Saturday, December 27, 2008

Health-care Reform

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Since America is soon to be overrun by progressives—that is, we’re gonna have an all-Democrat federal government—and since they seem intent on delivering “universal health-care” no matter the cost, it’s time to revisit some old articles of mine on health-care reform:

Our 1st article appeared at the Public Program Testing Organization, which is run by Joe Fried. (Joe’s new book garnered an interview at FrontPageMag.) Anyway, PPTO ran a longish piece of mine a while back; I don’t know if all the links are still operative. In hopes of getting readers to keep on, I tried to leaven the dry subject matter with a little humor. But I still tried to address the serious problems of the feds “giving” us healthcare: A Cold Eye on Healthcare Reform.

Our 2nd article appeared at TCS Daily. TCS was the brainchild of James K. Glassman, but is now under different management, Nick Schulz. TCS sports a fine array of writers; I discovered Johan Norberg there. I had wanted to come up with a short article for a newspaper by excising a bit of the long piece above. I don’t believe any newspaper ran it, but TCS did: What Healthcare and Higher Education Have in Common.

And our 3rd piece appeared at FrontPageMag. For current affairs, FPM is one of our most vital websites. So I was right pleased to get something accepted by them. I don’t believe they edited a word of the article, but they gave it a new title, an audacious title, full of HOPE and CHANGE: Hillary Taxes Breathing.

(In my oh-so-lucrative career as a “citizen journalist”, I’ve noticed that re-titling is the order of the day. I’d wager that this is more common in print, such as newspapers, where they’re also more likely to edit your articles (I guess so your article will conform to their Style Book). They even seem to do this with syndicated columnists, which I find beyond the pale. I once caught a big-city newspaper changing a single word of a Tom Friedman column, which reversed its meaning. I notified them and they issued an erratum. American newspapers are in dire straits. They need to come up with a different business model and move exclusively to the Internet, like the Christian Science Monitor.)

Oh yeah, don’t forget to read my pieces on health-care reform (above).

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