GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Crony Capitalist Medicine?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

https://www.ac2news.com/2018/01/do-we-have-a-free-market-medical-system/

Do We Have a Free-Market Medical System?
Posted on January 19, 2018 by Hunter Lewis

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Edward K. Glassman, my long ago Harvard classmate, author of Dow 36,000 (predicting Dow at that level by 2005), and current director of the George W. Bush Institute, extolls our free market medical system at FoxNews this week. The first reader to comment on the article agrees that we have a “ free market” system, but thinks that “profit based healthcare” should be “outlawed.” Another reader thinks that we actually have “socialized medicine.”

So what do we have? I think the most apt description would be “crony capitalist” medicine, one in which powerful special interests conspire with government officials to create legally mandated monopolies, with the specific goal of thwarting free market competition.

Here is how it actually works:

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  • Most people wonder why there are no visible prices in medicine.
  • These monopolies are further sweetened for doctors by legally barring nurses, 
  • drug companies claim a legal monopoly when they patent a drug. The drug research may have been done by the government or by a university using government money 
  • the FDA approval process eliminates any competition 
  • FDA enforcement

No, this is not a free market system nor anything remotely close to one. 

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It’s obvious that Obama/SCOTUS/Trump care merely seeks to perpetuate and extend this corrupt cronyism.

The obvious solution is to withdraw consent as much as possible.

Seek to avoid the “medical establishment” as much as possible.

Take all their diktats as recommendations. Take responsibility for your self. Take issue with the powers that be at every opportunity.

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POLITICAL: Make the FDA advisory, not dictatorial

Saturday, April 25, 2015

https://downsizedc.org/etp/fda/

Make the FDA advisory, not dictatorial.

All too often the FDA has been demonstrated to be in bed with Big Pharma. I believe the term is “regulatory capture”. It’s time to separate medicine and government!

Government’s proper role is prevent force or fraud on its citizens. Hence, the proper role is left to the courts for redress of damages. When government decides what’s “best” for individuals, that far exceeds it’s proper role.

The easiest way to fix this is to take the FDA out of the approval process completely and let the people decide. Since they will bear the brunt of the decision, I’m sure they will do a good job.

When the FDA delays or blocks, the victims have no choices.

That’s not the American way.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The FDA is an arm of Big Pharma

Sunday, March 22, 2015

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/do-antidepressant-drugs-really-work/

Do Antidepressant Drugs Really Work?

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These revelations hit in 2008—Prozac, Serzone, Paxil, and Effexor—they worked, but so did sugar pills, and the difference between the drug and placebo was small. That was 2008. Where were we by 2014? Analyses of the published data and the unpublished data that were hidden by drug companies reveals that most (if not all) of the benefits of antidepressants are due to the placebo effect.

And what’s even worse, Freedom of Information Act documents show the FDA knew about it but made an explicit decision to keep this information from the public and from prescribing physicians. How could drug companies get away with this?

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Argh!

And, I have the tin foil hat when I say that the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient?

OK!

Why can’t we shut down the FDA?

Make Big Pharma defend themselves in the free market. Underwriters’ Laboratory, Consumers Union, and a bunch of other free market institutions will keep us safer than the FDA has ever done.

And, look at the side effects.

Argh!

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INTERESTING: Prevent or alleviate Alzheimer’s for 15¢ per day?

Friday, October 3, 2014

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/treating-alzheimers-with-turmeric/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=treating-alzheimers-with-turmeric&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=treating-alzheimers-with-turmeric&utm_source=NutritionFacts.org&utm_campaign=48c47750f8-RSS_VIDEO_WEEKLY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40f9e497d1-48c47750f8-23479309

Transcript: Treating Alzheimer’s with Turmeric

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Katie Schloer.

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There is a long list of compounds that of been isolated from turmeric, and it’s possible that each component in the mixture of curcumin-like compounds plays a distinct role in making it useful against Alzheimer’s disease, and hence a mixture of compounds might better represent turmeric in its medicinal value better than curcumin alone. But why concoct some artificial mixture when Mother Nature already did it for us with turmeric? Because you can’t patent the spice. And if you can’t patent it, how are you going to charge more than 15 cents?

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When we think of the devestation that Alzheimer’s causes, it would seem that “we” would have a “national experiment”?

Financially the Gooferment picks up the tab for custodial nursing home care when the victims go broke. Seems like a cheap and easy thing to try.

Even if it doesn’t work, the cost is trivial. $100 per year versus $100,000 per year.

Bottom line: if you can’t patent it, how are you going to charge more than 15 cents?

Argh!

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RANT: “Death Panel” thinking

Sunday, October 13, 2013

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/10/kimberly-paxton/high-school-death-panel%E2%80%A8/

LewRockwell.comanti-state•anti-war•pro-market

Forget Glee Club and Football – This High School Has a Death Panel!
By Kimberly Paxton
The Daily Sheeple
October 12, 2013

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Critics of the public school system will be pleased to know that St. Joseph-Ogden High School in Illinois is preparing kids for the future by teaching them practical skills.

That’s right – 15 and 16 year olds just had an assignment on how to distribute limited medical resources amongst a small sampling of the population. They got to pick who deserves to live and who deserves to die.

The lesson involves 10 people who are in desperate need of kidney dialysis.

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“The assignment you are referring to is not a “Death Panel” assignment.  The assignment is one in the sociology unit of our Introduction To Social Studies class.  The purpose of the assignment is to educate students about social values and how people in our society unfortunately create biases based off of professions, race, gender, etc.  The teacher’s goal is to educate students in the fact that these social value biases exist, and that hopefully students will see things from a different perspective after the activity is completed.  The teacher’s purpose in the element of the assignment you are referring to is to get students emotionally involved to participate in the classroom discussion, and to open their minds to the fact that they themselves have their own social biases.  The assignment has nothing to do with a “Death Panel.”

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Sure, surem sure.

Doesn’t look that way to me.

Implicit in the exercise is that the “student” has a moral imperative to make such decisions.

Or that, in fact, such decisions are made in our society.

Having known an older person undergoing dialysis, the free market, that wonder engine of chaotic order, has no such 6/10 shortage. 

It’s a limitation that doesn’t exist in the real world.

A while ago, more than a decade, I saw a brand new HUGE dialysis center by the airport. Far larger than would be needed by the small number of relatively healthy natives. I was curious so I called them talked to the Director. (Astonishingly he answer his own phone that was publicly listed.) He told me that it was built by the community with support from the hotels FOR TOURISTS who needed dialysis while they were on vacation. They accepted Medicare, all insurances, and cash. The “cash rate” was about a third of what my relative paid in NYC. And the fellow was very apologetic that the “cash price” was so high but all the critical supplies had to be airlifted in due to expiration dates.

I was floored.

So, let’s put “WalMart” in charge of everything. (WalMart is my metaphor for a truly free market.)

Argh!

So hospital with only capacity for 6 could put on a second shift for capacity of 12. Now we just have to figure out how to pay for it. How about a “Bake Sale”? Wanna bet if our society can sell naming rights of stadiums, our second shift’s name can be sold. 

I think “Reinke’s Ranters” has a nice ring to it.

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GUNS: “An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.” — Robert A. Heinlein

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Permit me to rant? Tools are not to blame for what bad people do. To ignore that there is a role in this violence due to: pharma (i.e., psychotropic prescribed drugs), the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”, poor laws (i.e., Gun Free Zones is wishful thinking), apathetic law enforcement (e.g., ZERO federal gun prosecution in Chicago in the last eon), and Hollywood / Video Games (e.g., violent movies by anti-gun celebrities; “hit” games are prep for drone warfare). And, politicians make more ineffectual laws and argue for them by using incorrect terms (i.e., BHO44 says Newtown was automatic weapons — when he KNOWS that automatic weapons have been outlawed for decades and were not used there) AND incorrect stats (i.e., BHO44 says 80% without background check — when he knows, or should know, how wrong that stat is.).

ARGH!

Bottom line: Guns, like auto, chainsaws, lawnmowers, and bathtubs, are tools! Dangerous, yes. But are not things that can be outlawed. They are facts of life.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Gun Owners of America <Gun_Owners_of_America@capwiz.mailmanager.net>
Date: Sat, Apr 6, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Subject: Your Activism Is Getting Noticed by the Power Players on Capitol Hill
To: Ferdinand Reinke

Gun Owners of America
Your Activism Is Getting Noticed
by the Power Players on Capitol Hill!

GOA thanks its grassroots for making the difference

“Gun Owners of America, with its war chest, membership and lobbying strength dwarfed by the National Rifle Association, is emerging as an influential force as a series of gun control measures heads to the Senate floor.” – New York Times, April 4, 2013

The Senate was supposed to be taking up gun control next week. But now it looks like the outpouring of grassroots opposition from GOA activists has forced Harry Reid to push back his plans for at least a week.

Said the New York Times, “The group [GOA] has already been successful in both freezing senators, particularly Republicans, who have appeared to be on the fence about supporting bills to expand background checks and [has been] empowering those who have a strong gun rights background.”

The article cited GOA’s work in bolstering the resolve of several Senators, but especially that of Tom Coburn of Oklahoma who has been frequently wooed by anti-gun Senator Chuck Schumer.

Your backing of GOA is what’s making all of this possible!

Thanks for supporting GOA and standing with us … for spreading the word … and for continuously taking action.

To date, no compromise has been reached. And that means Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just doesn’t have the votes yet.

Here’s why:

More Senators have committed to support the Paul-Cruz-Lee filibuster, including James Inhofe (R-OK) and Marco Rubio (R-FL). There are even more Senators who are joining this list, and we will share those names with you next week.
A plurality of Senators voted for a GOA-supported Lee amendment, two weeks ago, requiring a super-majority vote to pass gun control. While the amendment failed (as it needed support from 60% of the Senate), it nevertheless sent a “shot across the bow” of the gun controllers ship.
On March 23, a majority of Senators voted to bar the Obama Administration from signing onto an anti-UN treaty. This was an important development, seeing as that the United Nations General Assembly approved the Arms Trade Treaty earlier this week.
More Congressman are joining the fight in the House to put pressure on House Speaker John Boehner to support the Hastert Rule – a rule that would kill all gun control. The number of Congressmen supporting the Stockman-Broun letter is now up to 30.

GOA has still been lobbying the House, even while we’ve been asking you to mostly focus your efforts on the Senate. To that end, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell asked Rep. Peter King yesterday about the influence GOA is having in the House.

“The New York Times has a report on the Gun Owners of America,” Andrea Mitchell asked. “What are members saying about the impact of lobbying groups such as them [GOA]?”

King, who is, ironically, F-rated with GOA, said that, “Larry Pratt with the Gun Owners of America is effective. I don’t deal with them myself, but the fact is, they are effective.”

As we noted above, the New York Times quoted Senate aides on Tuesday as saying that “gun issues would probably slip to the week of April 15 – a setback considering that Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leaders, had pledged that it would be the first issue to come up when Congress returns from spring recess next week.”

We’ll let you know what’s happening next week. But for now, enjoy your weekend knowing that Reid doesn’t yet have the votes.

Thanks for supporting GOA and standing with us … for spreading the word … and for continuously taking action.

Gun Owners of America
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102
Springfield, VA 22151 703-321-8585
http://www.gunowners.org

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Family farms … the latest target?

Friday, May 4, 2012

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2012/tle668-20120429-03.html

The Wholesale Slaughter of America’s Family Farms
by Jonathan David Morris

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Case in point: Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and her unbridled effort to obliterate family farms.

Last August, the Department of Labor looked around, scratched its head, and decided the new thing it should focus on was applying child labor laws to agricultural settings. Offhand, you’re thinking, “Well, shouldn’t they be applied?” Well, sure. In a corporate feed lot. What we’re talking about here is the use of children on farms that those children’s families own. Put into practice, these laws will, in the words of a Department of Labor press release, prohibit children under the age of 18 from “being employed in the storing, marketing, and transporting of farm product raw materials.”

Furthermore, the laws would designate a number of farm-related places as completely off limits to children. Dangerous places like country grain elevators. And silos. And… livestock auctions?

Our country isn’t as loaded with family farms as it used to be hundreds of years ago, but such farms do, indeed, still exist, and these child labor laws would do nothing short of hurt them.

According to Secretary of Labor Solis, the reason for this move is simple. “Children employed in agriculture are some of the most vulnerable workers in America,” she says. “Ensuring their welfare is a priority of the department.” It doesn’t take a genius to know that any time the government cites the children as a reason for an action, all of us should be extraordinarily nervous.

So let’s look at what these laws would accomplish, before we determine why.

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Obviously, just another payoff to “Big Something”. 

By “Big Something”, just consult the Sheeple’s dictionary: 

“Big Pharma”, who controls the FDA. “Big Labor”, who got the lion’s share of the GM takeover. “Big Banks” who got the bailout to loot the Treasury.

So in this example, the Big Corporate Farmers are getting a subsidy  from the taxpayer directly and indirectly. Wonder who pays for the lobbying. And, campaign contributions. Think back as to “cui bono” (i.e., who benefits) from the genius idea to put food plants into our gas tanks when a large chuck of the world’s population is starving? If you think the Consumer or the Taxpayer, then I have a bridge to sell you!

Argh!

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