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Buckley Carlson
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      Buckley Carlson

      Buckley Carlson, a Washington-based writer and political strategist, can be reached at Buckley@buckmedia.org.

Why Are Health Insurance Companies More Untouchable Than For-Profit Hospitals?

              This photo taken Aug. 27, 2013 shows Bev Veals undergoes chemotherapy treatment at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C. Coping with advanced cancer, Veals was in the hospital for chemo this summer when she got a call that her health plan was shutting down. Then, the substitute coverage she was offered wanted $3,125, on top of premiums.  It sounds like one of the insurance horror stories President Barack Obama used to sell his health overhaul to Congress, but Veals wasn’t in the clutches of a profit-driven company.  Instead, she’s covered by Obama’s law _ one of about 100,000 people with serious medical issues in a financially troubled government program. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Have health insurance companies in America become so coddled they’ve forgotten what it means to compete for business? Are they so reliant on government intervention, price-fixing, and captive clients that they’ve lost the will to negotiate?  Are they aware of the decline and steady closure of America’s urban hospitals, and their role in that process? Do they care? Or, have they become so blinded by greed, sloth, and arrogance that they don’t even notice?

It’s Time To Admit Kerry’s Brokered Afghan Election Deal Is A Failure

10:56 AM 09/04/2014

As the world continues to catch fire during the Obama administration’s abdication of leadership, the alarming rise of ISIS and the accelerating Ukraine/Russia conflict have smoked an equally important development right off the front pages: Afghanistan, and the still-undetermined outcome of its recent presidential election.

Getting serious about saving Detroit

10:20 AM 04/07/2014

The consensus seems to be that Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s bankruptcy-extrication plan will need to undergo significant changes before it is formally approved by Judge Steven Rhodes. In fact, most observers agree that the plan would fail to achieve its stated goal of putting Detroit back on sound fiscal footing, and could further destabilize the city’s finances. Certainly, it has failed to inspire financial markets with the necessary confidence to produce essential investment down the road.

‘Animal rights groups’ vs. elephants

2:15 PM 01/01/2013

As you wade through the ever-mounting requests for your charitable dollars, cast a wary eye on these year-end supplicants, as there’s a good chance the charity seeking your money is relying upon an emotional appeal that is at extreme variance with its actual aims and deeds. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), with its humiliating and expensive defeat last week in its decade-long battle to outlaw elephants at Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, is one such charity.

Anatomy of a liberal hit job

9:58 PM 09/30/2012

For liberals, intentions are far more important than facts. That’s why confronting liberals with facts and data is such a Sisyphean task.