Allegheny County #1

So just an update on the latest data from the Census Bureau’s Small Area Health Insurance Estimates program which put out 2010 data last month.  noted last year was that for 2009 the estimated health insurance coverage for children (under age 18) population was higher than any county in Pennsylvania.

So with 2010 data that is . . . → Read More: Allegheny County #1

Economics and Constitutional Law

In which Paul Krugman again reveals his ignorance:

Let’s start with the already famous exchange in which Justice Antonin Scalia compared the purchase of health insurance to the purchase of broccoli, with the implication that if the government can compel you to do the former, it can also compel you to do the latter. . . . → Read More: Economics and Constitutional Law

“Dark Ages Misogyny”… Really?

What’s got Charles Johnson (the wrong-headed Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, not the right-headed anarchist Rad Geek) so worked up?

Now the GOP Wants to Permit Any Employer to Deny Contraception Coverage

What’s all this “permit” and “deny” stuff?

An employer doesn’t (or at least shouldn’t) have to offer health insurance as a job . . . → Read More: “Dark Ages Misogyny”… Really?

A Broken Market

The pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, watched its main source of revenue and profits, Lipitor, lose its patent protection this week, and now faces competition from generic equivalents. In 2010 Lipitor was the second highest selling prescription drug with $5.2 billion in sales in the U.S. alone. (source: Now, in the next year, prices of . . . → Read More: A Broken Market

Health Insurance

Some new data out on Small Area Health Insurance Estimates from the census folks.

They have a tool there you can use to look this up yourself, but what I get is that for children (age 18 and under) in Pennsylania, Allegheny County is tied with Montgomery for the lowest percentage without health insurance at . . . → Read More: Health Insurance

The Economic Effects of a Soda Tax

Greg Mankiw (link) and David Leonhardt (link) have opened a debate on whether govenrment policymakers should levy a tax on soda and other soft drinks as an attempt to reverse the growing trend of obesity among the U.S. population. The idea of taxing soda has become popular as governments around the world have recorded . . . → Read More: The Economic Effects of a Soda Tax

Health Care: The Three Legged Stool

A few years ago, Arnold Kling, an economics professor at George Mason University, presented an interesting description of the type of health care system that Congress is planning to impose on all Americans. With Medicare’s unfunded liabilities in the multiple tens of trillions of dollars, it is like the Titanic sailing full speed ahead . . . → Read More: Health Care: The Three Legged Stool

What Individuals Should Do About ObamaCare

To quote Nancy Reagan, “just say no”.

Specifically, just say no to this:

[U]nder my plan, individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance — just as most states require you to carry auto insurance. Likewise — likewise, businesses will be required to either offer their workers health care, or chip in to . . . → Read More: What Individuals Should Do About ObamaCare

Can Private Health Insurance Work?

Efforts to fix our health insurance system have found no found shortage of critical flaws in the “market”. I have yet to hear a coherent argument for the continued existence of private health insurance. Health care differs in three critical ways from traditional markets. Taken together I doubt that it is even conceivable for . . . → Read More: Can Private Health Insurance Work?

Now You Can Manage Your Prescription Drugs Online

If you are at the age where you qualify for Medicare, then you undoubtedly understand how difficult it may be to manage your medications and prescriptions. The government’s Medicare program is a terribly complicated thing comprised of four parts – A, B, C, and D. Medicare Part A is for hospital care. Medicare Part . . . → Read More: Now You Can Manage Your Prescription Drugs Online