For everyone across the nation who wondered why the Texas legislature wasn’t in the news much this year — specifically, during all the media frenzy about civil rights — it’s not because Texas decided to stop being regressive. It’s because the Texas legislature, by law, does not meet in even-numbered years (except for limited 30-day[…]
The meme insinuates we should be able to pay for health care with $2 billion This meme popped into my Facebook timeline three separate times this weekend. It says (I’ve fixed the all-caps issue): “Welcome to America where we will spend $2 billion on an election, but we can’t afford to give everyone free healthcare.”[…]
Rally in New York City, N.Y. (Copyright © 2006 by Marline Fry. Used with permission) About 35 million people worldwide (one in every 200 humans) are infected with AIDS, according to the United Nations. The UN has committed to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to end it in[…]
Republican candidates for the Senate and House, who are likely to win anyway in November, have really jumped on the Ebola bandwagon lately. They recognize a hot-button issue when they see it — the news media seemed to have no other stories for a couple of weeks — and found every way possible to use[…]
Just because I don’t blog about something doesn’t mean I don’t have an opinion about it. I’ve missed a lot of topics over the past few months that I really wanted to mention here. I wanted to fact-check some fairly idiotic stuff said by the people who run our country. I wanted to document more[…]
screenshot of whitehouse.gov from Nov. 6, 2013 As of Nov. 7, 2013, the White House website still says that the Affordable Care Act won’t mean the end of the plan you like, regardless of much evidence to the contrary.
News reports from the left, right, and middle have all shamed the failures of healthcare.gov, the main web portal of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). The site had glitches and outright failures from Day 1, and still isn’t working properly. But the repeated and continuing failure of the website isn’t the worst thing about the[…]
As Congress continues to drag its feet, ignoring the easy solution, I still can’t help but blame Republicans for the shutdown — since they planned it in advance. However, one phrase from the left has been bugging me a bit during this nationally embarrassing debacle. That’s the notion of “settled law”.
I’ve written a much longer entry on health care problems in the U.S.. You’re currently looking at the short version. The biggest problem with health care in the U.S. is that prices are unreasonably and artificially high. We pay more (by far) for health care than any other nation on Earth, but don’t have the[…]
(This is the long version. Click here to read the short version.) What cost $2,000 at one hospital might cost $235 at another one, according to an NPR story. And that’s just a tiny glimpse; there are many more example in Steve Brill’s exposé in Time Magazine (online content is only available to paid subscribers;[…]
Healthcare reform seems to be the big media topic on the national stage the last few days, mostly because of President Obama’s initiative that’s currently being debated by Congress. Let’s take a look at the bigger picture, though. Most of us can drastically reduce our own healthcare costs simply by making better decisions. (If you’re[…]
I read recently [expired link removed] that American workers are working longer hours than workers in all other developed nations, and our average hours of work per year are actually increasing, unlike in other countries, where this number has been steadily dropping. Is this a surprise to anyone? Also, our wages are falling. This isn’t[…]