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Monday, May 21, 2018

Another Tedious Rant for Socialized Medicine

(Thank you for tip from a blog reader!)
Here we go again. Another conservative socialist rant in favor of a government takeover of health care. 

This time the source is Chase Madar, an attorney who has written about Chelsea Brad Manning. Madar's credentials on health policy are unknown, but that did not stop The American Conservative from giving him ample space to rant. 

And rant he did:

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Single Payer Health Care Coming in 2020

Single payer health care is the crown jewel of the egalitarian welfare state. It is a prize that the left has pursued vigorously for decades, in Europe as well as here in the United States. Some countries established it already before World War II - Britain comes to mind - while others did not get around to it until the 1950s (Sweden) or even the 1960s (Canada).

The American left has been trying to create a socialized health care system here for decades, and they have made gradual progress through an incrementalist strategy. Now, gearing up for 2020, they are making an all-out push to get over their long-desired finishing line. As a single-payer pundit recently put it, "single payer or bust". 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Fiscal Crisis and Political Economy, Part 2

In my April 18 article about methodological errors in mainstream economic analysis, I used Cato Institute economist Jeff Miron as an example of how conventional-wisdom economics fails to understand the problem of fiscal crises. Political economy, by contrast, offers a good methodological platform, using an institutional approach rather than standard statistical analysis.