It's somewhat of a handicap to his presidential run that he alienated an entire profession:

During his 20 years of suing doctors and hospitals, he pioneered the art of blaming psychiatrists for patients who commit suicide and blaming doctors for delivering babies with cerebral palsy, according to doctors, fellow lawyers and legal observers who followed Mr. Edwards' career in North Carolina.

"The John Edwards we know crushed [obstetrics, ...

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Nothing is crazier than incessantly calling health care "free". The USA Today with an Sicko op-ed:

Sicko uses omission, exaggeration and cinematic sleight of hand to make its points. In criticizing politicians, insurers and drug makers, it says little about the high quality of U.S. care. In lauding Canada, Great Britain, France and Cuba, it largely avoids mention of the long lines and high taxes that accompany most ...

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Fellow NH blog Wizbang on health care:

I have no idea what the solution is, but I have a fairly solid notion of what will NOT work.

It's been a tenet of mine that if you want something done in the most inefficient, most ineffective, most cumbersome, most expensive, and most unproductive way, have the federal government do it. (Line lifted from this posting, when I 'teased" this one.) ...

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It's what's inside that counts.

It will "actively oppose" P4P initiatives that don't conform to its standards.

Some reader reactions to Texas malpractice caps:

The best thing about the malpractice caps: According to the article, these changes all but ended lawyers' ability to police hospitals and doctors for shoddy care. Thank goodness. Few lawyers have medical training, so they are simply not qualified to judge doctors or hospitals . . .

. . . A no-fault system would be a good solution, where, if ...

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One is at the premiere hospital in the world for TB, the other is in jail. The difference? Money.

A State Supreme Court says no. Thank God for common sense.

The American Osteopathic Association felt the need to clear the air after the Paris Hilton physician debacle.

Controversial view from a police chief.

A cure for cancer and medical information on the web are two topics touched upon.

Bullet in the head

No, not the John Woo movie, but a case of a man who thought he had a headache.

Again.

Psychiatrists seem to take the most pharmaceutical dollars:

As states begin to require that drug companies disclose their payments to doctors for lectures and other services, a pattern has emerged: psychiatrists earn more money from drug makers than doctors in any other specialty.

A government-run health care system bursting at the seams:

The government is campaigning to encourage families to have more children, but as children born in a 1980s boom reach fertility, they are straining a system which constitutionally must provide free services to all Poles.

It calls the film "almost superfluous":

After the early tales of the system's failure, "Sicko" becomes feeble, even inane. A recent poll shows that a majority of Americans not only favor a national health service but are willing to pay higher taxes for it. In that case, wouldn't it have made sense for Moore to find out what features of universal care in other countries could be adapted to ...

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Tragic story from Atlanta. Strange details are emerging from this weekend's murder-suicide by a pro wrestler. Some are blaming steroid rage:

"I don't know that we'll ever determine why [Benoit] did this," Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard said in a telephone interview. "The toxicology reports will shed some light, but we'll need to consult experts on all sorts of things about this, including what concentrations of steroids ...

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Here's a hint: bulletproof vests are probably more effective.

Responses to a recent WSJ op-ed wondering why patients have so many doctors:

The implication that average physician compensation is around $1 million is absurd; it is closer to $200,000. He also fails to mention that payments for "physician services" are only 21% of total health spending. There is data to suggest that reduced spending on physicians actually drives total spending higher due to effects on volume and quality. ...

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Medicare for all

Charlie Baker thinks this is a bad idea:

I heard this idea promoted at a luncheon I was at last week "” that the best way to fix health care in the U.S. would be to move to a "Medicare For All" system. Needless to say, I find this odd "” since I think many of the things people hate most about our existing system "” too procedure driven, ...

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