for N.C. CON Reforms

    Patrick Gleason of Americans for Tax Reform highlights in a Forbes column North Carolina’s successful effort to loosen certificate-of-need restrictions. As Texas demonstrated this past summer, the national media loves to cover state legislation related to election law and abortion. What doesn’t get as much press, though it…
    Mitch Kokai, September 9, 2021
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    Mask Mandates and ‘Living By Lies’

    Joy Pullmann of the Federalist explains her top objection to COVID-19 mask mandates. Throughout the last year, I’ve read a lot of masking arguments but none that broached my top objection: mask mandates force me to communicate what I believe are very dangerous lies. Even if masks ultimately…
    Mitch Kokai, September 9, 2021
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    “We have to judge medical evidence the same: whether ivermectin OR cloth masks in young kids.”

    Vinay Prasad makes that sensible suggestion in a recent Twitter thread and adds, “Both have weak evidence.” He continues:…
    Jon Guze, September 8, 2021
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    Woke Silliness Infiltrates Important Health Communications

    Aaron Sibarium of the Washington Free Beacon writes about a disturbing development in the field of health communication. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a set of “guiding principles for inclusive communication” on Aug. 24. The word salad included statements like “health equity is intersectional” and…
    Mitch Kokai, September 8, 2021