Sally C. Pipes

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Importation is a national security issue

John McCain and Barack Obama have long been proponents of lifting the ban on foreign drug importation. Both claim the move would reduce the nation’s healthcare costs by giving Americans access to cheap pills from abroad. Now, according to recent announcements from their advisors, they are both reconsidering their support …

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Obama health plan would worsen flaws

Obama’s plan would put an even larger slice of health services under price controls – which inevitably lead to shortages Barack Obama recently announced a two-pronged plan to help small businesses cope with the rising cost of health insurance. First, his proposal would institute a refundable tax credit to offset …

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The Longest Match

Not all readers of the Contrarian are aware that I have been known to play a game of tennis. I have defeated many of my peers and even, like Billy Jean King, defeated men, some of whom did not take the loss well. Unlike Billy Jean and her celebrity feminist …

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Why Americans Won’t Tolerate Overseas ‘Models’

Everyone knows that American health care is in crisis. Its poor quality arrives accompanied by a huge bill and lack of universal coverage. Like dining in an amusement park, Americans are captives to a cafeteria that serves up cold, fatty food at double the price, leaving those who can’t pay, …

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Celebs, stop taking poisonous shots at vaccines

Earlier this month, researchers at Columbia University concluded that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine doesn’t raise a child’s risk for autism. It was the most rigorous look at the issue to date. Since 1998, more than 20 scientific studies have reached the same conclusion. With all that data, one might consider the …

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The truth behind the Census Bureau’s insurance figure

Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau recently released new health insurance figures purporting to show that the number of Americans officially classified as uninsured in 2007 was 45.7 million, down from 47 million in 2006. Despite the decline, the new figure is being spun as proof positive that America’s healthcare …

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Cost containment could hurt consumers

In a recent debate, state representative candidate Kate Jackson endorsed the recently passed “Act to Promote Cost Containment, Transparency, and Efficiency in the Delivery of Health Care,” promising that she will work to see that legislation succeed. (“Democratic hopefuls spar in Attleboro debate,” Sept. 11). This is unfortunate. The cost-containment …

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Questions on healthcare reform

Healthcare reform will be front-and-center in the presidential debates. It’s a topic that’s full of complicated issues, so it can be hard to cut through all the rhetoric and figure out exactly what each candidate is proposing. So here’s the skinny on five questions that you’ll likely hear many times …

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Unnecessary scrutiny of doctors hurts valuable research

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — John Roberts’ assertion that nurse practitioners play a “key role … throughout the health care system” is spot-on (“Physicians not the only avenue for primary care,” Aug. 26). Unfortunately, the bill he lauds – the Act to Promote Cost Containment, Transparency and Efficiency in the Delivery …

Business & Economics

The “Vanilla Gender Assumption” and Life in “A Postfeminist Western Democracy”

Susan Pinker is a psychologist who has taught at McGill University in Montreal. Her new book, The Sexual Paradox: Men, Women, and the Real Gender Gap, is about what women want, “and whether it makes sense to see males as the base model when we think about women and work.” …

Commentary

Importation is a national security issue

John McCain and Barack Obama have long been proponents of lifting the ban on foreign drug importation. Both claim the move would reduce the nation’s healthcare costs by giving Americans access to cheap pills from abroad. Now, according to recent announcements from their advisors, they are both reconsidering their support …

Commentary

Obama health plan would worsen flaws

Obama’s plan would put an even larger slice of health services under price controls – which inevitably lead to shortages Barack Obama recently announced a two-pronged plan to help small businesses cope with the rising cost of health insurance. First, his proposal would institute a refundable tax credit to offset …

Commentary

The Longest Match

Not all readers of the Contrarian are aware that I have been known to play a game of tennis. I have defeated many of my peers and even, like Billy Jean King, defeated men, some of whom did not take the loss well. Unlike Billy Jean and her celebrity feminist …

Commentary

Why Americans Won’t Tolerate Overseas ‘Models’

Everyone knows that American health care is in crisis. Its poor quality arrives accompanied by a huge bill and lack of universal coverage. Like dining in an amusement park, Americans are captives to a cafeteria that serves up cold, fatty food at double the price, leaving those who can’t pay, …

Commentary

Celebs, stop taking poisonous shots at vaccines

Earlier this month, researchers at Columbia University concluded that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine doesn’t raise a child’s risk for autism. It was the most rigorous look at the issue to date. Since 1998, more than 20 scientific studies have reached the same conclusion. With all that data, one might consider the …

Commentary

The truth behind the Census Bureau’s insurance figure

Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau recently released new health insurance figures purporting to show that the number of Americans officially classified as uninsured in 2007 was 45.7 million, down from 47 million in 2006. Despite the decline, the new figure is being spun as proof positive that America’s healthcare …

Commentary

Cost containment could hurt consumers

In a recent debate, state representative candidate Kate Jackson endorsed the recently passed “Act to Promote Cost Containment, Transparency, and Efficiency in the Delivery of Health Care,” promising that she will work to see that legislation succeed. (“Democratic hopefuls spar in Attleboro debate,” Sept. 11). This is unfortunate. The cost-containment …

Commentary

Questions on healthcare reform

Healthcare reform will be front-and-center in the presidential debates. It’s a topic that’s full of complicated issues, so it can be hard to cut through all the rhetoric and figure out exactly what each candidate is proposing. So here’s the skinny on five questions that you’ll likely hear many times …

Commentary

Unnecessary scrutiny of doctors hurts valuable research

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — John Roberts’ assertion that nurse practitioners play a “key role … throughout the health care system” is spot-on (“Physicians not the only avenue for primary care,” Aug. 26). Unfortunately, the bill he lauds – the Act to Promote Cost Containment, Transparency and Efficiency in the Delivery …

Business & Economics

The “Vanilla Gender Assumption” and Life in “A Postfeminist Western Democracy”

Susan Pinker is a psychologist who has taught at McGill University in Montreal. Her new book, The Sexual Paradox: Men, Women, and the Real Gender Gap, is about what women want, “and whether it makes sense to see males as the base model when we think about women and work.” …

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