• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

No Innovation When Health Care becomes A Factory Business

Innovation Unable to Thrive in U.K.’s NHS

from the National Center for Policy Analysis:

Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, has enacted a truly innovative approach to patient care. Inspired by the precision and exactitude of a BMW factory, the hospital’s administrators purchased and installed the Prescribing, Information and Communication System (PICS for short) in each patient’s room, tracking patient care and health outcomes and looking for instances of neglect, says The Economist.

The system encourages the hospitals workers to be more precise and efficient by paying greater attention to small details. Years into the health care experiment, the implementation of PICS is being lauded as a boon to patient care.

  • The system has allowed hospital workers to more quickly assess the benefits of treatment, cutting down on readmissions and wasted prescriptions.
  • A report by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine concluded that mortality rates had fallen, and noted that the new system had helped reduce the sort of errors that lead to poor patient care.
  • Attracted by its results, some hospitals with poor outcomes in fields like esophageal cancer have contracted out their treatments to Birmingham.

It is at this point, however, that the implementation of a potentially lifesaving technology comes to a screeching halt. By removing rewards for innovation and undercutting the benefits of competition, Britain’s National Health Service squelched the growth of PICS before it began.

  • The NHS is preoccupied by austerity: it must find £20 billion (about $30 billion) worth of efficiency savings by 2015.
  • Further, the health service is still reeling from a failed central-computer project that has ended up costing over £12 billion (almost $19 billion).
  • Most importantly, innovations do not spread in Britain’s health sector because the NHS has no mechanism for ensuring they do, or for rewarding the inventive.
  • The service is centrally funded and emphasizes the universality of its care rather than its results.
  • As a result, the system is likely to prove better at controlling costs than at encouraging good ideas to thrive.
  • Additionally, because hospitals do not directly compete with one another (nor are they allowed to acquire one another unless they are in dire financial straits), PICS is not likely to be unilaterally adopted by other institutions.

It is the motivation for a competitive advantage that spurs innovation in other health systems, and it is the absence of this motivation in Britain that will harm health outcomes.

Source: “From Petrol to Prescriptions,” The Economist, June 16, 2012.

For text:

http://www.economist.com/node/21556924

For more on Health Issues:

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_Category=16

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