Thursday, January 31, 2019

Could Sending the Money to State Governments Push Healthcare Spending Down?

I think it is possible to lower healthcare spending dramatically without loss in health (see here: Article Contends Healthcare could be 80 to 90% Cheaper Based on Direct labor Costs And here Cut Medicine in Half

But what incremental steps could get us moving in that direction? One Idea I had was for the Federal Government to send all the money they would have spent on healthcare to the states and require that the state Government's cover the elderly and poor. The money would be sent on an age adjusted per capita basis.The state Governments would be allowed to spend the money as long as they choose cover those over 65 years old and the poor, as Medicare and Medicaid do today

Arizona and Utah have much lower medical spending than do Massachusetts, New York and California so they might be able to cover everyone in the state without adding money.  There is a lot of bad regulation of medical care at the state level. The states that spend the most would have to augment the federal money with their own tax money and the states that spend the least could use the excess wherever they choose.

The states do most of the healthcare regulation  and a lot of regulation is bad. This would motivate the high spending states to regulate with more of an eye toward keep spending down.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

What Anthropogenic Global Warming Alarmists Should Acknowledge

The Anthropogenic Global Warming alarmists should at least acknowledge how wrong popularly seen and read environmentalist were in the 1970's, and distance themselves from such.

Paul Ehlich was  a regular on the Tonight show and though the real scientists specialized in the area of environmental studies (Ehlich is a butterfly scientist) at the time were not so alarmist, it was the alarmist who got the publicity.

Considering that it is quite understandable that people be skeptical of alarming claims. Even today it seems to me that there is a huge gap between what the real scientist on the IPCC and the likes of Al Gore are saying.

It is dangerous to try to scare the voters into action with projections that are very likely to be undershot by a huge margin.

I believe that co2 is causing AGW and that at some point we will better of addressing it, but it seems to me that there is still plenty of time.

Let's stop demonizing the deniers and work on educating them.