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August 2019

The Dr. Larry Show welcomes Dr. Ed Creagan

The Dr. Larry Show welcomes Dr. Ed!

They will discuss Dr. Larry’s column, “What a free market health care system might look like”, a  stunning proposal to convert  America’s ineffective health care to a patient-centered system by removing employers, governments and insurance  companies from patient care.

 

  https://bit.ly/2N9IN7s (60 minutes)

Edward Creagan, M.D. Emeritus Professor of Medical Oncology, Mayo Clinic Medical School at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Ed holds the chair as John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine and is now Emeritus Professor of Humanism in Medicine and an Emeritus Consultant in Palliative Medicine. An award-winning author among many other honors, Dr. Ed was also named Outstanding Educator from the Mayo Clinic School of Continuing Medical Education and has received the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award–Mayo Clinic’s highest honor.

 

Larry Fedewa, Ph.D. is a conservative commentator and radio talk show host on social and political issues. Former international technology executive, business owner and college president, he lives on an Arabian horse farm near Washington, D.C. Dr. Larry currently writes a weekly column for the Richfield Press, LLC, and hosts “The Dr. Larry Show”  on Wednesdays 7-8pm at
www.BatchelorNewsRadioNetwork (podcasts of recent shows on this website).

Note 1: Free market health care

ADD to Free market health care:
Before I outline  the new system, however, I would like to point out the there are only a few differences in the way the ordinary American will experience dealing with health care.
1) First, instead of having their health insurance premiums deducted from their paychecks, the average American will be responsible for paying these premiums themselves. The easiest way to handle that would a bank auto-pay.
2) The premiums will probably be cheaper than current payments because of the competition for you dollar.
3) You will pay your insurance premium through an organization of your choice — your credit union, church, town, neighborhood association, or a specialized medical insurance cooperative. Your medical insurance will NOT depend on your employment. It goes with you wherever you go.
4) When the medical bills do come due, they will be paid by your own medical insurance company and possibly  your own medical savings account.
5) Most important: the life and death decisions affecting your family will be made by YOU, not some nameless bureaucracy of the insurance industry or government.

What a Free Market Health Care System Might Look Like

By Dr. Larry Fedewa (August 10, 2019)

 

This week’s column is an edited reprint of a piece I wrote a couple of years ago when the backlash against “Obamacare” first inspired Republicans to talk about “repeal and replace”. Since they are still talking and since the Dems are now also talking about health care alternatives – especially a federal takeover of all health care – the topic remains open for new ideas. I have approached this subject from the perspective of a clean sheet of paper. Why try to build a system on the bones of a failed system, a system no one likes? Why not instead build a new system on a foundation of goals which everyone accepts and agrees with? This is  my answer to that question.

The starting point for a discussion of a national health care system should be setting our goals. I believe that American health care should be:

  1. High quality and state-of-the-art
  2. Available to all
  3. Affordable
  4. Abundant
  5. Well-funded

What are the principal obstacles to these goals? Keep Reading

A pie in the sky can hit you in the eye!

Let’s get practical! 

 

by Dr. Larry Fedewa (August 4, 2019)

If we thought that Hillary with all her baggage was about as sorry a candidate as the Democratic party could come up with, the current crop of aspirants is proving us wrong. This crop does not seem to have even a coherent message. They are angry, they fight each other, they see horror everywhere, they are advocating pie in the sky, and they hate Donald Trump. That’s about it.

Unless some superstar emerges from the shadows, or Mr. Trump flounders into a recession, it’s hard to see much of a contest in 2020. Not that the Republicans haven’t had their own streaks of weak candidates  — one winner in two out of six elections between 1992 and 2016. But so far it is difficult to take the people in the Democrat field seriously.

Eliminate fossil fuels in 10 years – when there is no comparable substitute? When the entire world depends on fossil fuels for survival? Even their statement of the problem is out of date. Nobody can look at the violent weather we have been experiencing and doubt that the climate is changing. But when has it ever not changed? As far back as records go there have been changes in the climate. What about the Ice Age? Keep Reading