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Play Ball or Else

When I’m not busy serving as editor for Pendulum or writing books, I work on a project called the National Right which seeks to bring identity into a larger right-wing coalition to remake the Republican Party into something far more effective. Through the course of these efforts, I have the opportunity to talk to many Americans about their personal concerns, and it was these conversations which prompted our coverage of health care this week. There are many people who really hate some things the Left does here in America, but who vote for them anyway because they literally believe their…

Degrading Healthcare: How Egalitarian Impulses Destroy Excellence in Medical Practice

We live in an age of entitlements states. Most people, being the descendants of serfs of former ages, look toward government as they once did to the manor house: a source of employment, care/cures, and pension. After all, serfs worked the land and paid rents in exchange for a pension and periodic help from the lords, so it makes sense via genetic memory to extend that expectation to what replaced the aristocratic-feudal society. The Left began clamoring for socialized medicine in the 1930’s because their goal is egalitarianism, or using government to make us all “equal,” which really means wealth…

Insight from a Healthcare Professional

When it comes to the topic of health care, I certainly have my opinions. For this article I’d like to do something a little different. I have a friend, for the sake of anonymity we’ll call him Frank, who has a wealth of first-hand experience working in insurance. So I thought I’d ask someone who saw the inner workings of how our health care system got so screwed up and ask him how we got here, and how do we get out of this mess. L: Thanks for giving me the opportunity to interview you, Frank. Can you tell me…

A White Hot Take on the Real State of the Union

A little over one year has passed since a few thousand White men and women gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia to attempt to preserve the history of the great men who built this country and declare their right to exist in the land their fathers created for them, to speak on behalf of the White race that bought freedom for their progeny with blood and iron – and to address their concerns, their hopes and their dreams. The following day, our new administration had already taken to demonizing the brave men and women who stood to preserve our American values of…

Handouts Are Killing Healthcare

Shortly before President Trump took office, I made a recommendation for how he could best proceed on a number of issues1. Notably, I did not include healthcare in my proposal. The exclusion of healthcare was not due to my general opposition to multi-issue or ‘omnibus’ legislation2, but rather due to a recognition that healthcare is such a complex and heated issue that it, essentially, must be addressed separately. I am not, however, going to advance a proposal for addressing our numerous and significant healthcare-related issues; undoubtedly, (some of) my colleagues will have already done so by the time this article…

No Free Lunch

Before we look at the future of healthcare, let’s take a look back at how we got to where we are today. Let’s also begin with what should be obvious, but no longer is, and that is that healthcare is not a right. Period. One rough definition of a right is that it cannot be something with a monetary value, and that certainly doesn’t apply here. When we speak of healthcare in this context, what we are really talking about is healthcare insurance. Mixed in with that is the question of who pays for healthcare. In the end, someone has…

When Better Isn’t Enough

Bernie Sanders has stated “The only long-term solution to America’s health care crisis is a single-payer national health care program.” The Heritage Foundation recommends we repeal Obamacare and replace it with block grants to states. And the Mises Institute recommends we eliminate disability and health care funding altogether as “Subsidies for the ill and diseased promote carelessness, indigence and dependency.” Though opinions differ widely as to the fix, there is widespread consensus that American healthcare is broken. But any approach to present problems will benefit from a look at earlier solutions. Before rearranging the insurance, pharmaceutical and medical industries, we…

Health Care…What’s That?

I think the last time I had a physical was probably right before I started college. Given that I’m now in my mid to late thirties, that was nearly twenty years ago. Except for some chronic knee issues that probably could have been completely fixed with access to proper healthcare and the appropriate amount of rest (neither of which were available at the time given my financial/job situation), I’ve been lucky to not have any major health issues. However, I’m getting to the age where health issues will be inevitable. Healthcare coverage over the course of my adult life has…

Prerequisites of Affordable Health Care

It is impossible to look at health care without also looking at the context in which it exists. It should be obvious to anyone who doesn’t live under a rock that it is effectively impossible for anyone who is not wealthy to directly and personally pay for the costs of medical treatment beyond the most basic things. The cost of a simple leg fracture ($16,000) or a routine preventative colonoscopy ($26,000) is enough to drive the average person (median U.S. individual annual income $31k) into bankruptcy. We have an employment-driven health insurance model in which most people have their insurance…

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

The most useful attribute of Donald Trump may not be anything he actually does legislatively or through executive order but might in fact be how he serves as a mirror and a spotlight to draw out the true intentions of those around him. Number me amongst those who expect and demand more from a President we elected in a revolutionary moment to change how business operated in America. There has been no wall built, no one who wasn’t a Trump campaign official is getting locked up, and despite this momentary shutdown which I am sure will pass, the Swamp is…