Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Weekly Health Review, Vol. 7

Editor's Note: The Goins Report did not publish a Weekly Health Review last week and resumes publication this week.

Health Care Miscellany

Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) published a series of videos discussing the health care law and the Supreme Court's decision.

Ohio, New York, and Caifornia lawmakers are pushing for a ban on smoking in public on college campuses, the Associated Press reports.

The mother of all Big Macs is being sold at the 2012 Olympic Games, the Associated Press reports.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued guidelines on obesity, the Associated Press reports.

Free aids tests at Drug stores planned by CDC, the Associated Press reports.

The President left out vital information about the highest risk group when touting National HIV Testing day, reports.

A young Italian mother postpones cancer treatment to save the life of her child, reports.

The Health Care Law is Upheld

The Hill newspaper notes that the ruling allowed Justice Roberts to avoid repercussions that both sides -- liberals and conservatives -- feared, namely, striking down the law and expanding Congress's powers. It also noted that the five SCOTUS Justices were the first in the country to side with the Obama administrations tax argument.

Politico notes that Thursday's decision settles the constitutional question of whether the government can force people to buy health insurance or not.

Bloomberg notes that companies, medical device makers, and wealthy investors face $813 billion dollars in taxes over 10 years, with the largest fees taken next year in 2013. It also notes that if the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of 2012, wealthy taxpayers' now-15 percent top rate on long-term capital gains and dividends would reach 20 percent and 39.6 percent, respectively.

A council of churches hails the Supreme Courts decision to uphold the 2010 Healthcare law as Constitutional, the blog Juicy Ecumenism reports.

The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the law makes President Obama a "monumental liar," reports.

Health reform means new taxes, new fees, and new penalties, CNN Money reports.

After SCOTUS upholding of PPACA, a conservative lawyer says that Obama's vision of "fundamentally" transforming America was fulfilled, reports.

Free Download: What Has Government Done To Our Healthcare?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thomas Sowell on What Fascists, Socialists, and Leftists Have In Common

What socialism, fascism and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very wise people — like themselves — need to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat.
Thomas Sowell, Socialist or Fascist?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

FLASHBACK: Ron Paul tells Americans to "Prepare for the Worst"; Predicts "Government Bond Bubble"

In 2001, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) predicted the housing crisis on the floor of the House of Representatives.

In 2009, he gave a speech among friends predicting that another bubble has yet to burst: the government bond bubble. He in essence warned that the "solutions" taken to "save our economy" didn't; and that the worst has yet to come.

Monday, June 11, 2012

WaPo: 'Mitt Romney, Keynesian'

Ezra Klein notes.

Weekly Health Review, Vol. 6

Rep. Bachmann says that issue in HHS contraceptives mandate debate is whether government can stand in the place of God, reports.

Politico explains the three scenarios for the president when the Supreme Court rules on the health care law.

HHS Secretary Sebelius says that 11,000 new beneficiaries are added to Medicare daily, reports.

Democrats dismiss Republican investigation showing White House officials sought to steer the content special interest groups pro-health care law advertisements, Reuters reports.

FLASHBACK: Presidential Candidate Ron Paul says that he would preserve government entitlements while transitioning Americans to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), CBS News reports.

Friday, June 8, 2012

FCC Commissioner says that the number one complaint to the FCC is “please regulate my rival”

Washington ( – A 2006 Bush appointee to the Federal Communication Commission and later reappointed by President Obama in 2009 as one of the four FCC commissioners said Tuesday that the number one complaint to the FCC is “please regulate my rival.”

“The most common request we get really at the FCC when you boil it down to its nub is ‘please regulate my rival,’” said Republican FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell. “And the subset of that is ‘please may I have some benefits, some regulatory benefit or rule that benefits just me and without any strings attached. No cost to me whatsoever.”

The commissioner went on to say that mindset is not only present domestically, in consumer complaints, but present internationally as well.

 “So there are some [telecommunications] carriers who are having a debate as to whether or not it could just slice open the ITRs just a little bit to have an international sanction,” McDowell said.

“To force, in effect, an international law, in order to be able to charge content or application providers, maybe under some sort of tariff regime or something that’s maybe more of a loose outline, but have the force and effect of an ITU or other international sanctions of law. So I think we need to be very careful of that.”

The ITRs, or the International Telecommunication Regulations, is a global treaty developed at the 1988 World Administrative and Telegraph and Telephone Conference, and has 178 countries’ signatures.

ITRs set principles regarding the ability to exchange and use information between telecommunications facilities, international telecommunications services and transport, and accounting for international voice traffic—the sum of international incoming and outgoing telephone traffic—between administrations.

The ITRs began when states had monopolies on telecommunications and before the rise of the internet. The internet is not currently within the scope of the ITRs.

However, several ITU member countries have moved toward more control over aspects of the internet and their proposals will have a hearing in December at the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai.

The commissioner made his comments at a panel discussion on Capitol Hill on “What Role Should the UN Have in Governing the Internet?” – a discussion on some of the troubling regulatory proposals on the internet from some but not all of the 193 members states of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The ITU is a specialized United Nation’s agency dealing with telecommunication.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Weekly Health Review, Vol. 5

46-year-old man cured of AIDS, ABC News reports.

A liberal Massachusetts democrat is worried about tainted seafood caught in San Diego, The Hill reports.

The White House threatens to veto Republican bill that will lower taxes on medical manufacturers, the Associated Press reports.

Students face premium increases or no coverage at all in the coming 2012-2013 academic school year, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The Health and Human Services secretary touts ACA's benefits to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, The Hill reports.

A new smart drug targets cancerous cells and spares healthy ones, the Associated Press reports.

Gonorrhea is becoming more resistant to drugs, experts say, the Associated Press reports.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Unemployment Rate Drops Because 522,000 Give Up Jobs Search

About 45,000 fewer jobs were added in April than economists expected, and the unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent due to more than a half million people giving up the job search. CNN Money reacted with the headline “hiring fizzles.”

University of Maryland Economist Peter Morici wrote in response the jobs report, “The economy added 115,000 jobs in April - much less than expected and not enough to keep up with natural population growth. The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent because another 522,000 adults quit looking for work and are no longer counted.”
Unemployment Rate Drops Because 522,000 Give Up Jobs Search | Media Research Center

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