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How the free-lunch fallacy is hurting our government, health care and retirement

One of the biggest problems our country has is the growing idea that there really is such a thing as a free lunch: that we can get magic money to pay for things we don't want to pay for out of our own pockets. I think the free-lunch fallacy helps explain ... read more

Health care reform: Will there be health care rationing?

Never forget: In the real world, there is no such thing as a "free lunch" - someone has to pay for it. Now let us think like a government regulator ... How the health care reform bill was examined. Sunday: Can we keep our present health insurance. read more

TRANSCRIPT: Sen. Ted Cruz’s marathon speech against Obamacare on Sept. 24

TRANSCRIPT: Sen. Ted Cruz’s marathon ... Senate majority leader Harry Reid has said he intends to offer an amendment to determine the future of our health care system and based on the public press ... Once the government is paying for health care, ... read more

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What Does It Mean to Have a 'Right' to Health Care?

Much of the reason for this goes back to World War II, when the government imposed wage and price controls but let employers offer medical insurance as noncash compensation not subject to income taxation. One of the problems with American health care is ... read more

Republicans Never Grasped the Healthcare Challenge

Decades of massive subsidy programs have accelerated price growth and favored certain monopolistic health care providers that cater to government programs ... Food budgets, for example, now take up less of our overall household spending than was true ... read more

Obama health care plan’s overreach

Why do we need President Obama’s big-bang health care reform ... and the government. A new government-backed insurance system would intensify this free-lunch syndrome. It also surely would lead to a government takeover of what’s left of our private ... read more

A day at Lawrence’s Health Care Access clinic reveals need for affordable medical care

10:50 a.m. — 46-year-old Lawrence resident William Miller is unemployed and also hurting from back pain. “Without Health Care Access, I would be laying in bed hurt — big time,” he says. He doesn’t remember ever having health insurance. read more

The Massive Liberal Failure on Race

He is our affliction.”—James Baldwin Five years ago ... Even when Republicans have a legitimate point to make about the shortcomings of some government program, it’s almost as if they can’t help blowing their own argument. They’ll start off ... read more

In Defense of Food: Transcript

Michael Pollan: And some scientists believe the loss of omega-3s is hurting our health. Joseph Hibbeln ... Like I promised, it’s a free lunch. OK. So let’s go on, let’s get started. Brian Wansink, Director, Food and Brand Lab, Cornell University ... read more

How the free-lunch fallacy is hurting our government, health care and retirement

I think the free-lunch fallacy helps explain why three of our nation’s biggest problems seem so intractable: having a rational health-care system ... s, retirement seemed a sure thing. Accounts grew and grew. Both corporate and government pension ... read more


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