Here is a roundup of some recent health care items making headlines, with my comments:.
- Obamacare “scares the daylights out of” small businesses, who, through a crippling new tax, will be forced to pay the medical bills of others.
- Last fall one compounding pharmacy made headlines when steroid injections it sold caused a meningitis outbreak. Now the FDA wants to control all compounding pharmacies. Whatever happened to being treated as innocent until proven guilty?
- Grocery stores will have to spend $1 billion in the first year alone to meet Obamacare’s requirement of displaying calorie labels on all their foods. Says one executive at Kroger, “We might have thousands of SKUs for birthday cakes and thousands of types of prepared pizza. The problem is [Obamacare] forces us to label all of that, down to the olive bars and salad bars.” Much of the cost will go towards not signage but just figuring out how many calories are in each food item they sell.
- Last week Obama addressed concerns over the “train wreck” that is expected from implementing Obamacare, saying, “We still have a lot of work to do in the coming months to make sure more Americans can buy affordable health coverage.” One crucial task is convincing young people to sign up for insurance (in order to fleece them to pay for the medical bills of others). Look out this summer for a mass marketing effort in this vein.