Conservatives seek 'new' Federalist Society in schools of business, medicine, foreign policy

  • Article by: ALAN SCHER ZAGIER , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 1, 2013 - 4:20 AM

DURHAM, N.C. — A new conservatism is beginning to emerge on some college campuses, spurred in part by opposition to President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

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sydney0719Jul. 1, 13 7:35 AM

It is a shame that this story is carried by Google and presented to the world. This is a PR piece by a small society that is angry about the medical laws. The basis of the argument is that the health industry does not have access to free market economics. This is hogwash since the health industry in America had free reign since its founding. The greed and avarice of the practitioners and industry along with massive fraud by some led us here. It is a PR message about US having the best healthcare. This argument is pushed by the scam artists and most health care experts. America may have the best diagnostics but most health care dollars are spent on end of life care which is not helpful, compassionate or needed. In the old days, the country doctor would make granny comfortable and let her die with dignity, now there is millions spent in unnecessary care during her last days. Please rant and rave and lie, but the reality is that the industry squandered its dignity and has become just another greedy group These students have the right to think and speak, but the journalists should check out who supports this society. Get real

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oligopolynowJul. 1, 13 8:36 AM

What a bunch of bunk.. Another "economic religion" w/ no basis in modern reality.. Read HR2990 on how "money" is created and works.. ANYTIME ANY "discussion" starts w/ how the Fed can "afford" something is already mired in old school thinking.. and in some cases is the "smokescreen" for a moral agenda.. Think Iraq war.. how many had said "Hey can we afford this" before spending billions.. answer is no.. as Dick Cheney once said "Reagan proved deficits don't matter"

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mylittleidJul. 1, 1312:22 PM

The biggest downward pressure on health care costs in the last twenty years was not free-market forces. It was the Medicare Prospective payment system. When I first got out of college I worked for a hospital system. At that time they didn't even have a cost accounting system. They didn't need one since the insurance companies usually paid whatever the hospital charged. That was a free-market system. When Medicare instroduced the Prospective Payment system, providers were paid a flat fee for treating various classes (Diagnosis-Related Groups) of patients. The hospital system scrambled to put in cost accounting since they would only make money on these patients if they could control their costs. That was government successfully forcing providers to control their costs for the first time in their history.

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allhailfsmJul. 1, 13 4:10 PM

I hope that these idealists will begin by describing what a medical "free market" is. Does it have any regulation at all? Can anybody call themself a Doctor? Can Medicine be whatever a self identified "Doctor" says it is? Thats pretty much the way it was just a hundred years ago. Is that what they want back?

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allhailfsmJul. 1, 13 4:11 PM

I don't think any intellectuals have a chance in the conservative movement today. Science and evidence are particularly frowned upon.

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garagewineJul. 1, 13 7:47 PM

There is no such thing as a "free market" in health care in the US right now.

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