Health Care

In a January 2008 debate among Democratic presidential candidates, Barack Obama promised that his healthcare reform plan would be debated publicly, “not negotiating behind closed doors … and broadcasting those negotiations on C-Span.” He reiterated his promise of C-Span broadcasts so “the public will be part of the conversation” later that year in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.

The new fourth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association may define several new psychiatric disorders. Some of these do not sound like varieties of mental illness at all, but rather opinions and attitudes. What would “oppositional defiant disorder,” for example, represent?

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, which is a division of the Johnson and Johnson Corporation, recalled 43 different over-the-counter children’s medications. This action was taken after an FDA inspection showed that some of the drugs might have been contaminated or the dosage miscalculated.

Benjamin Franklin famously said that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. It’s time to add another certainty to that list: Any government program will end up costing far more than estimated at its inception.

The libertarian, free-market Cato Institute has seen fit to reference a key article about healthcare on the home page of their website. Called “ 'Fearmongers' Were Right about Obamacare," this work was written by Michael D. Tanner, one of Cato's senior fellows, and was originally published in the April 30, 2010 edition of The Orange County Register

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