Spooky Logic

Here is a letter I recently sent to the Midland Daily News: In a recent letter, Carol Buller states that “[p]remiums for individuals as well as out-of-pocket deductibles and co-payments are often significantly higher than those of people who get insurance through group plans. This is not equal-opportunity insurance” (Make affordable care a reality, September…

Wild Hogs

There’s an old story worth retelling about a band of wild hogs which lived along a river in a secluded area of Georgia. These hogs were a stubborn, ornery, independent bunch. They had survived floods, fires, freezes, droughts, hunters, dogs and everything else. No one thought they could ever be captured. One day a stranger…

The Battle of Rowton Heath

England, September 24, 1645: Parliament and its Scottish Covenanter allies are embroiled in a war for political and religious freedom against King Charles I. King Charles’s hope for winning the English Civil War is to invite the Irish to his side, but the last port that the Irish could enter at is under siege by…

Health Care Nonsense

Here is a letter I recently sent to the Midland Daily News: Carolyn Lutz recently stated in her letter on health care that “[a]ccess to appropriate care for everyone makes good sense. We all have a better chance of staying healthy if others in our community are kept as healthy as possible” (“Opportunity to be…

All For One And One For All!

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern I recently reread this old blog post by Mario Rizzo at ThinkMarkets and found an excerpt that is very insightful: Do we, as a Nation, “think” that We ought to save more? Or that We ought to increase public borrowing for economic stimulus? Do We believe that government (taxpayers’) resources…

The Ultimate Chain Letter

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern Here is a great essay that is a bit more lengthy than most of my posts that is definately worth your time to read! By: Russ Roberts The other day I had to get some important tax receipts to my accountant. He’s in St. Louis, it was getting close to…

The Star-Spangled Banner

That evening the firing stopped, only to resume again at 1:00 am on the 14th in full vigor. From behind the battle, Francis Scott Key, Skinner, and Dr. Beanes were forced to watch the battle with utmost anxiety. Long before daylight, the British had stopped their guns. What could that mean? Had the British taken…

Unintended Consequences

Here is a letter I recently sent to the Midland Daily News: Unintended Consequences Most advocates of Obama’s health care reform dislike the employer paid health insurance system. Their disapproval of this system is rational – Just imagine if your house, car, etc… were all supplied by your employer and revoked upon leaving the company.…

Is Health Care a Human Right?

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern. Here is a letter I recently sent to the Midland Daily News: Is Health Care a Human Right? The revival of the idea of government run health care in the United States has once again ignited a debate over whether or not humans have a right to health care. In…