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The Sources of Insurance (Issue Analysis Number 126)
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The Sources of Insurance (Issue Analysis Number 126)

Download a .pdf version of the full study complete with footnotes and graphs by clicking here! Executive Summary

07/08/2009
Media Matters Fact Checks FreedomWorks on Obamacare
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Media Matters Fact Checks FreedomWorks on Obamacare

Media Matters Fact Checked us on our Obamacare Translator: Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) on June 19. In our original CER article, we argued that government intervention to compare health care methods was not necessary--private companies already do it. Here’s their entire post and our response to it:

07/06/2009
Unions and Free Market Activists Find Common Cause on Health Care, For Now
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Unions and Free Market Activists Find Common Cause on Health Care, For Now

President Obama has stepped up his rhetoric against the health care system, but fiscal deficiencies in his plan for a government take over have become increasingly apparent in recent weeks. Now, some on Capitol Hill are toying with the idea of taxing employee health benefits to subsidize the cost of government-provided care. But, as Americans learned during the collapse of GM, many union labor agreements provide extremely generous benefit packages to workers who are unlikely to support any proposal that might put their compensation at risk.

07/02/2009
Reading Between the Health Care Spin
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Reading Between the Health Care Spin

Confused by all the soundbites flying around the Hill on health care?  Worry no longer.  Writing at the Wall Street Journal George Newman succinctly (and simply) takes apart the heath care debate spin.

07/01/2009
Tampa Bay Citizens to Protest Government-Run Health Care
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Tampa Bay Citizens to Protest Government-Run Health Care

Inspired by the recent nationwide Tax Day “Tea Party” protest rallies, local Tampa Bay chapters of national grassroots organizations have joined forces to protest proposals for expanded government control of American health care. The Tea Party Patriots, the 9/12 Project, ResistNet, FreedomWorks.org, and others will assemble outside congressional offices on July 2nd to tell their U.S. Representatives and Senators that the proposed hostile government takeover of America’s health care system is unacceptable.  Americans will not stand by and watch their taxes go up to fund a socialized medicine scheme that will crowd out private insurance and effectively lead to health care rationing.The protesters seek to preserve the doctor-patient relationship, expand consumer choice and financial empowerment of patients, and promote market-based solutions in order to make high-quality, affordable healthcare accessible to all Americans. Florida FreedomWorks Field Coordinator Tom Gaitens commented:“July 2nd is the actual anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and in Florida we plan to celebrate that day at every Representative and Senator’s district offices rallying for freedom and against the latest big-government scheme to come out of Washington: government-run health care.  A government takeover of America’s health care system will lead to rationing, reduced care and less individual control over one’s own health. You do not fix health care for the 15% by rationing it for the 85%.”Healthcare Freedom Rallies are planned for July 2, 2009 at four locations in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties:  Senator Bill Nelson's Office801 N. Florida Ave.Sam Gibbons Federal Courthouse, 4th floorTampa, FL 33602Hours:   4:00-7:00pmCongressman Gus Bilirakis’ OfficePalm Harbor Professional Center35111 US HWY 19 North, Suite30Palm Harbor, FL 34684Hours:   3:00 - 6:00pm Congresswoman Kathy Castor’s Office4144 N. Armenia Ave., Suite300Tampa, FL 33609Hours:  3:00 – 6:00pmCongressman C.W. “Bill” Young’s Office9199 113th St. N.Seminole, FL 33772               (At Seminole City Hall, across from St. Pete College Seminole Campus)Hours: 4:00 - 6:00 pmRallies are free and open to the public. Families are welcome. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own homemade signs.  For more information, updates, and locations of additional rallies in Florida, visit: www.nogovernmenthealthcare.com.

06/30/2009
Robert Reich's "public option" deceptions
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Robert Reich's "public option" deceptions

Although this note may seem similar in content and intent to my note yesterday about Barack Obama’s outrageous news conference, Robert Reich’s Wednesday WSJ plea for government-run health care deserves an equal smack-down. Reich’s entire article is filled with misleading statements – not quite lies, but with the same effect. Let’s go through his opinion in some detail:

06/25/2009
How Much is $1.6 Trillion?
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How Much is $1.6 Trillion?

Dr. Evil once held the world hostage for a staggering one hundred billion dollars.  This time Dr. Evil’s demands have been eclipsed by the Obama Administration (instead of Austin Powers), with cohorts Sen. Kennedy (D-MA) and Sen. Baucus (D-MT) demanding $1.6 trillion for a new diabolical plot: National Health Care. As the costs of health care reform begin to take shape, some of us are wondering how much $1.6 trillion really is. Putting things into perspective, $1.6 trillion would:

06/23/2009
When It Rains, It Pours on ObamaCare
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When It Rains, It Pours on ObamaCare

As public and political opposition mounts, FreedomWorks has compiled a list of relevant articles and videos in the fight against government-run healthcare. Fight on and enjoy!    Sen. Coburn (R, OK), a former doctor himself, hits it out of the park in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO_QGwKx_rE           h/t Club For Growth

06/19/2009
The Doctor Will See You....in Nine Hours
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The Doctor Will See You....in Nine Hours

A study released yesterday gives a pretty bleak view of the Canadian health care system and a peak into our own future should such a plan be adopted.

06/19/2009
President Reagan on Government-Run Health Care
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President Reagan on Government-Run Health Care

No one sums up the fight and the future better than the Great Communicator.  It's worth listening to the whole thing. Twice.h/t: Club for Growth

06/16/2009

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