Tag Archives: health care

The Real Cost of National Health Care

Around early August 2018, a research paper from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University by C. Blahous made both the Wall Street Journal and Fox News within two days. It also attracted attention widely in other media. Later, I … Continue reading

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Contraception and Perversions (an Update)

Early July 2014.  This essay appeared earlier under another title. I edited the original slightly to eliminate deadwood. The US Supreme Court just decided  that certain categories of employers did not have to provide contraceptive services that violate their conscience. … Continue reading

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The French Have It Better?

As I keep saying, facts matter. Facts matter more than ideological consistency if you want to know. That’s why I keep comparing us with the other society I know well, France. I am up to-date on it, a task facilitated … Continue reading

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Health Care Reform: Paradise Lost

I have been struggling for three days to swim back to the surface and breathe again. Since the monstrous health care bill reform passed on Sunday, furor and something approaching despair have made me numb and mute. As people begin … Continue reading

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Whining Instead of Sex and the Better Use of Health Insurance: A Testimony. (Think again.)

This piece was posted before. I am recycling it (with light editing) because it’s the most constructive thing I know how to do after the disaster of the so-called health care reform bill passed yesterday. The bill is utterly dishonest; … Continue reading

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Ethnography of Liberalism : I

There used to be an academic discipline called “Ethnography.” It was an inherently humble endeavor, the description of others, of usually exotic, far away, little-known groups. I mean head-hunters of Borneo, and Pygmies from central Africa. Ethnography had little pretension … Continue reading

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Whining Instead of Sex and the Better Use of Health Insurance: A Testimony

I know how detestable it is for older men to speak about their health. First, the odds that they are going to come out alive are not good. Second, it’s true that many old geezers replace sexual pleasure with the … Continue reading

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