Why President Obama Let The Birther Question Fester

December 7th, 2011 - 8:29 am


A few years ago, one of the Ladies on the View (DrRich does not recall whether it was Rosie or Whoopie or Joy or Daisy May) “proved” that George Bush was responsible for the collapse of the World Trade Center (and not the heat generated by all that burning jet fuel), when she […]

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More On The Potential Dangers Of Salt Restriction

December 2nd, 2011 - 7:13 am


This past summer, DrRich wrote a post on the utter arrogance of the public health experts who are urging the FDA – and international bodies of busybodies – to mandate a policy of strict sodium restriction across the globe. DrRich attempted to show how such a broad-based salt restriction at this juncture is […]

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The Occupy Movement, The Tea Party, and Healthcare

November 28th, 2011 - 2:22 pm


Some of DrRich’s conservative friends become quite exercised when they hear news commentators in the major media favorably contrasting the Occupy Wall Street movement with the Tea Party. The Tea Party, the news readers intone, is a phony “movement” dreamed up by the Koch brothers to embarrass our first black president and to […]

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Being Thankful for the Uninsured

November 23rd, 2011 - 8:15 am


__ (In what has become a tradition over the past few years, DrRich proudly reprises his annual Thanksgiving message to his beloved readers.) __ Gathered around the Thanksgiving table, DrRich’s large extended family, carrying out a longstanding tradition, each offered in their turn one reason for being thankful on this most reflective of […]

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Republicans Blithely Enter The Individual Mandate Trap

November 17th, 2011 - 7:42 am


Progressive Americans have this much going for them: they can, without any reservations, second thoughts (or perhaps even first thoughts), enthusiastically and wholeheartedly support Obamacare’s individual mandate. For them, the individual mandate is an unalloyed good. Not only does it enable Obamacare to proceed, thus giving the government unprecedented control over every aspect […]

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Regarding Taxpayer Support of the Evil Drug Companies

November 14th, 2011 - 7:00 am


A key goal of the Central Authority, as it contemplates how best to run our healthcare system, is to do whatever it can to stifle medical progress. Medical progress usually means introducing new drugs or new medical devices, which are often very expensive in themselves, and worse, which often threaten to improve the […]

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What’s Really Causing The Drug Shortages

November 8th, 2011 - 6:33 am


Last week, President Obama took unilateral Presidential action to fix the drug shortages that have been plaguing American hospitals since 2005. He has been taking unilateral Presidential action quite a lot lately, in his effort to publicly emphasize the recent unwillingness of Congress to do his bidding, and to illustrate to us in […]

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Regarding Those Conflicts of Interest On The Government’s Guideline Panels

November 3rd, 2011 - 1:33 pm


DrRich does not like to pick on the New York Times. No, really. DrRich does not like to pick on the New York Times, because he receives two paychecks each month from the New York Times*. This fact (which has been disclosed on this blog since its inception in 2007) constitutes a clear […]

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Are Medical Screening Tests A Bad Idea?

October 31st, 2011 - 6:08 am


Just last week, DrRich wrote a post explaining why medical screening tests, under our new paradigm of centralized healthcare, will always be found to be ineffective and harmful. Therefore, it will be the job of the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)*, after making a great show of examining randomized clinical trials […]

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Some Implications Of the New PSA Recommendation

October 24th, 2011 - 7:05 am


The United States Preventive Services Task Force created another hub-bub recently when they released their latest, updated recommendations on whether men should routinely have PSA testing for the early detection of prostate cancer. The USPSTF’s recommendation was simple and straightforward: No. News reports on this new recommendation have fairly accurately portrayed the arguments […]

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