David Hogberg

David Hogberg is a writer living in Maryland. He is author of the book, "Medicare’s Victims: How the U.S. Government’s Largest Health Care Program Harms Patients and Impairs Physicians."David Hogberg (@DavidHogberg) | Twitter

Most Recent Articles by David Hogberg:

Marshawn Lynch proves NFL commish Goodell should go

Nov 22, 2017 — David Hogberg

Marshawn Lynch proves NFL commish Goodell should go
Well, here comes another tempest the National Football League can ill afford.

Running back Marshawn Lynch, playing for the Oakland Raiders in a game against the New England Patriots in Mexico City, sat during the playing of “The Star Spangled Banner” but stood up during the Mexican anthem.

On cue, that brought a tweet from you-know-who:


Poor Kathy Griffin!

Nov 14, 2017 — David Hogberg

Poor Kathy Griffin!
When last we saw her, Donald Trump had broken her after she held up a prop that looked like Trump’s decapitated head. It was just a misunderstood publicity stunt that everyone blew out of proportion. Poor Ms. Griffin had to apologize for it, but a lot of mean people wouldn’t forgive her and her wonderful career took a nosedive. Perhaps that is why Griffin is now taking back her apology.

Now it turns out that there was a conspiracy to derail Griffin’s career. And who is exposing this conspiracy? Why, the brave little girl herself:

Ugly race-baiting ad in Virginia forces a change of heart on sanctuary cities

Nov 7, 2017 — David Hogberg

Ugly race-baiting ad in Virginia forces a change of heart on sanctuary cities
Seeking the Virginia governor’s mansion, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) recently said he would sign a bill banning sanctuary cities.

Northam promised “he would sign a bill to ban so-called sanctuary cities if a Virginia locality tries to become one in the future,” according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Louis C.K. directs movie about Harvey Weinstein (or is it Roman Polanski?)

Nov 4, 2017 — David Hogberg

Louis C.K. directs movie about Harvey Weinstein or is it Roman Polanski
One of the great questions of 2017 will be why comedian Louis C.K. didn’t put a hold on the upcoming movie that he directs and stars in, by, say, releasing it a year from now. Louis C.K. plays a middle-aged father in I Love You, Daddy. Chloë Grace Moretz plays his 17-year-old daughter, and John Malkovich plays a famous Hollywood director who has a thing for very young women. Mr. C.K.‘s character introduces his daughter to the director at a party and, well, you can guess the rest.

And if you can’t, then here’s the trailer in all its poorly timed glory:

2006: When Jeff Flake was Tea Party before there was a Tea Party

Oct 30, 2017 — David Hogberg

Jeff Flake
There are multiple definitions of Potomac Fever, but for conservatives it means a politician who has abandoned his beliefs in free markets and limited government in exchange for being liked by his colleagues, receiving praise from the New York Times and Washington Post, and believing that he really is as great as all of his staffers say he is. This is also known as “growing in office.”

If Senator Jeff Flake (R-Beltway) had left Washington about five years ago, the right would be mourning his departure. In 2012, his last year in the House of Representatives, he had a perfect score on the American Conservative Union Federal Legislative Rating. His lifetime rating at that point was an impressive 97.

Single-payer health care kills

Oct 27, 2017 — David Hogberg

Single-payer health care kills
Britain’s National Health Service, held up as the
gold standard
by leftists everywhere, announced just last week that it will “ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking.”

to the Telegraph:

The IRS just gave Republicans a big opportunity on Obamacare

Oct 20, 2017 — David Hogberg

The Internal Revenue Service announced that it will no longer accept tax returns that leave out whether the filer has health insurance. This presents a great opportunity for Republicans to take a very big step toward repealing Obamacare. If only they’ll seize it.

According to CNBC:

Trump right to oppose “bipartisan” healthcare proposal

Oct 19, 2017 — David Hogberg

Well, the “bipartisan” health care deal is pretty much what you would expect when the Republican involved is Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee). Democrats get to spend more money and keep Obamacare intact while Republicans get something only if they fool themselves into thinking they get something. President Trump initially said he would support the deal, but now appears to have changed his mind after learning the details.

The deal—negotiated by Alexander and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington)—restores the cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies that President Trump discontinued last week. President Obama had instituted the payments even though they were unconstitutional. Under Obamacare, Congress must authorize the payments. Congress never did, so, like any good lefty, Obama said, “Screw the Constitution.” When Trump did the right thing last week, liberals threw a hissy fit and Democratic State Attorney Generals filed suit to restore the payments. (Yeah, good luck with that.) In addition to appropriating money for the cost-sharing payments, the proposals also spends $100 million for Obamacare outreach.


Kaepernick sues NFL

Oct 17, 2017 — David Hogberg

Everybody’s favorite anthem protester is filing suit against the National Football League. Colin Kaepernick is charging that the reason he doesn’t have a job as a quarterback is that the NFL owners are colluding to “to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice,” according to the lawsuit.

Last season, Kaepernick played with the San Francisco 49ers. A few games into the season he began kneeling during the National Anthem to supposedly protest racial injustice and police brutality. This created a backlash among fans, and the NFL’s television ratings dropped as a result.

Hollywood incentivizes cowardice

Oct 15, 2017 — David Hogberg

Professor Caroline Heldman, who is working with some of Harvey Weinstein’s victims, said the following about Weinstein’s behavior in an interview with Piers Morgan on Wednesday: “I think it is systemic and that not only have we seen the tip of the iceberg but we will see other men facing allegations. I believe the flood gates are open. We are in a new era.”

Undoubtedly such sentiment is widespread: Many more Hollywood pigs like Weinstein are about to be exposed, and Tinsel Town will never be the same.

If the NFL is shedding politics, thank President Trump

Oct 7, 2017 — David Hogberg

Conservative pundit Mona Charen excoriated President Trump for attacking the National Football League.

She claimed that Trump was “reckless” to call NFL players who knelt during the national anthem “sons of bitches.” Trump’s remarks further undermine our sense of national cohesion because “football is one of most unifying aspects of American culture.”

The ATF — nice work if you can get it

Sep 27, 2017 — David Hogberg

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sure knows how to live it up! According to a New York Times article, employees of the ATF teamed up with the warehouse of a private tobacco company for the ostensible purpose of fighting cigarette smuggling. But, in short order, the arrangement turned into a slush fund.

On its face, the arrangement made some sense:

Roger Goodell: worst NFL commissioner ever?

Sep 26, 2017 — David Hogberg

Roger Goodell may go down as the worst NFL commissioner in history. He screwed the pooch on the concussion issue when, during his congressional testimony, he could not answer whether concussions hurt football players. He is in the process of doing the same regarding NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem.

On Friday, President Trump said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say get that son of a # off the field right now, out, he’s fired, he’s fired.”

Kimmel prescribes ignorance, again

Sep 22, 2017 — David Hogberg

In his latest health care diatribe, late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel says that health care is not his “area of expertise.”

Truer words have never been spoken.

Kaepernick unemployed = best NFL opening weekend ever!

Sep 11, 2017 — David Hogberg

Well, the first weekend of the 2017 National Football League season is over and Colin Kaepernick still does not have a job.

Hip, hip hooray!!!

Kaepernick, the former (oh, that word is soooo lovely!) quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers spent all of last season dishonoring the United States of America by kneeling during the National Anthem. He then offended victims of communism by wearing a tee-shirt with the image of the murderous thug Fidel Castro. And he insulted police officers by wearing “pig” socks.

Communists funding the resistance: the Alliance for Global Justice

Sep 7, 2017 — David Hogberg

(originally posted at Capital Research Center)

During the salad days of the Cold War, communists developed a clever tactic for infiltrating the mainstream of American society.  Whenever they founded an organization, they almost never used the term “Communist” in the name. Rather, communists would give the organization a professional-sounding title.

Groups like American Youth for Democracy, League of American Writers, and National Lawyers Guild were either fronts for the Soviet Union or established by American-born communists. By using an innocuous title, these groups were able to make themselves appealing to mainstream America.  Avoiding the term Communist, they were able to hide their true aim, the spread of an ideology that destroyed liberty and caused the deaths of tens of millions of persons.

Michael Bennett, Confederate statues, and uselessness

Aug 26, 2017 — David Hogberg

Some people look at Michael Bennett, the defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks who is now kneeling during the national anthem, and see someone who is heroic. 

Others look at the people working to remove Confederate statues from public parks and see people who are earnest.

But what matters about such actions people isn’t whether people engaging in them are brave or sincere. What we should be asking is whether their actions will actually make any difference? Black Americans lag behind most other ethnic groups in education. Will the actions of Bennett and others help close those gaps?

Media Matters lies, Part MCCLXIII

Aug 18, 2017 — David Hogberg

When it comes to lying, the folks at Media Matters for America just can’t help themselves. Indeed, when simply conceding the truth will do them, at worst, minimal harm, they lie.

Media Matters President Angelo Carusone is the latest to display this compulsion.

Calling out Media Matters’ campaign against Fox News’ Sean Hannity, the American Spectator’s Jeffrey Lord referred to the organization as a “George Soros funded group.”

That prompted this response from Carusone:

Congressional conservatives: Don’t let Problem Solvers Caucus play you for suckers!

Aug 12, 2017 — David Hogberg

Before I get into the meat of this post, let me recommend Peter Suderman’s excellent analysis of why the Obamacare repeal effort failed. Conservatives and libertarians will have to fight this battle again in the future. Understanding why we failed this time is key to succeeding next time.

A group of Democrats and Republicans in Congress calling themselves the Problem Solvers Caucus (PSC) have put forward a proposal to “fix” Obamacare. As noted in my previous post, what it amounts to is taxpayers getting to spend more to prop up the broken Obamacare exchanges.

“Fixing” Obamacare means taxpayers spend more for the same lousy system

Aug 9, 2017 — David Hogberg

Last week a group of moderate Republicans and Democrats calling themselves the “Problem Solvers Caucus” released a set of proposals in the wake of the GOP’s failure to repeal Obamacare. One of the proposals is supposed to “stabilize” the Obamacare exchanges. What it really amounts to, though, is forcing taxpayers to shell out even more money to prop up a government-mismanaged health insurance system that is expensive and of poor quality.

Unfortunately, the chances are better than even that this makes its way to President Trump’s desk. Most Democrats will vote for it because it might help them get the edge on the health care issue again. Combine that with the moderate Republicans getting nervous about the 2018 elections, and it could have majority support in both chambers of Congress. And don’t count on GOP leadership standing in the way.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Needs To Retire) suggests he’s open to it.