Posted in Bailouts, big government, Caricatures, Cartoons, Crony Capitalism, Dependency, Economic Issues, government incompetence, News From Washington, News From Washington, DC & Related Shenanigans, Policy Issues, Uncategorized

Stimulus Package Projected To Save The Lives Of At Least 85,000 Government Programs | The Babylon Bee

Thanks to the leadership of Washington, Americans everywhere are learning to appreciate the infinite worth of every lawmaker’s pet project.

Some other programs and studies that are being saved include the following:

  • The End Violence Against Earthworms Foundation
  • Mothers Against Kombucha
  • Mothers For Kombucha
  • Research into creating left-handed forks
  • $100 million for Charlie’s Angels 2: You’d Better Watch This One or We Will Call You Sexist a Second Time
  • Research into recaffeinating decaffeinated coffee beans
  • The Foundation for Preserving Foundations Foundation

https://babylonbee.com/news/stimulus-bill-projected-to-save-the-lives-of-at-least-85000-government-programs

Posted in Access to healthcare, American Exceptionalism, Consumer-Driven Health Care, Dependency, Direct-Pay Medicine, Direct-Pay Practice Models, Doctor-Patient Relationship, Economic Issues, Free Society, government incompetence, Government Regulations, Health Insurance, Healthcare financing, Independent Physicians, Medical Costs, Medical Practice Models, News From Washington, DC & Related Shenanigans, Organizational structure, Patient Choice, Patient Safety, Patient-centered Care, Policy Issues, primary care, Quality, Technology, Telemedicine Trends, Third-Party Free Practices, Uncategorized

Shelter In-Place Care: Another “Box Checked” for the Value of Direct Primary Care

HEADLINE:

FCC Unveils COVID-19 Telehealth Program, Updates Connected Care Pilot

The Federal Communications Commission is using $200 million in funding from the CARES Act to launch a new program to help providers access the broadband resources they need to support telehealth programs.

Wow, the government has discovered remote digital technology medical care!  Although, maybe a little late. What would we do without those innovative minds in D.C. ?!?

But there’s a better solution that’s been up and running for more than a decade; private citizens being free to act and chose what services they value.  It is a solution which occurred organically when an innovative supply side acted to solve other people’s problems within a cooperative marketplace driven by mutual benefit.  It is called Direct Primary Care (DPC). And it is only possible because we still have some semblance of healthcare freedom within our society.  No thanks to Washington, D.C.

But step aside, the FCC with money to burn is coming to the rescue after COVID is already in full crisis mode.

The DPC Consumer Guide -- Now Available for office/clinic use and and an educational/marketing resource for your patients.Never mind that Direct Primary Care physicians have routinely integrated remote care technology platforms into their practices for a more than a decade.  And set aside the fact that revenue in a DPC business model doesn’t rely on office visits (the opposite of social distancing) to trigger a billable encounter, the claim against which is paid out of a grossly over-priced pre-paid 3rd party fund that we call health insurance.  Instead, the Direct Primary Care physician is paid to be available to solve problems, answer questions, triage illness/injury, provide treatment and advice via the most appropriate venue for each patient.

And last, no disrespect meant to the media outlet below for featuring this story.  They are just reporting the healthcare news, as is their mission.

logos

https://mhealthintelligence.com/news/fcc-unveils-covid-19-telehealth-program-updates-connected-care-pilot

Posted in Free Society, Liberty, Philosophy, Progressivism, Uncategorized

Charges of Race-based Collective Guilt and Privilege Fueled the Murderous Ideologies of the 20th Century. It Needs to Stop.

We all have elements of privilege of which we are heirs. This is NOT a crime and should NOT be the raison d’etre for apology. We should strive to make the most of our privilege, and be worthy of it.

Does a native-born Chinese have privilege in China because he or she knows the culture, language and has familial ties? I would hope so.

Does a black man from a well-off family in Nairobi have privilege in Kenya? Yep.

Laying collective guilt at the feet of an ethnic group or race is inexcusable; it is certainly a view that has no place in free democratic societies.

Singling out race-based or socioeconomic privilege is NOT speaking truth to power; it has its roots in bigotry & racism.

It is the same ideology that fueled murderous acts of collectivists in the communist revolutions of Russia & China.

The toxic ideology continues, now masquerading in softer cloth as social justice, Intersectionality and identity politics. Proponents can no longer overtly defend the record of socialism/communism in 20th century; so now they must tone down the rhetoric.

As Orwell alludes to, the socialists didn’t really love the poor as much as they hated the rich.

It is time to call out identity politics, charges of White Privilege and the toxic ideology that underpins it; it’s time we learned the painful lessons the bloody social experiments of the 20th Century.

We can do better. It’s time to rediscover the sovereignty of the individual in the tradition of Chydenius, Locke and Bastiat.

Posted in emotional intelligence, Liberty, Philosophy, Progressivism, Uncategorized

Kylie Jenner Accused of Cultural Appropriation After Wearing Twists | PEOPLE.com

I realize some sociocultural shifts are relative based on trends & technology & affluence; and some are cyclical, i.e. Woodstock et Burning Man.

I try to keep up, I really do.

But I fear we’ve open the gates to a liberty-crushing “Not-so-Brave” New World.

We see recurring examples of this in the Twitter-verse, catalyzed by their apparatchik mouthpieces
in the media.

I offer as evidence, the latest crime against the Doctrine of Intersectionality:

Cultural Appropriation.

I don’t know Kylie Jenner and I’ve never seen an episode of The Kardashians.

Her Crime? Wearing her hair in Cornrow braids while being white.

Evidently, licensing of hairstyles – with all the deep meaning imbued by it – are now solely owned by certain races or ethnicities. Yet we have no clue who deemed this was so or how these groups were granted sole jurisdiction over these domains. Do they grant franchises or limited usage licenses or other exemptions? TBD, I suppose, by the same toxic ideology that created this cultural poison.

Inquiring minds want to know if same outrage would apply had she gone full Skin-head on Instagram. Would Richard Spencer be outraged? No, probably not…but I’m sure someone in the Twitterverse would have would have accused her of dog whistling to the neo-nazis.

What’s next…
Thought Crimes???

https://people.com/tv/kylie-jenner-accused-of-cultural-appropriation-after-wearing-her-hair-in-twists/

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), Economic Issues, Health Insurance, Healthcare financing, Medical Costs, News From Washington, DC & Related Shenanigans, Policy Issues, Risk Adjustment, Risk Corridors, Rule of Law, Uncategorized

Justices grapple with multibillion-dollar ObamaCare case | TheHill

Several of the arguments in this case have credence on their face for different reasons.

There is the idea of an agreement or contract: “I do this, if you do that.” One should not break a contract carelessly.

Or, the “fairness” argument where one side seems to want to change the rules after the game started; that doesn’t seem right.

And, then there’s the constitutional rule of law argument: Congress holds the power of the purse when it comes to public monies. Enough said.

Bottom line…and in a different case, Qliance found this out the hard way…when you get in bed with the gov’t, expect to get screwed!

Forum for Healthcare Freedom

https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/473895-justices-grapple-with-multibillion-dollar-obamacare-case

Posted in Dependency, Economic Issues, Free Society, Government Regulations, Income Inequality, Liberty, Philosophy, Policy Issues, Poverty, Progressivism, Representative Republic vs. Democracy, Tax Policy, Uncategorized, Wealth

Watch “What’s Right About Social Justice – Learn Liberty” on YouTube

If the concept of social justice simply means justice for the individuals who make up society, then it appears the utopian socialist-progressives and the libertarian free-marketeers may have some goals in common.

However, when it comes to the ways & means to achieve those goals, the ideological divide is still wide.

So maybe rhetoric on both side should always start with…

“what is the most effective strategies or economic policies to allow people to optimize opportunity and escape poverty.”

Posted in Economic Issues, Foreign policy, Free Society, Free-Market, Liberty, Nation-Building, Philosophy, Policy Issues, Progressivism, Representative Republic vs. Democracy, Rule of Law, Uncategorized, Unemployment

England & Europe: Never Fully Integrated | National Review

A detour into the political history of England with Victor Davis Hanson.

Historically, Britain has looked more upon the seas and the New World than eastward to Europe. In that transatlantic sense, a Canadian or American typically had more in common with an Englander than did a German or Greek.

Over the last 30 years, the British nearly forgot that fact as they merged into the European Union and pledged to adopt European values in a shared trajectory to supposed utopia.

To the degree that England remained somewhat suspicious of EU continentalism by rejecting the euro and not embracing European socialism, the country thrived. But when Britain followed the German example of open borders, reversed the market reforms of Margaret Thatcher, and adopted the pacifism and energy fantasies of the EU, it stagnated.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/09/england-europe-never-fully-integrated/