Wednesday, September 21, 2011

From the Spindle: Wednesday Link Potpourri

Here are some interesting tidbits that, for one reason or another, never made it to full-post status:

First up, healthcare in England (Olde and New).

"A leading teaching hospital faces closure as a result of the financial crisis gripping the NHS ... The health trust, one of the largest in the country, is effectively bust."

But, but, but: we've been told (ad nauseum) how much more efficient gummint-run healthcare is, and how much money it saves.

Meanwhile, in New England, RomneyCare© continues to implode:

"Five years after Gov. Mitt Romney signed Massachusetts’ groundbreaking health care legislation, it has met its chief goal of extending insurance coverage to most residents — but with costs rising faster than inflation, lawmakers face the challenge of how to pay for it all."

An unforeseen circumstance, or a feature?

You be the judge.

Just remember: ObamneyCare© is based on this model, as well.

And finally, in breaking news, a major story that will not be a surprise to regular readers. Via email:

"Medicare scam by Labcorp & Quest Diagnostics costs taxpayers billions of dollars ... The complaint accuses LabCorp, the second largest medical lab in the country, of illegal kickbacks to insurance companies that pressure their in-network doctors to send lab work to LapCorp exclusively."

I'm looking into interviewing the individual behind the lawsuit; let me know in the comments if you'd like more info.

UPDATE: Our interview with the principal litigant is here.
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