Health Care

Defund Obamacare

National Review’s Kevin Williamson disagrees with Charles Krauthammer (audible gasp!) and says Republicans should pursue defunding Obamacare.

Guests, Health Care, Interviews, Kevin Williamson, Politics

“It was like I farted in church”

That seems to be the biggest takeaway from my recent debate with Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker. Actually we had a pretty good conversation on whether health care is a “right.” Check it out: CNN Parker Spitzer – Cain: “It was like I farted in church…”

Health Care, TV Appearances

Howard Dean: Mandate Unpopular and Unconstitutional

So Howard Dean said that the health care mandate – that everyone must carry insurance, or else – is unpopular, unconstitutional, and unnecessary. I agree with him on the first two points. But the mandate is VERY necessary to Obamacare, unless you have some motive beyond providing health insurance to everyone. See…you can’t tell insurance […]

Health Care, TV Appearances

Can Obamacare Be Repealed?

NR’s Ramesh Ponnuru lays out for me exactly what would have to happen for Obamacare to be repealed. And he addressed the most important question for any repeal effort: is there any real Republican will to repeal Obamacare?

Guests, Health Care, National Review, Politics, Righties

Why are Young People Liberal – Viewer Response

Interesting take from a viewer of the John Derbyshire “Why Are Young People Liberal” video.

Hi Will,

Just got done watching your discussion w/ Derbyshire on NRO. This is how I see things:

Taking at face value that primitive societies are very egalitarian, I think it’s important to make a distinction between the size of the society and it’s impact on human behavior. My presumption is that in primitive societies, the size is relatively small. The clan, village, etc. is indeed small enough where essentially everybody knows everybody else’s business. How does this effect human behavior?

If I had to guess, smaller sizes make it more likely that people would pull their own weight. Firstly, out of a sense of obligation to one’s neighbor in a proactive sense (less of a ‘diffusion of responsibility’) and secondly, out of a desire to avoid social stigma of being a “free rider” and potentially being shuned by the village if the free-riding happens too frequently.

Culture, Health Care, John Derbyshire, National Review, Politics, Righties

Why are Young People Liberal?

Young people are surely getting the financial shaft in this country. In addition to funding the retirement plans (Social Security) and late-life medical care (Medicare) of old people, the young and healthy will now pay for the old and sick thanks to Obamacare. So I asked John Derbyshire why young people stay true to a […]

Culture, Debt and Deficit, Health Care, John Derbyshire, National Review, Politics, Righties

Will Obamacare Be Repealed?

NR’s Kevin Williamson has his doubts. First – Kevin doubts Republican commitment to repeal. And Senators Cornyn, Corker and others have already waivered. Second – Kevin thinks there is a time limit on any repeal effort; 2012 – before the benefits are paid out. The Tea Partiers have work to do.

Health Care, Kevin Williamson, National Review, Politics, Righties

Is the Tanning Bed Tax Discriminatory?

National Review’s Kevin Williamson and I discuss whether Obamacare’s tax on tanning salons is discriminatory toward…white people?… women?

Health Care, Kevin Williamson, National Review, Race, Righties