Dr. Jane Orient: Sex and fitness for office

Dr. Jane Orient: Sex and fitness for office

By Dr. Jane Orient Self-righteous, virtue-signaling predators are attacking Judge Roy Moore in force. Even some Republicans are saying that he must prove his innocence, or step aside. Democrats are applying a presumption of innocence—but only with respect to their own “icons,” even after they admit guilt. Their “mistakes” have to be weighed, it is said, against […]

Jane Orient: What if sick people lose their ObamaCare?

Jane Orient: What if sick people lose their ObamaCare?

By Jane Orient, M.D. As Republicans contemplate repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”)—seriously, not just as a political gesture—alarms are sounding about millions of individuals losing coverage. So soon we have forgotten about the millions who lost coverage they had had for years because ObamaCare outlawed it. ObamaCare resulted in perhaps five times […]

Jane Orient: Quality and value in health care explained

Jane Orient: Quality and value in health care explained

By Dr. Jane Orient The congressional echo chamber, on both sides of the aisle, constantly talks about the great reform fad: “payment for value” and “quality” care. And the Medicare version called MACRA passed nearly unanimously, with cheers from the marbled halls of the AMA tower. ObamaCare too constantly harps on “quality.” Politicians seem to […]

Avik Roy: The most important thing about Donald Trump’s health reform plan is that Trump didn’t write it

Avik Roy: The most important thing about Donald Trump’s health reform plan is that Trump didn’t write it

By Avik Roy At the Houston GOP presidential debate, Marco Rubio hammered Donald Trump on his ignorance of health care policy. “What is your plan, Mr. Trump?” asked Rubio. “The lines around the states,” Trump feebly responded. When Trump was asked if his plan had any other provisions, Trump said “no, there’s nothing to add.” […]