Links May 25, 2017

“President Cuck”: Trump supporters are freaking out over the president’s tone change on Islam

No tip for you: restaurants move toward hospitality-included menus

Works for me. If the service is poor, take it up with management or just don’t return to the restaurant.

To Trump, Human Rights Concerns Are Often a Barrier to Trade

I like the assumption here that President Trump would ever care about human rights.

As chaos mounts, are the grown-ups reasserting themselves in Washington?

Trump’s erratic style and thirst for a deal has some Israeli officials unnerved

Trump almost definitely has no clue what the stakes are either, what the issues are that both sides value most.

Op-Ed: Here’s the real reason health care costs are skyrocketing

Just when it seemed like the furious pace of hospital mergers in America was slowing down, we learned Friday morning that Boston-based Steward Health Care System will buy Tennessee-based IASIS Healthcare for $1.9 billion. The deal will make Steward the largest private for-profit hospital operator in the country with 36 hospitals across 10 states.

This is not good.
Because the more hospitals merge, the more it costs all of us for our health care. In fact, the fast pace of hospital mergers over the last few years is most likely the biggest reason for the sudden spike in health insurance premium costs. Obamacare made this problem worse and there’s nothing in the current Republican replacement to fix it. That’s no coincidence. The hospital industry has both political parties under its sway.

Miss USA spoke for many Americans when she said healthcare isn’t a right

I have to agree it’s not a right. It’s a public good. A public good that becomes too expensive and onerous to provide if it’s not covered by the state in some capacity. Health care can’t be provided by the state if it lacks sufficient funds. Declaring health care a right also then raises the question: What is sufficient provision of this “right”? Is it good enough to administer vaccines to children? To provide annual check-ups for everyone? What about paying many thousands of dollars for an experimental treatment for a terminal patient, a treatment that probably won’t work? No universal health plans will cover something like that, so are those systems denying terminal patients their “rights”?

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