Health Care

A Stupid Way to Get Health Insurance

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Who came up with the idiotic idea that workers should get health insurance through their employers? If it’s such a great idea, why is no one getting their fire and auto insurance that way? Does it make sense to be tethered to your boss in this manner? There are people who fear changing jobs because ... [click for more]

There Is No Right to Health Care

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The Cuban constitution expressly states that people have a right to health care and that it is the duty of government to guarantee this right by providing hospitals, physicians, and medicine to the populace. Judging from the health-care stands of both Al Gore and George W. Bush, both of whom call ... [click for more]

Off His Rocker?

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A baseball player who uttered some uncouth, even bigoted, remarks about various groups of people in New York City was ordered to undergo psychological testing - and possibly treatment - by his employer, Major League Baseball (MLB). John Rocker, an awesome relief pitcher with the Atlanta Braves, has apologized for his statements in a Sports Illustrated interview, but that ... [click for more]

The Contagious Disease Acts

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The Contagious Disease Acts (1860s) in Britain occasioned "the western world's first feminine revolt of any stature." So wrote historian Michael Pearson in his book The Age of Consent: Victorian Prostitution and Its Enemies. The revolt was for sexual equality and against a double standard in the law. The 20-year crusade against the C.D. Acts was led by a ... [click for more]

None Dare Call It Extortion

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What do you call it when one person threatens violence against another unless he obeys? How about "extortion"? Consider this sentence from the New York Times on Christmas day: "Brandishing new data showing that the drug industry earns higher profits and pays lower taxes than most other industries, White ... [click for more]

Welfare Is Welfare

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When is welfare not welfare? When it goes to the middle class. At least that's what many people want to think. A controversy in Bill Clinton's state of Arkansas illustrates the point. A few years ago President Clinton and the Republican Congress created the Children's Health Insurance Program, which ... [click for more]

All Smoke

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Let's see if I have this straight: The tobacco companies will pay the states $206 billion over the next 25 years to "reimburse" them for medical expenses incurred for the treatment of Medicare patients with smoking-related illnesses. As part of the settlement of state lawsuits, the companies have pledged to combat teen smoking in ... [click for more]

Our Corrupting Welfare State

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Champions of the free society have long warned that the welfare state-in which the government does for people what they ought to do for themselves-has a corrosive effect on the character of human beings. There is no better evidence of this than what people have come to expect from what we mistakenly call "health ... [click for more]

Clinton Tests Our Devotion to Liberty

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President Clinton is up to something that will surely put the American people's love of liberty to the test. He wants to assign every citizen a "unique health identifier," an identification number that would permit the government to gather information about our health and compile it into a national database. No one noticed when ... [click for more]

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

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have a great idea. Haircut insurance! Before you double up, hear me out. It's important to look good, right? It's more than important. Good hair can make the difference between success and failure in business and personal relationships. The bad-hair day is a scourge we have tolerated far too long. The value of a kempt ... [click for more]

What They Don’t Know

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Vice President Al Gore says that if the tax on cigarettes is raised $1.10 a pack in the next five years, teenage smoking will drop 42 percent on average nationwide. Not 41 or 43 percent. Forty-two percent. Further, he says that 991,000 deaths from smoking would be avoided. ... [click for more]

The Creeping Takeover of Medical Care, Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 In Part I we saw that the right to medical care is a pseudo right. It cannot be a real right because it conflicts with rights that stand the test of authenticity. But that is only the beginning of what's wrong with trying to enforce a right to medical care. Imagine for a moment a ... [click for more]
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