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Excellence for Health Care? 
Try the Free Market
by Robin Smith
Wednesday Top Headlines
by Political Editors:  Trump suggests two-phase immigration deal for “Dreamers” (Associated Press)
Illegal entry at Mexican border at record low in 2017 (The Washington Free Beacon)
U.S. judge blocks Trump move to end DACA program for immigrants (Reuters)
Fein-stein releases testimony of Glenn Simpson, whose research firm Fusion GPS was behind Trump dossier (The Washington Post)
Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney, files lawsuits against Fusion GPS, BuzzFeed over infamous “dossier” (ABC News)
FBI agents’ text messages spur congressional probe into possible news leaks (The Hill)
Google’s new fact-check feature almost exclusively targets conservative sites (The Daily Caller)
Bannon steps down as executive chairman of Breitbart News (Fox News)
Success: EPA set to reduce staff 50% in Trump’s first term (Washington Examiner)
33% of NFL fans say they purposely stopped watching this year (Hot Air)
Humor: Littoral combat ship actually figurative combat ship (Duffel Blog)
Policy: The wall is not enough. Here’s how to solve illegal immigration (The Daily Signal)
Policy: Tax reform is keeping promise “Fight for $15” couldn’t (The Daily Signal)  ~The Patriot Post
Anti-Trump FBI Agent Leaked to The Media
by Daniel Greenfield
{} ~ It's not surprising. We obviously know that Team Mueller and the rest of the coup forces have been working hand in hand with the media... But, like so many of the recent revelations, this peels back the curtain and shows us the machinery behind the scenes. It tells us exactly how the campaign we are seeing all around us was developed and deployed. And it's quite revealing about the norms of the liar-nObama years. In one exchange, FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and bureau lawyer Lisa Page engaged in a series of texts shortly before Election Day 2016 suggesting they knew in advance about an article in The Wall Street Journal and would need to feign stumbling onto the story so it could be shared with colleagues. "Article is out, but hidden behind paywall so can't read it," Page texted Strzok on Oct. 24, 2016. "Wsj? Boy that was fast," Strzok texted back, using the initials of the famed financial newspaper. "Should I 'find' it and tell the team?"...
What Happens When Socialist Run Out of Money
by Daniel Greenfield
{} ~ Prime Minister Thatcher once famously observed that socialists "always run out of other people's money."... But what actually happens when socialism runs out of money? Venezuela, a once wealthy nation with black gold coming out of the ground, is a test case. The socialist regime ran out of other people’s money, and then out of money, years ago. The government met protests by its starving population with a 40% minimum wage hike. That’s the usual socialist solution to what leftists call ‘income inequality’. The problem is that 40% of nothing is still zero...
Bundy case dismissed in staggering 
blow to federal government
{} ~ In a blistering rebuke to the federal government, a judge dismissed all charges against rancher Cliven Bundy... two of his sons and militia member Ryan Payne stemming from an armed standoff with federal agents in 2014. Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro issued a scathing analysis of the government’s conduct, terming it “outrageous.” “There has been flagrant misconduct, substantial prejudice and no lesser remedy is sufficient,” she said. The charges were dismissed “with prejudice,” which means the federal government will not be able to retry the men. The same judge declared a mistrial in the case late last month, citing prosecutorial misconduct...
Facebook Takes Down 'Warriors for Christ' 
Page Citing Policy on Bullying, Hate Speech
by Samuel Smith
{} ~ Facebook has unpublished the Facebook page associated with the pre-denominational Christian ministry "Warriors for Christ,"... an organization that opposes homosexuality and abortion, on grounds that it violated its community standards on bullying and hate speech. Warriors for Christ, a West Virginia-based ministry that stands unapologetically opposed to all sinful behavior, no longer has access to its main Facebook page that had over 225,000 followers. The main Warriors for Christ Facebook page, which is often used to post memes that lash out against society's embrace of things like LGBT rights and abortion, and is used to facilitate the organization's video ministry led by Pastor Rich Penkoski, was initially removed by the social media giant on Dec. 29...
Battle Between Trump Advisor And CNN Host
{} ~ The bruising on-air battle between Trump policy advisor Stephen Miller and CNN's Jake Tapper came to an abrupt end... when Tapper finally shut off his guest's mic, saying, "I've wasted enough of my viewers' time". But it turns out that wasn't the end of the conversation; the fireworks continued off-air. Amid reports alleging that CNN was forced to escort Miller off the set, a transcript of Miller and Tapper's off-air exchange has now emerged. According to the transcript, following the heated interview on "State of the Union" Sunday, Miller continued to press Tapper about getting more airtime, but the anchor was having none of it. "Jake, what I care about is having three minutes to tell the truth about the President of the United States," said Miller...
Excellence for Health Care? Try the Free Market
by Robin Smith:  Why does health care in America cost so much and increase annually? Why do medicines, even generics, get more expensive? It’s primarily because the practice of medicine is not a service delivered in a free market driven by economic principles. Other goods and services sought by the public feature known prices and the consumer is both the payer and the decision-maker. Not so with health care.

          In American health care, we have managed health insurance, not care. Almost all of the debate about policy revolves around the current system that empowers the insurers and/or the government as the decision-makers, the payers and, in reality, the customer — not the patient.
          So, while some have really well-intended discussions and policy debates, unless the consumer is in control of making informed decisions and holds the responsibility of payment, there will not be authentic health care reform. There will be little more than tweaking policies that address the actual customers — the insurance companies and/or the government.
          We need insurance policies. But we need insurance policies that pay when we have catastrophic events or expensive procedures, not the average wellness check-up or routine physicals. If Americans used their homeowners insurance policy or their auto insurance just as they use their medical insurance policy, the rates would be unaffordable and out of control too. The time for Health Savings Accounts is now. The time for price transparency of medicines and procedures is now. If Americans want to see the cost of care and medicines decline while simultaneously increasing access due to affordability, true reforms must be made to return the service of health care and medicines to a free market.
          We also need the innovation of new medicines, devices and procedures. As long as a third-party payer controls the terms of coverage, care delivered and medicines on a formulary, the decisions are not made by patients, but by insurers or a government agency. A horrible side-effect is that those who are uninsured get hammered by the cost of care that is delivered outside a contracted rate, and they pay exorbitant costs.
          So let’s do as Dr. Tom Coburn, former U.S. senator from Oklahoma, did in his recent Washington Examiner analysis. Let’s look at ways that real reform can come to health care and not just address health insurance.
          Dr. Coburn focused primarily on the cost of pharmaceuticals, or prescription drugs. His simple solution is to reintroduce actual free markets to the sale and purchase of medications. Chiefly, Coburn says, just make the net price of all medicines available in the public domain and easy accessible by the consumer, the patient, not a contracted formulary of tiered/approved medicines by an insurance company. As it relates to insurance reimbursement for health care items ranging from very specialized medicines that cost upwards of $10,000 per month to the average wellness checkup, allow value-based payment with data on cost and efficacy made available. Simpler, if a hammer will do, there’s no need for a sledge hammer.
          Throughout the former senator’s analysis, he refers to an extensive report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine entitled, “Making Medicines Affordable: A National Imperative.” Take one guess what recommendations are offered by a government-funded study by a government-run group? Bingo! The study’s sponsors recommend more bureaucratic, centralized control. That government report, by the way, will cost you $67.00 to read online.
          Coburn argues for the pharmaceutical market what should be argued throughout all of health care: Transparency and the free market work; government control does not.
          In health care, we routinely pay for services that are very important without knowing their cost, thanks to the control of government and insurers. Not only does the American consumer need to demand price transparency, the debate surrounding “Big Pharma” must also address the unbelievably lengthy and costly in place for new medicines. A published study by the renowned Tuft’s University recorded that “the average cost to bring just one drug to the market is about $2.6 billion. It takes an average of 15 years from the time a drug developer first begins testing a new formula until the FDA approves it. Only 1 in 1,000 drug formulas will ever enter pre-clinical testing, and of those, roughly 8 percent will ultimately receive FDA approval.
          Fifteen years and $2.6 billion are averages for a new medicine to be approved. Without argument, the safety of patients is absolutely mandatory. Yet the U.S. government process is not constructed to respond to the needs of patients in the here and now. Can you imagine if the smartphone or computer industry was controlled in a similar manner? Would Apple find it profitable to be able to bring a new product to market only every 15 years? The first iPhone was advertised on June 29, 2007. Look at the improvements to the technology, the innovation and the response to consumer needs while keeping the costs within range for mass consumption during that decade-long window.
          Summing this up, America does not have a health care problem rooted in the actual delivery of medicine. We have a health care billing issue that hides information that would create competition, provide a patient-centered approach and permit control by the actual consumer. Just take a look at the National Health System currently in England. Up to 50,000 surgeries have been canceled due to the onslaught of influenza that has hit a system understaffed and ill-prepared to be responsive to sudden change. You see, when you socialize the health care market, everyone gets a little with no incentive for excellence or to prioritize the patient experience.
          If you want the best health care, then return to free markets and the characteristics that truly empower the patients.  ~The Patriot Pos

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