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GOP Renews Era of Big Government
By Scott Holleran
November 25, 2003
With zero time remaining, the bill to expand Medicare had been short by two votes—yet, long after the clock had stopped, the Republican leadership maneuvered to change key conservative votes. Later, Rep. Butch Otter, R-Idaho, pleaded to the Associated Press: "I did not want to vote for this bill." But, in the end, that is exactly what the conservative did. . . . [ full article ]


A Prescription for Disaster
By Richard E. Ralston
November 18, 2003
At a cost of $400 billion over 10 years, Congressional Republicans have agreed in Conference Committee—with the enthusiastic encouragement of a Republican President—to the greatest expansion of government in two generations. This new Medicare program can only result in what government supplied health care has always produced in the U.S. and elsewhere: fewer new drugs and a lot more government. Of course, after a few years in practice we all know the program will end up costing a lot more. . . . [ full article ]


A Plea to Grandparents: Just Say No to Prescription Drug Subsidies
By Scott Holleran
October 28, 2003
Today's seniors are at the center of the most profound health care legislation since the Clinton health care plan: expansion of Medicare to grant prescription drug subsidies to people over 65.

One might ask why, with the nation at war following the worst attack in U.S. history and a struggling economy, the GOP-controlled Congress and president would seek subsidies for one of the wealthiest generations of older people in human history. . . . [ full article ]


Crossing the Line Over Health Care As a Right
By Scott Holleran
October 16, 2003
Southern California's largest grocery strike in 25 years offers a clear example of opposing ideas in action; the labor dispute is a fundamental conflict over whether health insurance should be financed by those who want insurance—or by those who hire those who want insurance. It's plainly a strike for health care as a right. . . . [ full article ]


Kill Bill—to Expand Medicare
By Scott Holleran
October 14, 2003
From time to time, Congress passes, and the President signs, a bill that forever changes every American's life. The Medicare prescription drug coverage bill—which President Bush has vowed to sign—is such an event; if passed, this expansion of Medicare, like the Medicare Act of 1965, will make history. . . . [ full article ]


Health and Taxes: Even Worse Than Death and Taxes
By Richard E. Ralston
September 29, 2003
It is insulting enough when the government celebrates your death by taxing away your wealth or your business. Much more damaging are the taxes on the money you need to stay alive.

Medicare legislation now pending before a conference committee in Washington would continue to punish those who pay their own way, and deceive those who think they can get away with forcing everyone else to pay for their health care expenses. . . . [ full article ]


Free Markets: The Key to New Drugs at a Reasonable Price
By Richard E. Ralston
September 19, 2003
Government control of prescriptions drugs and their prices would blow up the pipeline of the new medications that have significantly improved the lives of millions of Americans. . . . [ full article ]


Should Americans Surrender Their Freedom for Government Drugs?
By Richard E. Ralston
September 8, 2003
A Congressional conference committee is now attempting to reach a compromise between a bad Medicare prescription drug bill passed by the House and a worse drug bill passed by the Senate. The only possible outcome is something awful—and President Bush, who is pressuring Republicans to compromise, has pledged to sign practically any bill to emerge. . . . [ full article ]


The Republican Drug Plan: A Prescription for Less Freedom and Higher Costs
By Richard E. Ralston
July 3, 2003
The Bush Administration and Congressional Republicans are advocating new drug benefit plans that will replace free choice with government controls. Instead of making their own decisions about the best medications, patients and their doctors will be reduced to seeking permission to use what the government decides to provide. This can only result in what government supplied health care has always produced in the U.S. and elsewhere: shortages, rationing, waiting lists, higher taxes, lower quality, less research and fewer new drugs. . . . [ full article ]


A Leap Toward Socialized Medicine—by One Vote
By Scott Holleran
June 27, 2003
Last Thursday night Congress approved President Bush's expansion of Medicare by one vote. Once Bush signs the bill, every American over age 65 will lose the freedom to choose, pay for and control drug treatments. The proposal, set to start in three years, is a plan only Hillary Clinton could love. . . . [ full article ]




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