Monday, November 17, 2014

On ObamaRamaCare: Paul Krugman Gets Something Right

He correctly comments:
The mind reels. How is it possible for anyone who has been following politics and, presumably, policy for the past six years not to know that Obamacare is, in all important respects, identical to Romneycare? It has the same three key provisions — nondiscrimination by insurers, a mandate for individuals, and subsidies to make the mandate workable. It was developed by the same people. I and many others have frequently referred to ObamaRomneycare.
There are no significant differences between Democrats and Republicans on most issues. They are for expansion of the state both domestically and abroad.

The only differences is in which cronies the Democrats will reward and which the Republicans will reward. And even this distinction does not always hold, as top cronies get a cut of the lucre regardless of who is in charge.


  1. No! Wrong ! False!

    ObamaCare and RomneyCare are NOT ALIKE!

    It's called FEDERALISM.

    Massahchoozits as a State may be as STUPID as it likes/votes (See Also: Detroit) but the damage is LIMITED. The Class Warriors may think that they can transcend the Categories of the Understanding but their STUPIDITY ends at the State Line. Not so with ObamaCare!


  2. maybe if you cured them, you wouldn't have to care for them???

    Seeking the Right to Try
    Laws allowing terminal patients to try drugs not approved by the FDA have passed in five states, but experts question their efficacy.

    Christine McSherry's son Jett is a typical college freshman trying to push for as much independence as he can. But Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease that tears away muscles, has taken his ability to walk. He relies daily on aides to help him with homework, eating and carrying classroom materials.

    "He feels he has regressed to being a young child," McSherry says. "It's a horrible paradigm to be in."

    Jett is planning on majoring in history and is enjoying the social aspects of his college outside of Boston. Soon, he'll begin a clinical trial that he's been waiting two years to participate in, and his family hopes the experimental drug – eteplirsen, made by Sarepta Therapeutics – will stabilize his condition and give him a longer life.

    [READ: The New Normal: Adjusting to Life With Lupus]

    There is no cure for Jett's condition, which is fatal, but parents like McSherry believe there is hope if they can bypass government bureaucracy and gain access to medications still being tested by scientists. "If there was a drug to treat my son's disease, then he would at least have the right to try it without long and expensive waits for it," she says.

    Some states are making this process easier, passing laws that allow terminally ill patients access to drugs that have not been approved by the government. In Arizona, such a provision quietly won approval during the midterm elections.
    A map depicting which states have "right to try" statutes.
    Click for a larger image.
    This type of measure – passed also in Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan and Missouri – is known as a "right to try" statute.