Obamacare


Health Care Policy
Scroll down to browse the most incisive current and classical analyses of Obamacare written by Howard Hyde and many other prominent authorities.
Bibliography and notes for the book ‘Pull the Plug on Obamacare’ are toward the end of this scroll.




Jonathan Gruber Called to Testify on Capitol Hill
Jonathan Gruber has been called to testify on Capitol Hill before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in December, a hearing that will almost certainly turn into an airing of grievances over Obamacare and his statements about voter stupidity.
By Benjamin Domenech


Howard Hyde debates Obamacare on California Edition TV
Host Brad Pomerance interviews Howard Hyde on ‘California Edition’ on the California Channel.


Post-Obamacare Reform
Obamacare is now a dead letter. Here's what we have to do next.
By Howard Hyde


Top Democrat Senator Schumer says Obamacare was a Mistake
Senator Charles Schumer said Democrats made a mistake by entering into a fight over health care after they passed the 2009 economic stimulus.
By Brett LoGiurato


The Unaffordable Mandate Act
The Obama administration has characterized the health plans that Americans have lost due to the Affordable Care Acts mandates as "sub-standard", "lousy", "bottom-feeding" and "cut-rate". How ungrateful of us not to recognize the government's superior wisdom.
By Howard Hyde


Obamacare adviser warned of premium increases as Obama vowed savings
While President Obama campaigned on a promise that his universal health care plan would lower premiums, his controversial adviser and plan architect [Jonathan Gruber] was privately warning the state of Wisconsin that Obamacare was poised to massively increase insurance costs for average residents, internal documents show.
By Kelly Riddell


Video: Pulling the Plug on Obamacare at Physician Conference
Howard Hyde presents his vision and strategy for defeating Obamacare at the annual meeting of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).


Fire the Real Boss of the Veteran’s Administration
Playing musical chairs with the bureacracy won't solve the problems of monopolistic pathology.
By Howard Hyde


The Obamacare Opportunities
The pending U.S. Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare coupled with a small provision buried in the law could give Republicans in the new Congress the opportunity to power-boost free-market health reform.


Has Anyone Asked the Patient?
Non-physician practitioners are gaining the licensing to expand the scope of their work to include more of what has until recently been considered the domain of fully trained and certified physicians. This trend may provide some flexibility in the delivery of care and relieve the doctor shortage. But should patients be obliged, with no choice in the matter, to accept a nurse practitioner as just as good as a physician?
By Howard Hyde
Dr. Sandeep, Jauhar, writing in the New York Times, agrees. See:
Nurses Are Not Doctors


What Happened to American Medicine?
America once had the best healthcare system around, but no longer. We still have the best doctors and nurses, but they are stymied and frustrated by a system that hampers rather than helps them when they try to care for us. Why?
By Deane Waldman


Health Care a Human Right?
A moral obligation to help the less fortunate does not justify massive transfers of power and money to a privileged and unaccountable Washington D.C. bureacracy.
By Howard Hyde


Beware of our Betters
Jonathan Gruber's several videotaped remarks about the gross deceptions that got ObamaCare passed in Congress should tell us a lot about the Obama administration.
By Thomas Sowell.


Health Care Solution: Patients in Command
If patients commanded the resources spent on their behalf, most of the economic problems of health care would be resolved. But the government won't permit that.
By Howard Hyde


Eat it, It's Good For You, Says Big Brother Senator Feinstein
We are losing our constitutional liberties and heading toward Big-Brother totalitarianism at a faster rate than at any time in the history of the United States of America, for the sake of social programs that are rammed down our throats on fraudulent premises and which can never fulfill their marketed promises.
By Howard Hyde


Stop the (Obamacare) World, I Want to Get Off
The foreign competition doesn't have to pay the Obamacare fines.
By Howard Hyde


'Obamacare: And Then a Miracle Happens'
To believe that Obamacare will all work out in the end is to believe that the whole is not only greater than the sum of the parts, but 180 degrees polar opposite of the sum of the parts.
By Howard Hyde


Resisting ObamaCare — on The Glazov Gang
The March 15 2013 Glazov Gang had the honor of being joined by Bob Zeidman, award-winning novelist, Larry Greenfield, Senior Fellow at the American Freedom Alliance, and Howard Hyde, author of the new pamphlet, Pull the Plug on Obamacare.


Confronting Pelosi’s Obamacare Propaganda ‘Toolkit’
The once and would-be future Speaker of the House forgets Democrats on the list of people to be convinced of Obamacare's virtues.
By Howard Hyde


How Dare We Claim America is #1 in Health Care?
The World Health Organization (WHO) published a study ranking the USA 37th among 191 nations in Health Care. So how can conservatives and Republicans claim with a straight face that, at least prior to Obamacare, America was #1?
By Howard Hyde


Why the big push against Obama care?
A dear friend and colleague of mine, an independent computer consultant, writes “So, why the big push against Obama care? It is far from perfect but anything that begins to dissociate healthcare with employers is a step in the right direction in my opinion.” Dear D...
By Howard Hyde


Let this Patient Die
Some people want to ‘reform’ Obamacare, not repeal it. Now that we know what’s in it, can’t we remove what we don’t like and keep the good parts?
Answer: A plan so deeply rooted in misperception, centralized planning, misinformation, mono-partisanship and political bullying, passed in the Senate in the wee hours of Christmas Eve 2009, is not salvageable.
By Howard Hyde


Medical Privacy: Read the FINE PRINT!
What are we headed for when the government owns your medical records?
By Howard Hyde


Supporters of Obamacare Admit It Hurts the Poor
Some supporters of Obamacare are honest enough to admit a few of its warts. Would that they would take those admissions to their logical conclusions.
By Howard Hyde


Why ObamaCare Will Fail
The failures of Medicare, Medicaid and socialized health care systems around the world are not accidents, rounding errors or bad luck of unanticipated complications. Rather, they are the inevitable, predicable result of forceful interference in the voluntary cooperation of free citizens. Obamacare will fail for the same reason that the Soviet Union failed: command-and-control economies cannot function rationally.
By Howard Hyde


121 Reasons to Reject Obama-Reid-PelosiCare
Fighting this battle since November 2009. Obamacare is unnecessary, destructive, and won't work.
By Howard Hyde






About the Book ‘Pull The Plug on Obamacare’
‘Pull the Plug on Obamacare’ by Howard Hyde, is available on Amazon.com in paperback and also in Kindle edition.
This page contains links to articles by Howard Hyde on health care policy reform in general and Obamacare in particular, at FrontPageMag.com, AmericanThinker.com and CitizenEcon.com.
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‘Pull the Plug’ Bibliography
Below you will find the books, websites, organizations and studies that are the factual sources and logical inspirations for the book. Be sure to return here and to the Home page frequently for updates and breaking news.
If you don’t own the book already, the chapter-by-chapter notes below will give you a good idea of why you should.

Obamacare is not a done deal!
It still can and must be rolled back because:
·        It’s based on false premises.
o       The US healthcare system, for all its warts, is still the best that yet exists in the world.
·        It harms more than it solves.
o       “Pass it to find out what’s in it”? Now that it has passed, you won’t believe what’s in it!
·        It will never fulfill its advertised promises.
o       Health insurance on average has already become $5,500 more expensive than expected.
o       You can’t keep the doctor you like if (s)he’s quitting.
o       You can’t keep the plan you like if your employer drops it or it doesn’t meet the approval of the HHS.
o       Command-and-control economies have failed and will always fail, no matter the party in charge.
·        Living under this law’s regime will be much dearer still than the cost of fighting it to the bitter end.

The USA needs real reform that will work.

Whether you are a patient, a doctor, a public official, a political activist or just a regular guy or gal who can’t understand what the fuss is all about, this plain-language citizen pamphlet will give you the intellectual ammunition to understand our predicament and to defend your rights, your prosperity and your country.


Bibliography
§        McCaughey, Betsy, PhD, Beating Obamacare, published by Regnery Publishing Inc 2013. Ms. McCaughey has been fighting for meaningful healthcare reform at least since HillaryCare in 1993.
§        Pipes, Sally C, The Truth About Obamacare, pub. by Regnery Publishing Inc, 2010. Don’t say no one warned you.
§        Pipes, Sally C, The Pipes Plan: The Top 10 Ways to Dismantle Obamacare, pub. by Regnery Publishing Inc, 2012.
§        Turner, Capretta, Miller and Moffit, Why Obamacare is Wrong for America, pub. by HarperCollins, 2011.
§        Waters M.D., William C.,  2 Days That Ruined Your Healthcare, pub. by Logicon Press, 2008.
§        Gratzer, David, Why Obama’s Government Takeover of Health Care Will Be a Disaster, pub. by Encounter Books, 2009.
§        John Goodman, Priceless: Curing the Health Care Crisis, pub. by The Independent Instititute, 2012.

Organizations and Online Resources
·        The Pacific Research Institute, Sally Pipes, President: http://pacificresearch.org
·        Americans for Prosperity: http://americansforprosperity.org/issues/healthcare-entitlements
·        The Cato Institute http://www.cato.org/research/health-care
·        The Heritage Foundation: http://www.heritage.org/initiatives/health-care
·        America’s Medical Society, Dr. Adam Dorin M.D., Founder: http://americasmedicalsociety.com
·        American Association of Physicians and Surgeons: http://www.aapsonline.org
·        www.Docs4PatientCare.org
“We are an organization of concerned physicians committed to the establishment of a health care system that preserves the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship, promotes quality of care, supports affordable access to all Americans, and protects patients' freedom of choice.”
·        The Independent Institute: http://www.independent.org/issues/search.asp?subID=25
·        The Galen Institute: http://www.galen.org




Assorted Notes, Sources and Inspirations, by Chapter and Section

Preface: It’s Christmas Eve, 1776 
·        Wall Street Journal: McGurn: Chief Justice Roberts Taxes Credibility. Did the umpire change his call because of the crowd? http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304708604577502933866909916.html
·        Wall Street Journal: Capretta and Levin: Why ObamaCare Is Still No Sure Thing. The majority of state governors are Republicans, and they have the power to disarm the health-care law. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324735104578122741540428344.html?KEYWORDS=obamacare+is+still+no+sure+thing
·        Wall Street Journal: The Constitutional Moment. Judge Vinson introduces ObamaCare to Madison and Marshall.  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703439504576116090813454296.html?KEYWORDS=%22the+constitutional+moment%22
·        McCullough, David, 1776, published by Simon & Schuster 2005


Is This What You Thought You Were Getting?
·        Mandates, Fines and Penalties and employment:
o       McCaughey pp 3, 11, 19-22 and
o       Pipes (2) chapter 2.
o       Wall Street Journal: ObamaCare and the '29ers'. How the new mandates are already reducing full-time employment. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324616604578304072420873666.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop
·         “16,000 new IRS agents will be hired to track down individuals and businesses that don't purchase insurance, offer insurance, or fill out the required reams of forms.”
o       Pipes (1), page 5.
·        Paul Bedard: Healthcare Reform Law Requires New IRS Army Of 1,054
http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2011/02/15/healthcare-reform-law-requires-new-irs-army-of-1054
·        Pre-existing conditions
o       Tate, p. 126
o       McCaughey pp. 63-64
o       Pipes (2) Chapter 10
·        Insurance payout caps: McCaughey p. 60-61.
·        Raiding Medicare by $716B: Tate p. 18.  See also: ‘Cannibalizing Medicare’.
·        Plans required to cover dependent children to age 26: McCaughey 61-62
·        Capital Gains tax:
o       Tate p. 19
o       McCaughey p. 5.
·        Mini-Med plans: McCaughey p. 32
·        Medical tax deductions:
o       McCaughey p. 85.
o       Tate p. 31
·        The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB):
o       Tate pp. 145-147.
o       McCaughey p. 76.
o       Pipes (2) chapter 9
o       The Medicare Newsgroup: What is the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)? http://medicarenewsgroup.com/news/medicare-faqs/individual-faq?faqId=c1695c98-3b4d-4ff7-b3de-7020b7180b23
·        Employers required to know your total household income: McCaugher pp. 33-34.
·        Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs):
o       Pipes (1) p. 163-165
o       McCaughey p. 12, 85, 134
o       Tate p. 17, 30
·        Medicare treatment of seniors: McCaughey p. 67, 70, 72
·        Medicare Part A payroll tax: McCaughey p. 13
·        Medicare Adavantages cuts:
o       McCaughey p. 75-76
o       Tate p. 141-144
o       Pipes p. 146-148
·        Exchanges
o       McCaughey chapter 7
o       Tate chapter 7
·        Waivers:
o       How Many Businesses Are Exempt? The Final Number Of ‘Obamacare’ Waivers Is In…: 
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/01/06/how-many-businesses-are-exempt-the-final-number-of-obamacare-waivers-is-in/
o       WOLF: Obamacare waiver corruption must stop
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/may/20/obamacare-waiver-corruption-must-stop/

Obamacare Misdiagnoses The Problems
There are not 46 million victims
·        Pipes (1) Chapter 5

America needs to extend its lead, not catch up with anyone.
·        Pipes (1) Chapter 1 (dozens of statistical points about health care successes in the U.S.A. and failures of socialized medicine systems, especially Canada’s)
·        McCaughey pp. 114-116 (more on the WHO, cancer survival rates, Nobel Prizes in Medicine and Physiology etc.)
·        The Canadian Encyclopedia: Veterinary Care Faster Than Health Care for Humans http://www.encyclopediecanadienne.ca/articles/macleans/veterinary-care-faster-than-health-care-for-humans
·        Daniel J. Mitchell: Wanna Die? Try Government-Run Healthcare in the United Kingdom 
http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/danieljmitchell/2012/10/21/wanna_die_try_governmentrun_healthcare_in_the_united_kingdom/page/full/


Out of Control Costs?
·        McCaughey pp. 108-110
·        Wall Street Journal: Obama's Health Spending 'Problem': http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323936804578230050895623268.html

What Cockroaches, I mean, Insurance Companies?
·        Williams, Ron, former chairman and CEO of Aetna: Why I No Longer Support the Health Insurance Mandate. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303734204577464713182634028.html


Free Markets don’t work… except where they are tried.
·        Sowell, Thomas, Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy,  4th edition published by Basic Books 2010.

New Budget-Balancing Technique: Massive Expansion of Entitlement Programs
·        Wall Street Journal: ObamaCare's Reality Deficit. If you believe that a new entitlement saves money, you'll believe anything. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704415104576065723458609678.html?KEYWORDS=review+outlook+the+repeal+vote


It Harms More Than It Solves
Medical Care Supply and Demand
·        Wall Street Journal: The Coming Doctor Shortage. We can't insure 32 million more people and cut funding to train doctors by $60 billion. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703959104576082430910575332.html?KEYWORDS=the+coming+doctor+shortage
·        Heritage Foundation: Impact of Obamacare on Seniors: http://heritage.org/research/projects/impact-of-obamacare
·        Wall Street Journal: A Doctor's Posthumous Vindication. Peter Gleason spoke his mind about a drug's benefits—then saw his career ruined by the FDA and federal prosecutors. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323981504578174973015235686.html
·        Wall Street Journal: The FDA vs. Free Speech. A court decision guts the agency crackdown on off-label drug promotion. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324355904578159464064264032.html
·        Wall Street Journal: 'Concierge' Medicine, ObamaCare and the End of Empathy. Traditional primary-care doctors are finding themselves, and their patients, squeezed by the government and the marketplace. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443768804578034172542214016.html?KEYWORDS=concierge+medicine+obamacare+and+the+end+of+empathy
·        Wall Street Journal: Doctor Dissident. An ObamaCare refusenik considers his career options. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324469304578146230150943650.html?KEYWORDS=Obamacare
·        Wall Street Journal: The Scientific Blind Spot. Knowledge is less a canon than a consensus. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324894104578113590368047244.html
·        Medical Student debt:

Cannibalizing Medicare
·        Tate Chapter 10
·        McCaughey Chapter 11
·        Poking the bear in the eye – Obamacare and the federal abuse of power http://c.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/medicine-and-politics-america/2012/oct/26/poking-bear-eye-obamacare-and-federal-abuse-power/
·        Wall Street Journal: Yuval Levin on some of the ways Medicare cooks its books compared to private health insurance. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443759504577627243506026490.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEFTTopOpinion


States become Administrative Departments of the Federal Government
·        Wall Street Journal: Hope and Exchange. The feds blame the states for refusing to become ObamaCare subsidiaries. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324556304578121012109574832.html?KEYWORDS=hope+and+exchange
·        Wall Street Journal: ObamaCare's Faux Federalism. GOP Governors are smarter than some of their conservative critics. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323981504578179493975282974.html?KEYWORDS=obamacare%27s+faux+federalism
·        Wall Street Journal: States of Resistance. Governors are fleeing ObamaCare after the Florida ruling. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703960804576120100812546800.html?KEYWORDS=%22states+of+resistance%22
·        Wall Street Journal: An ObamaCare Appeal From the States. Twenty-one governors representing more than 115 million Americans have written to Kathleen Sebelius asking for more flexibility on health-care reform. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703652104576122172835584158.html?KEYWORDS=%22an+obamacare+appeal+from+the+states%22


Are you a Citizen…or a Subject?
·        Canada Free Press: Health info collected to “protect the President” http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/51564
·        Wall Street Journal: Heart Gadgets Test Privacy-Law Limits http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203937004578078820874744076.html
·        Wall Street Journal: Physician, Steel Thyself for Electronic Records. Who's got time to listen to patients when the government demands 'meaningful' data entry? http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443675404578058480752741280.html
·        Wall Street Journal: A Major Glitch for Digitized Health-Care Records. Savings promised by the government and vendors of information technology are little more than hype. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443847404577627041964831020.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEFTTopOpinion
·        Stephen Soumerai and Ross Koppel: A Major Glitch for Digitized Health-Care Records: Savings promised by the government and vendors of information technology are little more than hype.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443847404577627041964831020.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEFTTopOpinion
·        Judicial Watch: Billions Wasted On Faulty Obamacare Digital Health Record Experiment
http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2012/11/billions-wasted-on-faulty-obamacare-digital-health-record-experiment
·        Hot Air: Electronic records turn out to potentially add costs rather than reduce them
http://hotair.com/archives/2013/01/11/electronic-records-turns-out-to-potentially-add-costs-rather-than-reduce-them



It Won’t Accomplish What Its Supporters Claim

·        Obamacare Promised $2500 Decrease in Cost for Families; Ends up as $3000 Increase
http://www.redstate.com/2012/09/25/obamacare-promised-2500-decrease-in-cost-for-families-ends-up-as-3000-increase
·        LA Times Fact check: 'Obamacare' hasn't yet reduced health insurance costs 
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/oct/03/news/la-pn-fact-check-presidential-debate-obamacare-20121003
·        “The employer mandate adds $1.79 per hour to the cost of hiring a full-time worker”
McCaughey, p. 1
·        Grange, David: ObamaCare's Costs to the Working Class. Perverse incentives will make part-time work more attractive than a better-paying full-time job. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203335504578086702676417058.html
·        Wall Street Journal: ObamaCare's Health-Insurance Sticker Shock: Thanks to mandates that take effect in 2014, premiums in individual markets will shoot up. Some may double.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323936804578227890968100984.html
·        Peter Ferrara: “Medicaid pays doctors and hospitals only 60% or less of costs for their health services to the poor.  Consequently, the poor on Medicaid face grave difficulties in obtaining timely and essential health care, and suffer worse health outcomes as a result. http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterferrara/2012/07/05/obamacare-rip-john-roberts-cannot-save-you
·        Hal Scherz: Healthcare and Politics Do Not Mix: The Medicaid expansion plan at the state level is not about providing healthcare insurance coverage to those who do not currently have it, and it certainly has nothing to do with compassion. It is about control and dependency. It is about expanding the rolls of Americans who rely on government subsidized healthcare. It is about moving forward with the Affordable Care Act which will ultimately touch every American but will be controlled from Washington DC.
http://townhall.com/columnists/halscherz/2013/02/28/healthcare-and-politics-do-not-mix-n1522256

“Because we say so”
·        Obamacare supporters claims: http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-facts.php
·        Yuliya Chernova: Union Drops Health Coverage for Workers’ Children 
http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2010/11/20/union-drops-health-coverage-for-workers-children

A History of Cost Overruns.
·        Fraser Institute: Aging population and changing demographics mean Canada's health care system facing a funding gap of more than $537 billion http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-news/news/display.aspx?id=19060


Why it must and will certainly fail
·        von Mises, Ludwig, Socialism. First published in German in 1922.  See the Liberty Fund 2010 edition
…or if 600 pages is too much for you, see the 100-page, plain-language:
·        von Mises, Ludwig, Economic Policy: Thoughts for Today and for Tomorrow, pub. by Regnery 1979. Based on a series of lectures Mises gave in Buenos Aires Argentina in 1959.
·        von Mises, Ludwig, Bureacracy, originally written in 1944. See editions by the Mises Institute (www.Mises.org) and Lulu.com.
·        Center for Individual Freedom: ObamaCare and the Doctor Shortage http://cfif.org/v/index.php/commentary/56-health-care/1706-obamacare-and-the-doctor-shortage
·        Mustard Seeds: Obamacare Is Ultimately Not About Healthcare (it is a giant leap towards socialism). http://www.mymustardseeds.com/ultimate-goals-of-obamacare.html
·        According to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study, 30 million Americans are still expected to be without health insurance in the year 2022. Obamacare won’t accomplish its core objective.




So What Do We Replace It With?
·        The Pipes Plan, by Sally C. Pipes, pub. by Regnery Publishing Inc, 2012.
·        Wall Street Journal: The Better Solution for 'Pre-Existing Conditions'.  There's no need to turn the entire system upside down to help the people who can't buy private insurance. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444799904578048301788487428.html
·        Paul Toffel, M.D.: An Original and Simple Proposal
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-paul-toffel
·        Pipes (1), chapter 13


Legalize real health insurance …across the fruited plain
(across state lines)
·        Gratzer p. 16.
·        Pipes (1) p. 214
·        Pipes (2) Chapter 3

Level the playing field, because World War II is over and we thought we won
·        Pipes (1) pp 24-25
·        Waters, p. 12.

Cut out the Legal Casino Mafia Middleman
·        The Legal Examiner Wiki: Tort Reform and the Effect of Medical Malpractice Caps 
http://wiki.legalexaminer.com/help-center/articles/tort-reform-and-the-effect-of-medical-malpractice-caps.aspx
·        Amitabh Chandra, Anupam B. Jena and Seth A. Seabury: Defensive Medicine May Be Costlier Than It Seems: While economic studies don't show it, physicians say that fear of lawsuits spurs higher spending. They may be right. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323701904578280112638373302.html

Don’t subsidize unhealthy products
·        Democratic Vision: Tobacco subsidies
http://democraticvision.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981462547
From 1995 through 2011, the federal government paid out $1.329 billion in subsidies for the tobacco industry. In 2011 alone, taxpayers shelled out $191,218,926 in tobacco subsidies to 58,350 recipients, according to figures provided by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.


Let this Patient Die
·        Michael F. Cannon: Obamacare: The Resistance Endures 
http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/obamacare-resistance-endures
·        Physicians and Obamacare:
o       McCaughey pp. 92-96
o       “Medicare made the rules and now punishes doctors for following them”
http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2012/12/medicare-rules-punishes-doctors.html
·        Huffington Post: Polls Show Majority of Americans Oppose Obamacare 
http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/pollster/us-health-bill




A Word About Charity
·        Brooks, Arthur C., Who Really Cares: America’s Charity Divide: Who Gives, Who Doesn’t, and Why It Matters, pub. by Basic Books 2006.

How?
·        Wall Street Journal: Jenkins: ObamaCare—Upheld and Doomed. Regardless of the Supreme Court, fiscal reality will prevail. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303649504577496850233678284.html
·        Wall Street Journal: Rivkin and Casey: The Opening for a Fresh ObamaCare Challenge. By defining the mandate as a tax, one that will not be uniformly applied, the Supreme Court ran afoul of the Constitution. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324705104578151164101375482.html
·        60-Plus Association: Seniors Support Effort to Repeal Obamacare Mandate. Americans prep for ’sticker shock’ as insurance premiums continue to skyrocket. 
http://60plus.org/seniors-support-effort-to-repeal-obamacare-mandate/
·        Wall Street Journal: House approves ObamaCare repeal in first vote since Supreme Court ruling
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/11/house-approves-obamacare-repeal-in-first-vote-since-court-ruling
·        Michael F. Cannon: Dislodging Obamacare: The healthcare law is still unpopular, unsustainable and vulnerable. 
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-cannon-defeat-obamacare-20121130,0,2513321.story
·        Jonathan H. Adler: The Obamacare Cases Keep Coming: The individual-mandate litigation was only the beginning. 
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/330400/obamacare-cases-keep-coming-jonathan-h-adler
·        Michael F. Cannon: If Oklahoma Wins Lawsuit, ‘The Whole Structure’ of ObamaCare ‘Starts to Fall Apart’ 
http://www.cato.org/blog/oklahoma-wins-lawsuit-whole-structure-obamacare-starts-fall-apart
·        Allysia Finley: New Jersey governor embraces the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324338604578328721168903446.html