Supply and Demand in Health Care

Supply and Demand in Health Care

We are now at the stage in the COVID-19 Pandemic where we can look at the responses of different countries and the impact that different designs in health care systems have had on outcomes. Just like in our country Europe...
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Fig Plucking

Fig Plucking

There was an old saying in Ohio when people would keep doing something wrong or stupid, the act would be described as “fig plucking” The term came from the ditty with the refrain: “I’m not a fig plucker or a...
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Decisions You Make Could Determine if You Contract Covid-19

Decisions You Make Could Determine if You Contract Covid-19

The Common Good and Individual Self Interest have oftentimes been portrayed by modern-day academics, politicians, and media experts as being on opposite ends of the political and economic spectrum. History dating back to the ancient Greek Philosophers and up t...
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Bad Advice from Bureaucrats Hurts our State

Bad Advice from Bureaucrats Hurts our State

As we approach the “peak of the curve” in Idaho and as our Governor will be coming down with his decision about extending “stay in place” policies for the whole State of Idaho early next week I believe a few...
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Is the Cure Worse than the Disease?

Is the Cure Worse than the Disease?

We are now a couple of months into this Coronavirus Crisis and each day we learn more about how dangerous it might be and how contagious it is but all of our decisions as a country revolve around assumptions. The...
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Vaccine Truths

Vaccine Truths

Immunizations continue to be at the forefront in federal government programs and in states that create legislation with mandates for vaccine compliance. Each state has vaccination requirements for children entering kindergarten, including Idaho, with some stat...
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Competing for Medicaid Access, What a Mess

Competing for Medicaid Access, What a Mess

Where has $45 million of our tax dollars gone? In the Wall Street Journal was a very interesting article identifying a problem that conservatives anticipated prior to the implementation of Medicaid expansion. The per capita increase in spending nationwide on.....
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Is Luke Mayville really a Professor or a Promoter for Medicaid Expansion?

Is Luke Mayville really a Professor or a Promoter for Medicaid Expansion?

In this week’s edition of Idaho Politics Weekly Luke Mayville has written a letter thanking all his volunteers for helping pass Medicaid expansion. A pleasant gesture for sure, but to me it really points out the great chasm between progressive...
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Let’s Make Idaho Great Again

Let’s Make Idaho Great Again

On July 13th of this year, I penned an editorial published in The Gem State Patriot entitled “Where are our Legislators on Health Care?” Several other Idaho physicians have asked the same question and opined in editorial pages around the...
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Why Bernie Sanders it Alive and Medical Costs are so High

Why Bernie Sanders it Alive and Medical Costs are so High

I was sorry to hear that Senator Bernie Sanders had an ischemic event crescendo angina or a heart attack while campaigning in Las Vegas. I was also relieved to know that he was being treated at a state of the...
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Where are our Legislators on Health Care Reform?

Where are our Legislators on Health Care Reform?

Over the past 9 years, we have argued in many places and forums the three points that lead this article. Our opponents have argued otherwise. We are now seeing these arguments being made in the national press more frequently and...
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House Speaker Scott Bedke Says he is ‘Pro-herd Immunity’

House Speaker Scott Bedke Says he is ‘Pro-herd Immunity’

We were alerted to a recent healthcare conference attended by several legislators including Speaker Bedke, Maryanne Jordan (D-Boise) and Rep. Rod Furniss (R-Rigby). After reading their comments on the validity of vaccines, I’m appalled at the lack of rea...
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